Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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Settle back with your favorite sidekick and enjoy Hollywood's original buddy picture. Paul Newman and Robert Redford have never shined brighter in the roles that will forever identify them as the daring debonair outlaws on the run - and head over-heels in love with the same beautiful woman (Katharine
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1. The biggest plus point for this movie to be what it is, is the casting of Newman, Redford and Ross. Apart from the obvious declaration that screen chemistry between Newman-Redford is one of the best of all times, chemistry between Newman-Ross and Redford-Ross are some of the other highlights of the movie. Especially, Newman-Ross scene where they ride in a bicycle is pure joy to watch with the background musical score. Not to mention each scene where Newman and Redford share together are some of the finest moment's cinema lover could ask for.
2.The other major selling point of this movie is that it doesn't have the usual elements of most other westerns which are there all the times i.e., needless bloodshed/ revenge plot/ gun tricks and so on. So this way it was a complete different viewing experience for me and I enjoyed it a lot. Hero here is not interested in taking revenges, he is not very thrilled by the prospect of killing, and he knows the odds against him when there are many villains involved. And yet he does the things westerners do, like robbing trains, loving women, and killing when utmost necessary.
3. Other major factor is the Cinematography. I won't be exaggerating when I suggest that this is the foremost beautiful movie to be photographed, ever! The picturesque landscapes, the white flowing river and everything from day-night to train to houses to people are all so meticulously captured on the camera and with such beautiful, smooth colors that I am totally amazed by this work. Hats off to Conrad Hall for his marvelous efforts.
4. Background music is really good, especially in the bicycle scene and in general throughout the movie. It is very different from music so often related to westerns.
5. Direction is superb, dialogs are smart and witty.
I have tried to cover all the pluses that came to my mind, but still feel I missed some although some on purpose because if I start writing on those it will take more time for me to finish this comment. Especially particular scenes of Newman-Redford but all of them are so good, full of wit, that it won't be fair to comment only on some. So if you have or will watch the movie then you might know what task I have here to write about some of them. Overall, one of the finest westerns of all time, and yet so different from most other films of this genre.
Seeing the film now, I think that the bicycle-riding scene to "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" was superfluous, if cute, and there are other minor aspects that come across as odd. But in its time, "Sundance" was a ground-breaking, enormously popular film, and I can still see why. It's worth seeing again.
I like the digibook packaging for the same reason I like albums notes on their covers and liners, their usually full of fun facts. This one is a little dry on those and it's a bit on the cheap side when you look at the binding and paper.
The DVD itself needs work. I believe this film won awards for the photography. It didn't come through the transfer. From what I've read it's because of the source material or $$$. That's one reason why Criterion costs so much. They concentrate on the transfer.
Now that said I did pick this up on sale and I've watched it a few times already. Looking forward to 4K resolution in the not too distant future.