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The Postman (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo
  • Directors: Kevin Costner
  • Writers: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 8 2009
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LB8U76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,043 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Postman, The

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Falling from the Oscar-winning glory of Dances with Wolves to the opposite end of the critical and box-office scale, Kevin Costner must have been deeply humbled when this three-hour postapocalyptic tale--his sophomore effort as a director--was greeted with a critical thrashing and tepid audience response. One of the most conspicuous flops of its decade, the 1997 release must have seemed like a sure thing on paper: a kind of futurist Western starring Costner as a charismatic drifter-turned-hero who leads the resistance against a military tyrant (Will Patton) by reviving the long-dormant postal system to reunite isolated communities in their fight for freedom. The movie bombed, but, like many audacious failures, it's got qualities that make it at least partially endearing, and its earnestness (although bordering on corny) keeps it from being entirely silly. Faint praise, perhaps, but Costner's ode to patriotism is occasionally stirring and visually impressive. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1 2011
Format: DVD
The Postman(released Dec/97) is a decent entry from Kevin Costner,who co-produced and starred in the leading role.The film clocks in at around a hefty 178 minutes but,as most good movies go,one does not notice its passage.
The story takes place at around this time in a world where a plague has wiped out much of human civilization.What is left are scared pockets of humanity entrenched behind walls or atop old dams,trying to stave off those that would try to take what little they have left.Enter Gordon Krantz(Costner) who is a drifter eking out an existence,living hand to mouth on whatever he can find to survive on.When he reaches a settlement he puts on plays of Shakespeare with the help of his donkey.One day at such a settlement he is confronted by an "army" led by a sadistic Capt.Bethlehem(Will Patton).They are basically a band of marauders living off the avails of townsfolk who they harass.He is "conscripted" into this ersatz army and branded as one by a figure eight on his right arm.Krantz does not go gently into that good night and,through some harrowing moments,manages to escape Bethlehem's clutches.
One night he comes upon an old abandoned mail truck with its' skeletonized driver still in place.He passes the time reading old mail but gets an idea.From here on in he will pass him self off as a postman who is now a direct rep of a new United States government led by a fictitious President Starkey.The first town he comes to is Pineview,Oregon.Here he washes up,is fed and is propositioned by a local woman named Abby(Olivia Williams).It seems her husband is sterile and they want a child very badly and both agree to her sleeping with Krantz to make their dream come true.Krantz unsure at first,eventually succumbs to the ladies charm and the deed is done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EriKa on Feb. 17 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Sometimes actors and indeed all types of artists seem to have a need to create pieces simply to flatter their own sense of self-importance or vanity. The Postman seems like such a vehicle for Kevin Costner. Maybe not to quite the magnitude that John Travolta's Battlefield Earth is, but it is still an overly long, dull, and completely (and needlessly pretentious) film. I read the reviews and often the "official" reviews don't at all reflect what an average movieviewer would think, so I reserved my opinion until I saw the film for myself, which I eventually did. I am not the biggest fan of Kevin Costner to start with, so this skewed my opinion, but I am definitely a fan of receiving postal mail, so I thought... well, maybe at least having mail delivered is a good reason to watch the film. From the beginning til the end, the dialogue is totally inane, the characters are one-dimensional, and Costner's inability to act is at the worst junction of his career. I think the story could have been simpler, and the ending... oh, heavens to betsy, the ending! At some point in the film, Costner is enslaved by some sort of tribe that lives by a set of rules. This tribe rides through the land demanding tribute from the villagers. I do not remember the name of this group, but it seems its members were tattooed with certain numbers (maybe it was 8) and any member of the group 8 could at any time challenge the leader of 8 for dominance of the group. Whatever the case, when Costner's character becomes a slave in this tribe of 8 (or whatever it is) he manages to escape, which is when he finds a wrecked postal truck, the skeleton of a dead postman and a bunch of undelivered mail. He dresses in the postal uniform and attempts to deliver mail to a nearby walled-in village, which is greeted by both skepticism and hope.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EriKa on Feb. 10 2001
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Sometimes actors and indeed all types of artists seem to have a need to create pieces simply to flatter their own sense of self-importance or vanity. The Postman seems like such a vehicle for Kevin Costner. Maybe not to quite the magnitude that John Travolta's Battlefield Earth is, but it is still an overly long, dull, and completely (and needlessly pretentious) film. I read the reviews and often the "official" reviews don't at all reflect what an average movieviewer would think, so I reserved my opinion until I saw the film for myself, which I eventually did. I am not the biggest fan of Kevin Costner to start with, so this skewed my opinion, but I am definitely a fan of receiving postal mail, so I thought... well, maybe at least having mail delivered is a good reason to watch the film. From the beginning til the end, the dialogue is totally inane, the characters are one-dimensional, and Costner's inability to act is at the worst junction of his career. I think the story could have been simpler, and the ending... oh, heavens to betsy, the ending! At some point in the film, Costner is enslaved by some sort of tribe that lives by a set of rules. This tribe rides through the land demanding tribute from the villagers. I do not remember the name of this group, but it seems its members were tattooed with certain numbers (maybe it was 8) and any member of the group 8 could at any time challenge the leader of 8 for dominance of the group. Whatever the case, when Costner's character becomes a slave in this tribe of 8 (or whatever it is) he manages to escape, which is when he finds a wrecked postal truck, the skeleton of a dead postman and a bunch of undelivered mail. He dresses in the postal uniform and attempts to deliver mail to a nearby walled-in village, which is greeted by both skepticism and hope.Read more ›
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