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"Quigley Down Under" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Arriving in Australia with nothing more than a saddle and his prized six-foot Sharps rifle, American sharpshooter Matthew Quigley (Sellek) thinks he's been hired to kill off wild dogs. But when he realizes instead, that his mission is murder - to "eliminate" the Aborigines from a wealthy cattle baron's land - Quigley refuses and quickly turns from hunter to hunted. Forced to wage a savage war against his former employer, Quigley proves that no one gets the best of a steely-eyed American gunfighter - no one, that is, except the mysterious beauty (Laura San Giacomo) who rides by his side and captures his heart.

Specifications

  • MGM Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 52 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English 2.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo
  • Directed by Simon Wincer
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Perhaps my favorite Selleck movie (Ok, so he only made a few after Magnum P.I.), this movie exploits the tried and true Western themes of good guy vs. evil land baron, but moves the locale to Australia. The "Indians" here are the Aborigines. Quigley, having a conscience, refuses to exterminate the natives from Rickman's property and calmly goes about setting things right by the end of the show. Rickman is a perfect villian, meaning, he is "over the top". I have seen this movie a dozen times on TV and was glad to finally get a copy on BD. This is a movie that I think the average viewer would be willing to see more than once, so add it to your library. (P.S.- All I want for Christmas this year is an 1874 Sharp's buffalo rifle).

Technical

Though the overall PQ is better than I have eve seen before, it still suffers from inconsistent quality. Some scenes are sharp and clear while others are soft and lose detail, especially the long shots. Dirt, debris and scratches appear every so often and the dark scenes swim in mosquito noise. However, the overall improvements and the fact that we will probably never get a re-mastered print, makes this BD a no-brainer. I would have liked a surround mix for the audio, as it had plenty of potential scenes that would have benefited, but alas

Extras

Rebirth of a Western (SD, 7 minutes), Two TV spots (SD), and Theatrical Trailer (1080p)