Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves

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Director: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

     
 

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The film that elevated actor-turned-director Kevin Costner to the status of premier Hollywood talent arrives on DVD in a feature-packed edition that truly takes the viewer behind the scenes of this modern-day classic thanks to MGM/UA Home Video. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1,

Overview

The film that elevated actor-turned-director Kevin Costner to the status of premier Hollywood talent arrives on DVD in a feature-packed edition that truly takes the viewer behind the scenes of this modern-day classic thanks to MGM/UA Home Video. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and accompanied by audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1, this release also offers optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Of course a fantastic presentation of the extended version of the film itself is only the beginning, and in addition to offering the definitive release of Dances With Wolves this disc also offers such bonus materials as "The Creation of an Epic" retrospective documentary, an original making-of featurette, audio commentary with director/star Costner and producer Jim Wilson, an original music video, a photo montage with narration by Ben Glass, a poster gallery, television spots, and an original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Rather than play it safe for his directorial debut, Kevin Costner tackled an epic tale in a moribund genre, playing a U.S. Cavalry soldier who heads West to find himself in Dances With Wolves (1990). Shooting on location in South Dakota, Costner marshaled glorious vistas of open landscapes and a buffalo stampede to capture the mythic purity his Lt. Dunbar hopes to find at the frontier. Harking back to the cycle of revisionist westerns from the 1950s through the 1970s, Dunbar's intimate relationship with the Lakota Sioux tribe reverses Western stereotypes of "savage Indians" and "civilized whites"; Costner's attention to Sioux rituals and subtitled Lakota dialogue mirrors Dunbar's cultural conversion. Rather than becoming a Western hero because he brings civilization to the wild west, Dunbar's heroism lies in his "going native"--but even he is powerless in the face of encroaching white brutality. Overcoming negative publicity and mixed reviews that ranged from comparisons to John Ford to outright disdain, Dances With Wolves became a surprise hit, and received twelve Oscar nominations. With the Academy opting for New Age western myths over Goodfellas' gangster brutality, Costner beat out critical favorite Martin Scorsese for Best Director and Dances With Wolves became one of the few oaters to win Best Picture, spurring on the 1990s revival of the western as a viable Hollywood genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0027616880598
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Extended version includes never-before-seen additional scenes; "The Creation of an Epic" retrospective documentary; Original making-of featurette; Audio commentary with Kevin Costner and producer Jim Wilson; Second audio commentary with the director of photography and the editor; Original music video; Photo montage with introduction by Ben Glass; Poster gallery; TV spots; Original theatrical trailer and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Lt. John W. Dunbar
Mary McDonnell Stands With a Fist
Graham Greene Kicking Bird
Rodney A. Grant Wind in His Hair
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman Chief Ten Bears
Tantoo Cardinal Black Shawl
Robert Pastorelli Timmons
Charles Rocket Lieutenant Elgin
Maury Chaykin Maj. Fambrough
Jimmy Herman Stone Calf
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse Smiles A Lot
Maretta Big Crow Village Mother
Clayton Big Eagle Actor
Elise Daniel Christine's Mother
Jason R. Lone Hill Worm
Nick Thompson Actor
Ryan White Bull Kicking Bird's Eldest Son
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild Sioux Warrior
Michael Spears Otter
Tony Pierce Spivey
Doris Leader Charge Pretty Shield
Tom Everett Sgt. Pepper
Larry Joshua Sgt. Baker
Kirk Baltz Edwards
Wayne Grace Major
Donald Hotton Gen. Tide
Annie Costner Christine
Conor Duffy Willie
Percy White Plume Big Warrior
John Tail Escort Warrior
Steve Reevis Sioux #1/Warrior #1
Wes Studi Toughest Pawnee
Buffalo Child Pawnee #1
Richard Leader Charge Pawnee
Redwing Ted Nez Sioux Warrior
Marvin Holy Sioux Warrior
Raymond Newholy Sioux Courier
David J. Fuller Kicking Bird's Son
Otakuye Conroy Kicking Bird's Daughter
Steve Chambers Guard
Billy Burton General's Aide
Bill W. Curry Confederate Cavalryman
Carter Hanner Confederate Soldier
Kent Hays Wagon Driver
Robert Goldman Union Soldier
Frank P. Costanza Tucker
James Mitchell Ray
R.L. Curtin Ambush Wagon Driver
Chad Dowdell Young Cavalry Soldier (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Kevin Costner Director,Co-producer
Bonnie Arnold Associate Producer
John Barry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
Michael Blake Screenwriter
Frank Carrisosa Makeup
Lisa Dean Set Decoration/Design
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Norman Howell Stunts
William Hoy Editor
Derek Kavanagh Producer
Robbie Knott Special Effects
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Stephen Potter Editor
Dean Semler Cinematographer
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Neil Travis Editor
Gregory H. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Wilson Producer
Elsa Zamparelli Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Part 1
1. Main Title/No Gangrene [4:59]
2. Suicide Mission [6:45]
3. A Fool's Errand [8:32]
4. The Foulest Man Alive [6:21]
5. "This Is My Post" [9:28]
6. Clean-Up Duty [6:08]
7. Killing the Messenger [5:02]
8. A Friend in Two Socks [5:28]
9. The Naked Soldier [4:03]
10. What About the White Man? [7:02]
11. Little Big Horse Thieves [:48]
12. Death of a Husband [5:03]
13. "She's Hurt!" [1:58]
14. Lost in the Translation [8:10]
15. Remember the White Words [5:34]
16. Official Introductions [6:58]
17. Who Killed the Buffalo? [9:19]
18. The Deep Divide [11:50]
19. A Successful Hunt [2:33]
20. "Good Trade" [8:14]
Side #2 -- Part 2
1. Wolf Dancing [5:49]
2. A Great Honor [8:40]
3. The Story of the Fist [10:33]
4. "I Am in Mourning" [4:11]
5. A Call to Arms [10:40]
6. Permission to Love [10:57]
7. The Most Important Trail [9:15]
8. "Turned Injun, Didn'cha?" [4:14]
9. Traitor Status [3:25]
10. Wolves and Other Animals [6:37]
11. Parting Gifts [8:02]
12. Epilogue/Credits [12:48]

