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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Blu-ray)

Featuring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck & Brooklynn Proulx

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

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  Killingly good

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A gorgeous musing (admittedly at great length) on the nature of celebrity and how it can be turned against you. Jesse James was killed by one of his own acolytes, a young man who he brought into his home and nurtured. Obviously this has repercussions on our own celebrity culture today but this is an excuse to wallow in an exquisitely rendered evocation of past times where violence is never far away. Pitt is stunning as Jesse James, part charming, part psychotic and racked with insecurities, Affleck is equally good as his shiftless nemesis, and Roger Deakins' photography is the real capping on this genuine work of art.

  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

| | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)

It's a complex film, not one of those films you can take in in one go, it's going to be loathed as much as loathed, so to all of this it needs a big review.
It opened on five screens, made around 150000 Dollars on opening weekend and trousered a total US gross of 4million from a budget of around 30million dollars. Make no mistake this movie, like its subject, is an outlaw. Dense, difficult, murky, notorious, left to brood in the shadows while lesser films guzzle up the limelight. But despite its commercial flatline, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is very much alive a hoary story from America's fledgeling frontier that's swirling with comment on modern times.
James was a farm boy who turned freedom fighter after his ranch was ravaged by Union militia during the Civil War. When the Southern cause was lost, he kept up the lifestyle brutal signature robberies hyped (by others and himself) as raffish banditry.
So that's self promotion, publicity milking, political spin, celebrity as currency, fame for fame's sake, the misguided glamour of infamy..... It couldn't be more now. And yet no one bothered to see it.
They missed what was, pound for pound, the most nourishing cinema trip of 2007, punchy, precision storytelling, lyrical writing ("Insomnia stained his eye, like soot") and luminous, honey glazed photography from the Coens' DoP Roger Deakins. Director Andrew Dominik's unhurried takes unfurl aching emotional panoramas, inviting all but the most chronic remote-twitcher to settle back and sip the intoxicating imagery.
All the 'action' is there in the infernal whirring behind Pitt's misted eyes. It's a supreme performance haunted and hunted, soul crumbling from the slow motion panic of guilt and paranoia. But as his stalker/successor Ford, Casey Affleck is nothing short of miraculous, a wolf in weasel's clothing, eyeing his quarry with the crazed craving of seducer, soul-stealer, redeemer ("I believe I'm destined for great things!")
So if you're still resisting the prospect of a lengthy meditation on the symbiotic relationship between false idols and their besotted worshippers, now's the time to submit in a fidget-friendly environment..
No. It isn't 'boring'. It's languid, elegiac filmmaking with brains and breadth. Park that lust for quick-fix kicks, drift into Dominik's richly realised world and do your bit to help this criminally unloved crim flick to a Shawshank-style DVD rebirth.
It's not going to be everyones cup of tea, but for those who have the time this is a film that needs to be absorbed rather than watched and ejected and forgotten.
See if you like......
True Grit (2010)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Dances With Wolves.
The Thin Red Line.

  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

| | See all MovieAddict's reviews (1336)

