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Hang Em High (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (1968)

Clint Eastwood , Ed Begley  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Ed Begley, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper
  • Format: Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DZAM02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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They riddled him with bullets. They strung him up. They left him to die. But they made two fatal mistakes: they hanged the wrong man...and they didn't finish the job. In his first American-made western, Clint Eastwood indelibly carves his niche as the quintessential tough guycool-headed, iron-willed and unrelenting in his pursuit of revenge. Oklahoma, 1873. Jed Cooper (Eastwood), mistaken for a rustler and killer, is lynched on the spot by crooked lawman Captain Wilson (Ed Begley) and a rampaging band of vigilantes. But as Wilson and his gang flee the scene, there's one very important detail they've overlooked: Cooper is still alive! Out for justiceand vengeanceCooper takes on the job of deputy marshal...and, one by one, tracks down the nine men who "done him wrong."

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Surprisingly enough, I'd never seen this Clint Eastwood masterpiece before. This was a regrettable mistake as it is a great western. Hang `em High is Clint Eastwood's first American "spaghetti" western and undoubtedly the one that furthered his launch into mega stardom. Upon excitedly opening the DVD case and placing the DVD into the player, one discovers that the only special feature is a theatrical trailer. This is fine, as one doesn't truly purchase these DVD's for special features as much as they do for the movie. While watching the theatrical trailer, I got the impression that this movie seemed as though it might lack the "true grit" style of his previous spaghetti westerns; this impression couldn't have been farther off though. Hang `em High has a truly well written script and is played perfectly by all involved.
The premise:
Clint Eastwood plays Jed Cooper, a former law man from St. Louis, MO. As the movie begins, we see him herding cattle past a river and he's approached by nine riders. We soon learn that Jed thought he'd purchased these cattle honestly, but the person he bought them from was a criminal and now Jed's going to pay for it because these nine riders are a lynch mob and they intend to hang Jed.
Fortunately for Jed, a law man comes by and cuts him down from the tree before he dies and throws him in the wagon with a bunch of other criminals headed towards the only court in the Oklahoma territory and run by the "Hanging Judge." As luck would have it though, his story checks out and the judge offers him a job as a Federal Marshal. What follows is a great western filled with Clint Eastwood's "true grit" western hero style as he sets out for vengeance upon those who attempted but failed to hang him.
I would highly recommend this outstanding western for those who favor this genre heavily or casually and especially for those who are Eastwood fans! {ssintrepid}
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western! November 30, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Along with the Sergio Leone trilogy, this movie helped make the Clint Eastwood legend. It is the simplest story line (after love) - revenge. Eastwood is an everyman, just a rancher. He buys some cattle from a passing drive, only to learn they are stolen. The true owners come along, and hang him before the truth can be ascertained. A passing lawman finds him swinging from a tree, saves his life and puts him in a jail wagon until his story can be figured out. The rest of the movie is Eastwood's tracking down those bad guys (not relevant is the fact that for the most part they are "good and true citizens") and bringing them to justice; either at the jailhouse or by his bullets. And Eastwood revenge is something else - he even shoots the dog!
Eastwood's character, Marshall Cooper is another strong and silent type, just like "The Man With No Name" whom we have come to expect in the Leone westerns. Unlike the spaghetti westerns, though, this time while he is again basically a good guy, he is now on the establishment side.
Eastwood is joined by a positively fabulous supporting cast: Western veterans Ben Johnson and Ed Begley, Pat Hingle as a true hangin' judge, Dennis Hopper (who is such a psycho even then, we are glad to see that he is the first guy killed in the film), Bruce Dern, L.Q. Jones. Surprising appearances are entered by Gilligan's Skipper, Alan Hale and Steve McGarrett's Five-0 sidekick "Dano", James McArthur. And for the true Star Trek cognoscenti, we have an appearance by Mark Leonard, who gave up his job as Oklahoma Territory Prosecuting Attorney to become Sarek, a/k/a Father of Spock.
Unlike some other reviewers, I found the more polished (as opposed to the Leone western trilogy) soundtrack superior to the movies which had preceded it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent western, but mediocre transfer... June 27, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
"Hang 'Em High" (1968) is directed by Ted Post (Magnum Force, The Harrad Experiment, Beneath the Panet of the Apes). Clint Eastwood stars as Jed Cooper, a man who is lynched by a gang even though he was innocent of the accusations of murder and cattle rustling. When Jed manages to survive the hanging and is subsequently freed of any crimes he enlists as a US Marshal and hunts down the gang that lynched him. The film itself pits Jed's moral views of justice and fairness against the backdrop of the harsh morality as served by Judge Adam Fenton (Pat HIngle) at Fort Grant.
The film entertains us even as it tells us a story about courage and varying opinions about morality.

The blu-ray has not been remastered, and has many instances of dust. Also, the clarity of the images are not much better than a dvd, and sometimes the color is off and lacks saturation, but overall the film is quite watchable.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truncated image in both wide and std versions July 28, 2008
By Demont
Format:DVD
I love the film but... We get a two sides dvd, labeled "standard" and "widescreen". Standard has 640x480 pixels video, 4:3 aspect ratio, and widescreen 853x480 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio. This is great, but the problem is both versions are truncated versions of the original. The widescreen is even more truncated ! If you compare two images, Clint has some blue sky above is hat in standard, and you see only half of his hat in widescreen ! I say it this way to makes things clear, but I'm a tech oriented guy, I checked twice what really was on this dvd before writing this review.
The 16:9 version is cropped from the 4:3 ! This means both versions are missing the sides of the original wide image, but you see more of the original on the 4:3 ! It's a pity to see such classics so poorly transfered to DVD. We need a new edition with all the original image.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't do without.
Published 13 days ago by Robert A. Crigger
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Clint!
Great classic movie! Looks awesome plus great audio. No one can go wrong with a Clint classic western like this.
Published 16 days ago by locoboof
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a Blu-ray Disc but it ain't no Blu-ray Movie!
I should have known from the price it was too good to be true. Little by little I have been replacing my dvd collection with, hopefully, better quality blu-rays. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blu-ray Blues
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang 'em High
Old movie but still a typical Clint Eastwood classic. If you like this type of action Clint provides it very well.
Published 2 months ago by Jack M. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars What we miss in films today..
Classic Clint. . Unlike the spaghetti westerns (which we all loved) of his early career this main line production shows the brooding icons softer side when he goes from vengeance... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aden P. Bogue
5.0 out of 5 stars R
Great movie I'll watch it over and over again, this is another great classic. Clint Eastwood made great movies all the time I almost got his full collection
Published 3 months ago by jaime
4.0 out of 5 stars a very solid Eastwood performance
In some respects this is a fairly typical Clint Eastwood performance. Not much talk and a lot of fighting and shooting, along with some whoring around. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ilbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson One: Make Sure You Finish the Job
Cooper (Eastwood) is thought to have killed for cattle when his only crime was buying from the wrong person. Enter those who think Cooper is guilty and string him up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eastwood
haven't seen this in awhile but am a huge western fan and am looking to build a collection on blu ray I remember watching the movie along time ago and it's just classic Eastwood as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by cismith
5.0 out of 5 stars nice addition to the collection
Bought for my husband as a surprise gift... and the first movie to watch on the big-screen! He said it was AWESOME!

Great price!
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Lightner
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