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The Postman [Blu-ray] (2009)

Kevin Costner , Will Patton , Kevin Costner  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo
  • Directors: Kevin Costner
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001993Y4K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Postman [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In 2013 there are no highways, no I-ways, no dreams of a better tomorrow, only scattered survivors across what was once the United States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something yet undiscovered: the power to inspire hope.

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner directs and plays a wayfarer in a world where might makes right – but destined to lead a heroic rebellion where right makes right. Sweeping battle scenes, breathtaking wilderness vistas and touching moments of personal triumphs combine to ensure The Postman delivers.

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168 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Heretical Viewpoint June 5, 2000
I believe that the reviewers must have been reading each other's reviews instead of actually watching the movie, and Costner-bashing has long been great sport among reviewers. The original David Brin novel has been improved upon in several ways. In particular, gone are the two cyborg/supermen who duked it out in the finale of the novel, a distraction and deus-ex-machina.
I especially loved the internal consistency, lack of impossible battles, and the strong development of a number of believable characters. The Holnist leader (who played a supporting role in "Armageddon") is more than a cartoon bad guy, and Costner's postman is plagued by guilt and doubt as he discovers how seriously everyone takes his "Restored United States". There is almost nothing in the movie that is irrelevant to the plot.
Yes, it is a bit slow in parts, and I was ready to quit watching after 30 minutes because I had heard that it was just another post-apocalyptic bore, but it turned into a sterling movie. Even my wife, no fan of that genre, wanted to watch it all the way through.
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161 of 183 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POST-"apocolyptic"-MAN May 22, 2000
It is difficult to review a film that you like, when every professional critic has slammed it. On the other hand, I have to believe I am not alone in my tastes, so, here is some praise for "The Postman", Kevin Costner's cinematic version of the great book of the same name, written by David Brin.

After the success of "Dances With Wolves", it's pretty clear that Costner has been trying to recapture that epic feeling. But where "Water World" was silly to the point of being a caricature of a sweeping drama, "The Postman" avoids the trap. The nemesis, General Bethlehem is played seriously by Will Patton and the situation in general is believable if not completely explained.

I admit there were a few moments that were too heavy handed, the most memorable when the Postman gallops back to snatch a letter from a boy's hand. Even so, I can forgive a little over enthusiasm when it is mixed with a stirring tale. I know that during times of war, rhetoric is grist for the mill and so, the character's obsession with the American way, is understandable, given that it no longer exists.

You see, civilisation has fallen. It's implied that nuclear weapons were used, perhaps even biological weapons. Whatever the cause, people survive precariously, huddled together in fortified towns dreading the next visit of the Holenist army. A band of thugs created during the last days of the war and now led by General Bethlehem towards some nebulous vision, who's only constant is that Bethlehem will be the one in power.

Enter stage left, an unlikely hero. Kevin Costner's character may have a name but it is not revealed during the film.
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunk by Titanic, Pilloried by the Press July 26, 2000
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In the wake of Titanic's unexpected success in 1997, the media needed another Christmas epic to lambast, hence the grossly unfair pile-on that happened to Costner's The Postman. To pretend that this is another Dune or Heaven's Gate is not only hyperbolic, it is willfully dishonest (even Dune has gotten a grudging second chance with critics in recent years). The fact is, had the country's female populace not been busy swooning under Leo's spitballs, The Postman might today be regarded as the classic that it deservedly is.
Like Titanic, The Postman is lengthy and excessive, but it is also watchable and entertaining. Costner downplays his basically selfish and opportunistic title character, while his costars--Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, and Giovanni Ribisi (in a brief supporting role as a grateful dupe in Bethlehem's army)--all give shining performances. Moreover, the movie's message is the opposite of blind patriotism; it cleverly skewers the militia movement in the U.S. while reminding us why democratic government came about in the first place: to keep gangsters, extortionists, and military tyrants out of our lives.
The Postman is worth your time if you haven't seen it; if you have, it deserves an honest and iceberg-free reassessment.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood and underrated film.... July 24, 2004
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As others in this section have said, it always amazes me why this film was panned as thoroughly as it was. It seems to me that movie critics are attracted to films that are so often so obtuse as to be incomprehensible. The beauty of 'The Postman', I think, lies in its simplicity and clear cut message.

The Postman is a post-apocalyptic survivor, who in the film's beginning is more concerned with his own welfare than in being a hero. How can we argue with a film where the good guy starts out so much like most of us - self-absorbed, looking out for #1 - but ends up rising to the occasion in a big way - a way that we hope we all could or would? And he defeats the bad guy in the end; I mean, you want to get up and cheer! Talking about the bad guy - what a bad guy! Will Patton was astounding as the evil General. His performance alone should have been enough to make people stick around and be sure he got what was coming to him!

The supporting cast were all believable and appealing for either their good or evil ways. The cinematography and special effects were breathtaking. And yes, 3 hours is a long film - but I feel that every segment sets the stage for the one following it, successfully moving the story along - and building to the exciting finish.

Look around, folks - the world ain't a pretty place. This film stirs and uplifts the soul; it makes you think that if the good people rise up, then good can in fact triumph over evil. It's that hope that keeps most of us getting up in the morning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I enjoyed this movie and it was more positive than negative. It was great entertainment. I am a Kevin Costner fan!
Published 11 hours ago by Susan C. Kaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie-One of my all time favorites.
This movie played well on my laptop. I recommend renting from Amazon. I don't belong to hulu or Netflix or those other places. I don't like spreading a credit card around. Read more
Published 1 day ago by WALTERSRI
5.0 out of 5 stars The Postman Represents Hope
Contrary to popular belief, The Postman really is a great movie. Here's a guy who finds a body wearing a mail carrier's uniform (Cliff Craven would be proud). Read more
Published 3 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie.... Must watch
This movie is a little long and you have to have some time to watch it, but it is worth it...
Published 13 days ago by Nathan Brinkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does Hollywood seem to be against Kevin Costner
This movie was awesome. I almost didn't watch it. I'm now seeing that critics bashed this movie and it was really, really good.
Published 15 days ago by PH
5.0 out of 5 stars If this movie was a book I`d call it a real page turner.
Quite unexpected. But this movie kept me on the edge of my seat for a couple hours. Loved the adventure.
Published 16 days ago by Penny Kelemen
2.0 out of 5 stars Just another end of the world story
The best characters are the young postboys and girls plus the old man. They exhibit the survival qualities that would be needed to rebuild the world. The postman is just a symbol.
Published 17 days ago by Herman Moulden
5.0 out of 5 stars Costner was superb.
I chose this movie because of Kevin Costner and he didn't disappoint. It was a refreshing film to watch. I recommend it to all my friends and family.
Published 18 days ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars The Postman
I really like this movie. I have watched this and Dances With Wolves multiple times and will watch even more.
Published 18 days ago by Myra Gamble
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it hurt my eyes.
One of the worst movies ever...if you thought Waterworld was bad honey, you ain't seen nothin' yet. I would rather have jock itch for the rest of my life than watch this movie... Read more
Published 19 days ago by po
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