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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

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good April 13 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Besides The Unforgiven this has to be one the best western movies ever made. This movie was a little to long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie.... March 29 2014
“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 movie that was made back
in 1990. when VHS was available,then D.V.D. now with blu-ray you can’t go wrong,the 7.1 DTS-HD Master.
didn’t lived up to it’s sound quality for me.I’ve heard way better than this,but it’s still better than the true HD.
quality.I can tell by some of the reviewer response for the length of the movie that it’s long and boring,
this length is so essential to the outcome,especially when you read the last notes at the end of the movie,
here you have the war of the 18th hundred going on,and it seems that everyone is in chaos. even the commanding
officer.who gives him his assignment.eventually shooting himself.what was the most beautiful thing,is the understanding
of each other,that Kevin Costner capture so well,my hats off to him for that,you have to remember this man Lt. Dunbar.

was sent to an outpost that was Desolate,was waiting for his release from another battalion company.that never came
in time,so he was forced to fend for himself,for months on end,even for the love of two socks,that he shared his home
with,just to see the love the man had for the wolf,and the Wolf show in return,is nothing more than heartbroken in the end.
I Absolutely love this movie.and there is So much Extras on the movie disc.and the disc two.so you don’t have to get
up and change discs the movie is on one disc,so even if you can’t watch the whole movie at once,it has a resume option when you
turn your unit back on,
Love This Movie....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite masterpiece! Sept. 4 2005
This film is very special to me, it touches on everything that is truly important in my life: beautiful love and friendship not just between people but also between people and animals, loyalty & dedication, harmony and victory. The cinematography is breathtaking, the music score is lovely and the cast is absolutely superb, including Cisco and Two Socks. I take my hat off for Kevin Costner's genius as director and actor. The film is difficult one to make, considering the fact that John Dunbar spends a lot of time on his own with no one to talk to, and yet it is very entertaining. The battles are crafted tastefully, the love scenes are stylish with no unnecessary details and the humour is just the right dose.
Dances With Wolves is an exquisite masterpiece and the two-disc extended edition is the special treat the film deserves. The transfer is high quality and it comes with stylish, cleverly designed keep case. The personal touch from Kevin Costner and Jim Wilson makes it even more special for every true fan of the movie. Take your time to indulge in this wonderful experience! I had an amazing weekend viewing the video. Had the feeling that Kevin and Jim were in my screening room when their commentary were on and I learned a lot about these remarkable men and what they have to go through to make it happen. I will treasure my old disc and will go back to it often in future but when I need a dose of pure inspiration and motivation, I will play the extended version, listening to the last few words that Kevin says in his commentary. Absolutely fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars On of the best classics!!!
This a classic movie of the last frontier .
Shows a side of the American natives that maybe we didn't understand. Keven Costner does an excellent job
Published 1 month ago by Randy Ens
5.0 out of 5 stars What is not to love about this movie?
I was able to watch it twice in a row and then again the following day. What a weekend! It is so obvious how much heart, will, and energy was put in this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookreader
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised
The description of this movie stated there was nearly an extra hour of never before seen footage. That lead me to buying this version. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gilmond Savoie
1.0 out of 5 stars Really? This was best Picture?
Sorry I know to some of you I am kicking a sacred cow but I have seen this film twice and again I ask "really". This is one of the slowest movies I have ever sat thru. Read more
Published on March 6 2012 by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Costner makes it believable
He has done it again. This is a compelling movie. Kevin Costner is a great actor whom makes it believable. What I like about it is it is historically accurate and tastefully done. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2011 by J.E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dances with Wolves
DANCES with WOLVES..........

It is packaged for the 20th. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2011 by JR
1.0 out of 5 stars Dances With Wolves
The blu-ray disk I ordered was not the one that you sent me. Your web page described a two disk Special Edition which I didn't receive. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2010 by Philip Donney Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars DWW still holds up 20 years on.
Twenty years ago, Dances with Wolves became movie sensation. In many ways, it was all wrong. Most of the dialogue was in the Lakota language of the American Indians, and that... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by osteothincus
5.0 out of 5 stars Dances with Wolves Earns Lawrence Award
Dances with Wolves easily earns a position among the all-time-greatest epic motion pictures. Its story and presentation are fresh, honest, real and breathtaking. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Laropy
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