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Still shot from the movie: Cowboys and Aliens.

Cowboys and Aliens

It appears visitors from other worlds have been abducting humans for longer than we might have thought. Set in 1873, Cowboys and Aliens chronicles the close encounters of a Wild West rancher (Harrison Ford) and a cowboy who can't remember the past (Daniel Craig). (Olivia Wilde plays the love interest.) Hey-- Don't laugh! This script takes itself very seriously. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 118
Theater Release: 29 Jul 2011
Video Release: 06 Dec 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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The first Western film was the silent 1903 movie The Great Train Robbery. Since then the genre has enjoyed different periods of popularity. Some productions from the past include 3:10 to Yuma, American Outlaws, All the Pretty Horses, The Alamo, Mark of Zorro and The Man from Snowy River. The genre resurged recently with the Oscar nominated remake of True Grit.

Jon Favreau is also the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Daniel Craig plays another character with a license to kill in Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace. And Harrison Ford is well known as Han Solo, space cowboy of the Star Wars Franchise (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Cowboys and aliens

Release Date: 6 December 2011

Cowboys and Aliens releases to home video on December 6, 2011. The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy package includes:

- Extended Cut (17 Additional Minutes)

- Igniting the Sky: The Making of Cowboys and Aliens

- Finding the Story

- The Scope of the Spectacle

- Outer-space Icon

- Audio Commentary with Director Jon Favreau.

- A Call to Action

- Absolution

- Conversations with Jon Favreau

- Universal’s Second Screen

- BD-Live

- pocketBlu

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