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The Quick And The Dead (Blu-ray)

Released on 07 September 2009

Featuring: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman & Russell Crowe

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Herod (Gene Hackman), Mayor and ruler of Redemption, has turned his town into a haven for thugs and miscreants of every type. In return for his 'leniency', he keeps 50 cents on every dollar traded by the unsavoury group. Each year, in order to weed out rivals and to protect his position of power, Herod holds a shooting contest, which attracts people from miles around, including his son, "The Kid" (Leonardo Di Caprio), and Cort (Russell Crowe). It's a shoot to kill contest with the prize being a large sum of cash. Herod wins every year, so protecting his position and reputation for being the fastest killer in the West. That is until Ellen (Sharon Stone) rides into town, a six-gun strapped to her hip and revenge burning in her heart. She's fast and furious and her mind is set on winning the ultimate prize of a duel to the death with Herod.
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 Listen For A Click From The Clock, Just As The Hour Strikes!

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In a western town called Redemption, John Herrod is the law and the organizer of the annual quick draw competition where gunslingers compete for big cash winnings by eliminating other contestants in gunplay by being the fastest draw, until just the winner remains standing.

The story focuses on The Lady (Sharon Stone). She is an unknown female gunslinger visiting the dusty town in the middle of the desert. She has a valid, but personal reason for showing up, arriving just one day before the gun fighting competition will take place.

Each character in the film has a little background history, some coming to the competition with a reputation, some for their own personal reasons and some for the sheer fortune should they reach the grand final. John Herrod (Gene Hackman) as usual does justice to his mean cynical role almost relishing it. An early role as Cort (Russell Crowe) shows a glimmer of what is to come from him in his later career, although his character role is strong and convincing. Ace Hanlon (Lance Henriksen) as the slick gunfighter is a real delight, portraying a powerful and convincing part. The Kid (Leonardo DiCaprio) the son of Herrod is a cocky character full of confidence with his ability through guns and women. A draw is made and pairs of contestants do battle each and every day in the centre of town, with the whole town betting and observing the gallant combatants.

The gunplay commences each day at a predetermined time. In the middle of the town is a large tower clock, with a huge pair of wooden hands that creak when they move and at the stroke of the hour gunfire commences. The tension, which builds waiting for the hands to move, is a masterful touch. While the movie is first and foremost action driven, it does contain enough storyline in the morality sector to be totally acceptable with abundant subplots ranging from hidden agendas, broken pasts and character integrity. Well worth a watch, particularly if you are a western fan.

 Excellent, underrated Western

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I like this movie, I like it a lot actually: good acting, good actors, a good story line.
Rating video 4/5 (somewhat grainy); audio 4/5 (somewhat muted).

If you have the cut US release, you'll mis the love scene between Stone and Crow, and Stone running up the stairs of the brothel: the scenes after Stone left the graveyard when she spoke with the doc (chapter 13). Check the R-2 DVD for these scenes (chapter 21).
Fortunately, the EU release is un-cut: runtime 108 minutes (the cut US release last approx. 105 minutes).
Unfortunately: no extra features on both Blu-ray releases.

Nevertheless 'The Quick and the Dead', un-cut EU release: very recommended!

Robert

 Great Western with a stellar cast

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Managed to catch this excellent film about 10 years ago on t.v and was instantly gripped by the story line and top quality acting from a cast that included the likes of Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone and Leonardo Dicaprio who at the time the film was made could not have been any older than 17 or 18. The story centres around the four main protagonists mentioned above with Russell Crowe and Sharon Stone on there own particular mission for redemption, Leonardo Dicaprio having some father-son issues and the always reliable Gene Hackman on top form as the deadly and cold hearted mayor. As they all enter a quick draw competition to find who is the fastest gun in the west!.
Another thing that stands out about this film is some of the excellent support characters particularily Lance Henriksen as the gunslinger Ace.
Now for the blu-ray itself and unfortunatly there are no extra's. The picture quality is largely very good with the exception of noticeable grain in one or two places which does not really detract from the overall quality, and the sound which comes in dolby digital is also of a good quality with gun shots and ricochets fizzing around my room on my surround system.
Overall well worth a look especially at this price.

 DIFFERENT AND ENJOYABLE

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This is one of my favorite westerns , on dvd it was good on blue-ray it is great . The picture quality is first class the sound is also good however you need to crank it up a little to get the full benefit . Added to this the picture is in full screen size which i always think is more enjoyable , a very good buy

 One of the most underrated westerns ever

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This is one of my favourite films, a constantly watchable rollercoaster of revenge, fear and the unexpected. Sharon Stone was never better as the haunted Ellen, a gunslinger in town for a shoot-out contest that's going to change everyone's life. Just look at the cast list: Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Leo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Tobin Bell, Keith David, Lance Henriksen and others in lesser/cameo roles - this film deserves a far greater reputation.
As for the blu ray, the picture is full screen, which I actually like. The sound is a little muted, but I cranked it right up to almost full volume, so it's liveable. The picture and cinematography are superlative, if a touch unreal at times.
In summary, this film is massively entertaining and really ought to be in anyone's collection.

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ActorsSharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Roberts Blossom, Kevin Conway, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Gary Sinise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell, Keith David, Fay Masterson & Sven-Ole Thorsen
DirectorSam Raimi
Certificate15 years and over
Year1995
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - PCM (5.1)
Additional LanguagesItalian ; Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired ; Danish ; Finnish ; Hindi ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Spanish ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 48 minutes (approx)