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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Eric Schweig


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The Missing wasn't the critical or box-office success for Ron Howard that had been hoped, but Columbia TriStar decided to give it the full DVD treatment regardless. Presented in the original aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate set severely cropped), the picture quality mirrors the themes that Howard was trying to convey with the story.…  See more details below


The Missing wasn't the critical or box-office success for Ron Howard that had been hoped, but Columbia TriStar decided to give it the full DVD treatment regardless. Presented in the original aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and anamorphic (there is a separate set severely cropped), the picture quality mirrors the themes that Howard was trying to convey with the story. Based on the character arc, the film moves from slight grain and a more muddy appearance early in the film to meticulous detail later. The image translates those changes almost perfectly. It can seem like an odd transition as the film moves from beginning to end, but it makes sense in the context of the subject. As for the 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, it too makes perfect sense, and matches the story wonderfully. Dialogue is entirely clear, as are the abundant sound effects, while the use of the surrounds is creative and at times very expressive. Sadly, a commentary track from Howard isn't offered, with the only supplements on the first disc the trailers for Hellboy, Spider-Man 2, The Missing, 13 Going on 30, Resident Evil 2, Something's Gotta Give, Big Fish, The Statement, Panic Room, The Devil's Backbone, and, last, but not least, The Mothman Prophecies. The second disc offers a very satisfying variety of supplements. Five featurettes, ranging from five to 30 minutes, take an in-depth look at the production of the film, including the casting, the music, and the use of actual Native American dialects. In addition to this are six more featurettes, called "Ron Howard On...," in which the director discusses his influences, working with John Wayne, conventions of the Western genre, and the Super-8 short films he made as a teen, which are shown here, and are quite entertaining in their own right. Next up are 11 deleted scenes, some more interesting than others, and an amusing section of outtakes. In addition, three alternate endings are available, though they don't vary too far from the final version. Strangely enough, these three sections are all shown 1.85:1, not matching the final theatrical ratio. To conclude this nice set, three generic photo galleries contain pictures of the cast, location, and the production.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The movie western's regeneration continues apace with this Ron Howard-directed opus, a well-acted, suspenseful drama that bears an unmistakable resemblance to John Ford's The Searchers. Like Ford's film, The Missing is animated by the lengthy, dangerous pursuit of Native Americans who have kidnapped a white girl. And like The Searchers' Ethan Edwards (played so unforgettably by John Wayne), the chief pursuer is a taciturn loner with intimate knowledge of his quarry. He's Tommy Lee Jones, playing a half-wild "squaw man" who long ago deserted his family and slaked his wanderlust by traveling with peripatetic Indians. Now older and somewhat remorseful, he attempts reconciliation with his firstborn daughter (Cate Blanchett), a single mother raising her two girls and eking out a precarious living on the edge of the New Mexico desert. It takes the kidnapping of her eldest daughter to unite the bitter woman with her grizzled father, who offers to trail the abductors. Howard's direction is taut; his scenes all have bite, and he maintains a measured pace while slowly building to a crescendo of violence and retribution. A novel touch is the incorporation of Native American mysticism, which is presented as both real and horrifyingly effective. This element brings a bit of the supernatural into The Missing, creating an aura of mystery and uncertainty that may well unnerve attentive viewers. Jones and Blanchett are equally terrific in their portrayals; formidable talents both, each shines in scenes crafted to showcase them individually while working harmoniously in their scenes together. Howard also elicits solid performances from Evan Rachel Wood as the kidnapped daughter and Jenna Boyd as the younger, more resourceful daughter. Aaron Eckhart registers solidly in a sympathetic role as Blanchett's prospective suitor, and Val Kilmer has an eccentric cameo as an ineffectual cavalry officer. Howard borrows not only from The Searchers but from other classic westerns as well, and yet his film doesn’t play like a pastiche of reworked concepts and scenes. It is a cohesive work with a demonstrably individual perspective, and an absorbing contribution to the western’s ongoing renaissance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Ron Howard; 11 deleted scenes; three alternate endings; three Ron howard shorts; 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes; photo gallery; closed captioning; English, French subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Samuel Jones
Cate Blanchett Maggie Gilkeson
Eric Schweig Chidin
Evan Rachel Wood Lily Gilkeson
Jenna Boyd Dot Gilkeson
Aaron Eckhart Brake Baldwin
Steve Reevis Two Stone
Ray McKinnon Russell J. Wittick
Val Kilmer Lt. Jim Ducharme
Simon Baker Honesco
Jay Tavare Kayitah
Sergio Calderon Emiliano
Clint Howard Sheriff Purdy
Elisabeth Moss Anne
Max Perlich Isaac Edgerly
Ramon Frank Grummond
Deryle J. Lujan Naazhaa (Hunter)
Matthew Montoya Ts_Bé_Yu (Blowing Tree)
Joe Saenz Mba'tsu Naabiti (Wolf Trail)
Gandi Shaw 'Izhashe (Bird)
Rod Rondeaux Hudlu (The One Who Laughs)
Juddson Linn Chau_i (Evening Time)
Dutch Lunak Si_nz (Wild Horse)
Josephine Schwan Sally
Alexandra Elich Sally
Yolanda Nez Dahit'ee (Dancing Horse)
Heather Gulas Captive Girl
Scarlett McAlister Actor
Aura Jensen-Curtis Captive Girl
Shelby Kocurek Captive Girl
Molly McAlister Captive Girl
Angelina C. Torres Esmerelda Nunez
Deborah Martinez Maria Nunez
Rance Howard Telegraph Operator
Arron Shiver Rancher
David Midthunder Apache Scout
Paul Scallan Stokley
Jerry King Drunk Soldier
Jim Tarwater Drunk Soldier
David Garver Barker
Clemente Spottedhorse Captured Apache
Brian Brown Mexican Slave Traders
Toby Holguin Mexican Slave Traders
Eddie J. Fernandez Mexican Slave Traders
Eddie Fernandez Mexican Slave Traders
Jason Rodriguez Mexican Slave Traders
Cliff Happy Mr. Jones Stunt Double
Rio Alexander Mr. Schweig Stunt Double
Samantha Brainard Tony Boggs
Robert Harman Macy Devenport

