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Open Range
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Michael Jeter, Diego Luna, James Russo & Abraham Benrubi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes audio commentary by actor/director Kevin Costner. Disc Two is a supplement-only disc and begins with the 66-minute making of documentary Beyond The Open Range, which is intimately described by Costner as being a challenging film to make. From locations to weathering the elements to premiering the film, Costner struggled to bring Open Range to life. America

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 32055
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/20/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kevin Costner
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Story Synopsis:
In "Open Range," Kevin Costner is Charley Waite, a proud cowboy who, with his companions Boss Spearman (Duvall), Button (Luna), and Mose Harrison (Benrubi) free graze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West. The men share a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and by living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff (Russo) and tyrannical kingpin rancher Denton Baxter (Gambon). But life takes an unexpected turn for loner Charley when he meets the spirited Sue Barlow (Bening), a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. Boss and Charley, however, find themselves swept into a violent showdown with Baxter and his gang. As they defend themselves and their freedoms in a monumental gun battle, these proud cowboys are also forced to confront and conquer their own internal demons. Based on the novel "The Open Range" by Lauran Paine.

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Transferred from the film

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