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Dances with Wolves (Widescreen Edition)

This is truly a fine movie and represents Kevin Costner’s best, both as an actor and a director. It is a Western but almost unique among Westerns I’ve seen in that virtually all the featured characters, save Costner’s, are Native Americans. ..or in the case of Mary McDonnell’s, Stands w/a Fist, adopted by the Indians. The treatment here of Indians – especially the Lakota Sioux – is truly remarkable. While some aspects of Plains Indian life are idealized, it is for the most part a fair and balanced treatment. The Buffalo hunting scene is probably the best portrayal of that integral aspect of Plains Indian life ever put on film and the inter-tribal warfare and social mores, including marriage and death, are all well depicted. Costner and McDonnell deliver fine performances, but, to me, the Native American characters are more memorable. From Graham Greene who plays the holy man, Kicking Bird; to Rodney Grant, who plays Wind in His Hair; to Wes Studi who plays the Pawnee warrior chief; to Tantu Cardinal who plays Black Shawl; and others. ..all deliver outstanding performances. ..and they are all Native Americans. This is Graham Greene’s finest performance among those I’ve seen and it’s certainly Rodney Grant’s best. When I recall aspects of this film – and I do that often – it is the scenes depicting Indian life and the Indian actors I recall. Costner, I believe, peaked with this work; everything since has been spotty. I don’t think he’ll ever top this effort; or even come close to it for that matter. In addition to the awards recognition it garnered when released, it has justifiably been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film is that good. Check it out!

Product Description Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar wants to see the American frontier before it is gone. He is assigned to an abandoned fort, where a Sioux tribe is his only neighbor. Overcoming the language barrier and their mutual fear and distrust, Dunbar and the proud Indians gradually become friends. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Kevin Costner. Kevin Costner’s 1990 epic won a bundle of Oscars for a moving, engrossing story of a white soldier (Costner) who singlehandedly mans a post in the 1870 Dakotas, and becomes a part of the Lakota Sioux community who live nearby. The film may not be a masterpiece, but it is far more than the sum of good intentions. The characters are strong, the development of relationships is both ambitious and careful, the love story between Costner and Mary McDonnell’s character is captivating. Only the third-act portrait of white intruders as morons feels overbearing, but even that leads to a terribly moving conclusion. Costner’s direction is assured, the balance of action and intimacy is perfect–what more could anyone want outside of an unqualified masterpiece? –Tom Keogh

 

 

 

Dances with Wolves (Widescreen Edition) Review

 

Dances With Wolves is Kevin Costner’s finest film to date, hands down. Nothing else comes close. While the actual story is a tad revisionistic, it is very entertaining. But before I get into this blu-ray release, I want to address an issue that I am surprised most critics did not catch onto. Dances With Wolves is the movie that James Cameron adapted to do Avatar. They are essentially the same stories, with the same character arcs and overall themes. I won’t go blow for blow, but watch them back to back and tell me that Avatar is not a rip-off of Dances With Wolves. Now, this is not a review to bash Avatar, because I actually liked it. But I am surprised how much praise Cameron gets for the movie without acknowledging how much it owes to Dances With Wolves. Maybe he DID rip off Terminator from Harlon Ellison after all. Anyway, I am usually not a big fan of extended cuts recently, because they tend to tack on a couple of minutes of crappy outtakes that were edited out for a reason. Not so with Dances With Wolves. One of the biggest revelations of this cut is you find out what happened to the soldiers of Fort Sedgwick before Lt. Dunbar made it there. While the original theatrical cut works with an odd sense of mystery at the beginning, this is also an interesting addition adding an unnecessary, but fun cut that solves the mystery. The other big addition for me was the soliloquey that Dunbar makes in his journal after they find the slaughtered buffalo. He makes a mention that he could not sleep with them and there were no looks of blame. That never sat well with me until I saw this extended version which puts that scene into context. It turns out the scouts found the white guys who killed the buffalo, scalped and slaughtered them, and the dance you saw around the campfire was celebrating that. It was, to me, a very important piece of the puzzle and I finally understood what Costner meant in that scene. It is also a pivotal moment in Dunbar’s development as he becomes separated from the Whahchichoo and becomes a different individual to the tribe and to himself. He is becoming a man who does not fit anywhere. This is a very key moment that, with this small addition in the film, makes the movie so much deeper and Dunbar’s character arc much more compelling and real. This is one of the few movies that used their cut scenes to great effect, similar to the extended cuts of the Lord of the Rings. They are great for superfans, but also great for the regular viewer. Yes, most of the cuts were obviously cut out for a reason, and for the most part, are unnecessary to the core story. But if you like the story as much as I do, there are so many more delightful details to experience. -Read Reviews-

I ordered the 25th Anniversary Special Edition . . . Instead, the seller sent the original disc dated 1990 in a DVD case with no cover artwork . . . The disc did play – so I just decided to keep it. I was pretty disappointed bc this DVD was not the Special edition as advertised, and also does not have any Special features . . . but the seller gave me about 3/4 of my money back – so,i guess it’s all good. I’ve bought about 75 DVDs in the last 18 months or so – this was the first time I ever got one that was the wrong disc and had no cover art. I guess I been pretty lucky. Make sure when you get the disc it has the same picture as shown (Costner-horse-American flag) and is dated 2014 or 2015 – that will be the 25th Anniversary Edition. It will also have special features about the making of the movie.

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