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Dances with Wolves 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dances With Wolves is incredible as prior reviewers have written, but this is to advise you to purchase the newer, extended version that contains 52 extra minutes that more flesh out the film, though it is more expensive. As is often the case, one should always wait for Special or Collectors' editions, since the director and cast have time to do the movie service, instead of the rush-to-DVD job the film industry tries to initially put out. Even the picture and sound are sometimes improved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dances With Wolves' is the epic, revisionist western directed by and starring Kevin Costner. In scope and size, this is one gallant, masterfully directed motion picture and the well-deserving recipient of 9 Academy Awards. After surviving a suicide charge on the battlefield of honor, Major John Dunbar (Costner) travels to the west and establishes a life-long friendship with the Sioux Indians. Originally running nearly four hours, a full hour of footage was excised to keep the already elephantine running time manageable. For years only this theatrical cut had been made available, though Image laserdisc did release the full 3 hr. 58 min. version in a deluxe box set back in the mid-1990's. That fully restored running time is finally given the full digital treatment via a new MGM/UA DVD. MGM has spread the feature film over two sides on the first disc. Since no intermission was ever intended, the cut comes about midway through and is obtrusive to your viewing experience. However, as there is no other way to ensure the integrity of compression artifacts, this cut is, if not forgivable, at least palpable. MGM DVD has done a very nice job of remastering 'Dances With Wolves'. The original DVD from Image Entertainment had deeper contrast and black levels, but adjusting the contrast on one's television corrects the softer levels on this disc. Shadow delineation is beautifully rendered. Colors are vibrant, bold and accurate. Some minor edge enhancement occurs but shimmering and pixelization are at a bare minimum. The audio is 5.1 and pretty much the same mix as the original Image DVD. Extras include an audio commentary, an all-new production featurette, the original featurette and a host of other well-meaning, though rather lack luster extras that have merely been designed to fill up space on disc #2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dances With Wolves is a masterpiece of filmmaking from start to finish, thanks to Kevin Costner's inspired direction. With an unfailing eye for detail, a deep understanding of his characters, and obvious dedication to this extraordinary story, he has created a movie that takes its audience on a remarkable journey to another place and time. Visually stunning, with a perfect cast and a beautiful score, Dances With Wolves is an amazing film, emotionally soaring high one moment and free-falling the next. And finally, in the end, it lingers forever in your mind and in your heart. The new expanded version two-disc DVD is outstanding, loaded with extras such as two commentary tracts, behind the scenes features, interviews with cast & crew, etc. This is a definite ''must-have'' for any DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There needs to be a Music-Only Track. John Barry did more than a fantasting job on scoring the film. The music is what makes the film live.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The special edition and extended cut of ''Dances With Wolves'' released on DVD in May 2003 is a fitting format for Kevin Costner's wonderful 1990 epic that was awarded seven Academy Awards. As Lt. John Dunbar, Costner's film allows viewers to glimpse the final days of the American frontier and, ultimately, the closing historical moment where the noble Sioux Nation was free. It is a movie that is both entertaining and powerful, and even teaches a few important lessons along the way. The wonderful cast also features Graham Greene and Mary McDonnell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is a powerful and historically sound presentation of the conflict of western expansion. Kevin Costner gives an award winning performance. Dances with wolves will make you laugh and make you cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dances with Wolves, which was directed by Kevin Costner, was a wonderful movie. The one thing i would have changed was they cut a few parts from the book out of the movie. I think they would have been good in the movie. But the moive was easier to understand and everything that happens fits together very well. It is very exciting and is great for all ages.
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