It's a complex film, not one of those films you can take in in one go, it's going to be loathed as much as loathed, so to all of this it needs a big review.
It opened on five screens, made around 150000 Dollars on opening weekend and trousered a total US gross of 4million from a budget of around 30million dollars. Make no mistake this movie, like its subject, is an outlaw. Dense, difficult, murky, notorious, left to brood in the shadows while lesser films guzzle up the limelight. But despite its commercial flatline, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is very much alive a hoary story from America's fledgeling frontier that's swirling with comment on modern times.
James was a farm boy who turned freedom fighter after his ranch was ravaged by Union militia during the Civil War. When the Southern cause was lost, he kept up the lifestyle brutal signature robberies hyped (by others and himself) as raffish banditry.
So that's self promotion, publicity milking, political spin, celebrity as currency, fame for fame's sake, the misguided glamour of infamy..... It couldn't be more now. And yet no one bothered to see it.
They missed what was, pound for pound, the most nourishing cinema trip of 2007, punchy, precision storytelling, lyrical writing ("Insomnia stained his eye, like soot") and luminous, honey glazed photography from the Coens' DoP Roger Deakins. Director Andrew Dominik's unhurried takes unfurl aching emotional panoramas, inviting all but the most chronic remote-twitcher to settle back and sip the intoxicating imagery.
All the 'action' is there in the infernal whirring behind Pitt's misted eyes. It's a supreme performance haunted and hunted, soul crumbling from the slow motion panic of guilt and paranoia. But as his stalker/successor Ford, Casey Affleck is nothing short of miraculous, a wolf in weasel's clothing, eyeing his quarry with the crazed craving of seducer, soul-stealer, redeemer ("I believe I'm destined for great things!")
So if you're still resisting the prospect of a lengthy meditation on the symbiotic relationship between false idols and their besotted worshippers, now's the time to submit in a fidget-friendly environment..
No. It isn't 'boring'. It's languid, elegiac filmmaking with brains and breadth. Park that lust for quick-fix kicks, drift into Dominik's richly realised world and do your bit to help this criminally unloved crim flick to a Shawshank-style DVD rebirth.
It's not going to be everyones cup of tea, but for those who have the time this is a film that needs to be absorbed rather than watched and ejected and forgotten.
See if you like......
True Grit (2010)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Dances With Wolves.
The Thin Red Line.

  What a great film!

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Best film I have seen in a while, picture quality is excellent and acting is also great. I don't understand the people who are saying otherwise!

  No extra features even though one is mentioned on the box

| | See all RolandvanHek's reviews (6)

I was looking forward to replace my movie-only SD-DVD with this Blu-ray disc, not only to enjoy this movie in HD, but also to enjoy the making-of documentrary that's on the Blu-ray release. Even though it's mentioned on the packaging the documentary can NOT be found on this disc. There is no mention of it on any of the menu screens. Quite a disappointment.

  TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LONG

| | See all Wiiweewii's reviews (8)

Not a bad film over all but it is just too long. Put up with watching the first 2 Hrs and the last 40mins were the best.
Not sure its worth getting on Blu Ray.

  Dont waste your time and money

| | See all Tankh88's reviews (1)

I am a real film fanatic... I have a collection of hundreds of all different styles and genres, some are fantastic some are terrible but i have never expereinced a film this bad. For the first time in my life after giving this film over an hour of my life i couldnt take anymore and had to turn it off. some may say its visually stunning and the acting is suberb and subtle. I disagree the visual are average nothing special no different from a horde of other films out there, you cant understand what they are saying half the time and the acting is plain and often uninspiring. You deserve so much better from this film the story should be gripping and pulling you through the story but this just had nothing and i bed that no one buys this film ever again.

  buy it!

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this is a modern classic..simple as that.for those saying its not a good transfer.it all depends what tv youre watching it on.this film is visually stunning..buy it!

  Great Film, be wary of DVD alternative though!

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Absolutely fantastic film, despite what some would say is a ponderous pace, it's beautifully shot and at the cinema was the kind of film that made you realise just why you need to see something projected. As such, I was absolutely appalled at the quality of the DVD transfer, and even when upscaled on my toshiba DVD player or my Sony Blu Ray player, it just didn't look good.

As such, i'd actually say get the Blu-Ray- it's not the best transfer when compared with other titles, but it is miles better than the upscaled DVD transfer, and this is coming from someone who is trying to avoid simply 'replacing' my collection with BluRays.

Don't upscale this, get this copy.

  DVD value

| | See all Limmex's reviews (74)

I agree with many of the reviews currently on here. The film is worth a watch, very well acted through out, it's certainly no action film, more a concentrated portrayal of the two main characters and is done very well. The Blu-ray transfer does look average, some parts looking very crisp with great contrast between colours. Others look marginally better than DVD. I'd recommend the film as being worth a watch, but I'd pick up the DVD for a quarter of the price.

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