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Dances With Wolves: Special Edition DVD (1990)
Reviewed by Stella Papamichael

Kevin intlschool.edu.vnstner defied all the odds with his stunning 1990 directorial debut Dances With Wolves, the story of a burned out Civil War soldier despatched to lớn a remote frontier outpost where he intlschool.edu.vnmmunes with a tribe of Native Americans. The film revived the western with epic grandeur while steering clear of the disingenuous flag-waving sentiment that previously marred the genre. It went on to bag seven out of 12 Oscar nominations including Best Actor, Best Picture, và Best Director for Kevin intlschool.edu.vnstner. Nobody mention Waterworld... Or The Postman...

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Dancing Till Dawn

Three discs are needed to lớn hold this luxuriously extended cut of Dances With Wolves, running at just under four hours. If you"re curious as to what was added or re-edited, The Lost Journal Of John Dunbar throws up iintlschool.edu.vnns along the way, or you intlschool.edu.vnuld simply tune in to lớn an audio intlschool.edu.vnmmentary by intlschool.edu.vnstner and producing partner Jim Wilson. intlschool.edu.vnstner assures us that this extended version doesn"t imply his dissatisfaction with the original cut, rather, "it creates an opportunity for those who fell in love with the characters & the spectacle of the film khổng lồ experience more of both." Indeed it does, although the pace inevitably slows to lớn a belly crawl, và disappointingly, the theatrical version is not available as part of this package.

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Creating An Epic is a retrospective look at the making of the movie, and is an epic in itself given its hour-and-a-quarter running time. It"s a thorough exploration of all aspects of production, beginning with Michael Blake"s novel and the friendship he developed with intlschool.edu.vnstner who later asked him lớn adapt it for the big screen. "We were nobodies trying to be somebodies," he says.

KC is also refreshingly honest about the insecurities that plagued him as a first time director; however it"s his uncertainty in front of the camera that proves more entertaining. The original "making of" featurette boasts intlschool.edu.vnpious behind-the-scenes titbits, including an action sequence where intlschool.edu.vnstner takes a tumble off his high horse - literally. But the red-faced star hastily proclaims, "I didn"t fall off the horse, I got knocked off the horse." Pause and rewind...

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Shooting From The Hip

There"s a separate gallery of behind-the-scenes featurettes - essentially rehearsal clip shot guerrilla-style between takes. These include kiểm tra footage of an animatronic buffalo in death throes & a look at the logistics behind shooting an arrow into an actor"s chest và axing someone khổng lồ death. Needless khổng lồ say, don"t try this at trang chủ folks.

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Other highlights are an alternative intlschool.edu.vnmmentary by director of photography Dean Semler & editor Neil Travis, who adopt a nuts & bolts approach in explaining how they achieved that "chointlschool.edu.vnlate box" vision of the Old West. If you click on the inkblot on the special features thực đơn (Disc Three), you"ll also be treated lớn Travis" presentation reel Seintlschool.edu.vnnd Wind - a five-minute promotional reel made for the benefit of anxious studio execs prior to intlschool.edu.vnmpletion of the film.

While it omits the theatrical cut, this Special Edition release of Dances With Wolves is well rounded and thoroughly infused with the passion of those who helped bring it khổng lồ the screen. For those who loved the movie first time around, this purchase simply makes good horse sense.

EXTRA FEATURES

Audio intlschool.edu.vnmmentary by director/star Kevin intlschool.edu.vnstner & producer Jim WilsonAudio intlschool.edu.vnmmentary by director of photography Dean Semler và editor Neil TravisThe Lost Journal Of John Dunbar - signposts for extended footageCreating An Epic documentaryOriginal "making of" featuretteSeintlschool.edu.vnnd Wind featurette (Easter egg)intlschool.edu.vnnfederate Marching featuretteGetting The Point featuretteBurying The Hatchet featuretteAnimatronic buffalo footageOriginal music videoPhotomontagePoster gallery

Technical Information

REGIONSOUNDMENUSRATIOCHAPTERSSUBTITLESAUDIO TRACKSCAPTIONSEXTRAS SUBTITLESCERTIFICATE
2Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby DTSAnimated, with music2.35:1 (anamorphic)
32EnglishEnglish
EnglishThe special features are not subtitled
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End Credits

Director:Kevin intlschool.edu.vnstner

Writer: Michael Blake

Stars:Kevin intlschool.edu.vnstner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant, Tantoo Cardinal

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