Now on DVD, Hatfields and McCoys feud has staying power

Los Angeles Daily NewsAugust 2, 2012 

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    Television: The Weight of the Nation ($19.97); Melrose Place: The Seventh and Final Season, Volume 1 and Volume 2 ($39.98 each); The Kent Chronicles ($59.99); Shark Week: 25th Anniversary ($14.98 Blu-ray); Fog and Crimes: Series 1 ($29.95); Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV ($59.97).

    Older films on Blu-ray: Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition ($14.99); Forever Marilyn ($99.98); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($24.99); How to Marry a Millionaire ($24.99); Faculty ($14.99); River of No Return ($24.99); La Grande Illusion ($29.99); Le Havre: The Criterion Collection ($29.95, $39.95); The Seven Year Itch ($24.99); There's No Business Like Show Business ($24.99); Marilyn: The Premiere Collection ($69.98 DVD).

A ratings hit when it aired in May, the History channel mini series Hatfields and McCoys also was a smash with the Emmy folks, picking up 16 nominations.

A solidly told story, it was brought to the small screen by Kevin Costner, who also stars as Anse Hatfield, leader of the West Virginia Hatfields, who for nearly 30 years (1863 to 1891) were locked in a bloody battle with the McCoys of Eastern Kentucky.

The miniseries is populated by some top actors, including Bill Paxton as Randolph McCoy, the head of the clan, and Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham.

Directed by Kevin Reynolds, a collaborator with Costner on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Waterworld, Hatfields and McCoys makes for an entertaining yarn, although I'm not sure about the history, even with it being on the History channel. It would have been helpful for the DVD to include a documentary about the real history of the bad blood. A bit of that is alluded to in a "making of the miniseries" documentary, but then no amount of explanation really accounts for the famed feud.

Plus, the primary goal of the series is to have a lot of guys shooting at each other while throwing in a bit of a Romeo and Juliet angle.

Hatfields and McCoys retails for $45.99 or $55.99 Blu-ray.

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