Lonesome Dove [Blu-ray]
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Experience the Emmy Award-winning masterpiece as never before with Lonesome Dove 2-Disc Collector s Edition. Presented for the first time in Widescreen and 5.1 surround sound, this all-time western classic is now digitally re-mastered with all-new bonus features.Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry and set in the late nineteenth century, this sprawling epic of the Old West is the story of the last defiant frontier, a daring cattle drive, and an undying love. Featuring epic performances by Robert Duvall, Tommy lee Jones, Angelica Houston, Diane Lane, Danny Glover, Robert Urich, and Chris Cooper, Lonesome Dove continues to be a treasured classic for generations to come.

Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, aging cowboys and former Texas rangers and who organize a 2,500 mile cattle drive for one last great adventure in this excellent 1989 miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel. The best friends, who steal the herd from a gang of Mexican cattle rustlers, drive their herd from Texas to Montana, battling horse thieves, angry Indian tribes, and a renegade half-breed killer named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest) on a mission of revenge. The excellent cast also includes Robert Urich as cardsharp and former Ranger Jake Spoon, Anjelica Huston as McCrae's old flame Clara Allen, Danny Glover, Ricky Schroder, Diane Lane, Chris Cooper, D.B. Sweeney, Steve Buscemi, and even a small role for author Larry McMurtry. Australian director Simon Wincer shows a tremendous capacity for balancing sweeping drama and intimacy against the gorgeous landscape of the American Southwest, giving a grandly epic feel to the film despite its small-screen target and limited budget, and for forging memorable characters of even the smallest supporting parts. The heart of the drama belongs to McCrae and Call, memorably etched by Duvall and Jones as the last of the range romantics. In the age of revisionist Westerns, this excellent cattle-drive drama nicely maintains an old-fashioned feeling while still showing the dark side of the American West. Winner of seven Emmy Awards and responsible for two miniseries sequels (Return to Lonesome Dove and Dead Man's Walk) and a TV series. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • cropped but still worth the money
    the picture and sound quality are much better than its predecessor but i still wish they had actually shot it in ws format that would be magical.

    At $13 its a no brainer, its the price of a car wash for f sake....more info
  • Great Mini-Series
    My friend and roommate at the time in 1994 kept wanting me to watch this show called Lonesome Dove. The title just didn't interest me and I had no idea what it was about. After a couple weeks I gave in and we rented the VHS. When I started watching this show I was suprised it was a Western, as I love Westerns. This show was so well written and acted that I was immediately hooked and had to watch the rest of the Lonesome Dove Series. I own them all but the original is the best. I own all of them on SD, so I decided I would buy this one on Blu Ray because it's my favorite in the series. If you love Westerns then I highly recommend you watch this, rent if first to make sure but when you are ready to buy, make sure and buy it here, the price is the lowest I have found on the net. I highly recommend this Mini-Series....more info
  • lonesome dove
    One of the greatest movie series ever made. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones are master of their trade....more info
  • The GREATEST movie of all time!
    I know that it has been said by thousands of folks but lets say it one more time. Lonesome Dove is without a doubt the greatest movie ever made. EVER. Robert Duvall as, no make that Robert Duvall is Gus McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones is Captain Woodrow F. Call. They embark on a 2500 mile cattle drive from Texas to Montana to set up ranch and be cattlemen. Gus is the kind that likes to play cards and get pokes and Call is all about business. They were Texas Rangers together in the old days and have a friendship that we all wish we could have. Along with Jake Spoon, Deets, Newt, Dish and the very underrated Tim Scott as Pea Eye they go and re steal horses from the Mexicans and then head on their way to Montana. Gus is not thrilled about going but is on the trip for only one reason and that is to go and see his long lost love Clara Allen. Along the way you are introduced to the Indian outlaw Blue Duck, who has alluded Call and McCrae from their days as rangers, Sheriff July Johnson and his deputy Rosco along with other great characters. Every actor or actress who played in Lonesome Dove seems custom made for the part they play. In this movie you have some of the best supporting roles in movie history. You have Diane Lane as Lorie, Barry Tubb as Jasper Fant, Leon Singer as Bolivar the cook from Lonesome Dove, D.B. Sweeney, in one of the best character developments, as Dish Boggett, Rick Schroeder as Calls unclaimed son Newt and many others who are just as important to the story but just to many to name. I really don't have the time and space to tell you about all the great things about this movie so you will need to set aside 6 hours and sit back and enjoy the greatest movie ever made. Now onto the Blu-Ray disc. The movie was CROPPED to make it widescreen. There was a lot more taken off of the top and bottom then was gained on the sides. However the picture quality is outstanding compared to my old DVD. The extras on this disc are also way better than the original DVD. Overall a 5/5 movie and a 4/5 Blu-Ray....more info
  • Happy all the way around
    I ordered this dvd for my step-son for Christmas because it's one of his favorite movies. I'm very pleased with the seller. The dvd arrived promptly and in great condition...just as discribed. ...more info
  • Nice Picture
    This is one of our favoraite movies and seeing it in bluray is even better. It arived before Christmas and we are very happy with our purcahse. ...more info
  • Let's get right to the point.
    The story on this new release isn't the story itself. Rather, it's the comically long-overdue digital remastering of this cinematic tour de force, and while admittedly imperfect, the stunning improvement from one edition to the next. So I'm not going to quibble about aspect ratios; if you love this movie as much as most do, this is a release you must pick up, despite a few technical quirks the large majority of viewers will never notice. And if the process did this much for the standard-release DVD, I'll be anxious to see the Blu-ray version......more info
  • A Classic
    I had a difficult time finding this VCR tape. It was for a Christmas gift
    for someone who doesn't yet have a DVD player. I couldn't find it ANYWHERE. But, Amazon.Com came to the rescue !!! The person I gave it to, said it was absolutely fine, with the exception of a few tracking
    problems. This is a beautiful story...a classic...even better that
    "Brokeback Mountain" !!!!...more info
  • Great movie; but mediocre blu-ray presentation
    If you are reading this, I expect you already know the movie is amazing and just want to know how it looks on blu-ray. Well, its a bit better than the DVD, but generally disappointing visually compared with the comparable releases from the period that the studio has spend some time remastering.

