WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dances With Wolves

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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This special Panavision® widescreen presentation expands the film’s scope and adds new insight into the lives of its characters. An hour of additional footage not seen theatrically fulfills the original vision of the director. The never-before-released companion The Making Of featurette exposes the interworkings of the production while the accompanying deluxe book, Dances With Wolves: The Illustrated Story Of The Epic Film, contains exclusive location photos and commentaries by director/star and co-producer Kevin Costner, co-producer Jim Wilson and screenwriter Michael Blake. Additionally there are six full-color lobby cards originally sent to exhibitors for the theatrical release, plus the original motion picture soundtrack CD featuring John Barry’s epic score.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2814OR
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$124.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 236
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 9/1/1994
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Costner
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Blake
(Story): NA
(Music): John Barry
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeffrey Beecroft
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Elsa Zamparelli
(Editor): Neil Travis, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Hari Ryatt & Robert Fitzgerald
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jim Wilson & Kevin Costner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Winner of seven Academy Awards®, Dances With Wolves is an extraordinary tribute to the great Sioux Indians and the passing of the American frontier into history. Filled with a rare compassion and authenticity regarding the Native American way of life, the film is both epic in scope and intimate in its portrayal of one man’s search for his own humanity. Kevin Costner’s performance as that man, and his directorial debut, is awesome.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is extremely natural with ex-cellent detail, deep blacks, and natural fleshtones. The slightest grain and noise is apparent but those imperfections I found not distracting from the wonderful imagery and character this picture exhibits.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is glorious. The opening Civil War battle scene is a sonic gasp as well as the deep bass of the thrilling buffalo passing. And the glorious musical score composed and conducted by multiple Academy Award® winner John Barry is emotionally charged. The remarkable full orchestral re-cording by Shawn Murphy soars with lyrical rapture and spatial envelopment.
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