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Dances With Wolves (Widescreen Special Edition)

Kevin Costner , Mary McDonnell , Kevin Costner    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Kevin Costner's 1990 epic won a bundle of Oscars for a moving, engrossing story of a white soldier (Costner) who singlehandedly mans a post in the 1870 Dakotas, and becomes a part of the Lakota Sioux community who live nearby. The film may not be a masterpiece, but it is far more than the sum of good intentions. The characters are strong, the development of relationships is both ambitious and careful, the love story between Costner and Mary McDonnell's character is captivating. Only the third-act portrait of white intruders as morons feels overbearing, but even that leads to a terribly moving conclusion. Costner's direction is assured, the balance of action and intimacy is perfect--what more could anyone want outside of an unqualified masterpiece? --Tom Keogh

Special Features

Sadly, the Oscar®-winning cut of Kevin Costner's Western is nowhere to be found on this two-disc set. This "extended version" adds 58 minutes to the three-hour film, most of which was seen in TV airings. The extra hour is unique in the history of new versions of a great film; it neither wastes the viewer's time (JFK) or vastly improves the film (Once Upon a Time in America). There is more character building, but also extends some scenes unnecessarily. Regardless, there's lot more here. The new 81-minute documentary does an excellent job of chronicling the film, from Michael Blake's book to Oscar night with new interviews and vintage behind-the-scenes footage; it's one of the best made-for-DVD retrospectives. There are two commentary tracks, the better one by Costner and producer Jim Wilson, although most of it is from a recording made for the laserdisc. Another nice feature is the presentation of on-set photographs set to John Barry's moving score. --Doug Thomas

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's a critic April 14 2004
I saw Dances With Wolves at the theatre in 1990 and have always counted it as one of my favorite films.
As I began building my DVD collection, I considered it a "must have." But, I really hesitated buying the Special Extended Edition because a lot of reviewers had stated that the DVD was "overly long" and that the extended scenes had really hurt the content of the film.
Well, in my opinion, these critics are dead wrong. The special edition is every bit as beautiful and stirring as the original release. Yes, the pace of the film is slow, but never boring or dull. There is so much for the viewer to just sit back and take in.
And I wonder how many of those who complained about the movie's four hour length have ever sat through a 4-6 hour mini-series, plus commercials. My advice - view longer films over 2-3 nights, take your time and enjoy an epic such as Dances.
I highly recommend this version. It's a real shame that Kevin Costner's run at the top was so short. In a span of only a few years, he gave us The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and of course, his masterpiece, Dances With Wolves. We have all heard enough Waterworld jokes, so I will refrain. Who knows, maybe some day soon, KC will find that cinema magic once again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In 1994, "Dances With Wolves" originally was released as a Limited Collector's Edition laser discs box set, containing the Extended Cut, together with an autographed book "The Illustrated History", signed by Kevin Costner, Michael Blake (screenplay) and Jim Wilson (producer), together with a CD soundtrack and 6 Full-Colour 11x14" Lobby Cards. The size of this box set was large table-sized, and has the same dimension as the Fantasia Laser Disc box set. In 2008, this movie was released as a 2 dvd-set, with only 181 minutes, but with DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Now 20th Century Fox and MGM have finally given us the definitive 20th Anniversary Edition of this epic movie on high definition, 234 minutes, 2.35:1, 1080p, a single 50GB dual layer blu ray disc (no changing of disc required) and DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio Sound, with a separate 25 GB disc for Special Features.

