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Young Guns [Special Edition] [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 5341409
  • Release Date: 04/22/2003
  • Rating: R
Featuring an all-star cast of some of the hottest names of the '80s, Artisan's release of Young Guns offers a solid presentation of the revisionist western in addition to offering a handful of exciting extras. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release features audio rendered in either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Stereo with optional Spanish subtitles. For those looking to take a blast into the past, this release also offers commentary by stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko, a documentary on the real-life Billy the Kid, a trivia track, a theatrical trailer, and a trailer gallery.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 23)

    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered widescreen version
    • 5.1 DTS digital audio
    • 2.0 Dolby Digital audio
    • Audio commentary with Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko
    • Theatrical trailer
    • The real Billy the Kid documentary - follows the true story of Billy the Kid's humble birth, life of murder and crime, and his final violent death
    • Trivia Track: Gunning for the Facts
    • Spanish subtitles
    • Trailer gallery
    • Closed Captioned


    Young Guns
    In this Western based loosely on actual events and people, Emilio Estevez stars as William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Sought for a petty crime in Lincoln County, Billy is taken in by John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a British ranch owner seeking to make it in the cattle business. Tunstall employs a group of "regulators," comprised of wayward youths he's gathered over the years, to watch over his ranch; in turn, he teaches them how to read and reforms them into better men. Tunstall's business interests come into conflict with those of corrupt and murderous businessman Lawrence Murphy (Jack Palance), whose widespread connections make him a power to be reckoned with. When Tunstall won't budge from his right to pursue a living, Murphy's henchmen stage an ambush and kill him. This triggers a vow of vengeance from the quick-tempered Billy and his five fellow regulators, who are deputized to serve arrest warrants in the murder. However, when Billy decides to gun down the suspects instead of detaining them, his loyal pals become accessories in a vigilante spree to wipe the territory clean of Murphy and his web of conspirators. Soon, the supposed lawmen are on the run from bounty hunters, henchmen, and government soldiers, from all directions of the compass. This box-office hit also stars Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Emilio Estevez
      Emilio Estevez - William H. Bonney/"Billy the Kid"
    • Kiefer Sutherland
      Kiefer Sutherland - Josiah "Doc" Scurlock
    • Lou Diamond Phillips
      Lou Diamond Phillips - Jose Chavez Y Chavez
    • Charlie Sheen
      Charlie Sheen - Dick Brewer
    • Dermot Mulroney
      Dermot Mulroney - "Dirty Steve" Stephens

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Flawed Blu-ray ruins good film. Avoid this Bluray!


      Warning: This film's blu-ray video transfer is critically flawed! Somehow this film got past Lionsgate's quality control. It suffers from "jaggies," resolution issues, distorted images and other HD mastering artifacts. The disc is nearly unwatchable (by blu-ray standards) and looks far worse than the most recent DVD versions, even without up-scaling. Do not take my word on this, please google the issue. I really enjoy this movie, as it takes me back to my youth and all those great brat-pack films. Which is why the Blu-ray version of this film was such an incredible disappointment. Stick to the DVD version until these issues are resolved. DO NOT BUY THIS BLU-RAY, NO MATTER HOW CHEAP! It is the worst Blu-Ray I have personally ever seen.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A not so good western.

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      Young Guns is a dumb fun flick to watch to kill time with a western film. Not much good can be brought up from this lackluster script and score. The film's music is potentially the worst part of this movie. The music makes it sound like a low budget sci-fi- flick. Skip this.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, especially for Old West fans


      Whether this was a truthful story or not, it was a good depiction of good versus bad in the old west. Sure the law was not the best, and outlaws were not well liked, but it provides a good basis for people to understand both sides of the story. Definitely recommend this flick.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great cast.

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      This is probably the first western I ever saw in a theater & it's one of my all time favorite movies. It was a time when they didn't care how old you were they would let you watch what ever you wanted as long as you had a ticket.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Western

      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      This is a great western movie. Emilio Estevez is a great Billy the Kid. It has alot of well known actors in it that play great roles. You will love this movie. It has everything. Lots of action and a great storyline

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Cast Is the Highlight


      Young Guns isn't a top-notch film in my opinion, but its got a great cast that's fun to watch. Abundant bonus features on this special edition release. Recommended, as is the sequel.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An excellent ensemble cast

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      I became so elated when Hollywood began doing more fact based westerns about some of our most popular cowboys and this is the result. Great story, great acting, great cinematography.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I'll make you famous


      A movie that is as timeless as the Sound of Music, well maybe not that much. This movie is dare I say, "Greatness". The gunplay is just on point, and the cast was just perfect for this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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