THE LEGEND OF BUTCH & SUNDANCE – THE TV MOVIE

The Legend of Butch & Sundance (2006) is a curious movie. Filmed in 2003 and intended for a 2004 release as a TV movie on NBC, it did not air until two years after that. Conceived as a TV pilot for a series that did not materialize, this 89-minute family-friendly Western features some interesting performances,…

NEO-WESTERN HELL OR HIGH WATER GARNERS HIGH PRAISE

Reviews for Hell or High Water (2016), a “neo-Western” starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, are emerging as very positive. Neo-Western is a form of the genre in which a film set in the contemporary West echoes behaviors and ideas typically associated with Westerns taking place in the Old West (1865-1890) era. Set in the…

LAST CHANCE ON NETFLIX TO RIDE WITH BUTCH AND SUNDANCE

Netflix, which periodically streamlines its back catalog, is set to remove the iconic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) from its viewing list. Access to that celebrated Western will end on July 1st. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winning four, the George Roy Hill-directed film saw the first pairing of Paul Newman…

NATIONAL PARKS IMAX 3D FILM IN DENVER

National Parks Adventure (2016), an IMAX film celebrating the US national park system, is currently showing in 3D format in Denver. Narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary highlights both current national parks (including those of the American West) and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, first created August 25, 1916. The film can…

THE REVENANT TO BE RELEASED ON DVD & BLU-RAY APRIL 19

The Revenant (2015), the mountain man Western that led Leonardo DiCaprio to his first Best Actor Oscar, will be released on DVD & Blu-ray this April 19th. Set in 1823, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a real-life trapper and explorer left for dead by two companions after being mauled by a massive grizzly bear. Surviving, Glass…

THE HATEFUL EIGHT RELEASED ON DVD

The Quentin Tarantino-directed The Hateful Eight (2016) had its DVD and Blu-ray release today (March 29th) in North America. With a big screen debut this past December, the home version of Tarantino’s second Western includes behind-the-scenes and location featurettes. Set in Wyoming in the post-US Civil War years, The Hateful Eight stars Kurt Russell as…