Video: This all-new Hi-Def Transfer gave the picture a very pristine and vivid look. The scenery was breathtaking. The grain consistency was film-like. Oscar-winner Dean Semler's gorgeous cinematography was ably on display. Blacks are rock solid. A 2.35:1 picture using an anamorphic lens truly showed off nobly how great and good-looking this epic picture was. (5/5)

Audio: The DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio was equally impressive, with great fidelity and deep bass. The surround was aggressive throughout. Dialogue was clear. John Barry's score was also first class. (5/5)

Trivia: In the opening scene where two doctors were examining John Dunbar, the man on the table was Kevin Costner's stand-in. The two people playing the doctors were actually the film's producer, Jim Wilson on the left and director/star Costner on the right. The voices were dubbed by other actors. And there were two wolves used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make it even longer! Sept. 28 2003
Review on the extended version/special edition -- If you loved the original Dances with Wolves - you must buy this extended version of the movie. The scenes that were put back in made the story much clearer and actually changed the entire meaning of one scene. I couldn't believe they ever took these scenes out. You won't regret watching the extended version. All I could say after watching it was --- make it longer, make it longer! I wish they would put out the actual ENTIRE movie the way Kevin Costner intended when it was made. I would watch the entire thing - I don't care how long it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kevin Costner may have made some movie duds, but he makes of for it in sensational movies. Dances with Wolves is one of my most favorite films of all time. It is so sad. It makes you feel bad for settling in America. The film has great perfomances throughout the entire film. The plot takes you into another world. The cinematography is also some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The realism of the indian tribe and the way people lived in the 1800s is wonderful. Everyone should see this movie at some time in their lifetime, I highly reccomend it.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Dances With Wolves [1990] [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [UK Release] WINNERS OF 7 ACCADEMY AWARDS!

Assigned to a remote outpost in the 1890s West, Lt. John Dunbar [Kevin Costner] fears the nearby Sioux Indians and expects to fight them, Instead, he befriends them and becomes the man in the middle of a brushfire of tension: the conflict between the U.S. expansion and the Native Americans. Kevin Costner plays Lt. John Dunbar and makes one of Hollywood’s most impressive directorial debuts with the Winner of 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and best Director. Battles rage, fates collide, bison thunder across the prairie – the adventures epic, heroic heroes and stunning sweeping landscapes.

FILM FACTS: In addition to becoming the first Western film to win an Academy Award® for Best Picture since 1931's ‘Cimarron.’ ‘Dances with Wolves’ won the following additional awards, at the Academy Awards® in 1991 and the following WON: Best Picture for Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner. Best Adapted Screenplay for Michael Blake. Best Cinematography for Dean Semler. Best Sound for Russell Williams II, Jeffrey Perkins, Bill W. Benton, and Gregory H. Watkins. Best Film Editing for Neil Travis. Best Original Score for John Barry and Best Motion Picture for Drama.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Jimmy Herman, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Michael Spears, Jason R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great classic. Costner's best.
Published 6 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This movie won the best picture Oscar for a reason. It is well acted and the cinematography is exquisite. It is long, yes, but so good it does not feel so.
Published 1 month ago by Ludwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is sooooo good have watched it many times!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Donna V. Burnham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a real history and real
Published 2 months ago by jack smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie! Situated the condition of native peoples in the world of white settlers amid the US Military.
Published 2 months ago by ANTHONY MAPP
2.0 out of 5 stars reason scenes were removed
Extended scenes ruin the movie. no option for theatrical feature
Published 2 months ago by Terry Gallamore
5.0 out of 5 stars Dances With Wolves Ordered Through Amazon
Excellent movie. Arrived as specified. Thank you and we will certainly consider ordering more DVDs as time goes by. Many thanks.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Dumbleton
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY DON'T MAKE MANY LIKE THIS
This is one of the best films made and can be viewed time after time .
Kevin Costner was brilliant and so was the Canadian actor? who played the Medicine Man
Published 4 months ago by Douglas D Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Besides The Unforgiven this has to be one the best western movies ever made. This movie was a little to long.
Published 5 months ago by Shaun Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie....
“So. coming in at 3 Hours and 53 Minutes”this 20th Anniversary edition of “Dances with Wolves”
starring Kevin Costner” is the best in picture quality that I’ve seen,for a... Read more
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