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Shoot the Sun Down: Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (1978)

Christopher Walken , Margot Kidder , David Leeds  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Margot Kidder, Geoffrey Lewis, A Martinez
  • Directors: David Leeds
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EO2I6Q0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this adventurous western set in 1836, four misanthropic people band together to find a golden treasure. But as they progress, members of the group, including a scalper, a gunman, an indentured female servant, and an aging sea captain begin double and triple-crossing each other in hopes of getting all the gold for themselves. This classic western in the tradition of Sergio Leone's ''Man With No Name'' trilogy stars Academy Award Winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Margot Kidder (Superman: The Movie), Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil's Rejects) and A Martinez (Curse of Chucky) and has been out of circulation for over 30+ years (and has not been seen in it's original aspect ratio since it's theatrical release in 1978). Director David Leeds has supervised this beautiful new high definition widescreen transfer for it's Blu-ray debut, and has added missing footage that has never been seen, finally competing the picture he originally intended to make.

BONUS FEATURES: Alternate opening title sequence (featuring music by Kinky Friedman), Original Theatrical Trailer, Photo Gallery

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe there is hope November 12, 2013
While the movie isn't Oscar material, its typical of the times and fun to watch. More importantly, its great to see a less than well known movie from that time released. It tells me perhaps others, like "The Farmer", will find their way back and become available for once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic Western November 14, 2013
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I had great time seeing this cult classic western. I'm a fan of the genre, and I love seeing lesser known films. The plot has it's weaknesses, but seeing Margot Kidder, Christopher Walken, Geoffrey Lewis, and A. Martinez before any of them were well known actors was amazing. Great chemistry between this group. Incredibly beautiful visuals, places in the southwest I've only dreamed of going. It has a slow, almost "French" pace, with pauses and silence that speak loud and clear. A lot of fun overall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot The Sun Down November 10, 2013
I just saw this film at a screening in Santa Monica and was quite impressed. Stunning visuals, and it was great to see Walken and Kidder pre The Deer Hunter and Superman. The performances and interactions were very good, and the dance of the intersecting characters very interesting. The film was obviously influenced by Sergio Leone and Kurosawa, but there was also a feeling of French new wave cinema in the sense that the scenes had real three dimensional space, where silence and pauses said as much as words. Felt like I was "in the moment".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Walken film gets Blu! November 17, 2013
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Previously only available on VHS, SHOOT THE SUN DOWN finally gets the Blu-ray treatment. Any fan of Christopher Walken can rejoice at this starring role for him, as a bad-ass, knife-throwing, soft-spoken, gun-slinging bounty-hunter. He looks very young in this (1978 was right before he made THE DEER HUNTER), and every bit the leading man. The story is about a race for buried treasure set in Santa Fe in the Old West. Also appearing is a young and crafty Margot Kidder (right before she did Superman) and the ever-charming Geoffrey Lewis, who almost steals the show as the filthy scheming scoundrel. SHOOT THE SUN DOWN is one of those old-school films that takes its time setting the tone and letting the story play-out at its own pace. Probably too slow for some, but definitely worth your time. It is TREASURE ON THE SIERRA MADRE meets ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Warp Western November 12, 2013
Did not know what to expect when I went to a screening at the AERO Theatre in SM to see a movie that has essentially been "lost" for almost 40 years. Stylistically, it was as if John Ford, Sergio Leone, & Quentin Tarantino made a movie and hired whoever scored Logan's Run for the soundtrack. Yes, sounds a bit ambitious (and probably odd as well), but it worked for me. Despite some "thinness" in the story at times, Geoffrey Lewis' part is well-written, acted & very entertaining to watch. Walken plays his part with brilliant minimalism, forcing you to study every nuance in his face & Kidder is believable as a woman of "ill-repute" searching for her chance to escape indentured servitude. The writer/ director does a nice job of weaving tragedy, treachery, & futility throughout the film. I felt like I was among a privileged few to open a time capsule of a bygone era in which a student film collided with an innovative concept & features household name actors before they were household names.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saw a screening of Blu-ray November 12, 2013
By MarPk
I just saw a special screening of the Blu-ray of Shoot The Sun Down in Los Angeles. It was terrific. The performances, especially Walken, Kidder, and Lewis were excellent. Well acted throughout. The visuals were amazing. One of the most beautiful westerns I've ever seen. Yes, the pace was a little slow, but slow like in French films where you really inhabit the space with the characters and the silences are so pregnant. All in all, a real trip, and a must for fans of the genre or Waken.
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