Rob Roy/B+,B+

MGM-UA/1995/139 minutes     

     Liam Neeson stars in this elegant screen tale about the legendary  highland hero. There is no doubt about the actor's stature or his ability to command the screen. Rob Roy is an outstanding role for him and under director Michael Caton-Jones' guidance, the film achieves a unique style.

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A noose of necessity. MGM-UA

     The fights are limited and the battles small scale.  Rob Roy is a character driven film, and in that department it is indeed rich. Complimenting Neeson is Jessica Lange as Mary MacGregor, his strong-willed wife. The chancellors of evil are truly extraordinary in Rob Roy. Tim Roth makes the devious, despicable Archie  memorable, while John Hurt is splendidly imperious as the Marquis of Montrose. Carter Burwell's music captures the raw power of the the landscape and photography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub finds its way perfectly through the mists and crags of the hills of Scotland.
     Though the misty landscapes are problematic to video transfers, this DVD fares very well. Images are relatively sharp and colors are faithful to the the original film. The surround sound is exciting with the music especially appealing.






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