Ride With the Devil

Ride With the Devil

4.3 13
Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Ang Lee, Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire, Jewel

     
 

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Ang Lee's Civil War epic is given a wonderful widescreen anamorphic transfer with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. As shown in his films Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the director has a keen eye for period detail, natural lighting, and glorious landscapes. The transfer captures all of these elements perfectly.See more details below

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Ang Lee's Civil War epic is given a wonderful widescreen anamorphic transfer with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. As shown in his films Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the director has a keen eye for period detail, natural lighting, and glorious landscapes. The transfer captures all of these elements perfectly. The English-only track is Dolby Digital 5.1, with English captioning for the hearing impaired as well as French subtitles. The music video "What's Simple Is True" by actress/singer Jewel is included. There is also a theatrical trailer, production notes, brief cast and crew bios/filmographies, and a Universal web link. Additional trailers are included for All Quiet on the Western Front, Far and Away, and Reap the Wild Wind.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
After brilliantly recreating the 1970s in the The Ice Storm, director Ang Lee and writer/producer James Schamus delve deeper into American history with this violent, visually striking Civil War drama. Tobey Maguire stars as a young man who comes of age fighting for the South in the bloody guerilla war waged on the Missouri/Kansas border. Ride With The Devil sidesteps any overt politics, focusing instead on the vigilante ethos and male bonding of the freewheeling band of hotheaded state patriots known as "bushwhackers." As he begins to question the cause for which they are fighting, the ever-sensitive Maguire emerges as the group's conscience. Strong performances by Skeet Ulrich, Simon Baker, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and James Caviezel as brothers in arms play well against Maguire's boyish charm, and Jeffrey Wright smolders with quiet charisma as the sole black bushwhacker. Male energy abounds here, nicely offset by pop star Jewel in her screen debut. As the war widow who captures Ulrich's heart, the comely poet and singer bares more than her soul.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil is a morally complex Civil War Western with flashes of brilliance. Unlike Lee's subsequent film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the genius of this film is found not in the action sequences -- which are appropriately chaotic and bloody -- but in the moments of quiet drama, wherein the characters and their disparate motivations are discovered. This is a film, after all, in which the heroes are bushwhackers, murderous guerilla fighters for the Confederate cause. At its core, it's a film about two young men, Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire) and Daniel Holt (Jeffrey Wright), who fight out of loyalty to their aggrieved friends, and who discover what they truly believe in as they witness the ravages of war and the hopeless brutality of fighting for ideals that are already obsolete. Jake is a pensive young man whose German family is on the Union side, while Holt is a former slave whose freedom was bought by George Clyde (Simon Baker), the man he now fights beside. Lee, as usual, gets strong performances from his cast. The film drags occasionally, but is at its strongest in quiet moments: the hush that comes over the bushwhackers as Jake reads an intercepted letter from a Union soldier's mother, or the dinner table conversation between Jake, Jack Bull (Skeet Ulrich), and Mr. Evans (Zach Grenier), a Southern gentleman who calmly explains why the Confederacy will lose the war. The script, by Lee's frequent collaborator James Schamus, does an excellent job of contrasting the thoughtful openness of Holt, Jake, and Sue Lee (Jewel) -- a slave, a foreigner, and a woman who finds a way to see past their own oppression, poverty, and personal loss -- with the burned out, despairing rage of characters like Pitt Mackeson (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Black John (James Caviezel).

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
UPC:
0025192077425
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:19:00
Sales rank:
14,327

Special Features

Jewel music video: "What's Simple Is True"; Trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Universal web link

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Skeet Ulrich Jack Bull Chiles
Tobey Maguire Jake Roedel
Jewel Sue Lee Shelley
Jeffrey Wright Daniel Holt
Simon Baker George Clyde
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Pitt Mackeson
James Caviezel Black John
Tom Guiry Riley Crawford
Tom Wilkinson Orton Brown
Jonathan Brandis Cave Wyatt
Matthew Faber Turner Rawls
Stephen Mailer Babe Hudspeth
John Ales Quantrill
Zach Grenier Mr. Evans
Margo Martindale Wilma Brown
Mark Ruffalo Alf Bowden
Celia Weston Mrs.Clark

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Arnold Art Director
Anne Carey Associate Producer
Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Frederick Elmes Camera Operator
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Ted Hope Producer
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Lauberth Set Decoration/Design
David Linde Executive Producer
James Schamus Producer,Screenwriter
Jonathan Scott Set Decoration/Design
Tim Squyres Editor
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Stockton Sound Editor

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