George P. Cosmatos
A cast can’t get much better than that, and for fans of George Cosmatos’ previous work, an appearance by Frank Stallone is also part of the deal, and even better than that, a non-singing appearance by Frank Stallone. Visually, this movie is beautiful and the long shots of the Western landscape are the kind that always make me want to hop on a horse and barrel down the range shooting a pistol in the air! Although it gets bogged down at times in a romantic web between the Earps and their ladies, it still adds some depth to the characters and they all get their fair share of development, making this movie free of any boring, two-dimensional western caricatures.
A 25-minute documentary entitled “The Making of Tombstone” is included and is split into three chapters discussing the star-studded cast, the filming and the actual Gunfight at the Corral. Usually, big stars get lazy and let the supporting cronies handle the documentaries, but every single person shows up in this one and chats up a storm about the movie. Interesting stuff. Next up is a neat little tidbit. A Tombstone Timeline text describing into some pretty solid detail the real timeline of the real events of the early 1880’s that led to the bullet riddled showdown. If you are, like me, obsessed with the Old West, it probably won’t be anything new, but it’s still interesting to read. If you know nothing about the actual story, then I definitely suggest you take a look at it and realize how different the world was back then (and probably much better, if I may allow myself the editorial…)
A set of storyboards chronicling the filming of the battle is presented next in a cool 3-minute montage. I’d never seen storyboards presented this way before, but I hope to see it again. Basically, the screen slides from one to the other and puts them all in sequence like a little video clip. Sure beats clicking left and right for some cartoons. Added to that is the fact that these storyboards look really cool! It goes well with the next feature, which is the front page of the “Tombstone Epitaph” Newspaper the morning after the battle. For Western buffs, it doesn’t get any better than this stuff. If you have the equipment to enjoy DVD-ROM features, you can check out the next trinket, which is called “Faro at The Oriental: Game of Chance”, which is an interactive feature allowing you to navigate through a game of Faro as various characters of the movie. Faro was the game of choice in the Old West Saloons.
The Theatrical Trailer and seven different TV Spots are also tossed in.