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Unforgiven [HD DVD] (1992)

Clint Eastwood , Morgan Freeman  |  R |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (628 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (628 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KJEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unforgiven [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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Winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor, and best editing, Clint Eastwood's 1992 masterpiece stands as one of the greatest and most thematically compelling Westerns ever made. "The movie summarized everything I feel about the Western," said Eastwood at the time of the film's release. "The moral is the concern with gunplay." To illustrate that theme, Eastwood stars as a retired, once-ruthless killer-turned-gentle-widower and hog farmer. He accepts one last bounty-hunter mission--to find the men who brutalized a prostitute--to help support his two motherless children. Joined by his former partner (Morgan Freeman) and a cocky greenhorn (Jaimz Woolvett), he takes on a corrupt sheriff (Oscar winner Gene Hackman) in a showdown that makes the viewer feel the full impact of violence and its corruption of the soul. Dedicated to Eastwood's mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel and featuring a colorful role for Richard Harris, it's arguably Eastwood's crowning directorial achievement. The digital video disc offers standard and widescreen formats and a remastered soundtrack. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey. Richard Harris is an ill-fated interloper, a colorful killer-for-hire called English Bob. And Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Gene Hackman is the sly and brutal local sheriff whose brand of law enforcement ranges from unconventional to ruthless.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Richard Schickel
Documentary:Eastwood a Star
Featurette:All on a Counta Pulling a Trigger
Interviews:Eastwood on Eastwood Eastwood & Co. Making of
TV Special:Maverick Episode "Duel in the Sun"
Theatrical Trailer


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150 of 165 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A blu-ray dissapointment, but a wonderful movie 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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141 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We all have it coming, Kid." A True Classic Masterpiece 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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92 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven - 1992's Best Picture winner! February 16, 2003
Format:DVD
Unforgiven is clearly among the top westerns ever made. This movie is simple, dark and yet highly complex in its superb script and the outstanding performances by all concerned. Few westerns will draw you into the lead characters as this one does. Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and the sorely missed Richard Harris all deserved awards for their collective performances. What is a western without Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman!
The premise:
Welcome to Big Whiskey Wyoming, where in a small "billiards" saloon, a cowboy gets angry at a whore and, with the help of his buddy, cuts her face up. The other "women" of the establishment, pool their money and start telling everybody that they're offering a reward to whoever kills these two young cowboys. This is precipitated by Gene Hackmans character Little Bill, who essentially doesn't punish them for their crime.
Clint Eastwood plays William Munny, who in his earlier days was every bit one of the worst, meanest gunslingers in the west. Some ten years prior to the events at the beginning of this fine film, William Munny met his wife Claudia, who turned this serious gunslinger into a family man, unfortunately for him and his little children, his wife died three years prior. He is now a poor pig farmer, with two little children.
The son of one of his old riding buddies has heard about this reward and seeks out William Munnys assistance in tracking down these unpunished criminals. After some hesitation, he seeks out his friend Ned, played by Morgan Freeman, one of the finest actors of our day. The three of them head north to seek out the reward.
What follows is clearly a movie that while, for the better part is melodramatic; it is that melodrama that is gripping.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clint has done many that are much better than this
I think the academy gave out a mercy award. Clint has done many that are much better than this.
Published 1 day ago by Coach58
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western Movie - although very intense at times with ...
Great Western Movie - although very intense at times with the violence.............although that is probably what the old, wild west was like.
Published 2 days ago by John A. Plough
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Clint Eastwood movie
My favorite Clint Eastwood movie ever
Published 8 days ago by ROBERT LEE CUMMINGS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 8 days ago by tom ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clint at his best
Published 10 days ago by Peggy Northcutt
1.0 out of 5 stars I bought this movie and it does not play on ...
I bought this movie and it does not play on my DVD player. I will not buy another DVD from this supplier.
Published 15 days ago by Alan J Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie, love clint eastwood
Published 15 days ago by anne hash
5.0 out of 5 stars They have a sign on him
This is a truly great movie. When ever I sense a social injustice, I watch the last part of this movie. It deserved all four Oscars. Read more
Published 16 days ago by M. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!! Can't say enough about this.
Published 17 days ago by Rose Virgina Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman in one movie! Great story!
Published 17 days ago by William A. Jones
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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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