Ride with the Devil

(Criterion Collections, $39.95)
(Criterion Collections, $39.95)

Ride with the Devil, is one of the best movies of the last 20 years, and one of the least appreciated. Critics gave Ang Lee’s picture about the Missouri border gangs high marks. Yet a minor controversy about the black Confederate character killed its initial momentum and prevented the movie from getting the respect it deserved. That the film demands an extra investment of attention from the audience is also not a help, but, like The Assassination of Jesse James, it’s all the more rewarding for the effort (plus, the movie also has strong similarities to the James brothers saga).

This new edition restores 10 minutes of unseen footage to the movie and contains a wealth of commentary and features in the extras aisle. Anybody who loves Civil War history, or movies such as Gettysburg or Glory, or loves actors Tobey Maguire, Jewel or Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, owes it to themselves to get to know this film.

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