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APPALOOSA - DVD, German or English. With VIGGO MORTENSEN, ED HARRIS, JEREMY IRONS. Brand new, sealed

APPALOOSA - DVD, German or English. With VIGGO MORTENSEN, ED HARRIS, JEREMY IRONS. Brand new, sealed

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Welcome to “Appaloosa”, Ed Harris's film of the Robert B. Parker novel--first because it exists at all, but even more because Harris as star, director, and co-screenwriter (with Robert Knott) has managed to bring it to the screen with no hint of fuss or strain, as if the making of no-nonsense, copiously pleasurable Westerns were still something Hollywood did with regularity. Harris plays Virgil Cole, one of those ace gunfighter-lawmen whose name need only be mentioned to make a saloon go still. Cole and his shotgun-toting partner Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) accept a commission to enforce law and order in the New Mexico town of Appaloosa. That basically means protect it from rapacious rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons, looking right at home on the range), who murdered the previous town marshal like swatting a fly. Life becomes complicated when, about the time Bragg has been jailed to await trial, a fancy-dressing piano player calling herself Mrs. French (Renée Zellweger) steps down off the train. Cole commences to have feelings, and as he ruefully reminds Hitch, "Feelin's can get ya killed." - In his second directorial effort (following the 2000 biopic Pollock), Harris takes his cue from novelist Parker's often deadpan-comic touch, allowing action and character to accumulate in accordance with an overall eccentric rhythm. (The film's main disappointment is that it would benefit from more running time to allow things to stew a bit longer, especially in the second half.) The character work is choice, from the moment Tom Bower, James Gammon, and Timothy Spall step into view as Appaloosa's civic leaders; the director's father Bob Harris contributes a cameo as a mellifluous-tongued circuit judge, and an age-thickened Lance Henriksen turns up mid-film as gunman Ring Shelton, trailing affability and menace. In collaboration with “Dances With Wolves” cameraman Dean Semler, Harris sets up shots and scenes in such a way that we often see into and out of Appaloosa's various buildings simultaneously, to excellent dramatic and atmospheric effect, and there's a thrillingly vertical dynamics to a scene involving a train at an isolated water stop. The action is lethal when it needs to be, but never dwelt upon. "That was over quick," Hitch observes after one gun battle. Cole's response says it all: "Everybody could shoot."

Ein klassischer Western mit absoluter Star-Besetzung: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris und Jeremy Irons! - In Sheriff Virgil Coles und Everett Hitchs Geschäft schießt man schnell, sauber, fehlerfrei und lädt sofort nach. Ohne Gefühle. Denn Gefühle können einen ins Grab bringen. - In "A History of Violence" waren sie Rivalen: Ed Harris (der auch als Regisseur, Produzent und Co-Autor beteiligt ist) und Viggo Mortensen verbindet eine enge Freundschaft in den Rollen der Sheriffs Cole und Hitch. Der ganz auf die Charaktere ausgerichtete, bleihaltige Western ist die Verfilmung des gleichnamigen Romans von Robert B. Parker. Für emotionalen Aufruhr sorgt Renée Zellweger als die Frau, die mit nur einem Dollar in der Tasche in der Stadt auftaucht – und trotzdem ganz sicher nicht verhungern wird. Doch Gefühle können tödlich sein – vor allem wenn es darum geht, den Mörder Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) seiner gerechten Strafe zuzuführen. Bevor es dazu kommt, wird in der Stadt Appaloosa Blut fließen. -

Das Bonusmaterial beinhaltet einen Audiokommentar von Ed Harris und Drehbuchautor/Produzent Robert Knott, nicht verwendete Szenen sowie 4 Hintergrunddokumentationen: "Die Charaktere zum Leben erwecken"; "Die historische Genauigkeit von Appaloosa"; "Die Stadt Appaloosa" und "Dean Semlers Rückkehr zum Western".

Languages / Sprachen: GERMAN or ENGLISH
Subtitles / Untertitel: German only. 
Released / VÖ-Termin: 2009 
Distributed by / Vertrieb: WARNER HOME VIDEO Germany. 
Runtime / Laufzeit: 111 min. 
Aspect Ratio / Bildformat: 2.35:1 / 16:9 
Age Restriction / FSK: 12

The disc and the packaging are brand new & still sealed.

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