Unforgiven [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1992]

Warner Bros.' feature-filled, double-disc Special Edition DVD of the Clint Eastwood Western Unforgiven illustrates the evolution of the DVD. When first issued, the DVD of this multiple-Oscar-winning film of 1992 was a bare bones affair, with no special features or documentaries beyond picture and sound quality. But now the knowledge that DVD popularity is greatly enhanced by extra features has prompted many reissues, such as this two-disk Special Edition. The first disk contains the film in a stunningly beautiful letterbox widescreen version that preserves the aspect ratio of the original film, and a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound soundtrack that puts the range in home on the range. Disk one also contains an insightful movie commentary by film critic and Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel, plus Eastwood film highlights and an awards list for the film. Disk two includes an Unforgiven retrospective ten years later, a "making of" feature about the film, a short feature about Eastwood, and a John Cusack-narrated biography of the film's star. But the real gold on the disk is the inclusion of an ancient episode of the popular 1950s TV show Maverick in which an impossibly-young Eastwood starred.
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Special Features

  • Commentary by Time magazine film critic and Eastwood biographer Richard Schickel
  • Interactive menus
  • Eastwood film highlights
  • Awards list
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene access
  • Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec)
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
  • 4 marvelous documentaries, 2002's all-new on All on Account of Pullin' a Trigger , 1992's Eastwood & Co.: making Unforgiven, 1992's Eastwood...A Star and Schickel's penetrating 1997 career profile Eastwood on Eastwood classic Maverick episode Duel at Sundown
  • 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"

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