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NEW New World (DVD)
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A drama about explorer john smith & the clash between native americans & english settlers in the 17th century. Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 01/16/2007 Starring: Colin Farrell Christian Bale Run time: 135 minutes Rating: Pg13
The legend of Pocahontas and John Smith receives a luminous and essential retelling by maverick filmmaker Terrence Malick. The facts of Virginia's first white settlers, circa 1607, have been told for eons and fortified by Disney's animated films: explorer Smith (Colin Farrell) and the Native American princess (newcomer Q'orianka Kilcher) bond when the two cultures meet, a flashpoint of curiosity and war lapping interchangeably at the shores of the new continent. Malick, who took a twenty year break between his second and third films (Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line), is a master of film poetry; the film washes over you, with minimal dialogue (you see characters speak on camera for less than a quarter of the film). The rest of the words are a stream-of-consciousness narration--a technique Malick has used before but never to such degree, creating a movie you feel more than watch. The film's beauty (shot in Virginia by Emmanuel Lubezki) and production design (by Jack Fisk) seems very organic, and in fact, organic is a great label for the movie as a whole, from the dreadful conditions of early Jamestown (it makes you wonder why Englishman would want to live there) to the luminescent love story. Malick is blessed with a cast that includes Wes Studi, August Schellenberg, Christopher Plummer, and Christian Bale (who, curiously, was also in the Disney production). Fourteen-year-old Kilcher, the soul of the film, is an amazing find, and Farrell, so often tagged as the next big thing, delivers his first exceptional performance since his stunning debut in Tigerland. James Horner provides a fine score, but is overshadowed by a Mozart concerto and a recurring prelude from Wagner's Das Rheingold, a scrumptious weaving of horns fit to fuel the gentle intoxication of this film. Note: the film was initially 150 minutes, and then trimmed to 135 by Malick before the regular theatrical run. It was also the first film shot in 65mm since Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. --Doug Thomas
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Of the three versions that exist in this set, the Extended Cut has the best transfer with the lush greens and earth tones looking the most vibrant and realistic.
Ported over from the DVD is a ten-part, 80-minute making of documentary that takes a detailed look at the various aspects of the film.
There are new interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher who talk about working with Malick, his unique approach and how it impacted their respective performances. Some really wonderful anecdotes are recounted on this extra.
Also included are teaser and theatrical trailers.
There are new interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West as they talk about their respective contributions on the film and working with Malick.
Editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein and Mark Yoshikawa talk about the monumental task of shaping Malick’s film from all the footage he shot. It wasn’t easy and the director challenged them to match his drive for authenticity.
Finally, Yohikawa also talks about the differences between each cut and how they structure of the film evolved.
It is atmospheric, poetic, and accurate historically. Really captures the essence and innocence of the Native American Indians.
Irene Bedard is in it. She is wonderful and my wife says the most beautiful Native American Indian woman every to grace the screen.
The ultimate in theater - believable.
Finally, a more realistic depiction of the Pocahontas legend and the brutal hardships suffered by our founding colonists.
This is not an action movie. It's a thinking person's film, vividly told in a day to day fashion.
This motion picture is literally poetic cinema in its truest form, although not entirely 100% accurate in the pure historical sense.
Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher) is a stunning woman to behold who really does look very much like the real life character that she portrays, as depicted in old drawings.
Shot in Virginia, the cinematography is magnificent.There's not a whole lot of dialogue between all the characters. It's voice over narrated as the story moves along. This is more art than movie. A bittersweet journey for the senses. An excursion that explores very harsh realities that are felt more than seen. Actually it's somewhat a chic flick in wolf's clothing.
If you are willing to devote the time to let this story slowly unfold before your eyes, you will be enthralled.
A superb movie for folks who are willing to be patient. Alas, most audiences aren't.
Warning: If you're looking for action and adventure, you may want to look elsewhere. This film is not simple entertainment, and may require repeated viewings to fully appreciate what the director is trying to convey.