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Old 02-13-2010, 10:26 AM
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Soldier Blue ranks as one of the most controversial westerns ever filmed. To its critics, it is ham fisted and OTT. To those who like the movie, it is a brave recreation of the true life massacre of hundreds of Cheyenne at Sand Creek by a contingent of US Cavalry. Throw in a romance between Peter Strauss' rookie trooper and Candice Bergan's worldly frontier woman, a great cameo from Donald Pleasance as an arms smuggler, stunning cinematography, and a superb score by Roy Budd - the end result is a great western.
The uncut version is particularly hard to watch at times, with intense violence, rape, mutilation, and the graphic killing of children. Yet despite the on screen horror, the film succeeds in its portrayal of the romance of its two leads against a truly terrible background.

I own the Kinowelt Region 2 DVD which is a great transfer (and I suspect that the Lionsgate version uses the same). Hopefully a when it comes will use this print as the master because as the below still shows, it is pristine:

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