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How Long Must We Wait??!!,
This review is from: Extreme Prejudice (DVD)
Plenty of other reviews here give a synopsis of this story so I'll skip that part, and get to the "Oh how I love this movie" part.
I first saw this Walter Hill movie around '88, and only on VHS, and it has always been on my top 10 list. Back in the day's before Robert Rodriquez,and Q.T. And when those of us on the east coast had no access to Hong Kong Cinema, Walter Hill was a name action fans looked for, along with the better known names of stylized action, Sergio Leone, Sam Peckenpaugh,Richard Donner, and John McTiernen. All of these directors delivered lots of entertaining action,but for my money in the 80s Hill delivered big time with this modern day western.
Performances are strong and memorable. What scenery isnt destroyed by gun fire is chewed to pieces. Rip Torn, and Powers Booth create characters that are especially fun. Nick Nolte does a great job of playing a Texas Ranger, in a mythological kinda way.
The direction is sharp despite some minor plot holes, but of course the action sequences are steller.
Big question now is "How long must we wait for a good DVD version of this film?" Widescreen is a must.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2010 12:41:06 PM PST
John C. Hocking says:
I just watched a Netflix-rented DVD of this film last night.
The film is wonderful-- so good I jumped on Amazon the next day, thinking to buy my own copy.
I assumed that the Netflix DVD I watched had to be old, outdated, its soft, pan and scan, full-screen presentation replaced by a decent widescreen transfer.
But it's not.
There apparently has never been a good widescreen DVD of this film. That is a Crime. This movie deserves better and I'm not buying a copy unless I can watch it as it was meant to be seen.
Posted on Mar 13, 2012 3:01:59 PM PDT
Eric Sanberg says:
I hear you. Hill flicks like this and "Johnny Handsome" are only available in these dismal transfers. And I'd have to guess there are enough fans out there to warrant the expense on Lions Gate's part to do it. Pitiful.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2014 2:25:05 AM PDT
R. Baurer says:
Johnny Handsome is available in blu-ray as a double feature with Angel Heart. They are both widescreen versions.
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