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Blu-ray Review: The Outlaw Josey Wales

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The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 and it does a fine job. It is not the most involving of mixes, but I cannot say that is a bad thing. After all, this is a movie from the 1970′s, it cannot be expected to envelope the use like a modern release. Still, the dialogue is rendered nicely, front and center and always crisp and clear. There is a nice explosiveness in the gunfights as the gunshots pack some punch, and the score is given nice reign of the soundfield allowing it shine nicely without overpowering the dialogue.

Extras. The disk comes housed in a digi-book case that contains some nice photos from the film accompanied by columns looking back on the film, Eastwood and his other western highlights.

  • Commentary. This track features Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood’s biographer. It is an interesting track, if a touch dry, filled with facts and background information on the production and on Eastwood.
  • Clint Eastwood’s West. I enjoyed this. It takes a look at Clint as the quintessential cowboy and looks at his body of work in the genre.
  • Hell Hath No Fury – The Making of The Outlaw Josey Wales. This featurette is narrated by John Milius and goes into nice detail on the making of the film.
  • Eastwood in Action. This is a vintage piece that does not offer a lot of information but does have some interesting behind the scenes footage from the shoot.
  • Theatrical Trailer. The original trailer for the film.

Bottomline. Eastwood’s best western? Not by a long shot. However, it is a good one and delivers a character with a fascinating arc in a movie that is not your typical western. No one can command the screen with a stare the way Eastwood can.

Recommended.

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