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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD contains 9 minutes more footage than the VHS version
I compared both VHS and DVD and they trimmed out tons of scenes here and there for a total of 9 minutes cut on the VHS version. why did they trim those before? Some of the cut scenes include Sara and Hogan traveling, and some are scenes like in the saloon, and in the hideout with the rebels.
Also the DVD picture shows much more from side to side and a lot more on...
Published on October 11, 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun With Clint and Shirley
An overlong yet engaging Western comedy that pairs Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine to good effect. Based on a story by Budd Boetticher, "Two Mules for Sister Sara" (1970) benefits from Don Siegel's no-nonsense direction, Gabriel Figueroa's effective widescreen cinematography and a memorable Ennio Morricone score. Refreshingly lighthearted by Eastwood standards.
Published on January 23, 2011 by Scott T. Rivers


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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD contains 9 minutes more footage than the VHS version, October 11, 2003
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This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
I compared both VHS and DVD and they trimmed out tons of scenes here and there for a total of 9 minutes cut on the VHS version. why did they trim those before? Some of the cut scenes include Sara and Hogan traveling, and some are scenes like in the saloon, and in the hideout with the rebels.
Also the DVD picture shows much more from side to side and a lot more on the top and bottom compared to the VHS version fans of the movie have had to live with for years. The quality of the picture is fantastic. This is probably the best improvement over VHS I have seen.
They also changed the cover from the old VHS version! It still looks great on the DVD, but the old VHS version showed the Mexicans and French fighting! why did they remove that? This is an action type western movie. If you see the cover it almost looks like it might be a romance movie. They should not have changed the cover.
There are a few times when Hogan shoves Sister Sara over a wall or into a tree by placing his hand on her rear, and she emits a female 'oooh!' They removed all those sounds and replaced them with grunting. I guess they thought that was objectionable, but it's amusing the way it was and they should have left it alone. The menu also has this annoying music playing also. Why did they pick that music? They should have used some of the music from the movie. However, a great film and an excellent transfer to DVD.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, December 10, 2007
This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
Hogan (Clint Eastwood) an ex Civil War soldier is a drifter looking for not so easy but definitely shifty ways of making money. He runs into 3 men molesting a naked woman (Shirley MacLaine) in the desert. Defending the woman, he kills the men and discovers the woman he saved is a nun. Together they embark on a mission to help the Mexican rebel army blast a French fort on the 4th of July. Eastwood is in it for the money; Maclaine for humanistic reasons. The guns are blazing, the French are all over the place, and Eastwood and Maclaine are falling in love. There is only one problem: MacLaine is a nun... or isn't she?

Outstanding western with great action, witty repartee, wonderful characters, surprises and what not. If you haven't seen this classic by now, boy have you been missing...
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We make a good team, November 14, 2004
This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
In an inspired bit of casting, sexy and effervescent Shirley MacLaine is cast against tough and laconic Clint Eastwood. The result is a frothy little frontier romance that is two-thirds wonderful. The last third, when TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA returns to its action roots and involves us in a long rebels versus the establishment battle scene, is more an intrusion than a culmination. I would have liked twenty more minutes of Eastwood-MacLaine and hang the rotten French colonial garrison.

This is a funny and straight-forward love story that bears comparison to the best teamings in action history; TWO MULES doesn't embarrass itself when set against any of the John Wayne-Maureen O'Hara films, which is about as high praise as I'm capable of.

My favorite element - throughout the movie MacLaine rides the smallest mount I've ever seen. The burro she's saddled to is shorter than many domestic dogs, although both rider and mount maintain as much dignity as the circumstance allows.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Eastwood western receives a nice blu-ray transfer, April 5, 2014
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"Two Mules for Sister Sara" brings together two Hollywood icons--Clint Eastwood and Shriley MacLaine in an unusual western that is, essentially, "The African Queen" in the old west.

Eastwood plays Hogan a drifter who saves Sister Sara (MacLaine)from being raped by outlaws.In the process the duo become embroiled in the Mexican fight against the French. It seems that Sara has something that the French want as they continue to pursue her and Hogan.

Directed by Don Siegel with a marvelous score by Ennio Morricone "Two Mules for Sister Sara" marked Eastwood's second American western since becoming a star with the Sergio Leone films. Although the script has its flaws, "Two Mules" largely works because of the performances (particularly Eastwood who introduces a bit more of a comedic element to his performance here), Siegel's sharp direction and the score. The film features some beautiful photography.

The blu-ray looks exceptionally good with a crisp, sharp presentation that doesn't relay on edge enhancement to sharpen the image. Detail is strong throughout. This is the same transfer that was released last year in the UK so if you have that version, there isn't any improvements or differences here to note.

The film receives a nice looking transfer that is largely free of any sort of blemishes.

The audio sounds quite nice with a good mono 2.0 presentation of the original soundtrack that is faithful to the intent of the filmmakers. Dialog is clear for the most part and subtitles are included. There's some depth to the mono presentation here as well.

Sadly we don't get any special features. Given the stature of Eastwood and MacLaine one would expect that. Heck, I would expect it for director Don Siegel since he's a well regarded filmmaker who made a number of classic films ("Invasin of the Body Snatchers", "Dirty Harry")and was Eastwood's mentor as a director. We get a vintage trailer and that's all/.

