The oddest thing about the film though is its premise. I mean, think about it: a British bachelor takes in a pack of confused, virile young boys and teaches them to read, educates them on table manners and buys them flashy threads while they roll around in mud trying to tie up his hogs? It's no wonder that when Palance insinuates that Stamp's character may be... uhm...how should I say... interested a bit more in the boys than the cowboys, I couldn't help but say "touché!". It's sort of odd but then again, Stamp is pretty cool so it doesn't really matter and Palance making fun of someone is always a pleasure to watch. He does it with such gusto!
Seriously though, YOUNG GUNS is actually quite a fun film to watch and despite some uneven performances, the most notable coming from Charlie Sheen and Lou Diamond Phillips (who, fresh off LA BAMBA fame, delivers one of the least convincing emotional rants right in the middle of the film) and an inappropriate soundtrack at best, the film does drive home some good fun. The action is fast and furious and Estevez's over-the-top performance as Billy the Kid is a bit zany at first, but quickly settles into a great draw. One thing is for certain, whether you enjoy it or not (and I'm betting you will), YOUNG GUNS will certainly not bore you. Bullets fly, horses run, outhouses get blown away and even though the acting is at times not up to par...you'll soon realize that acting isn't necessarily what this thing is all about.
The DVD also features a very interesting 30-minute long documentary about the real life of Billy The Kid. Very nicely made and providing some fascinating facts, "Billy The Kid: The True Story" unveils some aspects of the life of one of the Old West's most infamous and dangerous outlaws with a special focus on the brief part of his life on which YOUNG GUNS is VERY loosely based. Interesting stuff although watch out, if you're a sucker for A&E and the Discovery Channel like me, you've probably seen much of this already. Nice thing to have around for buffs though.
The Theatrical Trailer is also there but that's a gimme and the DVD case does come in a nice flip-top packaging that features some nifty pics. There's also a pretty cool 6-page booklet with a little welcome note and descriptions of the features.