Into the West (2005)

Into the West (2005)

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Cast: Matthew Settle, Simon Baker

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Steven Spielberg helped produce this 6-part, 12-hour miniseries, which develops a familiar theme in an interesting, unorthodox manner. It's all about the settling of the American West (hardly a new concept) but proceeds along parallel lines that occasionally intersect. There are, you see, two sets of protagonists: a Virginia-born family moving west and a Lakota tribe coping with the influx of white settlers. William Mastrosimone's original story is an incredibly complex one with so many characters that you might need a scorecard to keep track of them, a task not made any easier by the filmmakers' decision to have different actors playing the same character at various points in time. The two factions first cross paths when Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) rescues and ultimately weds Lakota widow Thunder Heart Woman (Tonantzin Carmelo). With other family members (played by Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, and Jessica Capshaw) in tow, Jacob makes the long, arduous trek to California by wagon train. Before the miniseries has ended, the Wheelers and the Lakota have been touched by the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the massacre at Wounded Knee, and other historical events leading up to the dawn of the 20th century. Even given the series' generous length, history occasionally gets short shrift and the chronology seems muddled. But Into the West has much to recommend it, not the least of which are feature-quality production values and uniformly fine acting.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0678149448122
Rating:
NR
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
9:12:00
Sales rank:
2,201

Special Features

"The Making of Into the West"; "The Communication Gap"; the Cast of Into the West: "World on Fire" music video; photo gallery.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Into the West
1. 1 [18:50]
2. 2 [19:11]
3. 3 [14:38]
4. 4 [10:29]
5. 5 [10:42]
6. 6 [8:10]
7. 7 [8:58]
8. 8 [1:02]
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
6. 6
7. 7
8. 8
Disc #2 -- Into the West
1. 1 [20:35]
2. 2 [18:19]
3. 3 [11:37]
4. 4 [12:22]
5. 5 [7:53]
6. 6 [9:25]
7. 7 [9:56]
8. 8 [1:02]
1. 1 [22:12]
2. 2 [16:02]
3. 3 [9:30]
4. 4 [15:44]
5. 5 [8:57]
6. 6 [9:28]
7. 7 [7:52]
8. 8 [1:10]
Disc #3 -- Into the West
1. 1 [16:33]
2. 2 [10:43]
3. 3 [10:06]
4. 4 [10:32]
5. 5 [12:02]
6. 6 [16:28]
7. 7 [12:38]
8. 8 [1:00]
1. 1 [21:57]
2. 2 [11:24]
3. 3 [8:08]
4. 4 [8:54]
5. 5 [9:40]
6. 6 [16:16]
7. 7 [12:33]
8. 8 [1:01]

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