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Finally on Blu-Ray!
Last year (Sept. 2015), I picked up a copy of the film A Man Called Horse: A Man Called Horse [Blu-ray] and loved it. Trying to find the sequel, at the time, proved to be very difficult however. It hadn't been released on Blu-Ray yet and obtaining a copy of the DVD that was a part of the "Western Classics" collection didn't seem possible or either too costly (the DVDs were being sold at very high prices...but have since gone down due to this Blu-Ray release). I was very pleased to see that the film was finally being released on Blu-Ray and when it arrived it went straight from the mail box right into the player. What initially got me interested in the films was first hearing the soundtrack to both this movie and the first one. My father got me interested in Western films at an early age, but these are two films are a little different because they focus a lot more on the Native American perspective. Both of the films have faced criticism because of historical inaccuracies, depictions, and Hollywood fluff. I tend to enjoy it just as a movie and any curiosities about the truth are satisfied with my own personal research into the matters that I wish to question or explore further.
The one thing that I was always curious about, when listening to Laurence Rosenthal's score for the film, was why John Morgan had to undergo another torturous ritual in this film? At first, I thought it was just Hollywood's way of putting the much talked about sequence from the first film back into this one. Well, I'm probably right...it was a way to capitalize again on one of the first movie's biggest scenes, but they actually did it in a way that makes pretty good sense. The sequel actually makes a lot of sense actually, and it's a pretty good story. That's something rare in the world of sequels, but the fact that Morgan has been away for five years, the Yellow Hand Tribe is in trouble, and his return to help them take back their sacred lands works well here. There are some brutal moments and many moving ones as well. Richard Harris's performance, the cinematography, and Rosenthal's wonderful score combine to really bring you back and into this story. Morgan doesn't have any love interest in this film and I sure did miss seeing the beautiful Corinna Tsopei (still makes me mad with what happened to her in the first movie). His true love in this film is the Yellow Hand tribe and his sole purpose is return them from the suffering they have endured and back to their land. I suppose this is a story about "returns" in more ways than one. Morgan's return to the tribe, the tribe's return to their lands, and Morgan's reconnection with "The Great Spirit".
The Blu-Ray released through Olive Films looks pretty good for a movie from 1976. There are some scenes that appear more "grainy" than others and I did see a film line during one sequence but the colors and picture look great to me on my 720p 12 year old plasma TV. I have a very modest Yamaha 5.1 surround sound system and the audio sounded great too. The film runs 2 hours and 6 minutes and there are no special features with this release. It does have optional English subtitles.
I really enjoyed being able to finally see the film this afternoon. I've been waiting for a Blu-Ray release for quite some time and I gave up trying to find the DVD at the used store. As many of you probably already know, there is a third movie in the series that was released in 1983. I'm not sure if that one ever even made it to DVD. That one entitled "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse" doesn't seem to have been as well received by critics. Maybe that one will be released eventually. I do believe you can see it online however. Anyway, I found "Return of a Man Called Horse" to be a very entertaining and enjoyable story. This Blu-Ray release is much appreciated and I think fans of the film and those, like me, who are discovering it for the first time will enjoy it as well.
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Excellent historical drama
Excellent historical drama, well played but the very good actor, Richard Harris. Early events where native americans were treated like slaves. A tribe captured by another tribe and sold into white men's slavery. They fought, and the Englishman, played by Harris, taught them a few tricks of his own. They learned quickly and well. The man called Horse has been kept alive by the legends of the Yellowhand and other tribes of that era who faced him in battle.
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A true story of "A Man Called Horse"
By Stephanie E. Horn
I have always loved this movie. A great follow up to his first trip and living with the Sioux