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The New World: The Extended Cut (2008)

Colin Farrell , Christopher Plummer , Terrence Malick  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, Q'orianka Kilcher
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BNFRB2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The New World: The Extended Cut" on IMDb

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  • 20 minutes of new footage unseen in theaters

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The way Terrence Malick makes movies, it is hard to know whether The New World: The Extended Cut is a definitive version, or just another step on the path to a 432-minute epic that looms somewhere in the future. Malick's deeply romantic and visually lush telling of the Pocahontas story stretches out here to 172 minutes, besting the original theatrical release of 150 minutes (and the curiously shortened 136-minute version that first found its way to DVD). Despite the swashbuckling cover for this DVD, which makes the film appear to be Braveheart in America, this Extended Cut orients the film even more to Pocahontas (Q'orianka Kilcher) than her two Englishmen, John Smith (Colin Farrell) and John Rolfe (Christian Bale). It could be argued that the extra running time allows for more spell-casting, as Malick and his gorgeous photography (along with the rapturous music by James Horner, with help from Mozart and Wagner) attempt to create a dream-state. In truth, the extra 22 minutes add little substantive material: along with specific sequences (the appearance of a mad "Natural"--i.e., Native--at the English settlement, for instance), many scenes have been slightly lengthened. None of which will change anybody's opinion of the film. Those that love it (and there are many) will find more to be delirious about, and those of us who find it fundamentally silly will discover nothing to soften that assessment. One hope: that in the future five-hour version, we'll find out what blink-and-you-miss-them actors such as Ben Chaplin and Noah Taylor are doing in this movie. --Robert Horton

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Christian Bale, Christopher Plummer, Colin Farrell. An absorbing action drama that recreates the classic romantic tale of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith while the tumultuous beginning of a new world threatens to divide people rather than to unite them. 2005/color/171 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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132 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I had hoped for the Blu September 4, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I figure if one is reading this they already know the film and are questioning whether to buy this upgraded version or not - I would have to say a resounding yes.

Knowing how he filmed this and with what equipment I had very high expectations on clarity. I tested this thoroughly by pause checking over 50 different scenes and light levels (dark, dim, bright, motion, fine detail, etc.) and I could not find fault in anything; The running water scenes, moving pans through trees - all of it. The colors, contrasts and light level all came across beautifully. The smaller LCD panels looked wonderful, but I even scrutinized on the larger Plasmas and it still looked awesome. The sound has the TrueHD and English 5.1, and the mix maintains being able to crank up the volume above normal listening levels as to immerse in the sounds/music but still hear the dialogue adequately.

