Open RangeDirector: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon
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Kevin Costner's 2003 Western Open Range comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Costner. He talks about his theories as a director, his affection for the Western genre (a type of movie that, with this film, he proves he has absorbed), and many tales about the film's production. His commentary is as earnest and heartfelt as the film itself. A second DVD is full of information on the making of the film, allowing the viewer access to almost every aspect of the process. This is a strong disc from Disney/Buena Vista that will be of particular interest to any genre enthusiast.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Robert Duvall||Boss Spearman|
|Kevin Costner||Charley Waite|
|Annette Bening||Sue Barlow|
|Michael Gambon||Denton Baxter|
|James Russo||Sheriff Poole|
|Abraham Benrubi||Mose Harrison|
|Dean McDermott||Doc Barlow|
|Armyan Bernstein||Executive Producer|
|John Bloomfield||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gae S. Buckley||Production Designer|
|Peter Clemens||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael J. Duthie||Editor|
|Gary Myers||Art Director|
|Glen Gauthier||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jeffrey L. Goldstein||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Kamen||Score Composer|
|Patty Klawonn||Set Decoration/Design|
|L. David Silva||Asst. Director|
|Carl Stenzel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mary Lou Storey||Set Decoration/Design|
|Craig Storper||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Sloane U'ren||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Opening Credits/A Rainy Campsite [9:49]
2. Mose Is Sent to Town [6:48]
3. Searching for Mose [7:15]
4. Doc Barlow's [9:55]
5. A Midnight Raid [13:33]
6. Tending to Button [5:00]
7. A Storm Is Brewin' [2:26]
8. A Warm Cup of Tea [6:55]
9. Showdown at the Saloon [9:06]
10. A Visit With the Sheriff [7:13]
11. Charley and Sue [2:48]
12. The Town Prepares [9:23]
13. Charley Lays Out His Plan [5:00]
14. The Gunfight Begins [2:13]
15. The Town Helps Out [2:59]
16. Charley Asks to See Sue [9:40]
17. A Proposal [11:06]
18. End Credits [6:14]
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English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
English DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
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English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
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Side #2 -- Bonus Features
Beyond Open Range
Weathering the Elements
Wardrobe and Stars
The Realism of a Gunfight
A Film Is Finished
America's Open Range
Send Mose to Town
Watching From Jail
Toss Jail Keys
Wife & Child
Rip it Down
Charlie With Dead Men
Baxter Kills Bill
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Storyboarding: Open Range
Music Video: "Broken Wagon"
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The chemistry between Duval and Costner, the shootout, the warmth between Costner and Benning.....The whole thing was absolutely the best western I've ever seen.
Open Range is a worthwhile stop on the trail of modern westerns. It succeeds, most notably, in scenery, illustrating resentment and corruption in Old West society, and in starring Robert Duvall. Those who struggle with fiction and long films may find it exceptionally drawn-out. And Costner's life story is recited without much feeling. But there is a good old-fashioned showdown, clear good and bad guys, and a girl to be got. It's still the same old story of ranchers and cattle men quarreling over land, though this is a mercifully non-musical realization. And it's more family-oriented than the R-rating suggests. I believe it is on account of some violence, but they're only actors and it's not real blood. Watch for the bearded cafe owner, played by Herb Kohler, of bathroom-fixture fame.
Probably Costner's best work to date. Oscar nominations are assured for Duvall and Costner. The gunfight was riveting. This is, in every sense, a classic western.
The Costner brothers mistreatment of the trust afforded to them by the Indian Nation after Dances With Wolves has given me pause when it comes to Kevin Costner's films, but when one reads Robert Duvall has lent his name and career to a venture, it is definitely worth the time to take a look.
Whether you find yourself for or against the movie making of Kevin Costner (personally, he is one of my favorites), everyone owes himself/herself the sheer pleasure of watching Open Range. A few years ago, I remember reading reviews about Saving Private Ryan and the way it satisfied 4 of the 5 senses. And how, had it smelled, one would've believed that they themselves were storming the beaches of Normandy. Obviously set on a different scale, I must admit that Costner's newest masterpiece (the first being Dances with Wolves), clearly had an intoxicating affect on all 5 of mine. Hopefully, you too will appreciate the taste of bittersweet chocolate 'from Switzerland Europe' and Cuban cigars during a man's final hours, the feeling of being continuously drenched by torrential rainfalls, the smell of lumber being shattered by mis-fired bullets, the sights of majestic landscapes as well as the unbelievable authenticity of Harmonville and lastly the most realistic sound of a guns being fired that you'll EVER enjoy in cinema. Skeptical? Believe me, the first time Charley Waite (Costner's character) fires his rifle or you hear the piercing echoes that trail the brutally awesome gunfight, you'll know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Taking peaks through antique window panes, using wood planks to cross muddy streets, and the incredibly written dialogue as well as the admirable camaraderie shared between Waite and Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) are just a few of the many other moments that Costner offers in this wonderful treasure. I'd write another 500 words describing the superb acting provided by Costner, Duvall, Annette Bening and other's from the solid cast but I'll let the Academy Awards (if they're awake) push that aspect of the film with well-deserved nominations. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Open Range...before your friends come to you bragging about the new Costner movie that is 'the best western they ever saw'.