    I agree with other reviewers that the "widescreen" presentation is cropped. In addition, the color and clarity is adequate, but not really of blu-ray caliber. Vivid colors are lacking, there is visible grain,and the images don't really pop out like you see on many well-remastered older films. It is probably the best Lonesome Dove out there, but no one in their right mind will choose this as their sample to show off their blu-ray player to a friend or relative, which is a shame because I think this could have been fantastic had the studio put some effort into it. ...more info
  • Grainy noisey nighttime shots take away too much.
    Wonderful book, a good made for tv mini-series, a badly made blu-ray. The nighttime shots have so much video noise in them that those scenes make the blu-ray nearly unwatchable at times. There was also quite a bit of edge blurriness which completely takes away from the beautiful vistas and grand landscapes. Truly a shame that the company made such a poor transfer and didn't bother cleaning up the material afterwords. Wait until they re-release it if you care at all how the transfer looks....more info
  • Good News / Bad News
    Good News - much improved picture quality and sound quality - on a truly classic movie that I've watched at least 25 times, and like many Lonesome Dove cult followers, can quote most scenes word for word. There's hardly a day goes by that a LD quote doesn't apply to some situation.

    Bad News - No matter what's been said elsewhere, the picture is cropped! I've compared several scenes frame to frame, blue-ray to dvd, and the picture content horizontally is the same, but some portion of the top or bottom is missing on the wide-screen version. Truly disappointing since, as many times as I've watched the film, I was looking forward to enhanced peripheral content that I've not yet seen....more info
  • "Lonesome Dove"
    If you have seen "Lonesome Dove" you know it is the, or one of the, best westerns ever. The improved widescreen version now out is a must. I was pleased with everything about it....more info
  • cropped
    In the opening scene, Woodrow Call sits gazing across the river. In the 2002 DVD, several inches of early morning light are visible between the top of his hat and the top of the screen. In this new DVD, several inches of the top of his hat are not visible....more info
  • Best Western Ever
    LD is probably the best western I have ever seen. If you see it once you will never forget it and will want to see it again & again. Robert Duvall is perfect for the part Gus. He is one of my most favorite actors. Tommy Lee Jones is also great. They really get into their parts. Absolutely wonderful movie....more info
  • Bud Wright
    I believe I have some insight into this whole aspect ratio controversy. For many years, filmmakers filmed movies in something called "Super 35." The final, unedited and uncropped raw footage looks something like the old Chevrolet symbol, in that each scene was framed in both widescreen AND fullscreen ratios. The widescreen crop, of course, was released to theaters, but the fullscreen crop was released for home video consunption. I believe this to be the case with "Lonesome Dove," as I have compared both the 2002 and 2008 versions, and information is both gained and lost in both incarnations, depending on the crop. It is no longer necessary to practice this hybrid process because of the proliferation of 16:9 TVs, so "Super 35" has virtually vanished. However, this new version of LD is FAR superior to the first release, because of the stunningly clean, richly textured and colored, widescreen picture and the much improved sound. It's even more jaw-dropping than it's original edition - which is saying something. Throw in the letter-perfect performances by all(but ESPECIALLY so by Duvall and Jones)and you have an unqualified masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and check out the greatest western of all time, and one of the top 2 or 3 films ever made. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! ...more info
  • Order It, You will LOVE it.
    MUCH better than the original DVD. We watched it on our 73'' HDTV and it was wonderful. It is not as perfect as a movie that would come out today, but it is really good! Don't worry about cropping, etc. It looks great and you will enjoy....more info
  • Great Movie
    I seen bits and pieces of this movie at a friends house and decided to by it. One of the best westerns I have seen, and surely in my top 5....more info
