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Perfect World, A (BD)

Academy Award winners* Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood confront each other from opposite sides of the law in A Perfect World, an acclaimed, multilayered manhunt saga (directed by Eastwood) that rumbles down Texas backroads toward a harrowing collision with fate. Costner plays Butch Haynes, a hardened prison escapee on the lam with a young hostage (T.J. Lowther in a remarkable film debut) who sees in Butch the father figure he never had. Eastwood is wily Texas Ranger Red Garnett, leading deputies and a criminologist (Laura Dern) on a statewide pursuit. Red knows every road and pothole in the Panhandle. What's more, he knows the elusive Haynes – because their paths have crossed before.

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther, Keith Szarabajka
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: John Lee Hancock
  • Producers: Mark Johnson, David Valdes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076YFJKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tracy Hodson VINE VOICE on June 1, 2004
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Continuing his exploration of what makes a man good, bad -- just plain human-- is what this film delves into, even more deeply than in the stunning "Unforgiven" (to his credit, Eastwood never pretends, as some male writers and directors do, that he understands women; instead, he admits that we are mysteries to him, and concentrates his energies on what he does understand: American men). Refusing to subscribe to typical American cinematic over-simplifications of "good vs. evil," Clint Eastwood delivers films that make you realize very quickly that there is no room for such absolutes when dealing with human truths. This thesis, which he has been pursuing for some time now, perhaps starting with "Tightrope" where the line between good and evil blurs to invisibility, he has, with "A Perfect World," given us a translation of John Lee Hancock's brilliant screenplay that is both beautiful and almost too painful to bear. Noted by critics at the time of its relase, but completley ignored by audiences who, it seems, found Kevin Costner as an escaped convict just too unpalatable, this film takes us on a complex journey deep into the souls of two tortured men, Costner's "Butch Haynes" and Eastwood's "Red," the Texas Ranger who is charged with running the escaped Haynes down. The past and its consequences are a continual theme in all of Eastwood's important works, and in this film, the ironies are neck-deep and take time and patience from the viewer to unravel. Even the decision by Red to commandeer the vehicle the Governer intends to ride in the next day when President Kennedy will be in Dallas (this is 1963) brings up the question: would the Governer have been shot had he been in this vehicle instead of in the President's car?Read more ›
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This film has two of Hollywood's biggest stars - Eastwood and Costner - both of whom give great performances. But it's the young actor who plays the kidnapped boy who steals the show. This drama is set in Texas, early November 1963 - shortly before JFK's fateful visit to Dallas. An escaped convict (Costner) kidnaps a boy and is on the run from the law (Eastwood) and each of their lives are changed forever. The film is especially touching whenever it focuses on the growing relationship between the convict & boy - Costner's portrayal of the tough escapee with a kind heart is great and the boy is so natural and likeable. Under Eastwood's direction the film is controlled and avoids the pitfall of melodrama. The ending is tragic yet inevitable. I think this is one of Costner's best performances and was surprised when the film seemed to be overlooked by the media. I loved the whole feel of the movie and cared about the characters - even some of the minor ones like the sharecropper family. I highly recommend this film.
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The story was very unique and I actually really cared about the characters and how their stories unfolded. Even the kid was really cool, and I don't often like kids in movies. Kevin Cosnter gives an exceptional performance, ranking among his best. I love the scene at the end of the film where he is dancing with the wife of the family he has just assualted. Genius. And Clint Eastwood manages to pull off another stellar performance even as a supporting character. He directs the film as well, and manages to tell and original, intelligent emtional stroy. Bravo!
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This film is one of those rare movies that manage to use the strengths of all involved. First, this is the very best of Clint Eastwood both as a director and actor. Eastwood the director learned his trade from Don Siegel, who made a bunch of no-nonsense 70's action films, many of them with Eastwood as the star. Eastwood learned his trade well from the master. He can edit the fat out of a film very effectively. Eastwood the actor really shines in this film as well in a supporting role as a Texas Ranger at the tail end of a career doing a kind of slow burn as events unfold around him.
This film is also Kevin Costner's best work ever, and one has to imagine it came because Director Eastwood sat on him hard. Whatever, Costner gives a very, very good performance, full of depth as a prisoner on the lam. He is actually tough and touching at the same time, no small feat for any actor.
Finally, Laura Dern is also at her best in this film. What happened to her, anyway? Where did she go? Anyway, the romance between the Eastwood character and Dern is understated and very moving, as each character slowly gain respect for the other. Dern is not classically beautiful, but she comes off as very real and smart, with a sense of humor and a real humanity. Hollywood needs more like her, instead of fashion models playing cops. Dern looks natural as hell in the role with a beauty, as corny as it sounds, that comes from within.
All in all, a vastly overlooked gem that is well worth owning.
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This is a film practically made to love. The story idea is great, the themes are worth exploring, and it’s a manhunt involving Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner. That seems like a recipe for success, and to a large extent, it is.

It becomes difficult when tackling a story like this to define your lines of right and wrong. Sometimes that complication really helps a film, if it provokes the audience to thought, and sometimes it makes things worse, if the audience doesn’t think. This is Clint Eastwood meets Savannah Smiles. It’s dark and it’s gritty and the bad guys are truly bad and not loveable. When a film’s story revolves around the bad guy, it becomes hard to not make the audience love him. Nobody wants to watch a film if they can’t care about the characters. This is where A Perfect World is brilliant, and I’ll attribute it mostly to Costner’s performance. Because even though we know he’s bad, we can’t like most of his actions, and we want justice, Costner manages to pull the viewer inside his character in a commandeering way. Even when we hate his choices, we’re always rooting for him to make the right one next time.

The darker, grittier approach was handled well, and more believably than attempting to get too sentimental with an already-somewhat-sentimental storyline. Digging into difficult issues, for example, such as sexual assault, make for some uncomfortable confrontations, but they pack the punch that is intended. As mentioned, the bad guys are bad, and there’s a lot of language and some other content.

The story flow feels a little bit choppy, and not having watched other Eastwood-directed films, I’m not sure where the majority of the blame falls.
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