Unforgiven [DVD] [1992]

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  • Release Date: 06/01/2010
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (470 out of 479)

Special Features


  • Commentary by historian/Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Unforgiven
Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar winner examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. Disgusted by Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett's decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand slashing a whore's face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a 1000-dollar bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, "I ain't like that no more," he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny's clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like "justice." "I don't deserve this," pleads Little Bill. "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it," growls Munny, simultaneously summing up the insanity of Western violence and the legacy of Eastwood's the Man With No Name. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Clint Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood - Bill Munny
  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett
  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - Ned Logan
  • Richard Harris
    Richard Harris - English Bob
  • Jaimz Woolvett
    Jaimz Woolvett - The "Schofield Kid"



Overall customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Eastwood...What More Should I Say

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    eckoe
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    The passage of time continues to confirm the landmark achievement of Unforgiven, quite possibly a great director's finest film. Now, get closer to the legend than ever before with the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray release, featuring the newly restored masterpiece plus a commemorative book with 54 pages of exclusive insights and behind-the-scenes accounts. Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director (Clint Eastwood), Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Editing (Joel Cox), Unforgiven stars Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as retired outlaws who pick up their gun one last time to collect a bounty. Richard Harris is an ill-fated killer-for-hire, Hackman is a sly lawman of chilling brutality, and "Unforgiven is a classic Western for the ages" (Todd McCarthy, Variety). Special Features: Remastered Blu-ray disc Audio Commentary by Clint Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel Four Documentaries Classic Maverick Episode - Duel at Sundown Original Theatrical Trailer

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, faithful 4k transfer of modern classic

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    Chrisc
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    Watching this movie for the first time in years, I forgot what a great western this really is. Eastwood, Hackman, Freeman and reallt all of the supporting cast are at the top of their acting game. As for the 4k transfer, this film was restored from the original negative and rescanned at full 4k resolution. Some of shots indoors are a tad soft, but that's the source material. But once things move outdoors the image is rich and resplendently detailed, especially the shots of the outdoor scenery and vistas. The color palette pushes the appropriately warm and sunbaked look fitting of a western like this. Close-up shots of faces reveal copious amounts of wrinkles and facial detail that are surely not as apparent on the standard bluray as great as 1080p still can be. As for the audio, the lossless hdma 5.1 track is a great upgrade over the less potent Dolby Digital lossy track on the standard bluray. Rain, thunder and gunshots have a noticible heft and presence in the surround channels. Overall, this 4k disc is now the best way ever to experience this great film. Get it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A perfect disc of an iconic film

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    Electric4K
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    The new 4K UHD disc of Unforgiven is a flawless presentation of one of the greatest Westerns ever made. The video quality shows an exceptional amount of fine detail and texture in the dusty landscapes, gnarled wood and beat-up clothing worn by the characters. Most importantly for a movie that has multiple scenes set at nighttime or in darkened rooms, the detail in the shadows is easily visible -- the picture doesn't just turn into black mush the way it might with a lesser-quality video transfer. And while the color palate is fairly subdued, as most Westerns are, shots of sunsets explode with color due to the 4K disc's HDR. Anyone with even a passing interest in Westerns should watch Unforgiven. The performances from Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman and Richard Harris are note-perfect, as is Eastwood's direction. It's as good as people say it is.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent vido and audio. A turning point for UHD.

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    HorcruxBob
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    The video quality is superb. This is almost devoid of the softness seen on so many Warner Brothers blu-rays. The dynamic range really aids the various lighting goals in scene after scene. On each viewing, one can spot details not witnessed on the blu-ray, no matter what time of day. The highlands, the grass, the flames, clothing and skin, it all shines as never before. Voice, sound effects, and soundtrack are quite clear and tangible. This film needed a presentation befitting the content. At last, it has one. As for the film, it is a masterpiece. Pacing, acting, and screenwriting are all top-shelf. Drama has a place in UHD and 4K; no need to focus on genre films or effects showstoppers. Let's hope studios realize this.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just a great Western

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    DrTW

    Put aside what ever you think about the Spaghetti Westerns or Dirty Harry flicks. This is completely different. The supporting cast of Richard Harris, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman is phenomenal. This tale of the ultra-violent bad man of the West is actually a character portrait of survival and redemption amid the constant spector of reputation. That drama envelopes each of the main characters as they struggle to do what they believe is right. This isn't a shoot 'em up and most of the deeds of the characters have taken place in the past; to be discussed but not seen. Many of the lines are philosophical descriptions of the harshness of frontier life. Hackman's description of the reality of a gunfight, and Eastwoods definition of what it means to kill a man, bring every Western legend you've ever heard into a whole new light. It is no wonder that no serious western has been made since this movie came out. "3:10 to Yuma" is a remake from 50 years ago. Unforgiven may be the last and best Western you will ever see.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4K picture not as good as expected

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    Hawke
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    The 4-star rating is for the picture. The movie has been out a while and you probably already know what it's about, so I am not reviewing the movie content, but the 4k release. I bought it because I wanted the HDR and 4k goodies. However, the picture quality doesn't seem to live up to what I am used to seeing in a 4k upgrade, but reminds me of a standard blu ray release. The movie has a very dark ambient setting in many scenes, so it can be difficult to tell when watching those scenes. However, even in some of the brighter scenarios, I am left feeling like, "So, where is the 4k upgrade?" I am disappointed about the 4k release, but not the movie content. If you are swapping out your blu ray version for a 4k version, you might do better to just keep a hold of the blu ray version.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easily one of the best...

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    DrGeary

    This is easily one of the best westerns ever made. It contains all of the rich themes and tensions of traditional westerns. Of course the plot is fairly standard, but the screenplay is smart and their is not a dishonest moment in any of the performances. As with any good western the cinematography is excellent- use of colors, panaramas, framing are all great. Be warned: it is a movie about characters, not action and contains heavy themes about justice, violence, and guns. It also has something to say about alcohol use/abuse and, oh yeah, forgiveness. The duality of the main character may be a little too much for some, but for me it makes a great character. If you buy only one western to own- this would be a good choice.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An older Blu-ray release of a great Western.

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    RaynMan2142
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    Unforgiven is a 1992 American western film written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer who takes on one more job years after he had turned to farming. A dark Western that deals frankly with the uglier aspects of violence and how complicated truths are distorted into simplistic myths about the Old West, it stars Eastwood in the lead role, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Eastwood stated that the film would be his last Western for fear of repeating himself or imitating someone else's work. Could use with a newer remaster, video codec, and the audio being lossless. But it's great for now.

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