Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

     
 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is given a fine treatment on DVD. The cinematography, which won Conrad Hall his first Oscar, was sorely mistreated by years in pan-and-scan video prints. The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer thankfully restores Hall's stunning photography to its original theatrical release quality. The commentary track features director George Roy…  See more details below

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is given a fine treatment on DVD. The cinematography, which won Conrad Hall his first Oscar, was sorely mistreated by years in pan-and-scan video prints. The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer thankfully restores Hall's stunning photography to its original theatrical release quality. The commentary track features director George Roy Hill, lyricist Hal David, associate producer Robert Crawford, and Conrad Hall. While scene-specific, the style of the comments suggest that the participants were recorded separately. The 45-minute documentary included was made at the time of the filming. Though 30 years old, it is extensive and details every aspect of the production from the movie's start to its climax, including historical information about the characters. Finally, to compensate for the lack of a current documentary, 1994 interviews with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, writer William Goldman, and composer Burt Bacharach are included from a separate menu. Trailers and an alternate end-credit roll are also included. Between the commentary, the 1969 featurette, and the retrospective interviews, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an exhaustive historical document of a classic film, augmented by the terrific digital transfer.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Two of the Wild West’s most notorious outlaws were effectively whitewashed in this lighthearted romp, a box-office champion and multiple Oscar winner that marked the first teaming of superstars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Newman stars as Butch, the quick-witted leader of Old Wyoming’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, while Redford portrays the Sundance Kid, a fast-draw artist who serves as Cassidy’s right-hand man but also rivals him for the affections of comely Katharine Ross. Finally driven from Wyoming by indefatigable pursuers, the pair flee to Bolivia in an attempt to begin their crime careers anew. The most successful western ever made at the time of its 1969 theatrical release, this breezy star vehicle either avoided or mocked cowboy-movie clichés; it served up equal portions of romance, comedy, and adventure to savvy Vietnam-era audiences weary of hackneyed horse operas. (Additionally, the film introduced the decidedly nonwestern, Oscar-winning song, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.") William Goldman’s clever screenplay teems with snappy dialogue, and the direction by George Roy Hill (who later reunited with the star duo to make The Sting) maintains a lively pace. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wasn’t the first revisionist western, but it was in the forefront of what became a systematic, irreverent, and highly entertaining deconstruction of cinema’s most venerable genre. The DVD Special Edition features a 45-minute documentary on the film's making, plus commentary by director Hill and cinematographer Conrad Hall, interviews with other members of the cast and production team, and the original theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Released the same year as The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid covered similar territory about the end of Western myths, but it expressed its revisionism with tongue firmly in cheek rather than with the brutal violence of Sam Peckinpah's offering. Butch and Sundance never lose their gift for one-liners, even when they have to jump off that gorge; George Roy Hill and screenwriter William Goldman send up the image of outlaws heading south of the border with bank robberies conducted in broken Spanish from crib notes. Still, violence impinges on Butch's and Sundance's world, intimating the fate that modernity held for charming bandits who cannot master a horse-replacing bicycle. The jocularly clear-eyed approach to the pair's exploits, combined with the chemistry between Paul Newman and relative newcomer Robert Redford, vastly appealed to audiences; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid became the most popular film of 1969 and won several Oscars, including one for Goldman's script. Like Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, glamorous outlaws Butch and Sundance were in tune with the late-'60s counterculture, but the movie's humor -- and its Oscar-winning Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- softened the revisionist blows amid impending tragedy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0024543002567
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
554

Special Features

45-minute documentary; Cast and crew interviews; Audio commentary by George Roy Hill, Hal David, Robert Crawford, and Conrad Hall; Theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Titles
2. Butch
3. Sundance
4. Hole in the Wall Gang
5. Harvey
6. First Hit on the Flyer
7. R&R at Fanny's
8. Etta
9. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
10. Second Hit on the Flyer
11. The Super Posse
12. Hiding Out at Fanny's
13. Chase by Night
14. Sheriff Bledsoe
15. Chase by Day
16. Chased the River's Edge and Beyond
17. Decision at Etta's
18. New York
19. Bolivia
20. Bandidos Yanquis
21. Going Straight
22. Etta Goes Home
23. Again on the Outlaw Trail
24. The Shootout
1. Opening Titles
2. Butch & Sundance, Newman & Redford
3. First Day of Shooting
4. Etta & Ross
5. The Bicycle Scene
6. Conrad Hall
7. The Fat Lady
8. The Dynamite Man
9. The Super Posse
10. The Jump
11. New York
12. Bolivia
13. Bolivian Bank Robbing Montage
14. Bolivian Bandits Bloodbath
15. The Final Shootout
16. The Last Shot

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