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« Reply #60 on: December 07, 2010, 12:19:52 AM »

I think they have a herd instinct to cluster together during storms, if I remember right the big blizzard of 98 or 89 when a lot were killed they were dead in clusters under the drifts.


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« Reply #61 on: December 07, 2010, 10:15:31 AM »

Even on cattle drives the most they would be able to push them was 10-15 miles a day, how far could they actually wander while grazing or even stampede in a storm. I don't think you need much expertize to track a herd. But most people today would know that I suppose.

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« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2011, 12:06:06 PM »

The digital bits is reporting that there's a region free BD edition now out in France. Here's the amazon.fr link: http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001Q8UP5U

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« Reply #63 on: July 01, 2017, 06:18:08 AM »

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It's purely my own opinion of course, but Open Range is a modern day genre classic that stands up to repeat viewings. It's not a flawless Western the Western historians will tell you, and some will pick out the hats or the impact of a rifle to mark the film down, but really we should be embracing a genre piece in the modern age that is clearly being directed with love and respect by the director.

It's story is of course a simply structured tale of the underdog rising up against the fat cats who want it all in the name of tyranny. But on its side is the fact that its characters are so interestingly engaging. Within a short time frame I feel that Kevin Costner manages to put us in the saddle with the main protagonists, we understand these guys without actually knowing them, and that is quite an achievement I feel. The film does flesh them out to enhance the film without boring the pants off the viewer, and it's only come the final reel that you realise you have been engaged in a very human and honest Western film.

Most of the cast do great here, both Robert Duvall & Kevin Costner bounce of each other with moody and world wise aplomb as the two main leads, while in the sole female role of note, Annette Bening is gusto beautiful personified. Sadly it's hard for me to write that Michael Gambon as the villain of the piece is not only underused, but also something of a let down. Such an accomplished actor should know better than to overdo it in the context of this particular story. Yes we get the need for villainy, but gurning and frothing doesn't quite make the grade here. It's a little surprising that director Costner didn't utilise Gambon more wisely.

Still, I say the film is a wondrous experience because it is, a film to have you cheering and booing in equal measure, and in the main the work on it is top dollar. Some of the shots are gorgeous, the framing that Costner uses in close ups is excellent, and the final reel shoot-out ranks as one of the best in Western genre history. So all in all it's a modern day genre piece that actually sits nicely with the best from the golden era. 9/10

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« Reply #64 on: July 01, 2017, 02:35:14 PM »

I commented on this a while ago also. I really like the shootout at the end, but there's also a great scene where a rainstorm turns the town's streets into rivers. Costner and Duvall are very good.

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Open Range (2003) 7/10. There's one hellacious gunfight in this film, but it takes Costner forever to get to it. And then the aftermath drags on and on. I guess Kevin loved shooting up in Alberta so much he never wanted to stop, and then, because this was a project for TV, he was allowed to cram an hour's worth of material into a two-and-a-half hour cut. Well, it does look very beautiful (although the over-reliance on reflectors becomes annoying). For PQ, the German Blu-ray is the way to go.

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« Reply #65 on: July 02, 2017, 06:10:31 AM »

there's also a great scene where a rainstorm turns the town's streets into rivers.

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