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Maverick (BD) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Mel Gibson , James Garner , Richard Donner  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, James Garner, Jodie Foster, James Coburn, Graham Greene
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: William Goldman
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Bruce Davey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005F265CA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A lawman, a lady and a gambler head to a poker championship, where conning is the name of the game. Based on the 1957-62 TV series. Stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maverick - This is a hilarious film! April 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Maverick is a hilarious, enjoyable and fun film to watch and bears well over several viewings. Of course, how could this film have missed given its cast; Mel Gibson, James Garner, Jodie Foster, James Coburn and a whole slew of other stars to include an outrageously funny cameo by Danny Glover. The more interesting thing here is that James Garner played Brett Maverick when it was a television series many moons ago and he had turned down many film scripts for this one where he didn't even play the lead. Maverick is a big hit and all involved in making this fine western/comedy deserve all of the accolades they received for it!
The premise:
Bert, oops I mean Brett Maverick (Mel Gibson) is a card playing and fast drawing hustler who is on his way to good old St. Louis for a huge poker tournament. His main problem is that he's three thousand dollars short of the entry fee so he decides to stop in another town and play another round of poker in the hopes of picking up some of the three thousand he needs. This is where he meets Annabelle Branford played by the ever beautiful Jodie Foster. Mrs. Branford's beauty is matched only by her desire to pick up the money to enter the big poker game as well. Not too long afterwards we meet Zane Cooper (James Garner) who is a lawman of some fame and he just happens to be going the same way as Maverick and Mrs. Branford. What follows is most definitely one of the most hilarious westerns ever made. I would highly recommend this film to any and all fans of the stars and this genre.
Special Features:
Production notes: This particular DVD is "all" about the film itself as there is very little in the way of special features. The production notes are of course in text and somewhat interesting. {ssintrepid}
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray Disc is HUGE upgrade from DVD May 31, 2011
By 3D-fan
Format:Blu-ray
As of this writing (May 28, 2011), Best Buy exclusively sells the Blu-ray release of the 1994 western/comedy/action movie "Maverick"--and the BD is definitely a huge improvement over the DVD video and audio. If you own the DVD of this movie (and have watched it on a large-screen, HD TV), you know that the DVD transfer was simply awful--almost unwatchable due to the heavy grain and other video defects.

The upgrade to Blu-ray is definitely worth the additional purchase price (less than thirteen dollars at Best Buy). It's like watching a totally different movie. The BD video is sharp, skin tones are perfect, and the color saturation is rich (but still looks natural). I rate the video transfer as 8/10--a solid transfer, especially for an "older" film. The audio is equally impressive--almost like watching a new release.

The film itself is, of course, quite entertaining--wonderful cast (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Colburn, James Garner, Graham Greene, and Alfred Molina), breath taking cinematography (filming took place at a number of scenic locations in the American West including Yosemite National Park, the Columbia River in Oregon, and the Arizona desert), a crazy plot (it's basically a comedy involving a big poker game aboard a fancy river boat--but there is plently of action), cameos by a number of country western singers (who perform a fantastic rendition of "Amazing Grace" as the ending credits roll) and a PG-13 rating, so the whole family can watch it.

This upgrade to Blu-ray is highly recommended!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL ROUND ENTERTAINMENT April 25, 2004
Format:DVD
Mel Gibson's Maverick is somewhat goofy but charming, sly, and fairly humorous.
A number of excellent cameos provide some comic relief, especially Danny Glover near the beginning of the movie. The biggest surprise for me was Jodie Foster, who, in an impressively rare comedic role, thankfully discards her repetoire of facial tics for a much more natural performance here.
The plot is kept pretty simple until near the end -- and the end has a great twist, which I won't divulge. Suffice it to say that your time will be well spent.
Recommended rental for sure, but also consider buying this excellent DVD because this comedy does well with repeat viewing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Western March 14, 2005
By Yendor
Format:DVD
With a renewed interest of the "Western" genre in 80's & 90's(YOUNG GUNS, TOMBSTONE, UNFORGIVEN) and classic tv series being made into films,MAVERICK was a natural. To sum up the film, it is just a plain fun. Richard Donner and Mel Gibson take their collaboration from the LETHAL WEAPON films (and even take Danny Glover along for a hilarious cameo as far as even saying "I'm getting too old for this ----!") to make a very satisfying comedy-adventure-western. Everyone seems to be having a good time in this film and the audience is brought along for the ride. James Garner who originated the roll on tv is brought back as Marshall Zane Cooper. Mel Gibson is perfectly cast in the lead and is so likeable and engaging that no matter what predicament he gets himself into, he's going to get out of it. The plot is mainly Maverick trying to get to, and raise funds for, a poker tournament on a Louisiana steamboat. Along the way he runs into hilarious obstacles and miscreant while meeting up with unsavory charactors etc. Jody Foster on the heels of two major best-actress Oscar wins, plays it light and is surprisingly hilarious as card shark/con artist Annabelle Bransford. Alfred Molina (SPIDER-MAN 2) shows his versatility once again as bad-guy "Angel", Maverick's arch enemy. Graham Greene is hilarious as the politically incorrect Native American,Joseph who is after the mighty dollar. Also, a who's who of veteran tv and movie character actors appear in the film during the marathon poker tournament making it fun to point them out. Lastly, veteran James Garner is good in everything he does. The closing scenes with Garner & Gibson with a surprising revelation is one of the highlights of the film and totally satisfying. Overall, fun, light, entertaining and perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything with James Garner is always fabulous, and with ...
Anything with James Garner is always fabulous, and with Mel Gibson it's even greater. And,-- little Jody Foster is an absolute gem !!
Published 7 hours ago by Dave Hatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the movie
Published 7 hours ago by Marc E. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars I super enjoyed this movie
I super enjoyed this movie. I bought a copy for the boyfriend's son and a bluray copy for myself. I only had a vhs and no longer have something to play it on.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Western
This is one of my favorite movies due to James Garner's appearance. It is a fun western with a talented cast with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. Like westerns? Then you'll like this.
Published 2 days ago by Silver Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found this
Great price for a great movie. Came packaged well.
Published 7 days ago by penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Nice movie
Published 10 days ago by Russell H. Demaris
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like fun an humor with a great cast
If you like fun an humor with a great cast, set in the old West. Then this is for you.
Published 12 days ago by MRL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie - James Garner is the best!
Published 13 days ago by Edward F. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's funny and one of the best Mel Gibson ever
Published 15 days ago by Sean Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie, alittle farfetched at times but very entertaining.
Published 16 days ago by Donnie Price
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