Criterion Collection, The | Release Date: November 24, 1999
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PaulaW.Mar 11, 2002
An enjoyable period piece from - surprise! - Ang Lee, about the unheralded battles of the Civil War along the Kansas-Missouri border. Just as in real war, scenes of tremendous violence alternate with long periods of watching and waiting. LeeAn enjoyable period piece from - surprise! - Ang Lee, about the unheralded battles of the Civil War along the Kansas-Missouri border. Just as in real war, scenes of tremendous violence alternate with long periods of watching and waiting. Lee does not shy away from the gore that accompanied the conflict, but the battle scenes are interspersed with lyrical stretches in which we get to know and understand the characters. The actors (including Jewel - who knew she could act?) convey all sorts of powerful emotions without becoming maudlin or manipulative. Beautiful visuals, too. I'd take this over Crouching Tiger... any day. Expand
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dylan111Mar 19, 2014
I think this movie was very under-rated when it was released. But it's actually terrific, much more interesting and provocative than the ponderous Gettysburg. The dialogue is very fresh and reflects 19th century cadences in the same way TrueI think this movie was very under-rated when it was released. But it's actually terrific, much more interesting and provocative than the ponderous Gettysburg. The dialogue is very fresh and reflects 19th century cadences in the same way True Grit does.

There are very good performances from the leads, especially from the great Jeffrey Wright (not to mention Jewel, who is rather touching). In addition the smaller roles are filled with terrific actors like Tom Wilkerson, Margo Martindale, Joathan Rhy Meyers, Jim Caviziel, and Simon Baker.
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Dhacker615Dec 29, 2013
This is a minor masterpiece and one of the best examples of the 'Southern' (or proto-Western) sub genre. The performance are uniformly strong and Ang Lee trusts the actors to convey largely unspoken motivations. The action is intended to beThis is a minor masterpiece and one of the best examples of the 'Southern' (or proto-Western) sub genre. The performance are uniformly strong and Ang Lee trusts the actors to convey largely unspoken motivations. The action is intended to be upsetting, which limited the audience. It is well worth watching as a companion to thematically related films, like OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and DJANGO UNCHAINED. Expand
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