  • Cliches Galore.
    This movie is a compilation of just about every western cliche ever conceived.
    Hollywood is in the business of packaging excrement and selling it as entertainment. This is a good example. One star only because zero isn't an option.
    I watched less than an hour of it before giving up in disgust. ...more info
  • Great movie and pleased with the conversion to Blu ray
    This is one of my all time favorite movies. I own the regular DVD set, but after getting a Blu ray player, this was on the top of my list to get on Blu ray. I think they did a wonderful job of converting this 1989 film and was very happy they did. It looks so much better now. One of the all time great movies that appeals to men and women due to the masterful storytelling of Larry McMurtry. Not many writers have his talent for character development, and this movie does a masterful job of bringing those characters to life. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones give the performance of their careers in this movie. Not many books are transferred to movies successfully, but this movie actually enhances the book. Great addition to a Blu-ray library (or any movie library for that matter)....more info
    I set my widescreen Monitor next to my standard TV screen. I synched up the NEW Widescreen DVD right along side the old Fullscreen DVD. I was shocked at how much more scenery & picture there is in this new version. THIS IS TRUE WIDESCREEN. NOTHING HAS BEEN CROPPED !!!! Don't believe me??? TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!!!...more info
  • The ultimate buddy movie...
    Quite simply, Lonesome Dove (1989) is one of the best westerns of all time. Even the minor characters are multi-dimensional and fully developed. All of the acting is top notch. The direction is superb.

    But, this story is really about the relationship of two men: Captain Woodward Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Captain Augustus McRae (Robert Duvall), retired Texas Rangers. Call, the stoic, is the polar opposite of McRae, a fun-loving "philosopher." Their poignant farewell is one of the most touching you will ever see on film. (Duvall said this was his favorite role.)

    I rank this film right up there with The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne.

    ...more info
  • 16:9 "Crop Job"
    Regardless of the rationale for the 16:9 presentation, there's no question the framing on LONESOME DOVE is cropped. The bottom of the image is clearly cut off from its original television broadcast and it's very obviously NOT what was originally intended to be seen. As one of the other reviews mentions below, if you compare this with the DVD, it's evident that nobody would ever compose

    That being said the BD is otherwise spectacular -- but why couldn't they have just given us the original, intended framing? Or at least every bit of the frame that was shot, if nothing else. That bottom portions of the screen that are clearly cut off is just inexplicable....more info
  • Best Western
    This movie is without a doubt, the best western ever made, in fact, it maybe the best movie ever made. The acting, characters, screen shots, scenery, are outstanding. This movie is Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones' masterpieces of their excellent careers. I have watched this movie numerous times and I walk away from it shaking my head in awe. Anyone who watches this movie will get a very good idea what the old west was like, no holes barred. Lonesome Dove is a classic movie and an excellent bargain for the price....more info
  • Lonesome Dove
    This is one of the best movies I've seen. It is definitely a good purchase to watch over through the years. (It's a keeper!)...more info
  • Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove never looked or sounded so good as in the newly remastered release. The best western ever is also the best thing ever made for TV, and it finally has the true widescreen picture and 5.1 stereo sound it has always deserved....more info
  • Yes, it is in fact cropped, but still worth buying
    I have been a fan since I first read the book and watched it in its premier broadcast on CBS. When I am asked to name my favorite movie, I always cite Lonesome Dove (even though it is a made-for-television miniseries). Today I purchased this newly-released Collector's Edition, even though I already own the 2000 Hallmark 2-disc release, and even though I suspected the touted "widescreen" had been accomplished by cropping/letterboxing.

