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Director: George Pan Cosmatos

Cast: George Pan Cosmatos, Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn


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Once again, Buena Vista has chosen to release a movie-only disc with no bonus material. In the case of Tombstone, the lack of extras is made even more incomprehensible in light of the fact that the laserdisc release of the film featured deleted scenes with director commentary, all of which added depth to the film. With a director's cut that was three hours inSee more details below

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Once again, Buena Vista has chosen to release a movie-only disc with no bonus material. In the case of Tombstone, the lack of extras is made even more incomprehensible in light of the fact that the laserdisc release of the film featured deleted scenes with director commentary, all of which added depth to the film. With a director's cut that was three hours in length, the decision to leave that footage on the cutting room floor is frustrating. Fans of the film will want to at least rent Tombstone on DVD, however, as the non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer thankfully negates the pan-and-scan of the original tape and restores the film's epic Western feel. The picture and sound quality are even a notch above the Buena Vista releases of the time, and the picture would be even better if not for a little too much shimmering from edge enhancement at times. Regardless of the disc's shortcomings, the shootout at the O.K. Corral is a perfect showroom sequence for the benefits of DVD. While rumors of a special edition remain unconfirmed, hopefully Buena Vista will do the film justice in the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Wild West's most famous feud, previously the subject of no less than a dozen movies, gets its definitive screen treatment in this violent, sprawling, and historically accurate telling of the notorious gunfight at the OK Corral and its bloody aftermath. Kurt Russell heads a stellar cast, portraying legendary frontier marshal Wyatt Earp as a weary gunfighter who joins his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliott) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) as they seek their fortune in a dusty but booming Arizona mining town. When a faction composed of renegade outlaws and rustlers -- led by Curly Bill Brocius (Powers Boothe) and Ike Clanton (Stephen Lang) -- runs roughshod over Tombstone, Wyatt again dons a lawman's badge and enlists the aid of his disreputable friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), in wiping out the town's lawless elements. Kevin Jarre's screenplay not only packs a wealth of character and incident into this flawlessly produced retelling of the Earp-Clanton conflict; it does so by remaining largely faithful to the historical record while enhancing the dramatic impact of many actual situations. The muscular direction of George P. Cosmatos (Rambo II) goes a long way toward making Tombstone the most operatic of horse operas: He adds forceful emphasis to scenes delineating violence, betrayal, and tragedy. Although this film avoids the simplistic white hat/black hat formulas of yore, it is not a revisionist western, just a good old-fashioned barnburner of a movie guaranteed to rouse the long-dormant cowboy in us all. This Vista Series DVD presents the director's original cut, which Cosmatos accompanies with detailed commentary. Other extras include a Tombstone Timeline, which lists the historical events in chronological order, production featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage, original storyboards, and DVD-ROM content.
All Movie Guide
About two dozen Hollywood regulars -- from character actors on up to superstars, obscured by moustaches which practically consume their entire faces -- got together with director George P. Cosmatos for this vigorous, bloody take on the Wyatt Earp story. Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer make a soulful Earp and Doc Holliday, and the rest of the large ensemble effectively personalizes the body count. The film does a good job driving home just how difficult it was to bring peace to any region of the Old West. Even in "retirement," Earp became embroiled in one fracas after another, though his whole will was directed toward avoiding violence. But even if it makes token gestures toward non-violent idealism, this movie is really about watching a bunch of bad-ass lawmen mop the dusty streets with outlaws. And they do look tough in their matching black suits. There are several sequences of merciless mayhem guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping, in which Earp himself blows people away at close range. (It's interesting to note the usage of the term "cowboy" in the film: While modern viewers have come to think of it as neutral, describing anyone on horseback with a brimmed hat, Tombstone reminds that it was first ascribed to the lawless miscreants who wore red sashes and shot up innocent bystanders.) Among the cast of thousands, look for an early career appearance by Billy Bob Thornton, as an all-talk bully whom Earp slaps into submission.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Surround]
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Special Features

French and Spanish tracks; Spanish subtitles; Original theatrical trailers; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Wyatt Earp
Val Kilmer Doc Holliday
Michael Biehn Johnny Ringo
Powers Boothe Curly Bill Brocius
Robert John Burke Frank McLaury
Dana Delany Josephine Marcus
Sam Elliott Virgil Earp
Terry O'Quinn Mayor Clum
Bill Paxton Morgan Earp
Jason Priestley Deputy Sheriff Billy Breakenridge
Michael Rooker Sherman McMasters
Jon Tenney Behan
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Mattie Earp
Billy Zane Mr. Fabian
Buck Taylor Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
Harry Carey Marshall Fred White
Pedro Armendariz The Priest
Charlton Heston Henry Hooker
Pat Brady Milt Joyce
Gary Clark Crawley Dake
Lora Kennedy Actor
Robert Mitchum Narration
Hugh O'Brian Actor
Charles Schneider Prof. Gillman
Cecil Hoffmann Lucinda Hobbs
Stephen Lang Ike Clanton
Thomas Haden Church Bill Clanton
Joanna Pacula Kate
Billy Bob Thornton Johnny Tyler
Tomas Arana Frank Stillwell
Paul Ben-Victor Florentino
John Philbin Tom McLaury
John Corbett Barnes
Peter Sherayko Texas Jack Vermillion
Frank Stallone Ed Bailey
Grant James Dr. Goodfellow
Don Collier High Roller
Christopher Mitchum Ranch Hand
Shane McCabe Audience Member
Sandy Gibbons Father Feeney
Lisa Collins Louisa Earp

Technical Credits
George Pan Cosmatos Director
David Atherton Makeup
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Terry Collis Production Designer
Sean Daniel Producer
Peter Davies Editor
John Fasano Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Buzz Feitshans Executive Producer
William A. Fraker Associate Producer,Cinematographer
Chris Gorak Art Director
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Kim Hix Art Director
James Jacks Producer
Kevin Jarre Screenwriter
Dale Martin Special Effects
J.Jack Misiorowski Producer
Bob Misiorowski Producer
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Roberto Silvi Editor
Michael Sloan Associate Producer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Mark Worthington Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:36]
2. Narrator/"The Cowboys" [1:22]
3. Brothers' Reunion [1:22]
4. Doc Holliday [6:52]
5. 25 Percent of the House [1:23]
6. An Enchanted Moment [:41]
7. The Bird Cage Theatre [7:33]
8. At the Faro Table [6:48]
9. Wyatt and Josephine [1:14]
10. Wyatt and Mattie [8:11]
11. Law Dog [1:20]
12. Virgil Earp's Decision [4:34]
13. A Fight A-Comin' [2:42]
14. Doc's Good Woman [2:18]
15. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [3:04]
16. Ambushed! [2:17]
17. It's Over! [5:13]
18. Hell's Comin' [3:26]
19. A Senseless Murder [4:43]
20. Forgiven [1:27]
21. Showdown [1:53]
22. The Last Charge of Wyatt Earp and His Immortals [4:10]
23. At the Glenwood Sanatorium [4:28]
24. A Dance and Then We'll Call Room Service [4:07]
25. Narrator/Closing Credits [4:12]

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