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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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