The Villain [DVD] [1979]

Hal Needham's odd Western-comedy The Villain comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include bonus trailers of other titles. This is a bare-bones release from Columbia TriStar that is difficult to recommend to anyone other than those with an interest in the film itself. There is little here for the average DVD consumer.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Remastered in high definition
  • Full-screen presentation
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Bonus trailers
  • Scene selections
  • Interactive menus


The Villain
The presence of Paul Lynde, in a small role, reveals more about the quality and tone of this film than the three top names. A farce with plenty of slapstick, it offers Kirk Douglas as a road agent dealing with a naive hero (a young Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is seemingly out of western serials in the '40s and a beautiful, sexy saloon girl (Ann-Margret). The silly jokes are the point, not the plot, though Needham includes some impressive stunts. Some of the most notable draw blatantly on Warner Brothers roadrunner and Daffy Duck cartoons; notably, the film came from Columbia, not Warner. The film's attempt at satire is too heavy-handed to have bite. ~ Bill Wu, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas - Cactus Jack
  • Ann-Margret
    Ann-Margret - Charming Jones
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - Handsome Stranger
  • Paul Lynde
    Paul Lynde - Nervous Elk
  • Foster Brooks
    Foster Brooks - Bank Clerk

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