Cowboys & Aliens [DVD] [2011]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (399 out of 422)

Special Features


  • Finding the story
  • Outer-space icon
  • The scope of the spectacle
  • Feature commentary with director Jon Favreau

Synopsis


Cowboys & Aliens
Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens is set in 1800s Arizona, where the local cowboys, headed by gunslinger Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), and the indigenous Apache tribe have been feuding fiercely for quite a while. Their skirmish is interrupted, however, by the appearance of a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature that's bent on enslaving the human race. It's time for a six-gun shoot-out between these cattle rustlers and space invaders, and there might even be a temporary peace between the cowboys and Indians as they both take aim at these extraterrestrial uninvited guests. Jon Favreau directs from a script by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, with help from Lost's Damon Lindelof. Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell fill out the headlining cast. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Daniel Craig
    Daniel Craig - Jake Lonergan
  • Olivia Wilde
    Olivia Wilde - Ella Swenson
  • Harrison Ford
    Harrison Ford - Woodrow Dolarhyde
  • Sam Rockwell
    Sam Rockwell - Doc
  • Paul Dano
    Paul Dano - Percy Dollarhyde



Overall customer rating

4.2
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Western-style sci-fi

    Posted
    Treydle
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    We enter the story by finding a man (Daniel Craig) unconscious in the desert. He awakes with no memory and discovers a strange device on his arm that, despite numerous efforts, he can’t remove. Before he’s made any real assessment of his situation, he’s discovered by three men who believe he’ll bring them a windfall when they turn him over to the authorities. But, despite his memory loss, he makes short work of his would-be captors and moves on. Victorious but still with no memory. His wandering brings him to the nearby town of Absolution. Its inhabitants are nowhere to be seen until the local preacher (Clancy Brown) discovers him and offers to stitch the wound he (Craig) discovered when he awoke. Unfortunately, they are interrupted when Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), son of the town’s benefactor and all-around miscreant, causes a commotion and accidentally kills a Marshall and (Craig) subdues him. As a result, he’s identified and arrested for crimes he’s previously committed. Our amnesiac’s name is Jake Lonergan and before being transferred, the town is attacked by mysterious creatures first referred to as demons but that are, of course, aliens. Hence the title. I was as wary as anyone when I saw the title of this film. I expected a farce with a poorly written script and star-studded cast. While the cast is chock-full of familiar faces (Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine, Sam Rockwell and others) the film is engrossing, well-written, and easily one of the better films based on a comic book that I’ve seen in some time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Western Sci-Fi. Amazingly Clear Blu-ray.

    Posted
    wondervamp
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    I had mixed expectations about Cowboys and Aliens. At first I was quite intrigued by the over-all idea of mixing a western with a sci-fi, and also having Jon Favreau direct such a film greatly boosted my lust to watch this film. However it got mixed reviews and did not seem to stay in theaters for too long. I should have known better to listen to the negative reviews. Cowboys and Aliens is a very fun movie which is a western drama wrapped in an alien action movie. I am not a fan of western movies at all, however with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford at the helm in this movie, I knew to look past my reservations about western flicks.Even though it has a fast pasted start, Cowboys and Aliens does not waive from building a character. Harrison Ford in particular has a very strong disposition and I felt as though I could relate to his personality and character the most. Daniel Craig did a great job for such a complicated role he had. I was blown away by the special effects, yes you could tell that they were CGI, however they were done very well and blended in perfectly with the environment. The sound effects also were very well done. The picture and audio quality of this Blu-ray are some of the best I have ever seen and heard. The PQ in particular was breathtaking. There was little to no grain and the depth and clarity were outstanding throughout. The bonus features were also great. Many movies lately seem to leave out bonus features which we all take the time to enjoy. Over-all I am very happy with my blind buy and greatly enjoyed this movie. Some friends came over, and out of the hesitant six of us, we all loved it. Much better than expected. Highly recommended and quite enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just plain FUN

