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In the highly anticipated prequel to the Emmy Award-winning mini-series, LONESOME DOVE, Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Steve Zahn)and Woodrow F. Call (Karl Urban) are now young men dealing with the ever increasing tensions of adult life - Gus with his great love, Clara (Linda Cardellini), and Call with Maggie (Elizabeth Banks), the young prostitute who is in love with him. McCrae and Call join a Ranger troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi), Comanche horse thief Kicking Wolf (Jonathan Joss) and Ahumado (Sal Lopez), the deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for slow torture. Together they struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life. The cast also includes Val Kilmer as Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and Mexican war hero, and Rachel Griffiths as the captain's sexy wife.

It's billed as "the second chapter in the Lonesome Dove saga," but Comanche Moon is actually a prequel to that much-loved 1989 miniseries. And while there's no doubt that it has some very big boots to fill, this three-part (on two DVDs, including bonus features) production is rarely less than eminently watchable and entertaining. Continuity is a positive factor: Larry McMurtry, who wrote the novel on which it's based, also co-wrote the screenplay, and Lonesome Dove director Simon Wincer returns as well. As for the cast, it's certainly not as star-studded as its predecessor, but Steve Zahn (as Gus McCrae), Karl Urban (Woodrow Call), Linda Cardellini (Clara Allen), and the others manage to suggest the characterizations brought to the screen by Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anjelica Huston, respectively, without mimicking them. Of course, there are new faces on hand as well, principally Val Kilmer (looking a mite chubby, perhaps due to all the scenery he chews in his portrayal of Texas Rangers Captain Inish Scull) and Rachel Griffiths (as Scull's horny wife).

As the tale begins in 1858, Call and McCrae, some years away from becoming the cattlemen depicted in Lonesome Dove, are Rangers serving under the educated and eccentric Scull as they work to protect the territory against marauding Comanches, led by the stern, vengeful Buffalo Hump (Wes Studi) and his crazed son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach). When Scull's horse is stolen by one of the Indians, he sets out to retrieve the beast, promoting both Call and McRae to Captain, and the rest of the story revolves primarily around them; in fact, although there's a reasonable amount of action (including the Comanche raid on Austin that opens Part Two), Comanche Moon is much less plot-dependent than character-driven, and it is Call (tough, taciturn, and totally clueless when it comes to the fair sex) and best friend McRae (an open-hearted, self-described jester) who are the most engaging of the bunch as they navigate the deep waters of their work and love lives (McRae with Clara and Call with the prostitute Maggie Tilton, played by Elizabeth Banks). McMurtry and co-writer Diana Ossana's dialogue manages to be at once plain and poetic, colorful and poignant, and regardless of what's actually happening onscreen, the miniseries has a light, often whimsical charm that separates it from most Westerns made for big and small screen alike. Extras include a "making of" featurette and more. --Sam Graham

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Special Features

  • Featurette: Behind the Scenes of Comanche Moon
  • Featurette: Riding Into the Sunset – Cowboy & Riding Training
  • Featurette: A Look at the Comanche Heritage

Product Details

  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Writers: Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry
  • Producers: Adam Shulman, Diana Ossana, Dyson Lovell, Julie Yorn, Karen Mayeda Vranek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116GEJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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169 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Sky VINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Just in case you're either new to the Lonesome Dove series, or you're wondering if this DVD is the complete miniseries but you're confused by the title "second chapter"....This is indeed the complete Comanche Moon series DVD, and it's the "second chapter" because the chronology of the story is:

-Dead Man's Walk
-Comanche Moon
-Lonesome Dove
-Streets of Laredo

Although, the way The Lonesome Dove book series was written by Larry McMurtry fell in this order:

-Lonesome Dove (1985)
-Streets Of Laredo (1993)
-Dead Man's Walk (1995)
-Comanche Moon (1997)

Lonesome Dove, the novel and the miniseries, were as classic as classic gets. The Novel is one of the only books that I've ever read more than once. And the miniseries adaptation is just as memorable. The miniseries starred Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae, Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call, Rick Schroder as Newt, Diane Lane as Lorena Wood, Danny Glover as Joshua Deets, Robert Urich as Jake Spoon and Anjelica Huston as Clara Allen.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Victoria A. Wildermuth on February 13, 2008
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The important news for anyone considering purchase of this DVD is that it is the extended version -- which means that all the stuff CBS cut out so that they could squeeze in 8 million commercials is back. This is 284 minutes WITHOUT commercials. Regardless . . . Comanche Moon is a quality production . . . a very rare thing on TV today. The story is intelligent and the acting quality very good. Many critics roasted Val Kilmer, calling his performance over the top. I have news, folks . . . the character he plays was intended to be over the top. This is a very refreshing mini-series. Most of what we get on TV today is total garbage. Watch Steve Zahn reprise Robert Duvall's role. It's worth the price of the DVD just to see Zahn in this serious role. And Wes Studi is great as Buffalo Hump. For anyone who loved the Lonesome Dove mini-series, this is a must have. This is where it all began, pardner. It's great fun seeing the characters at this early stage in their lives and trying to figure out who is who and remembering what happens to them later. Ever wonder how Blue Duck got so nuts? Highly recommended if you like quality TV!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By TFR VINE VOICE on April 2, 2009
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"Commanche Moon", is a fairly interesting prequel to "Lonsome Dove", which I think most LD fans will appreciate.

While Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call as played by Steve Zahn and Karl Urban may take some getting used to, by the film's conclusion, the actors are firmly established as their characters. Zahn does a great job of portraying the McCrae character as fleshed out by Robert Duvall, but anytime he would be situated next to Urban, I found myself wishing that someone had put him on a soap box or something, to add a few inches.

Karl Urban as Call was as wooden as the Tommy Lee Jones Call, but Val Kilmer as Captain Inish Scull is great. I was a little surpised at how well the film followed the book in how this character, and his antagonists were true to McMurty's vision.

If you're looking for answers to your questions about "Lonesome Dove", "Commanche Moon" pretty well illustrates the prior exploits of most of the LD characters and the reasons for their actions. Buffalo Hump and son, Blue Duck are well represented. Maggie Tilton is only part of the dialogue in "Lonsome Dove", but in "Commanche Moon", her relationship to Call is far more expanded and explained, especially in comparison to the earlier "Dead Man's Walk".

Even more revealing, "Commanche Moon" also goes into some detail concerning the prior exploits of Jake Spoon and his relationship to McCrae and Call. "Don't take up with any hoodlums. We'd hate to have to hang you," is something spoken to Spoon by McCrae towards the end of the film that is said in jest, but LD fans will be able to immediately pick up on the irony.

Like "Lonsome Dove", there were various points where I, as a viewer, thought that the story could end, but then surprisingly, the story continued.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Richard Schulman on January 17, 2008
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I have been waiting to remember why I loved the first Lonesome Dove and basically not liking any that followed. The friendship between Woodrow
and Cal while the horror goes on is similar to our sit at home watching TV
America. It is a nice Yin Yang dark and light that reflects our real world.
Friendship is how we get through all the BS. Comanche Moon with all the
the excellent production values and excellent acting had me whistling in appreciation; I was not bothered a bit by the historical mistakes because the charm of the characters had me smiling. Sequels are tough and it is
hard to live up our memories of a great series. Comanche Moon completes
the saga: the beginning journey that illuminates Lonesome Dove's
bitter sweets themes.
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