True Grit (Blu-ray)

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Near perfect western

on 4/3/2012

True Grit is a modern Western Classic. I have seen a fair number of very well done Westerns such as Shane, The Searchers, Unforgiven, etc. That said this is one of my favorites and ranks right up with some of the best. It is the story of a teenage girl named Mattie Ross out to hunt down the outlaw (Josh Brolin) who killed her pa in Arkansas around 1878-1880. She hires a drinking but trigger happy Marshal named Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to assist her. Along the way they sometimes teamup with Texas Ranger Lebeouf (Matt Damon) seeking the outlaw for a seperate reward. The only things standing in their way are rough terrain, bad weather, their own conflicting personalities, and of course a gang of well armed outlaws. Read More

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True Grit is a powerful story of vengeance and valor set in an unforgiving and unpredictable frontier where justice is simple and mercy is rare. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Academy Award® Winner Jeff Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Academy Award® Winner Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 220424967
UPC 097360110449
UPC 14 00097360110449
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/27/2015
Rating Rating
Keywords
Friendships
Outlaws
Revenge
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' TRUE GRIT tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "[O]ne of their most broadly entertaining films yet....[The Coen brothers] worked hard, and successfully, at serving the buoyant novel as well as being true to their own black comic brio." 12/22/2010
Wall Street Journal "Joel Coen and Ethan Coen fill the film with self-conscious good humor -- hey, it's the Coen brothers -- and the charmingly old-fashioned locutions of the Charles Portis novel." 12/24/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 star out of 4 -- "The casting is always inspired and exact. The cinematography by Roger Deakins reminds us of the glory that was, and can still be, the Western." 12/22/2010
New York Times "[B]oth musically and visually, TRUE GRIT is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won or -- depending on your view -- lost." 12/21/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "TRUE GRIT has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn..." 12/22/2010
USA Today "Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off an impressive feat: repurposing a classic film with their idiosyncratic blend of dark, deadpan humor and palpable suspense..." 12/22/2010 ,Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "The Coen brothers fire on all cylinders with this remake of the 1969 Western..." 12/31/2010
A.V. Club "The Coens direct TRUE GRIT with a light touch....It's simultaneously rollicking and grave, alternating moments of fine dark humor with startling violence..." -- Grade: A- 12/21/2010
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he Coens have crafted a vastly entertaining Wild West show that is memorable in every particular." 12/21/2010
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]ll credit to Damon, who plays down the Texan's vanity and braggadocio, leaving just enough of it in evidence to be funny without being off-putting." 12/21/2010
Movieline "[A]lternately somber, funny, elegiac and steadfastly if unconventionally moral....The Coens use the landscape beautifully, capturing the majesty of ripply baptismal rivers and craggy, charred-bone trees alike." 12/22/2010
Entertainment Weekly "The best of the new TRUE GRIT comes from the actors who bring their vivid characters to life....With typically impeccable dusty-Western cinematography by Roger Deakins..." -- Grade: B 12/24/2010
Film Comment "[T]he brothers clearly enjoy adopting Portis's dry plainspoken idiom....Bridges sounds as if he's talking through his collar, in a vocal performance that's entertaining no matter what he's saying..." 01/01/2011
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "TRUE GRIT is really about Jeff Bridges, giving another peerless performance for the Coens....Certainly with TRUE GRIT, he's done great work in a great film." 02/01/2011
Sight and Sound "[T]he production, by their regular team, is formally superb....The Coens inject something of its macabre fairytale timbre, retaining the book's grotesque touches and adding more." 02/01/2011
Actors
Matt Damon
Barry Pepper
Hailee Steinfeld
Jeff Bridges
Cast & Crew
Matt Damon - Star
Barry Pepper - Star
Hailee Steinfeld - Star
Jeff Bridges - Star
Josh Brolin - Star
Jarlath Conroy - Co-Star
Bruce Green - Co-Star
Ed Lee Corbin - Co-Star
Peter Leung - Co-Star
Joe Stevens - Co-Star
Jake Walker - Co-Star
Orlando Smart - Co-Star
Maggie Goodman - Co-Star
Brandon Sanderson - Co-Star
Ruben Nakai Campana - Co-Star
Jonathan Joss - Co-Star
Don Pirl - Co-Star
Roy Lee Jones - Co-Star
Elizabeth Marvel - Co-Star
Paul Rae - Co-Star
Candyce Hinkle - Co-Star
Domhnall Gleeson - Co-Star
Dakin Matthews - Co-Star
Ty Mitchell - Co-Star
Leon Russom - Co-Star
Nicholas Sadler - Co-Star
David Lipman - Co-Star
Scott Sowers - Co-Star
Carter Burwell - Composer
Ethan Coen - Screenwriter
Joel Coen - Screenwriter
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Nancy Haigh - Set Decorator
Betsy Magruder - Assistant Director
Craig Berkey - Sound Re-Recording
Skip Lievsay - Sound Re-Recording
Charles Portis - Source Writer
Greg Orloff - Sound Re-Recording
Mike Watson - Stunt Coordinator
Robert Graf - Production Manager/UPM
Catherine Farrell - Post-Production Supervisor
Joel Coen - Director
Ethan Coen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00097360110449
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 110 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
  
Awards
Oscar (2011) Hailee Steinfeld, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Jeff Bridges, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Joel?Coen et al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,Joel?Coen et al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Screen Actors Guild (2011) Hailee Steinfeld, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role,Jeff Bridges, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review It's hard to imagine bigger boots to fill than the ones that earned John Wayne his Oscar in "True Grit," and yet Jeff Bridges handily reinvents the iconic role of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' back-to-the-book remake. Though the sibs return things to the perspective of vengeance-bent 14-year-old Mattie Ross, all eyes are definitely on Cogburn. Rather than a case of the Dude doing the Duke, Bridges' irascible old cuss is a genuine original who feels larger than the familiar saga that contains him. Awfully gritty for its PG-13 rating, this characteristically well-crafted outing could draw a wide range of audiences, ranking among the Coens' more commercial pics.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Peter Debruge
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review What makes True Grit a new classic for the Coens is the way the brothers absorb the unfairly unsung Portis into their DNA, like they did with Cormac McCarthy in "No Country for Old Men." True Grit is packed with action and laughs, plus a touching coda with an older Mattie, but it's the dialogue that really sings. Great filmmaking. Great acting. Great movie. Saddle up.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Digital Audio, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Angie Errigo, Empire Terrific: tough, exciting, funny, gorgeous and bewitchingly acted, this is darn close to perfection.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times ...a true picture of how the West was won, or -- depending on your view -- lost.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...formidably well-crafted...
Norm Schrager, Filmcritic An old-time, classically told Cowboy Movie, and a darned good one.

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