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Into the West (2005)

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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 ...
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Special Features

The cast of Into the West; The communication gap; The making of Into the West; Music video
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 678149448122
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Digi-Pak
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 9:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,004

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Settle Jacob Wheeler
Tonantzin Carmelo Thunder Heart Woman
Simon Baker Loved by the Buffalo
Irene Bedard Margaret Light Shines
Christian Kane Abe Wheeler/High Wolf
Tyler Christopher Jacob Wheeler Jr./Touch the Sky
Skeet Ulrich Jethro Wheeler
John Terry Older Jacob Wheeler
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Into the West
   "Wheel to the Stars"
      Play
         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surrounf
            English Dolby Digiital 2.0 Surround
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
   "Manifest Destiny"
      Play
         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
            English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surrounf
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
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Disc #2 -- Into the West
   "Dreams and Schemes"
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         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dobly Digital 5.1 Surround
            English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
   "Hell on Wheels"
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         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
            English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
Disc #3 -- Into the West
   Casualties of War
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         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
            English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
   Ghost Dance
      Play
         Play Episode
      Scene Index
      Set Up
         Audio
            English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
            English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
         Subtitles
            English
            French
            Spanish
            None
Disc #4 -- Into the West
   The Making of "Into the West"
      Introduction
      The History
      The Directors
      The Wheel
      Production Design
      Cinematography
      The Costumes
      Parting Thoughts
      Play All
   The Communication Gap
   The Cast of "Into the West"
   "World on Fire" Music Video
   Promotional Material
   Photo Gallery
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
      None
   Credits
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best of two worlds

    This is the very best factional documentary I have ever witnessed combining stories from both viewpoints of the American Indian and the emerging Frontier families. I am both Choctaw and decendant of families who homesteaded California. I found myself in tears more than once as I related to both the pioneer head of household as he learned from Jedidiah Smith and as the young Indian who mournfully cut his hair in compliance with the white man's ways. My husband and I have viewed the series three times thus far and have purchased the set as gifts for two special occasions. More will be given at Christmas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful, but slightly disappointed

    Though I really enjoyed being able to watch this wonderful mini-series again, I was disappointed because some of the original scenes from when it aired on television were missing.

    Why were parts of it deleted?

    Why is it not the complete version?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so good =)

    i been watching this in school i loved it so much i bought it

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it a complete set, yet?

    I still want this wonderful series, but if it is still incomplete it's like being cheated. I've already ordered and returned set because of this. I would like to know if the complete(as seen on TNT) set is now available? I want the 6-part, 12 hour set. Is this possible? Yours is only 3-part, 8 hours. Incomplete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have a great respect for Indians and study them a lot. when I watched Into The West I really lerned a lot more than I thought I had known. Into The West is a great thing to own and should be an experiance for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy This Movie

    Right Now I am watching this movie in school and it's awesome. It will be a perfect Christmas or Birthday present for someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It will REVIVE your soul!

    Into the West is a dramatic movie series partaking the indian culture and the pioneers of eastern america. as i watched the series it shows how much sympathy and reality of what happened coming into the 20th century. this series will give you a better understanding in a beautiful form of photography, music, and acting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunning!

    This is one of those series that leaves an impression on anyone who watches it. It is poetic and heart-wrenching and creates both happiness and despair and a depth of feeling for each of the characters. I recommend this to anyone, it will touch each in a different way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    This movie was awesome!! It is so addicting. I love how they showed the characters change through time. I knew it was going to be good when I saw the previews on television for it. It really makes you understand what the Native Americans went through. I highly recommend this movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Grand Epic of Fact

    They say history is written by the winners, and this is true. The U.S. Goverment, circa 1800s, told the story as they wanted it to be heard. "Into the West" finally brings the truth to the forefront. This miniseries shows the western expansion of our forefathers and then painfully tells how the U.S. Government used false promises to take Indian land and U.S. Army generals leading troops to eliminate Indians without cause. We must not forget this aspect of history, as it reminds us that, past, present, or future, we need to live in a world of peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Wonderful movie.

    This movie is one of those rare ones that will stay with you for a long time, you see how Native Americans really suffered and there wonderful people, so it was painful to watch but it was worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    im just a girl who loves not to cry until know

    when i frist heard about this event i said "not another thang were thay show how indains are worse then whites"but i watched the show this is the first show that made me CRY and understand that we both made mistakes in the past and we need to respect one another for who we are even though its hard sometimes so we wont make the same mistakes again.

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