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Bite the Bullet (1975) [Blu-ray] (1975)

Candice Bergen , Ian Bannen , Richard Brooks  |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Candice Bergen, Ian Bannen, Dabney Coleman, Gene Hackman, James Coburn
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: TCM
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007L690JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1. AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. SUBTITLES: English SDH. LANGUAGE: English. 1975 / Color. 131 MINUTES. NOT RATED. REGION FREE. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units. Exclusive distribution for Twilight Time provided by Screen Archives Entertainment

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen format NOT included February 19, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As another customer has stated, this version does NOT include the widescreen format. I have asked Amazon to change their Web page showing the format but please be aware before you buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Race Of Personal Best November 7, 2004
Format:DVD
I watched this film the other night- I hadn't seen it since I was a teenager. I loved it.

It's a western that's much more than that. While it's premise is about a horse race- it's really about life's race; about games that seem bought and paid for, age vs youth, friendships and whether we let things come between them, and about why people run the race and how one man's reaction to it can influence others to change the dynamic(in a good way).

Hackman and Coburn make a good combination in this as former Rough Riders. Jan Michael Vincent had a role where he really had to shine and I think he gave the performance of his career, here. Ben Johnson breaks your heart in what is one of the most real roles he has ever offered (and probably a real testament to how the real cowboy lived). Candice Bergman is terrific, too.

This story handles a full range of issues (racial, sexual and animal rights) in a fair and real sense. Some have remarked about some of the cruelty depicted here, and the point Richard Brooks was making (I think) is, there are some real swine in this world. They view anything- be it animal or their fellow human beings, merely as a means to an end. They're either too stupid or too insensitive to know how dark they are. It's also an example of how we set examples for one another. If you allow stupid to do as stupid does- stupid will!

I won't spoil the ending- let's just say that it makes a point about what's really important, in a very effective, emotion filled way. I think you leave this film not only satisfied- but feeling uplifted.

My personal favorite of Richard Brooks and time extrememly well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, sweat and Hackman April 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This terrific movie depicts a long distance horse race in an old west on the cusp of change. Advancing industries and machinery (sequence with Coburn and Hackman bouncing around in a motorbike and side-car reflects this perfectly, and is a hoot!) would soon render many aspects of frontier life out-moded. This movie covers great distances both geographically and in terms of the characters. Gene Hackman is tremendous and sits astride the narrative with a knock-out performance. His hard-bitten sweat-drenched horseman with a barb-wire soul is given extra depth by the fact that he is also a fighter for animal rights -a novel notion in that age. Coburn is Coburn; basso-profundo voice, grinning with all 95 of his teeth, he does all that is asked of him. Feisty Candice Bergen displays grit and guts to match the dudes and more than holds her own in a film with leaves you spent and involved. The look and flavour of the movie are rooted firmly in the 70's - a golden age of cinema - and the direction and set pieces involve you from the get-go. The sand, sweat and blood onscreen is palpable. And the struggles, deceptions and rivalries will bring out the true grit in any viewer. Heartily recommended for all my fellow honchos out there riding the lonesome trail with dusty denims and prairie dreams.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bite The Bullet January 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Bite the Bullet assembles some of the best talent in Hollywood. Gene Hackman, James Coburn and Ben Johnson are each at their finest. And who knew Candice Bergen could sit a horse so well? This grueling endurance race, based very loosely on a true story, pits Thoroughbred against Mustang, Arabian against Quarter Horse. The riders are no less a mixed bag than their mounts. The savage terrain takes its toll on man and beast, creating enemies and reluctant allies. The brutality depicted in this race was not unknown at that time and one hopes that the Special Effects Department was responsible for bringing it to the screen. Making that optimistic assumption, I recommend the movie to action lovers and those who study human nature. And I smile, knowing that my grandfather would have called it a "humdinger" of a tale!
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Format:Blu-ray
One of the last great movie westerns, Richard Brooks' marvelous BITE THE BULLET looks simply spectacular in high-def, with Twilight Time's Blu-Ray flawlessly preserving the dimensions of its original Panavision aspect ratio -- and the gorgeous scope cinematography of Harry Stradling, Jr.

Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen (in a subplot that doesn't provide much of a payoff), Ian Bannen, Ben Johnson, and Jan-Michael Vincent are contestants in a turn-of-the-century, 700-mile cross-country race that takes its toll on both participants and their horses. The plot is familiar, but the performances and Brooks' direction make the material fresh, aided considerably by scenic locales and an outstanding Alex North score.

While "Bite the Bullet" is humorous and entertaining throughout, the film also feels like a sometimes-uneasy mix of old-fashioned filmmaking with `70s "realism": the graphic scenes of horses breaking down are powerful, and give the film an edge that earlier Saturday matinee-type fare lacked (it's a credit to Brooks that the horses in the film were, according to him, not injured by the stunts shown in the picture).

As long as you're prepared for the occasional disparity in tone, the picture is just marvelous, featuring a rousing (and satisfying) ending, great southwestern locations, and appealing performances by a game cast. From one of Hackman's best roles to North's scoring, "Bite the Bullet" is a Blu-Ray must for western aficionados.

Another phenomenal presentation from Sony's Columbia vaults, "Bite the Bullet" looks dazzling on Blu-Ray: the DNR-free, 1080p AVC encoded transfer offers fine details, lush colors and exceptional clarity. Even better, the film's original mono recording has been brilliantly remixed to a 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Unnecessities
Widescreen Letterbox reformated to fit the full TV screen? This movie was made to make great use of scenery for the desired effect. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Condie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is an amazing film with an amazing cast.
Published 1 month ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western!
Great story with a terrific cast! Beautiful scenery of the Southwestern U.S. even though the movie is over 2 hours long, it moves along well.
Published 1 month ago by scott holley
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Enjoyable Film
Scenery, acting, dialogue and storyline. This movie has it all. It is one of my all time favorites and a well hidden gem. Even a great uplifting finale. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dhart
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought the video b cause i love horses
The video was to graphic . It contained scenes of graphic horse abuse. I know that horse abuse goes on today in movies. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entering movie
A well done western movie and extremely entering. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good western movie.
Published 3 months ago by Jerry E. Tekell
5.0 out of 5 stars good feel-good movie with excitement
This is one of my favorite movies, and even though it's and older one, imagine a young gene hackman and very young candice bergman, It is awesome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rhonda Lawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brooks western with Gene Hackman receives a terrific looking...
As westerns began their long ride into the sunset, there were still talented film directors making a series of solid classics including director Richard Brooks ("The... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars Way before its time
Boy this movie needs to be released again. ytalk about a movie that brings teh hosre welfare issues to the front line. It can't get any bette rthen this just look who is in it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeff H
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent western
Excellent, well-acted western with very likeable stars that make this so enjoyable. Anything with Gene Hackman in it is always good anyway. Read more
Published 10 months ago by diane manson
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