    After reading the handful of reviews here that seemed to contradict each other, I popped both discs in separate players to compare them with each other. The good news is, the audio is remarkably crystal clear, a definite improvement. The picture is also markedly superior, very sharp, and the color is brilliant. On the older Hallmark version, the colors appear pale and washed out compared to the newer version, which has much deeper and richer tones, after remastering.

    The bad news is, it is in fact cropped. When I watched the two discs side by side, it is immediately apparent that part of the picture is missing at the top and at the bottom of the screen, in most scenes. What is really strange, however, is that in some scenes part of the picture has been cropped from the (left and/or right) sides of the picture, as well. There are some scenes in which the picture has been cropped on ALL FOUR sides of the picture. I am not imagining this. I was able to confirm this by playing/pausing the two versions side by side and noting that characters are sometimes in frame, other times not visible, parts of signs and lettering on signs are sometimes visible, sometimes not visible. Objects visible in the older version may not be visible in the newer release.

    Even stranger, in the new release, in some scenes one side of the frame may show less (on either the left or the ride side of the picture) in the new version (e.g. missing a person, or an object), but the other side of the frame may show people or objects that do not appear in the "original" 4:3 aspect.

    Bottom line: it would appear that the original production was filmed in some aspect other than what was originally broadcast on network; this newer version ADDS some of the previously unseen aspect in some scenes, but in other scenes OMITS some of what was originally broadcast. Still, the picture quality is really nice, and if you are as big a fan as I am of this, the greatest story ever told, it probably won't matter to you. I will keep my older version copy, but I doubt I will ever have a reason to want to watch it instead of this one....more info
  • One of the best Westerns and best films ever
    I'm a huge fan of Westerns, but every once in a rare while a film (or in this case a TV miniseries) comes along that you realize has changed your world view and you know that you'll be able to watch over and over again for the rest of you life. The Lonesome Dove series is one of those films. This is one of the best Westerns and best films ever made. This is the kind of film that actors work towards and dream about and aspire to in hope that they can make just one film like this during their entire career, and most actors will never achieve it. Some actors (like Kevin Costner after Dances With Wolves) will, after making one film like this, futilely dissipate their acting careers in silly movies trying to recapture whatever made that one film great. A very, very few actors, including Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove, are fortunate enough to find this more than once.

    This film is about the Old West, it is about friendship, hard work, sacrifice, love, regret, choices, family; it is about life. This is definitely not just another `cowboy' movie, although it does share many themes with the conventional horse opera or adventure story. The scope of this film encompasses ageless themes about life and the human condition: people will be watching this film hundreds of years from now and no matter how society changes, this film will still be meaningful.

    Two aging Texas Rangers, Capt. C. W. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) decide to drive a herd of cattle from their small south Texas plot to Montana. What follows is a complex, multi-threaded tale of life and death in the old West as the rangers and their companions (some old comrades and some new acquaintances) drive the cattle north. Many new faces are encountered along the way, some peripheral to the plot, some taking more important roles. We learn about the Captain's and Gus's past, their loves, their courage and bravery. More importantly we learn about their failings and their regrets. We see life unfolding for individuals and families, and things don't always work out well in the end. But as in real life, one must keep going and do one's duty. Like most of the great Westerns, Lonesome Dove is long on atmosphere, plot, and character development and relatively short on action. There is certainly plenty of action in the film, but it is widely separated by long segments of essentially dialogue. This isn't a feel good film either where all the bad guys are vanquished in one great battle at the end.

    Bottom line is that is is a great movie/miniseries/whatever. There are (as of 27JAN09) more recent releases of this series, I'm writing the review of this version because it is the one that I currently own. I also think that in many ways this film is America. If a foreigner (or a space alien) asked me which one film best portrayed the American spirit, I think I would recommend this one. It isn't really historic or patriotic, but for me this film epitomizes what life in America and being an American is about. Facing the challenges of life and accepting the good and the bad with a spirit of humanity and compassion that can't be broken. Judging from the other reviews, I'm not the only one who thinks this a great film. I'd give this 10 stars if I could. If you watch this film once, you'll quite likely be watching it many times again during your life....more info
  • not just a great western, a great movie
    My parents watched LONESOME DOVE when I was about three. Of course, then I was too young to grasp a television miniseries. But when I was about thirteen of fourteen, I watched it (i'd always heard it was good). I was amazed at the storyline and many times I weeped. It's my favorite movie....period!...more info
  • Lonesome Dove
    You need this movie for your Western Collection! Husband had never seen it! He's working in a remote area of New Mexico staying in a travel trailer so I try to keep him in movies and books. He watched this one all in one night, so it must have held his attention!...more info
  • Amazing quality and extras; unfortunate cropping
    I rarely buy re-releases of a movie on DVD, but made an exception with "Lonesome Dove." My single favorite film (or series, if you prefer) of all time, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to upgrade from the previous 2002 DVD release, which I believe was literally copied from old VHS tapes. The picture on this release is sharp and completely amazing, and I could go on for a full page just on the fantastic quality of the surround sound mix. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. The extras are also miles above those for the previous release -- save the omission of the emotional and moving interview with executive producer Suzanne de Passe, that really should have been included. (I have yet to watch all the documentaries, however, so perhaps they included it in one of the longer features.)

