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Return To Lonesome Dove (1993/Western TV Mini-Series/RHI/Vivendi DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C-



Some returns are a good idea, but others prove you can’t go home again and the sequel TV Mini-Series Return To Lonesome Dove (1993) is very much the latter, following up one of the most critically and commercially successful Mini-Series of the sadly barren 1980s.  Though I was not as big a fan, one of our fellow writers felt otherwise, as this link shows:





Part of the problem is that author Larry McMurtry had nothing much to do with this and there is nothing much done here we have not already seen elsewhere.  At least the first series had some sweep and energy to it.  As good an actor as Jon Voight can be (and he still was at the time before he became repetitious in the 2000s), he is an awkward replacement for Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow F. Call.  It never totally works.  Barbara Hershey succeeds Anjelica Huston as Clara Allen and even that does not quiet come off.


Even when some actors return (like Rick Schroder), the chemistry and energy is no more here than the script, writer John Wilder does not take us anywhere new and that leaves us with a very, very long 322 minutes, presented here in four episodes.  Director Mike Robe also cannot overcome all this and the result is for diehard fans only.  William Petersen, Oliver Reed, Louis Gossett Jr., Dennis Haysbert, CCH Pounder, Nia Peoples, William Sanderson, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Cooper also star.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot in 35mm color film, but the episodes look color-dull throughout as these are analog NTSC masters like the ones the show was finished on.  Detail and depth also suffer, but maybe they’ll be retransferred like the original series and also issued on Blu-ray, et al.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is harsh, distorted and sometimes shrill, sounding over-digitized at times.  Be careful of playback volumes and sound switching.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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