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Lonesome Dove

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Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, aging cowboys and former Texas rangers and who organize a 2,500 mile cattle drive for one last great adventure in this excellent 1989 miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel. T

Special Features

  • Interviews with Larry McMurtry & Suzanne De Passe
  • Western Historical Trivia
  • Western Historical Trivia Game

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Robert Urich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003IPFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lonesome Dove" on IMDb

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I have just finished watching the six hour Lonesome Dove for the fourth time; yet, it is a rare movie I will even watch twice. I own the DVD, and I will certainly be watching it a fifth time. Comparisons of Lonesome Dove to other TV movies don't begin to do it justice; this movie deserves comparison to any Western ever made, and it stands up well to any one of the most highly considered (The Searchers, Unforgiven, Shane, High Noon, The Good, The Bad & the Ugly, etc.). This is a story of character and nuance much more than plot and action, with many small moments that will stay with you long after the story is finished...a saloon owner grieving over the loss of his prostitute (his love)...the hanging of a attempt at telling a boy he is your son....the burial of a friend...two old warriors saying goodbye in so many words (while there is much humor in the story, there is also overwhelming sadness, and do expect very major characters to have tragic endings to their lives). Lonesome Dove is bold enough to tell an epic story (and in doing so, demytholyzing the history of the West, and showing us how brutal and painful the settling of the West really was) by focusing on these small moments. There are something like 75 or 100 speaking parts in this movie, and it is uniformly excellently cast (with the exception, in my opinion, of Angelica Huston, who I always thought seemed out of place in this Western setting). If you are wondering whether this is worth owning, believe me, you will never regret it.
A postscript: since I wrote my review I have noticed that there are a number of idiots out there unfairly ripping this movie for being shorter than the original. The original series was indeed EIGHT hours long. However, it was made for TV and had something called commericials.
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I've seen LONESOME DOVE so many times I've practically got the six hours of dialogue memorized. Yet I'll keep watching this excellent adaptation of Larry McMurtry's epic novel, over and over again. Why? Two words: compelling story.
The friendship of Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call is the underlying theme of LONESOME DOVE; it's the motor that drives the story. When these two weathered former lawmen steal a herd of cattle from Mexico and set off for Montana for one last grand adventure ("I wanna see that country," says Call to Gus, "before the lawyers and bankers get it."), the stage is set for a Western with plenty of humor, action, violence...tragedy.
This production makes McMurtry's unforgettable characters literally leap off the page. Robert Duvall IS Gus McCrae...Tommy Lee Jones IS Woodrow Call. Both performances are so vivid and on target the viewer is transported seamlessly to McMurtry's story, a story centering around the undying loyalty and friendship of these two men.
LONESOME DOVE is a film that will entertain you, take you over the full gambit of human emotions, then after six hours leave you begging for more. Jones and Duvall lead a stellar cast in a remarkable film that has but one weakness: it has to end. And McMurtry's story is told--told so well that no other Western even comes close.
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It is finally nice to get the entire Lonesome Dove epic on DVD. While I have to agree that the picture is not as pristine as I would have liked, it is definitely better than the VHS version that I own. The sound is Dolby Digital mono, but surprisingly good.
One thing to note - the movie breaks at the same break points that the mini-series did when broadcast. After approximately 1.5 hours, the credits roll, and then the next section starts. Not that bad, but a little clunky. The interview snippets with Larry McMurtry are kind of insightful and nice to have.
Robert Duvall is really incredible in the role of Augustus (Gus) McCrae. The man is the character. I found I was laughing to myself all over again at Gus's western philosopher dialogue, and wishing that we all thought a little more like him.
If you loved the VHS version and want a better copy, buy this DVD. Though not crystal clear, it is an improvement over my old VHS copy and with instant chapter access, much more convenient to view.
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I recently bought this for my dad for his birthday. I remember watching it when I was younger and I always liked it, but the version we had was recorded from TV and was terrible quality, especially because it is now almost 20 years old. It is an excellent series, but you can decide that for yourself if you choose to buy it.

My decision to write this review is designed to help the potential buyer who doesn't want to get ripped off. I read most of the reviews before buying this product, and time and time again I came accross people who complained about purchasing an edited version with much of the content removed. Many of those reviews were old, so I didn't know if I was getting a newer version with the whole story of some other version that was edited. Hopefully this will help.

It appears that Amazon sells 2 versions of the DVD (I know nothing about the VHS versions so this review does not apply to them). The version I bought (ASIN B00005Y6YB) is listed as 360 minutes in length and is ranked in the top 500 in Amazon's top sellers. It was released by Hallmark. The DVD box lists the run time as 6 hours, which is what you would expect after removing commercials an 8 hour TV miniseries that is split into 4 parts. Amazon's price is listed as $8.49.

Another version of the series (ASIN B00003IPFK) is listed as 360 minutes as well, but is listed at about #48,000 in the top sellers and is priced at $13.75 (only available from independent vendors). Seeing how few people bought this version and how much more it costs, I would avoid it.

The version I bought is ASIN B00005Y6YB and it is complete. Perhaps the people who gave bad reviews did not receive the same version I bought.
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Lonesome Dove Blu-Ray true 1080p?????
Michael, it just came TODAY but I haven't played it yet I was saving it for viewing w my gf. can you wait a couple days? I'm stoked, too. Add: OK -I played the opening and first segment. An upconvert dvd player then my PS3 -PS3 wins a bit. The opening graphics are clean. Everyone has whiskers and... Read More
Nov 17, 2008 by William |  See all 13 posts
Lonesome Dove on audio book??? narrated by lee horsley from paradise (guns of paradise) matt houston.
Jun 14, 2009 by white horses |  See all 13 posts
NO Subtitles...???
I totaly agree.....It's very frustrating to not be able to understand the dialog even if you rerun it several times at high volume. Subtitles are a must with dvd's. I quit going to theaters long ago because the dialog is sometimes so unintelligable, and that doesn't have to be when veiwing at home!
Nov 27, 2010 by Kenneth Koerner |  See all 10 posts
lonesome dove
Are you sure some of you aren't getting the movie and book confused? I don't ever recall there being a scene in the movie where jake spoon hits on the young woman on the wagon. But i do know exactly what scene you are referring to as i remember that part in the book. Not the movie however. ... Read More
Dec 26, 2009 by somebody out there |  See all 15 posts
How is the widescreen accomplished?
It was filmed in 35mm, so it would have the same negative area as a film shown in the theatre. The aspect ratio on television was 4:3, so a tad bit would have been missing from the sides on tv, as well as a tiny bit on top/bottom. The new widescreen version crops even more from the top and... Read More
Mar 5, 2011 by Eric S. Richard |  See all 4 posts
Chronological order of movies??? I need help please>>> Be the first to reply
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