    Posted
    SkinnyLarryIsGreenLantern
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    Great gathering of actors in non-traditional roles, having a great time under the indomitable fun natured spirit of Jon Favreau's directing. Looks like a sequel should have been green lit, but sometimes less is more. Just ask the British star best known for his role as the current James Bond. All I can say is gamble on this title on sale now at BestBuy.com and you can come back and click HELPFUL on this review after a screening. As always my faithful few following, this is Skinny Larry, Green Lantern of the review space sector. -IN THE FAKEST WAYS, IN GRAND LIES OF MIGHT, NO HALF SPARSED REVIEWS DETER MY SIGHT. LET THOSE WHO INSULT OR PRAISE TO SPITE. BEWARE MY TRUTHS, SKINNY LARRY'S INSIGHT

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie BUT some things we’ve seen before & TOO

    Posted
    CKCSWHFFAN
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    I have been a fan & collector of Harrison's for over 30 years. I USED to be first in the door opening day for his films. I did want to be there for this one but could not make it. Now, we see latest Bond Craig throughout this movie & he got top billing. Why, the current in the long list of this character. No other hit movies. Now, Harrison. Let's see. Oscar nominated for Witness. Played two famous movie characters Han Solo & Indiana Jones. Long time biggest movie money maker. The film is good. You have seen the ending a million times. The Wilde character, I won’t do spoilers here, you could guess. Could hardly see a lot of the night action. Took forever to see the aliens. Stole part of that idea from "Alien". Normal special effects. One of the talk shows Harrison appeared on to promote the film mention how 3 films in a row he played a grouchy guy. Too many shots of Craig making that touch guy face. A few extras on the DVD-nothing special. No chapter search list. AND, COMCAST COME ON. We now get Comcast advertisements with DVD's. TACKY!! So, a good movie. Pick out the seen before parts from other movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Didn't expect this

    Posted
    Flashburn
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    This should not have worked as a legitimate movie. Maybe as a phony preview on Tarantino's Grindhouse double feature. But they went ahead and made it, got Ford and Craig to chew up the scenery and a number of great supporting actors to flesh out the movie. And, then there is Oliva Wilde. I would watch her read the Yellow Pages. The movie does not rush getting to the 'good stuff'. Takes the time needed to introduce the characters. This actually could have just gone on to be a pretty good Western. Where the plot thins is that none of these late 1800's people seem to be all that amazed by the aliens and their technology. That aside, pretty good fun. Classic use of the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend concept as cowboys, Indians, townspeople, criminals, cattlemen, all join forces. And don't forget Olivia Wilde. As for the bluray, a very good transfer. Video is terrific, as is the sound. If you have a decent sound system, especially a good subwoofer, this one really takes off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A western with Aliens whats not to like?

    Posted
    MarcoPolo2150
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    This will become a cult classic. Great headliner stars and somewhat plausible story-line set in the late 1800's and well acted. You have "James Bond" and "Indiana Jones" vs. Aliens in the US old west; why not? At least on par with all the other alien visitation movies, except PAUL which is in a comedic class all its own. This is good entertainment; as I like to say, "chewing gum for the eyeballs." Bought the DVD, so I can watch on TV and on the road, when work gets you down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Refreshing

    Posted
    DeftByrdMan
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    I saw this film in theaters. Watching it at home, I was able to disect the story & the characters more and my initial assessment was spot on. This story had a good chance to produce a hokey film but Jon Favreau & the cast teamed up and brought a fresh alien story to light. Aliens have visited this planet for thousands of years. Far too many stories speculate visits that may have occured only in the last 70 years. I'm hoping the film industry takes note & sees the vast number of new stories they can put on film & stop rehashing old ones but still make money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blu-Ray + Digital Copy

    Posted
    Takuma
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    I usually only buy Blu-Ray movies if and only they have the Digital Copy since I collect Digital Copies. And I usually give the hard copies to family members. It would of been a better deal if it had a DVD disc as well just as most Blu-Ray films come with. It was a steal getting a blu-ray disc plus the Digital Copy though. However I would anticipate these Blu-rays getting cheaper around the $5 mark with the roll out of 4K content. Regardless, its a good film at a good price. Plus, Olivia Wilde is in it. Can't say no to that.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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