This is the best western since 'Unforgiven' & a worthy successor to all the classic westerns. A film deserving of Oscar's notice. Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, & Robert Duvall are perfect ~~ lyrical, plain spoken & honest. A classic for all time ~~ evoking the 'Old West' with its spirit, temperment & rugged scenery.
Were it not for the third cinematic installment of a certain J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, 'Open Range' would easily be my choice for the best film of 2003. It's the kind of movie we don't see much of anymore -- the Western, a uniquely American artform that Hollywood remembers only periodically, after someone like Clint Eastwood or Kevin Costner briefly 'revives' it. Sadly, 'Open Range' was only a moderate success at the box office (though by no means a jumbo-failure on the level of Costner's own 'The Postman'). DVD should bring the film new life, however, as I'm sure a lot of people who missed the movie in theaters will discover it at home. The movie is certainly a treasure. Anyone who is interested can read a plot encapsulation elsewhere. I want to touch briefly on the aspects of the film that make it so great. First, the direction. Costner knows Westerns, as he demonstrated in 'Dances With Wolves.' Here he tells a simple story that is unabashedly 'Western,' and does a fantastic job. He builds tensions slowly and dramatically, without skipping on character development along the way, leading up to one of the best gunfights I've seen in a movie. Costner should direct more movies rather than sign up to star in bad ones. Hopefully, 'Open Range' will remind him of his immense talent behind the camera. Second, the acting. Costner gives himself second billing, playing a haunted ex-Civil War soldier named Charlie Waite. He's in fine form, turning a performance that reminded me of strong silent types like Charles Bronson or Steve McQueen. But there's also the star, Robert Duvall. His portrayal of open ranger Boss is remarkably similar to the one he gave in 'Lonesome Dove,' but so what? Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have given performances in different films that were very similar to other roles they had played. Duvall dominates this movie, delivering Oscar-caliber work. Annette Bening brings depty, warmth and smarts to her role as the woman who has a strange hold on the cold, murderous heart of Charlie Waite. And there's Michael Gambon, not on screen for much of the time, but memorable as a homicidal cattle baron. Third, the physical production. 'Open Range' looks like a classic Western, filmed in a lonely prairie town with mud for streets where it rains 90 percent of the time. Costner also includes some outdoors shots that have the sweep and grandeur of 'Dances With Wolves,' although this is a much different story, truer to the old Westerns than his earlier Oscar-winner. Fourth, the cinematography. The camerawork in this film is awesome. It looked great on the big screen, with Charlie and Boss framed against sprawling skies, emphasizing both their loneliness and each man's personal integrity. And, fifth, I guess, the sound, particularly during the gunfight, in which each gun rings as loudly as thunder. 'Open Range' is a different kind of film from a different kind of era, and that's probably why it didn't do as well financially as a lot of lesser special effects blockbusters from over the summer. I'm sure Oscar will overlook this film due to a lot of unfair animosity aimed at Kevin Costner. That's fine. Costner makes films for the long haul, not the weekend box office horse race or the annual popularity contest. Add this movie to your DVD collection. You won't be disappointed.
Costner's movies always seem to be 'hit-or-miss'. He has been in some spectacular films such as Thirteen Days, Dances With Wolves, and The Postman. However, he's also responsible for the disgrace known as Waterworld (among others). However, Costner has struck gold with this film. This is probably the best Western I've ever seen, and definately the best movie I saw in 2003! The story was great, the acting was great, the scenery and cinematography were breathtaking, and the gunfight will blow you away! I wouldn't be suprised if this movie picked up some Oscars! Definately worth the money! See it!
This movie is an entertaining western with a beautiful location and talented actors. There is a lot of classic action as well as well-timed comedy, and the blooming romance between Costner and Bening is enchanting. It is refreshing alternative to some of the other, more hyped, new releases.
