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.
A noose of necessity.
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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