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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002LB8U76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,112 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Postman, The

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. The dual-layered, widescreen DVD includes a documentary segment about the creation of the film's special effects sequences, featuring a running commentary by the special effects creators. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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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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While the movie was, to be sure, laughable in every respect, general audiences were largely spared the worst part: it's near-total reversal of the meaning and goals of the original novel. The book is a subtle and well considered look at the nature and final effects of government on the lives of people, a scathing indictment of the nature of the state which then turns back on itself as an optimistic defense of the democratic civic ideal, washed clean of the grim and decay that obscured it after 200 years. It is also a stunningly ironic look at the effects of deception, not only on the part of the Postman, but several others as well (i.e., the Colossus computer scientists, missing entirely in the movie). It has messages about idealism (the Scouts, a band of all-female warriors that sacrifice themselves trying to destroy the Holnists) and honor (the figure of George Powhatan, the former super-soldier who has turned his back on war, but eventually finds he can no longer watch others get massacred). Even the Holnists are presented as more than just a two-dimensional caricature, but rather present some real and disturbing questions about the rights of the state to intefere with the individual's right to self-promotion (in this case, by the sword).
The movie has none of that.
Costner's Postman is a guileless, self-centered boob who can't see what is happening right in front of him.
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This movie is simply GARBAGE. 178 minutes of complete and utter boredom the likes of which you will never experience in the next 20 years. This is one movie you should definitely avoid. The story is just plain lousy. It's the future and America is ruled by a bandit with an army. Enter Mr. Costner (he doesnt have a name in the movie). Costner is captured by the bandits. He then makes a daring escape, slips inside an abandoned postal truck, takes the postal uniform from a skeleton and then wanders off to never never land. In the movie, he kept mentioning to everybody about finding this town (i didnt even bother remembering town's name). He finds this woman, sets up a post-apocalyptic postal office, guess what, to battle the evil bandit. Bandit dies (with a bullet in the back shot by another guy- not even Mr. Postman). End of story. ZZZzzzzzzz. This is even worst than Waterworld. Oh by the way, Tom Petty makes a cameo appearance. The director should've asked Tom Petty to read the script while the movie was on. He can barely remember his script. Also, he kept glancing on his side and there was a 10 second pause after every exchange of words with Mr. Costner. Seems like he's waiting for a cue from the camera cue. Like in previous Kevin Costner films, there's a lot of unnecessary characters in the movie. The scenes looks like were shot somewhere in some abandoned theme park. Acting was just horrible. The last time Mr. Costner came out with a decent movie was Dances with Wolves. After that, it was all downhill. This movie is just really bad. Everything in this movie was a mistake except for one thing though, the disc makes a good coaster for my beer mug.
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