Excerpt: Considered to be by many, one of the better Western movies made, Tombstone left an immediate lasting impression on me. I’ve not really ever been a fan of this genre, and it’s something that Hollywood has all but stopped making ever since John Wayne died some twenty five years ago. One needs to but look in the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movies to see a few of those are indeed Western’s.
Excerpt: Tombstone comes dangerously close to losing every ounce of credibility it’s built. In the midst of a shoot-out, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) chooses to stand up, march forward, and shoot everybody in sight, all while screaming “No!” to everyone he shoots. Never mind that Earp is completely surrounded, his allies are cowering in fear, and seconds ago all of the villains of the Cowboys gang were barely missing their targets.
Conclusion: When a review doesn't even have room to mention the supporting roles by Jason Priestley, Dana Delany, and Charlton Heston, there may be something going on. Something very, very good. This western packs so much punch, particularly from a certain former-Batman, that it's impossible to ignore. Love it, but don't hate it, as us fans may take it personally.
Excerpt: I've seen this film numerous times over the past 17 years and consider it one of my all-time favorite westerns. Kurt Russell's portrayal of Wyatt Earp is very convincing but Val Kilmer steals the show as Doc Holiday. At a minimum he should have been nominated for an Oscar portraying the historic gunslinger but was snubbed by the Academy. The rest of the supporting players are nearly impressive and include Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, and Charlton Heston.
Summary: Tombstone doesn’t often get the attention it deserves. Of course, it is treated far more kindly than Costner’s film, but that’s just a natural thing. The movie brings together a dynamic cast. The shooting pays attention to the details, and it appears to be one of the more authentic modern westerns. I don’t like it quite as well as Unforgiven , but it still ranks high in my recollection. And that was reinforced with this high definition release.
Excerpt: Russell is U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp; Kilmer is the outrageous Doc Holliday. Together, they team up to lay down the law in a notorious showdown with ruthless outlaws at the O.K. Corral. With an all-star cast that also includes Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Dana Delany, Jason Priestley, Michael Biehn and Hollywood icon Charlton Heston, this Wild West epic will transport you back in time and land you smack dab in the center of the crossfire.
Excerpt: The Film Wyatt Earp has been the subject of so many movies that he should have his own box set. One of the best known is Tombstone . It's probably not because it's an especially great movie, but it does have an especially great cast, with an astonishing 85 speaking roles and about 80 seriously fat mustaches.
Excerpt: As much as I’ve long disliked Armageddon , I absolutely love Tombstone – it’s one of my all-time favorites. I’ve reviewed both versions of the film on DVD previously, and so I’ve already said just about everything I could possibly say in this film’s favor. In my opinion, Tombstone is one of the great modern Hollywood westerns, and it’s just a helluva fun piece of entertainment.
Conclusion: Tombstone may not be a perfect film -- several stilted mishaps hinder its stride -- but its intense action, character-driven story, stunning second and third acts, and unforgettable performances solidify this fan-favorite Western's standing as an early '90s classic. Sadly, Disney's Blu-ray edition stumbles out of the gate with an underwhelming video transfer and a lackluster supplemental package (one that's missing a number of special features).