Medicine Man (Blu-Ray)
Spain released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close to a cure for cancer. When the assistant turns out to be a 'mere woman', he rejects her help. Meanwhile, the bulldozers get closer to the area in which they are conducting research, and they eventually learn to work together, and begin to fall in love. ...Medicine Man (Blu-Ray)
- Language : English, Spanish
- Director : John McTiernan
- Media Format : Import, Widescreen, Blu-ray
- Run time : 105 minutes
- Actors : Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco, Jos Wilker, Rodolfo De Alexandre, Francisco Tsiren Tsere Rereme
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : No Limits Films
- ASIN : B082CWDPHX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 29,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Connery is/was incapable of being anything less than immensely watchable, and vastly enjoyable. His rebellious medical researcher, Dr Robert Campbell, gives him plenty of opportunity to display his rugged charm, his often trade-mark truculence, and his gift for under-stated humour. (Is it an ironic co-incidence that his character's name was also the name of one of the final 5 candidates to replace him in the race to become James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the one eventually won by George Lazenby?)
Female lead Lorraine Bracco was given a particularly hard time by the critics when the film was released: criticised for just about everything from being too young, too loud and abrasive, lacking the maturity for the character she plays and the acting chops to go effectively one-to-one against Connery. Media rumours were rife at the time that she and Connery hadn't hit it off all that well off-screen, and it was claimed that this undermined their screen time together. (Some "critics", and certainly the media, tend to do this a lot, i.e. project off-screen issues onto on-screen performances, and then onto the film itself. Compare, for example, the initial, glowing reports of Daniel Craig's last Bond film "Spectre" with those after his famous statement about preferring to cut his wrists than play Bond again.) More intelligent and professional critics tend to confine themselves to commenting on what actually does occur on screen. In this instance, and viewed with the independence of hindsight, Lorraine Bracco performs her role well for the most part, although she does have an occasional tendency to be a bit too loud and abrasive.
Sean Connery is, of course, the star of the show, and he carries the film on his broad and extremely capable shoulders. (Would that he had waited a little longer before retiring from the screen.) Bracco complements him to reasonably good effect. The locations, in a privately owned 125 acre jungle area in Catemaco, Mexico, provide magnificent visuals: beautifully photographed by Donald McAlpine, and further enhanced by Jerry Goldsmith's lyrical and often up-lifting score: especially in some of the scenes when Connery and Bracco are suspended from ropes in the topmost foliage searching for the "mystery" flower that potentially possesses a cure for cancer.
In some ways, the film seems much better today than it did on its initial release. Perhaps it is just that it is so enjoyable to view a film that has a story and is about real people, in an era when CGI-filled action spectaculars appear to be the order of the day.
This Spanish print is excellent. I often find that Spanish and German Blu-rays tend to be pristine, sharp and sparkling in their transfers: and are frequently superior to US and English prints. Moreover, German and Spanish Blu- rays almost always provide the original English language soundtrack (usually accessible through "Sprache" or"Idiomas" respectively, or through "Set Up" on the front-end menu). Unlike most French DVDs and Blu Rays - the German and Spanish releases don't burden you with , usually un-removable, local language subtitles, while ItalianDVDs and Blu-rays often fail to provide an English soundtrack anyway. All UK, German, Spanish and French Blu-rays play on Australian Blu-ray players and recorders (though many DVDs do not because of their regional coding.) If you are looking for an old British or US film that hasn't yet had a Blu-ray release, it can often pay to check out Amazon Spain, Germany and France. Its amazing what you can find, and usually purchase through Amazon Global on this website (although sometimes you have to search under the foreign language release title, or possibly the name of the star, to find it.)
Delivery was swift and on-time. Packaging was excellent. Naturally the covering slick was in Spanish.
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Medicine Man is a story about an eccentric scientist (Connery) who is working for a large drug company on a research project in the Amazon jungle. Some really funny bits and some really sad bits, the scenery is well worth the look and there's a relaxing pace to it which makes a change from watching action movies.
A classic film and well worth a look if you haven't seen if before