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Comanche Moon: The Second Chapter in the Lonesome Dove Saga (2008)

Val Kilmer , Steve Zahn , Simon Wincer  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • 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: 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116GEJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Comanche Moon: The Second Chapter in the Lonesome Dove Saga" on IMDb

Special Features

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

Editorial Reviews

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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Product Description

Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae pursue three outlaws, Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump, Comanche horse thief Kicking Wolf and a Mexican bandit king. Now in their middle years, they also struggle with their personal lives, Gus with Clara Forsythe, the love of his life, and Call with Maggie Tilton, the young prostitute who loves him. Meanwhile their partners-in-arms Deets, Jake Spoon and Pea Eye Parker help the Rangers protect the advancing western frontier from the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their land and way of life. Prequel to Lonesome Dove, and based upon the novel by Larry McMurty.

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149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How Did Lonesome Dove Get Its Name? February 5, 2008
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. What a line up of A-listers giving A-list performances. Duvall and Jones absolutely nailed the characters created by McMurtry in the novel.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extended Version Is Good News February 13, 2008
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars -Hey Cisco, hey Pancho January 17, 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuatioon
This was excellent, couldn't stop watching, had to watch all discs to finish it. The only sad thing is that it ended that part of the saga, and there wasn't any more.
Published 19 hours ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
My favorite of the Lonesome Dove stories, enjoy westerns and especially the southwest, happy to have it in my westerns collection.
Published 3 days ago by Cindy Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on TV and wanted for my library.
Here is another movie that I liked and wanted in my library so that I could watch any time that I wanted.
Published 5 days ago by NEIL ALLISON RAMSEY JR
4.0 out of 5 stars OK Movie
This is a good moral movie that the whole family can watch together. I would recommend this movie to you as well.
Published 8 days ago by Tractor Charlie
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Racist crap that makes almost all Indians look like brutal killers and rapists. Gimme a break! Only for die-hard fans of bare-chested Tatanka Means. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Nathalie Leclercq
5.0 out of 5 stars Comanche Moon
Karl Urban as a cowboy, what more can I say other than, great movie; lots of stars in the cast. Another western for my collection.
Published 27 days ago by Bread lover
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLANT
Enjoyed it better the second time around, complete continuous version with no breaks or commercials, very enjoyable, saw at my pace.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas A. Monaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
I watched Lonesome Dove again on DVD having watched it years ago when it was on TV. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was excited that there was a prequel and sequel to this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Susan B. Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I haven't got a chance to watch it yet but I will this week for sure. I live in the town where Wes Studi went to school and I'm very proud to be a native American. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Hively
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a xmas gift
the person we gave it too loves it
says the actors portraying the younger version of the story's characters, got all the nuances perfect
Published 2 months ago by TheeWizard
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