This is the 172 minute version with the 10 part documentary series from the other releases included. I am very happy with this preservation so I hope that those who enjoy his work will appreciate this package.
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MOVIE: Terrence Malick is not a mainstream director, his films while few in number, are incredibly rich with detail and visual language. Only a very few people can appreciate one of his films, mostly because they tend to run longer than mainstream movies and they don't follow the traditional formula. If you've seen The Thin Red Line then you know what a Terrence Malick film is. The Thin Red Line is in my opinion one of the finest cinematic accomplishmensts in the war genre. The New World is basically Malick's counterpart to The Thin Red Line. While The Thin Red Line was a look into the dark nature of mankind and how we destroy ourselves, The New World is the opposite of that. This film is about the celebration of the human spirit and the wonder of life. It is a truly poetic film that uses the story of John Smith and Pocahontas to express this commentary. The New World focuses on the clash of differences between two civilizations and how in the mess of differences two people are able to connect and see the beauty of each other. The movie moves slow though, and there are some parts where I found the editing to be a little confusing. Otherwise, I think the film is an incredible emotional journey filled with poetry and brilliant cinematic images. This film and The Thin Red Line are very similar in style. Malick even uses the same motif with birds as he does in The Thin Red Line. You also have the poetic narration of the main characters, and the narration itself can stand alone as poetry, it is truly remarkable. Beautiful landcapes captured brilliantly with the camera, long tracking shots, and many wide shots enhance the surrounding for the audience. He also uses his "sun through the trees" shot multiple times, which I personally loved in The Thin Red Line and even used it a couple times in my projects. Read more ›
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241 of 296 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams December 30, 2005
"It seems like a dream." So intones John Smith (an emphatic and forceful Colin Farrell) describing his time with Pocahontas (a gorgeous newcomer, Q'Orianka Kilcher) in what would come to be known as Jamestown, Virginia circa 1607.
And so much like a dream is Terence Malick's newest "The New World." There are long stretches of this film in which there is only action without or with minimal sound: the Native Americans going about their day-to-day lives, working, playing, training, eating and celebrating while the King James sent Englishmen, looking for a quick way from England to the "Indies," basically go about their day scavenging for food, fighting amongst themselves and acting like savages. In fact, the Native Americans are mostly gorgeous, clean, well groomed while the supposedly civilized Englishmen are smelly, scuffy and ill-mannered. One of the funniest scenes comes at the beginning of the film when a Warrior approaches Captain Newport (Christopher Plummer) and squinches his nose due to the Captain's body odor. There is no doubt that the peaceful, though wary and intelligent Natives as presented here: regal, civilized are superior to the intruders.
In a mesmerizing almost stuperous mist, in a land so new and fresh and rife with possibilities, where a man can begin again without the sins of his past encroaching upon and stifling him, Malick sets the scene for the beginning of "The New World." There is such wonder, giddiness and hope in Malick's mise en scene that you can't help but be taken in by it all: what a chance we had to build a better world, what a chance we had to right the wrongs of our former world.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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The tale of the English settlers at Jamestown gets a wonderful retelling here revealing the hunger, struggle, disease, hardship, cold, and superstition that the early settlers encountered in the new world. I actually think this film does a wonderful job of revealing the wonderful paradise that was the new world before the arrival of the Europeans. The native people here are shown as primitive aboriginals, complete with tatoos, rituals, a power hierarchy and complex societies. The views of Virginia are stunning in their beauty, what a wonderful sight Virginia must have been to these early European arrivals, and how dreadful their lives could become as they learned how to survive in a world full of plants, insects, and animals they had never encountered before. The film gets 4 stars for giving us a glimpse of what the encounters between the old and new world must have been like for all parties involved.

The love story between John Smith and Pocahontas is dream-like, a world not unlike Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet the story is one of JOhn Smith's betrayal of Pocahontas and the incredible price she pays for her loyalty to him. Yet the film is also one of her recovery from this obsessive love so that she is free to accept the love of her husband, John Rolfe. Colin Farrell does a great job of playing the brash, brave, adventurer John Smith. Smith sees the time he and Pocahontas were in love in her father's village as a dream that he must leave behind. She on the other hand saw it as a reality that she wished to pursue to the end.

Thus in some ways the film is also about obsessive first love and the strong mature love that holds relationships together for decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must see movie
Awesome movie! Highly recommended for those viewers interested in native american's. It is not for everyone though, especially those "action-buffs". Read more
Published 4 hours ago by rayfornario
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art
Terrence Malick's works, like The New World and Days of Heaven, are works of conematic and storytelling art. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paul Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant surprise...
One of the best and more accurate accounts of this story. I saw this movie on cable and had to order a copy to keep.
Published 12 days ago by angie white
3.0 out of 5 stars Long slow movie but nice.
As Americans we all learned about John Smith. This movie is more accurate than the myths. Of course John Smith wrote most of the history. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Brian Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow
Slow. Never finished this painfully slow movie. Strange internal voices as in thinking poetically out loud was annoying as well.
Published 1 month ago by rsjiii
1.0 out of 5 stars Omg
Anyone giving this 4 and 5 stars is a bleeding heart, blind, or on an acid trip. The movie was terrible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly laid out perspective of a relationship
perspective of a relationship between people and a couple to contrast to the 300 years that followed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of thinking, not a lot of talking
The New World had limited dialogue, excellent filming and imagery, and according to the history teacher who recommended it to me, was much more historically accurate than the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you want to see some Beautiful Scenery
I'm probably going to be booed for this but I watched 45 minutes and that was all I could stand. I expected a history with plenty of drama and action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Toni V. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is a beautiful love story and truly a magnificent film. It is slow at times, but totally worth $1.99 rental fee!
Published 2 months ago by Candice L. Gehring
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Awesome! Now where's The Thin Red Red Line extended version?
From what I understand, this extended cut of The New World is even longer than the one released in Italy - which is the "original" 150 minute version that Malick rushed out for New Line Cinema so the film could qualify for the 2005 Oscars. All-in-all, we now end up with 3 cuts of The... Read more
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