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DVD Reviews: Young Guns

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 5 April 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Let's face it, if you don't like this movie you need some serious couch time! Young Guns was made in the 80's and starred some of the best known young faces of the time , including Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. The movie is a take on the history of Billy the Kid and how he became the man he was when his mentor is brutally slain in a bid for land.

Billy, played by Estevez is part of a group of young vagabonds called the Regulators and they patrol the land owned by settler, John Tunstall. After his death, the group are deputised in a bid to wipe out the lawlessness of the land. Billy takes the law into his own hands however and starts a war that threatens to wipe out the entire lot of them. Young Guns is a very well told tale of the Wild West and it would almost border on the psychotic side if it wasn't for the sheer injection of humour into the title and the obvious abilities of the young men playing their roles.

Considering the age of the film, I thought that Young Guns looked very good on DVD although it would have been nicer if they had transferred it across a little better as it doesn't seem to quite fit a true 16:9 widescreen scenario. Audio is very very clear which was a true treat and sounded great although it was only a stereo soundtrack.

The extra featurette on the disc is great viewing and whilst not as long as I would have hoped, was certainly informative. I was a little surprised that there was not a lot more considering the popularity of the actors who took part in the movie.

All things said and done, this movie still rules even after all this time and is well worth the purchase.

Young Guns Features

  • Scene Selection
  • Featurette


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