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Ride with the Devil [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3950807
  • Release Date: 07/18/2000
  • Rating: R
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.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

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


    Ride With the Devil
    A complex tale of uneasy alliances and hostilities along the Kansas/Missouri border during the Civil War, Ride with the Devil opens in 1862. The story concerns Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), a proud son of the South ready to fight for the Confederate cause after his father is killed by Yankee troops. Chiles's friend, Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), joins the Bushwhackers, a group of renegade Southerners aligned with the Confederate Army, even though his family supports the Union cause - which sets him head-to-head with his father. The two young men, used to the slow pace and gracious lifestyle of the South's privileged class, become guerilla fighters and wander through the countryside together, encountering sudden, shocking and extreme acts of violence. Their comrades include valiant leader Black John (James Caviezel), paranoid madman Pitt (Jonathan Rhys Myers), gentleman George (Simon Baker), and Daniel (Jeffrey Wright), a laconic former slave who unexpectedly fighs for the south despite his race out of sheer loyalty to George - though the others regard him with suspicion. The Bushwhackers hide out in a shed near the home of Sue Lee Shelley (singer/songwriter/poet Jewel), a pregnant widow whose husband was killed three weeks after their marriage. Later, following a shocking and unexpected act of violence, a number of the men team up with the crazed Quantrill (John Ales) to stage an attack on an abolitionist stronghold, but Jake finds his moral conscience growing more acute, and takes the first steps toward romancing and starting a family with Sue Lee in what looks to be a very different post-Civil War future. Adapted from the novel Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell, Ride with the Devil was directed by Ang Lee, whose previous project was a very different look at America's past, the 1970s domestic drama The Ice Storm (1997). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Skeet Ulrich
      Skeet Ulrich - Jack Bull Chiles
    • Tobey Maguire
      Tobey Maguire - Jake Roedel
    • Jewel
      Jewel - Sue Lee Shelley
    • Jeffrey Wright
      Jeffrey Wright - Daniel Holt
    • Simon Baker
      Simon Baker - George Clyde

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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Highly underrated film, great new HD transfer


      The new Criterion HD transfer of this film is simply gorgeous. I have the DVD edition of this movie and the difference between that and the Criterion Blu-Ray edition is night and day. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful. Whereas with the DVD, I focused on the plot and acting, with this Blu-ray edition, I couldn't stop admiring the photography.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great movie about a section of the Civil War. Good cinematography, acting and directions make it enjoyable and easy to watch over and over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good western

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was happy to find this movie via the website of Best Buy. This is an entertaining movie of the Civil war in Missouri. realistic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Off beat western!

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      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      Love the cast of characters in this movie. Tobey and Jonathan are wonderful in their roles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      it's good

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is one for the top shelf, it's great, it's awesome.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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