"Two Mules for Sister Sara" is an entertaining western. I loved it as a kid and continue to enjoy it today (although I grew up on the pan and scan version this is the version I learned to appreciated when I later saw it at a revival house).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Eastwood Western., February 25, 2000
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Joe Owen "Joe" (Republic of Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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I first saw this movie while I lived in Arizona in the late 1960's when I was a boy and the only thing I remembered then was the unforgetable soundtrack. Then a couple of years ago, I rented it and I enjoyed every bit of this movie. Clint Eastwood gives a humorous top notch performance as the drifting western mercenary who finally realizes he has a "heart", and Shirley MacLaine delivers excellently as a Nun who is not only running from the French Army but has a BIG secret. From the landscape of Northern Mexico/Arizona to the great acting and music, this is a movie to watch anytime and appreciate those westerns that only "The Man with No Name" can deliver! Two big thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun With Clint and Shirley, January 23, 2011
This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
An overlong yet engaging Western comedy that pairs Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine to good effect. Based on a story by Budd Boetticher, "Two Mules for Sister Sara" (1970) benefits from Don Siegel's no-nonsense direction, Gabriel Figueroa's effective widescreen cinematography and a memorable Ennio Morricone score. Refreshingly lighthearted by Eastwood standards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eastwood western., April 13, 2013
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The more unusual of the Clint Eastwood western's. Marvelous picture and sound quality. A must for any Eastwood fan.
Especially, if your partial to his early films of the late 1960's and early 1970's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The film echoes "The African Queen," but..., November 8, 2006
This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
With the intervention of Napoleon III of France, Archduque Maximilian was installed as emperor in Mexico but Mexican countrymen known as Juaristas (Juarez' resistance) were fighting to demonstrate that their country could act independently, that - as the reform contended - all men were equal under law, and that foreign monarchical adventures in Mexico were futile...

Sister Sara (Shirley MacLaine), presumably a nun, has adopted their cause and is being pursued by the French army for raising money to the Juaristas... Hogan (Clint Eastwood) is a wonder obliged to neither party... He appears unexpectedly when Sister Sara is about to be raped by three men... Fortunately for her, he kills them all...

But unlike the 'Man With No Name,' Eastwood doesn't turn and ride away... He escorts the good-looking nun in her mission...

But the nun's strange behavior intrigues his curiosity... She smokes cigars, she drinks whiskey and her language comes to be every day more profane...

Hogan's fascination with her arrives at its peak when she removes an Indian arrow from his shoulder, having rendering him half insensible by intoxicating him with shots of Whiskey...

After joining her to blow up a French supply train, he is persuaded to help a group of Juaristas led by Colonel Beltran (Manolo Fabregas) in a final attack on a French garrison...

The climax of "Two Mules for Sister Sara" displays the differences between Leone's conclusion which the 'Stranger' merely disappears into the mists of time... The change of image didn't excite the audience leaving the picture with enough nostalgia for the myth of the loner, the super hero, the 'Man With No Name.'

The film (beautifully shot in Color) is really a two-character story... The interesting team gives amusing and tender performances... The motion picture echoes "The African Queen," but is far away from being Hepburn/Bogart exciting adventure...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood + MacLaine = Highly Enjoyable Western Romp!, June 26, 2003
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Erik Morton "Erik Morton" (Carmel, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Two Mules For Sister Sara (DVD)
Though a bit quirky at times, TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA makes for great entertainment. This is mainly due to the pairing of Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine; the two work surprisingly well (no, great) together, and form a hillarious duo. Do not be mislead by the DVD cover and back; Eastwood does NOT play his usual "Man With No Name", but rather a wandering nomad by the name of Hogan. One day he happens upon three men about to rape a young woman, and he of course plugs all three and saves her. Hogan is soon shocked to see that the woman is, in fact, a nun raising money for the Mexicans, and all the while on the run from the French. So the two pair up together, Sara in need of Hogan's protection and Hogan in need of her directions to a well-protected fort, where there is a safe full of over $1 thousand (I think). While the plot may not seem like much, what makes the movie so great is the constant bickering between the two superstars; seeing those two play off eachother is both fascinating and, at times, side-splitting. One can easily tell how this film served as a partial basis for the 1975 western ROOSTER COGBURN (AND THE LADY), in which John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn squarred off in a very similar fashion. One complaint I have about TWO MULES... is the score by none other than Ennio Morricone. Despite his brilliant music for Eastwood's MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY, his work here is far from impressive. But since the score is absent for most of the film, it is of little consequence.
After purchasing both "Universal Western Collection" editions of JOE KIDD and HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, I was fearing more of the same here in terms of sound and picture. But luckily, this DVD is far superior in this sense. Unfortunately, there are even less extras present here than in those other discs; all you get is a trailer. But, as I said in my review for JOE KIDD, for $it's definitely worth it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Westerns for women!, December 27, 2001
Westerns aren't known for having much appeal to women, but this one tops my Listmania list of "Westerns Even Your Girlfriend Will Enjoy."
Young Clint Eastwood and a gorgeous young Shirley MacLaine have real chemistry on the screen together in this romantic adventure. MacLaine plays Sister Sarah, a righteous but beautiful nun on a mission of political mercy. She's determined to get through some treacherous country on her own, with or without the help of the rugged Eastwood -- yer typical rougish figure turned reluctant hero.
There's a bit of a twist at the end... that I think is fabulous and brings closure to the whole story... Give it a watch and decide for yourself.
And sign up for notification for the release of this movie on DVD... This movie is definitely one to watch again and again and keep on the better medium.
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