The expanded 236-minute film is spread over both sides of Disc One. Two audio commentary tracks are included along with the feature: (1) cinematographer Dean Semler and editor Neil Travis, (2) director-star Kevin Costner and producer Jim Wilson. The B side (which is mislabeled as "Special Features" - MGM: did you forget that the second half of the movie is also included on Side B?) adds the 1990 featurette The Making Of Dances With Wolves and a music video of a surprisingly good (or at least interesting) pop version of John Barry's Dances With Wolves theme.Disc Two is filled with a trailer, TV spots, a poster gallery, and a nicely done nine-minute photo montage of Ben Glass's still photography from the production which includes a photographer introduction. Also included is what is perhaps the highlight supplement of the package: J.M. Kenny's 81-minute retrospective documentary Dances With Wolves: The Creation Of An Epic.
With a noticeably more vivid color palette, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits quite an impressive picture, even when compared to the visuallly appealing previously released DVDs. While color fidelity was very nicely rendered on the previous editions, the sky appears bluer, fleshtones more sunkissed, and blacks slightly deeper. For example, when the skinned herd of buffalo is discovered, the spilled blood is a more gruesome shade of red. A direct comparison of a close-up shot of thick, freshly spilled blood puddled in the grass (1:49:01 on the Special Edition, 1.23:01 on the previous) offers a natural separation of color between the blood and the grass, while the entire shot is nearly awash in red on the previous editions. Shots of the stunned natives who arrive at the scene are crisp and clean, while appearing somewhat hazy on the previous editions. Edge enhancement is apparent, but not quite as bothersome and