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Dances with Wolves (SE)

John Dunbar (Costner) is a lieutenant in the US Army at the end of the 19th Century. After having become a hero because of a ruthless suicide action during the war, he gets the possibility to choose where he has to go next. He decides to go to the West and heads off to Fort Sedgewick. Once he arrives there, he finds the fort deserted and the chaos surrounding it gives an impression of what must have happened. Still, he decides to stay put and after a while of loneliness with only a wolf as companion he comes into contact with the Sioux indians and Kicking Bird (Graham Greene).

When one day he finds the wounded woman Stands With a Fist (Mary McDonnell) he brings her back to the Indian village. She appears to be a white woman who grew up in the village and is still capable of speaking a little English which helps to break the language barrier between Dunbar and the Sioux. His relationship with the indians becomes closer and closer and he gets feelings for Stands With A Fist. Since the indians saw him playing with the wolf when they first met, they give him the name “Dances with Wolves”. When after a while the US Army returns to Fort Sedgewick, Dunbar/Dances with Wolves will have to choose between his new-found friends and his companions from the Army.

Sound and Vision:
The image of this film is completely remastered and looks great. The contrast and level of black are perfect and the problems we saw are only very minor with a little grain and moirĂ©. Edge enhancement is not present and only very scarely we get to see dust points in the image. One thing of negative comment is that the image isn’t completely steady in the beginning of the movie.

The soundtrack is also remastered and is good. The surround channels are little used except for atmosphere sounds and music while the front speakers manage to give a perfect stereo sound. The subwoofer is only used in the buffalo-hunting scene and doesn’t come into action for the rest of the time which is pretty disappointing.

This version is spread over no less than three discs so you would expect a lot of extras. Don’t think you’ll get two disks with extra’s though as the movie takes the first two while most additional stuff comes on the third. Audio Commentary is present on disc one and two with Kevin Costner, producer Jim Wilson, film editor Neil Travis and cinematographer Dean Semler. Creation of an epic (74 minutes) has Kevin Costner and the other makers looking back on the production after which we can check out the Making Of which lasts about 21 minutes. B-Rolls give some behind the scenes footage on four scenes (Confederate March and Music, Getting the point, Burying the hatchet, Animatronic Buffalo). Then we get a bunch of screens with filmographies, the biography of Kevin Costner (8 screens), a photo montage and a poster gallery. Last up are the original trailer, three trailers of other A-Film dvd’s and a music video

Dances with Wolves has always been a magnificent movie and this new DVD release whish contains the Director’s Cut really makes it shine. The amount of extras is less than you would expect on a 3-Disc version but that’s because the quality of the film required it to be put on two discs. Still, pretty entertaining. A Must Have for movie lovers

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