Hired Hand

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  1. Keith M.

    Keith M. Second Unit

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    Can someone tell me a little about this film????


    Is it worth a blind purchase? I really enjoy westerns, but never know which are worth buying...


    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    Speaking of which does anyone know if the new DVD is anamorphic? The only review I found (on DVD Talk) doesn't say anything on the subject. I e-mailed the reviewer -- nothing.

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  3. Keith M.

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    anyone even interested/own this movie??
     
  4. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Well I don't own it but I rented it the other night. It's hard for me to tell you if you're going to like it or not without knowing your tastes.

    Personally I love Westerns & I enjoyed it but don't think I'd add it to my collection though.

    It's a very quiet introspective Western along the lines of the superior McCabe & Mrs Miller. It does have some fantastic Cinematography. It's definitely worth watching but I'm very hesitant to recommend anything to anyone as a blind buy.
     
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    I bought the single disc version but haven't watched it yet. What's annoying is that the 2-disc version has a list price of $39.95 vs. $19.95 for the 1-disc.
     
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    Well I got my two-disc Collectors Edition today; beautifully packaged in a custom 'leatherette' double case (to give it a book-like appearance). This was a blind buy for me and I was really looking forward to it...unfortunately it looks as if I've got a faulty disc, it pixilates and breaks up very badly on both DVD players I've tried it on.

    What I can see is an excellent print and transfer and some astonishing cinematography; it does look right up my street! But right now I'm quite anxious to get this back to amazon.ca and get a replacement.

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  7. SteveGon

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    I picked up the Collector's Edition as well - it is indeed a nice package if you want to shell out the money for it (I got it for $28.79 from DeepDiscountDVD). Great movie if you like unconventional westerns like McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Unforgiven. I did a write-up on The Hired Hand in the Expanding Horizons thread, BTW. [​IMG]
     
  8. John Hodson

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    Nice little review Steve; have to agree with you on Warren Oates - he was the main reason this was a blind buy for me.

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  9. Ted Todorov

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    OK, now that a few you of you have the DVD, could you please tell me if it is anamorphic? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks!!!!

    Ted
     
  10. John Hodson

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    Yes it is (sorry, didn't notice your query earlier) - 1.85:1

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    THE HIRED HAND is indeed 16:9 anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1 OAR).
     
  12. Keith M.

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    What is the movie's storyline???

    Still undecided...
     
  13. John Hodson

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    Keith have you checked out Steve's review, or IMDB?

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  14. John Hodson

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    Second copy of The Hired Hand CE arrived from amazon.ca this morning, and it's the same as the first - breaks up and pixilates badly. The extras disc, is once again, perfect. I have tried it on two players.

    Anyone else with the same experience, or have I just been unlucky?

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  15. John Hodson

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    Okay, this response from amazon.ca may help someone;

    "Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.ca.

    I am sorry to hear your replacement shipment was also problematic.

    As it seems that the problem with this item is more widespread than we originally thought, I hesitate to send you another replacement.
    We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item, however I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed.

    I have requested a refund for the item, including the associated shipping costs. This refund should go through within the next 7-10 days and will appear as a credit...on your next credit card billing statement.

    As the cost of return shipping is prohibitively expensive in this case, there is no need to return the faulty item."


    Oh dear (but first class CS from Amazon again). Well, I'll just have to wait for the dust to settle, let them sort this out, then order again. Is this problem confined to Canadian produced discs?

    EDIT - just realised this was a disc pressed in the USA (down as an 'import' at amazon.ca)

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