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Unforgiven


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris (i)
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, David Valdes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 1997
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AWRMCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unforgiven" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Unforgiven is a modern classic that “summarizes everything I feel about the Western,” director/star Clint Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times. This American Film Institute Top-100 American Movies selection rode off with four 1992 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Editing (Joel Cox). Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty. Richard Harris is an ill-fated killer-for-hire. And Hackman is a lawman of sly charm…and chilling brutality. Unforgiven is “a Western for the ages” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).

Customer Reviews

A very good movie the acting was well done.
Kenneth Putnam
Not only one of the best westerns, but one of the best films ever made.
Jon L. Albee
All in all, Unforgiven is a genuine Western film noir.
Mr. Math Expert

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154 of 170 people found the following review helpful By James Q. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There are a plethora of reviews of the movie, but my review is mostly a comparison of the BD vs DVD version. I won't discuss its merits as a western, which is a classic and worthy of 5 stars. This BD disk is 3 stars for its technical quality.

The BD version is worth buying if you don't own the 2 disk special edition, which has the better DVD transfer, and cost more, even after discounts! But if you own the better DVD version and are looking to own the best version for home viewing, hold on.

While the audio is crisp and clear, there is no magic in its mastering or imaging, its just clearer sound than the DVD.

The BD transfer is generally sharp, but there are moments so dull, I thought I was running the DVD version. The high resolution of BD removes jaggies seen in diagonal lines and pixelation revealed by DVD resolution projected into a large HDTV, but this BD's colors are often washed out, and edges of objects blurred. This lack of resolution is much worse in the night scenes including the finale scene, and is 80% less during daylight shots. Some of the daylight shots do appear as blurry as the night shots. Unlike better BD out there, overall the background elements do not have more striking detail over the DVD. By comparison, a stellar transfer exists even in old movies. If you are a fan of WWII airplanes, see the 1969 'Battle of Britain' or the classic 2001: Space Odyssey.

However, if you don't own the 2 disk set, this BD disk incorporates all the extras of the 2 disk set into one disk, and a better buy than the original DVD release.
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144 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on December 27, 2002
Format: DVD
"Unforgiven" is much more than a breathtaking Western, it's an amazing film altogether. With elements of drama and film noir, this is a picture that shows us that there are some demons you can never put to rest, no matter how hard you try.

Clint Eastwood stars as William Munny, a once notorious and violent killer and thief. If Munny didn't like you, chances were that you wouldn't live long enough for him to tell you so. However, that was in the old days. Now, he's just a quiet and tired farmer who is a devoted father still in mourning of his dead wife. He's been straight for years and is trying to put all of his demons to rest, but you still get the feeling that no matter how hard he tries, he will always be haunted. An opportunity comes to him in the name of `The Schofield Kid.' He gives him a chance to be his partner and have him help on a bounty. Knowing that the money could help his family out, Munny finally decides to take the Kid up on the offer. He also brings with him Ned Logan; an old friend and partner. Little Bill Daggett is the Sheriff in town, and the thing he hates most are assassins. He will do anything in his power to take care of them and make sure they do not succeed on their killing. The last remaining part of the film stands out the most and is so well executed that it catches you off guard.

This really is a great film and it surprised me like I would've never expected. I don't like Westerns all that much, but this isn't your typical Western. That is probably why I enjoyed it so much. There is so much story and character development. You really are able to sympathize with Munny, despite his dark and violent past.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2003
Format: DVD
Redemption can only succeed if the past doesn't haunt the redeemed. Clint Eastwood stars as former outlaw Will Munny. Munny has changed his ways after meeting a woman who literally helped him turn his life around. Now she's gone and he's a struggling farmer with two small children desperate for money to fuel his last chance at staying honest and straight.
Munny decides along with his former partner (a marvelously understated Morgan Freeman)and a young kid to kill two cowboys that cut up a prostitute for a $1000.00 bounty. The only thing standing between him and the money is Little Bill (Gene Hackman who picked up an Oscar for Best Supporting actor)a brutal Sheriff. Munny doesn't know it but he's caught an express train to hell as the cold blooded killer he was comes to the fore again.
Unforgiven is as much about the inability to escape our past as it is about the violence and bloodshed that was later glossed over in the westerns of the 30's and 40's. Munny realizes that killing is a nasty business for both the killer and his victim. Despite his years of hard work and the saving grace of his wife, Munny could easily tip over into the abyss of alcholism and cruelty that dominated his youth. It's a marvelous portrayal and Eastwood, arguably, deserved the Best Acting Oscar as much as the directing and Best Picture Oscars.
This new 10th Anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and looks beautiful. The opening sequence is a good example of the care taken in the transfer. The smoke from Munny's house during sunset snakes gently against the bright orange sky.
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The same BD with 2 different price, why?
There doesn't seem to be a difference between the two. The one with the gold cover is just a new reissue they did as an Academy Awards promotion. Same version with a new case.

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May 26, 2010 by D. Mayo |  See all 2 posts
Does it has subtitle with "Mandarin" ?
hell no, this is a western. not masterpiece theater
Oct 11, 2010 by Bill |  See all 4 posts
Oh, and where are the actual May 23rd Warner releases?
I agree, but it has to do w/the short window between announcements, especially Warner, and actual street dates. Hopefully, Amazon will have these titles. I expect they're not paying much attention to HD-DVD at this point though.
May 22, 2006 by HDM_fan |  See all 2 posts
"Unforgiven" lends a new dimension to the word "bad"
The gratuitous sex, violence and swearing all have a purpose. This movie is a deconstruction of the classic western. Many of the classic westerns glamorize outlaws or sharpshooters. This movie strips away that glamor, and has the outlaws be violent and disgusting which an outlaw would really... Read More
Mar 26, 2009 by Barry Vaughan |  See all 33 posts
Lots of Westerns coming in May to DVD!!!!! Be the first to reply
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