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One Eyed Jacks [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 409 customer reviews

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One - Eyed Jacks (Blu-ray)

Includes original theatrical trailer, and period movie poster gallery!

Pain-staking re-mastering and re-colorized. Enhanced digital sound. A true western drama masterpiece made even better!

Story Line:

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable Sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return.

One-Eyed Jacks, Marlon Brando's first and only directing venture, is a stirring Western classic featuring breath-taking cinematography and a magnificent musical score. Not only did Marlon Brando direct this motion picture masterpiece, lauded as Martin Scorsese's favorite Western, but Brando also took on the premiere role of Rio, a man betrayed by Dad Longworth, his one-time partner in crime.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden
  • Directors: Marlon Brando
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GP7F8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The picture quality on the Entertainment One "Blu Ray" disc is awful. Don't waste your money on it. To date, the best image quality for ONE EYED JACKS remains the Tgg Direct DVD released in 2003.
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By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: DVD
Can't say enough about this movie. It is a favorite of mine. Brando's portrayal of the old western gunfighter is classic. This transfer on DVD is the worst I have ever seen. You dont buy a DVD player to watch movies like this. Better transfers are out there. Cable has aired crystal clear versions of this film in letterbox format, another weakness of this rendition. The video store was kind enough to refund my money. Buyers beware, if you haven't already you will soon discover not all DVDs are created equal. You may think 10 bucks is a steal for a DVD movie only to find when you get home the video tape is much better. I am still waiting for the definative DVD rendition of this film from Paramount.
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By A Customer on December 29, 2000
Format: DVD
One-Eyed Jacks is a very good movie. Unfortunatly it is a very poor DVD. I have actually bought this film twice. The first time I bought it on VHS and I was very disappointed with the picture and sound quality. When I found it on DVD I should have realized that the inexpensive price meant another poor version, but I thought since it was on DVD it must be remastered. It is not and was not. In fact this is the worst DVD I have ever seen it terms of picture and sound quality. It is too bad because Marlon Brando, in the only picture he ever directed, has created a film worth seeing. Hopefully some company will realize this and give us films fans a version we can enjoy.
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Format: DVD
If you like slow-burning westerns with phenomenal acting, this is one to see. Marlon Brando, who starred and directed, is magnificent as a brooding outlaw named Rio. After five years in a Mexican prison, Rio is on the prowl for his former partner, Dad Longworth, who betrayed him after a bank holdup. He discovers that Longworth has become a wealthy sheriff in a small coastal town. Rio makes his presence known, biding his time and allowing his former buddy to believe that the past is forgotten. But he runs into some trouble while in town. Longworth takes the opportunity to smash Rio's gun hand in a public display, then has him thrown in prison to be hanged. We're left wondering how Rio will ever get his revenge.
Martin Scorcese has described this as his favorite western. Rod Serling ("Twilight Zone") worked on the first draft of the script, then Sam Peckinpah ("The Wild Bunch") was hired to rewrite it. Stanley Kubrick was the director, but was later replaced by star Marlon Brando. This is Brando's first and only stint as a director, and though it isn't perfect, it's darn good. He does tend to let scenes drag on a little long, and there were some tedious parts that probably should have been left out, but I'd say about 75-80 percent of this film hits the mark.
As an actor, Brando dominates virtually every scene, drawing you in, making you feel what he's feeling. His character is a real son-of-a-b*tch, a liar and a scoundrel, but you come to empathize and root for him by the end. Pina Pellicer, who plays Rio's love interest Louisa, is a very fine actress who holds her own opposite Brando. She looks like a Mexican Audrey Hepburn. There really were no weak actors. Karl Malden, who played Longworth, is appropriately two-faced, a real "one-eyed jack".
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
OEJ is my favorite western.I think it is one of the best ever made...so when I heard it was coming in Blu Ray,I preordered a copy from Amazon,and could hardly wait to get it.I got it,and played Blue Ray OEJ that night.The transfer is a little better than TV,which makes for a transfer from hell.It looks to have some kind of 1080 seive over a previously bad transfer,the only digital remastering I saw was no remastering at all,the closer you get to the screen the blurrier the images get.This transfer is almost without color.The sound is OK.I don't really know how to describe the horrid opening titles(german i think).OEJ should be a Criterion project if ever there was a Criterion project or what about Coppola,Speilberg,and Scorsese,who loved and were affected by OEJ.I'm surprised one of them has not took on OEJ as a restoration project.Last but not least what happened to the director's cut which IS out there,I watched it while I was stationed in Vietnam at our outdoor theater(circa 1969).
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...complete with poorly-rendered French main titles and consistently dull color. This is now a public domain title, so getting a good VistaVision version will take some doing. Only time will tell, but even a good print will probably require an expensive photochemical restoration to get a decent HD master.
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Format: DVD
A number of reviewers have complained about the lousy transfers that have been made to DVD of "One Eyed Jacks." I found a transfer that, while not perfect, appears to be a lot better than what has been described by reviewers here at Amazon. The film was released on Front Row Video, which is a fairly typical, low budget, "public domain" releasing company. I was surprised to find that their copy has been released in the widescreen format and that the source print is in relatively good shape. The print is the full 141 minute version. There are no extras on the DVD save some chapter breaks which are incorrectly listed both on the DVD case and the DVD itself. Amazon would do well to seek out this copy from Front Row (no, I don't work for them). It's certainly not the definitive DVD release of this Western, but it's a lot better than what has been described by many of the viewers.
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