    But there's a serious flaw with this release, which others have already pointed out: It's not presented in the original aspect ratio. I tend to get cranky when widescreen movies are taken and the sides are chopped off them to present a 4:3 pan-and-scan presentation. But I've come to accept it. I get downright irritated, however, when, in order to appease the current fascination with anamorphic widescreen, DVD producers take a fullscreen product and chop off the top and bottom to try to make it look like it was filmed in a ratio it clearly wasn't. As I said earlier, I have both DVD releases of the production, so I was able to compare them side by side, and I don't care what Simon Wincer says in the interviews -- this is not a widescreen print. Part of the picture was sacrificed to make the product fit this aspect ratio, and it's a crime.

    In summary, I give this production mad props for the brilliant digital restoration, amazing sound quality, and extras. The miniseries deserved it. But this production loses at least two stars for butchering the original aspect ratio. I hope that the producers digitally restored the entire feature before turning it into widescreen and that they'll eventually do yet another re-release, giving us the print the way it was always intended to be watched: in 4:3 format, suitable for standard TV viewing.

    I am not a widescreen fanatic. I just want to see things presented in the original aspect ratio. Why is that asking too much?...more info
  • An Epic Movie - Acting, Scenery, and Plot are all Superb
    I have spent most of my life hearing about the LONESOME DOVE Mini-Series but never watched it until recently. I can't believe what I have been missing all of these years - what a great movie! The story at face value is about the 2,000 mile cattle drive that two ex-Rangers make from Lonesome Dove to Montana; the TRUE story is about the bond of two life long friends: Captains Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall), the maturing of a young boy Newt, and the hardships and life-lessons learned along the way.

    This series is the epitome of "the western": there is plenty of gunfighting, cattle-driving, and outlaw-chasing - but this movie really tops them all in terms of the overlying story that unfolds during it all. Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall shine as their comraderie and friendship is displayed on screen. You see how each handles loss and love in his own way - and how each has differing effects on the men that they lead. It also shows the maturing of a young man, Newt Dobbs (Rick Schroder), as he goes from awkward boy to steadfast cowhand through the mentoring of the two Captains and Scout Joshua Deets (Danny Glover), while also being influenced by ex-Ranger Jake Spoon (Robert Urich).

    Lonesome Dove is a movie that delivers plenty of action, adventure, humor, and tragedy - and does it with class and panache. You get to know and love (or really hate) the characters presented. I know, Six hours sounds like a long time, but after six hours you are actually left wanting more and hate the fact that it ended.

    I could not recommend this movie/mini-series highly enough. Immediately after finishing it, I went out and bought the book - just to get more insight into the characters presented. Even if you are not a huge western fan, the presentation, story-line, and characters will keep you entertained for hours.

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  • You've Never Seen Lonesome Dove Like This!
    I pre-ordered this Blu-ray disc when I saw that it was going to be available. I was sceptical as to how much better it would actually be than the DVD version that I already owned. Let me tell you, it is COMPLETELY different. Seriously, the clarity, film quality and Dolby 5.1 surround make this Blu-ray a MUST HAVE for any fan of this Western epic! It is in widescreen for the first time, and honestly, it makes the movie so much crisper and perfect that you seriously just have to see it for yourself to believe it! The extra content on the discs are incredible too. There are interviews, on-set, with the actors talking about the movie, and there are interviews with the author of the book and with the director of the film. They are all so insightful, and you will learn things about this film that you never knew before. But the picture and sound quality are beyond a doubt the best part of this. Just buy it and you'll see for yourself! Definitely get this movie on Blu-ray if you love this movie, because you'ver never seen Lonesome Dove like this!...more info