This is one of those movies that "they don't make anymore." It's not a movie for people who thrive on SFX, or acrobatics, or one-dimensional characters, or stories that are as meaningful as a message in a fortune cookie. This one is about people struggling to survive in a winter wilderness during the railroad boom of the 1860s with all the corruption, decadence, and pioneering spirit of a time, much like our own, in which capitalism and "progress" were the driving forces of society. Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, et al, are superb. There isn't a false note in the acting. The landscapes are breathtaking. This is director Michael Winterbottom's finest hour yet, and he's had a few (Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo). If you enjoy a movie with great production design, breathtaking cinematography, an involving human drama (albeit slowly paced), beautiful music, and all the elements of a meticulously produced, high class film, I'd consider getting this one on DVD. The transfer is excellent. It's unfortunate that the disc doesn't offer much in the area of "extras," with the exception of a trailer, but it doesn't really matter because the movie itself is so visually impressive, and so unpretentious at the same time, that there's plenty of eye candy and food for thought to keep any intellectual viewer satisfied. I highly recommend this overlooked gem. Give it a chance and you won't be sorry.