Finally, there is a modern Western that gets back to the roots of the American cinema--the Western film. This is a great traditional look at the West in a black-and-white moralistic outlook similar to the ole' John Wayne and John Ford films. Robert Duvall does his job as the wise and gravelly old cowboy and Costner gives his greatest performance in any movie.
The Open Range evokes memories of those great western stories that have been overlooked in the age of films facilitated with CGI and non-stop action. There is a classic sense of plot and premise that begins in good literary fashion; there is a beginning, middle, and a strong forceful ending. But it is the development of characters; plot, scenery, and genre that make it all come together. This is not a story of spectacular premise, but rather one of what probably was a very ordinary occurrence during the frontier days in the American West. Many an adventurous man wanted to explore the new frontier and make a living away from what was then considered crowded cities; some for reasons of curiosity, others for reason of necessity. But progress came to the frontier, as it must, always, and it is at this point that culture and lifestyles clash. We learn of young and old men, rich and want to be rich, and love, not lost, but never given. And beneath it all a deep and dark memory that haunts one of the main protagonists. Cinematography is truly showcased in this film, and to the credit of the director and cameraman, it blends into the story and provides another character, with plot definition, all by itself! The film draws you in and offers you an experience unlike other action films. The viewer experiences the film, almost first hand, not on the surface looking in! There is no flashy veneer, but rather a film of substance and beauty that unfolds and captures your heart and mind.
As a former working cowboy, I find the attitudes and values of Duvall's and Costner's characters to be more authenic than in any other movie I have ever seen.
This was a wonderful movie if you like History and "westerns". Kevin Costner paired with Robert Duvall was unforgetable. The story line starts rather SLOW, however the acting makes you forget all of that. The VIOLENCE at the end of the movie is a little brutal for young viewers. I mean everyone gets shot it seems. Of course our main characters all survive, but then what badman do you know of ever survives?? The acting is phenomenal but then I am partial to Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner to start with. And I love a good western any ole day. It tells things the way you wish life could be. The good guys win and the bad guy loses. It is a good movie with a good story to tell. Annette Benning has a more or less minor role, but she is outstanding in what she potrays.
GORGEOUS SCENERY, INTERESTING CHARACTERS, GREAT FIGHT SCENES! I LOVE A WELL-MADE WESTERN, WISH THEIR WERE MORE! I LOVED IT WHEN HE WALKED UP TO THE COCKY GUNMAN AND SHOT HIM IN THE FORE-HEAD.
Unlike many of Kevin Costner's recent flops, this has a clear agenda, one right and one wrong. Dismissing his embrace of the "revisionist" Westerns of long ago, the rather straightforward and black-and-white moral tale of this movie might be refreshing for his preachy, social commentary movies. Deceptively simple, the lethal and mysterious Costner, again unlike his former pictures, he plays in the background to the wiser, more mature cattle rustler of Robert Duvall--a formidable actor and a good choice for the role. In a corrupt town ruled by ruthless and dubious characters, the former gunslinger falls in love to Annette Bening and law and order after a brutal beating and killing on a fellow friend. A true comeback!
This was filmed, apparently, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Spectacular.
Open Range is set in a period of time that only lasted a few years, yet left a lasting impression in the history of the American West. In a fairly accurate depiction of the life of free range cattle outfits, Costner has captured the texture of life on the open lands before the coming of the homesteaders. Duvall's performance is believable and true to life; one not to be missed by his fans. The gunfight in the streets of the town at the end of the movie is spectacular, as is the scenery. A must see for all fans of the Old West.
Open Range is destined to join the classic western films. Beautiful, gritty, mythical, historic, sweeping, intimate, romantic and violent---in total, evocative. The perfect western. An exceptional cast. Robert Duvall,in another career-defining role like The Apostle,Tender Mercies, The Godfather, The Rain People---demonstrating again why he is one of America's great living actors. Kevin Costner directs and stars with Duvall. Like Clint Eastwood, he can lay claim to being America's western movie auteur. His performance is skillfully restrained;willingly and subtly taking a secondary but crticial role to Duvall. This is Costner's Unforgiven. And what a strong departure for Annette Bening--a small role, one I wouldn't have imagined her in and now can imagine no one else! The movie is rich in imagery and honest in characterizations. It's a story of morality and choices, of relationships, bonds, character,integrity, justice, love and redemption. Fans of western movies or these performers will not want to miss it!
'Open Range' would have been my pick for best film of 2003, were it not for Peter Jackson's 'Return of the King' (the greatest movie of any year). Costner's direction is outstanding, and he and Duvall are terrific together. Buy it immediately.