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director,Producer
Andrew Adams Sound Mixer
Tony Alvarez Makeup Special Effects
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Guy Barnes Art Director
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Merideth Boswell Consultant/advisor
Chris Burgoyne Makeup Special Effects
Bayard Carey Sound/Sound Designer
William M. Connor Asst. Director
Steve Crystal Executive Producer
Leslie Devlin Makeup
Thomas Eidson Associate Producer,Co-producer
Akiva Goldsman Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Dan Hanley Editor
Robert Harmon Special Effects
Scott Hastings Special Effects
Michael Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Laurie L. Hudson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Ken Kaufman Screenwriter
Jamie Kelman Makeup
Kris Kobzina Makeup Special Effects
Steve Koster Cinematographer
Richard Lange Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey C. Martin Special Effects
Audrey Maxwell Makeup
Ryan McDowell Makeup Special Effects
Kathleen McGill Associate Producer
Felicia Molinari Costumes/Costume Designer
Julyce Monbleaux Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Montenegro Special Effects
Daniela Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
James Oberlander Set Decoration/Design
Elaine Offers Makeup
Daniel Ostroff Producer
Wendy Ozols-Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer
Sue Berger Ramin Co-producer
Ninalou Risolio Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rushforth Consultant/advisor
Jeff Stamfer Special Effects
Dyanna Taylor Camera Operator
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Start
2. Maggie the Healer
3. Samuel Jones, Gone Indian
4. Graceless Lady
5. Brake Baldwin
6. "Get the Hell Off My Ranch!"
7. Sole Survivor
8. It Takes One to Catch One
9. Pesh-Chidin
10. A Captured Picture-Taker
11. Lt. Jim Ducharme
12. A Bad Sign
13. Tricks of the Brujo Trade
14. The Canyon Flood
15. Seven's an Unlucky Number
16. Shaman's Orders
17. A Taste of Life
18. The Stakeout
19. Kayitah & Son
20. Chaa-Duu-Ba-Its-Iidan
21. The Brujo's Curse
22. "I Want to Buy Two Girls."
23. Sign of the Cross
24. Return of the Native
25. Dead Man's Trick
26. An Old Apache Story
27. Fire Fight
28. The Witch Is Dead


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The Missing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon viewing this movie, I can certainly see why it was billed as a 'thriller'. I did like the movie and thought Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett did a good job. I will watch this one again. I found it less disappointing then Open Range, which I thought moved too slow. Eric Schwieg was a definate shock though after seeing such a nice looking young fellow in Last Of The Mohicans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely great! Excellent plot and actors/actresses. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the minute I sat down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Astronaut Space Cowboy to U.S. Marshall and now to White Man Apache -- Tommy Lee Jones shines again. This is a different kind of Western... a suspense thriller western with touches of mysticsm. Pitted against an Apache Brujo (medicine man, warlock, witch) Tommy Lee Jones matches wits, indian skills, and violence to rescue his granddaughter before she's sold into slavery in Mexico. A heart-grabber from the first minutes, THE MISSING is a roller coaster ride right up to the end. Great movie. Great job by Tommy Lee Jones. You don't want to miss this one!
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