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The Postman (1997)

Kevin Costner , Will Patton , Kevin Costner  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo
  • Directors: Kevin Costner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 1998
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790736500
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Postman" on IMDb

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  • The Postman's CGI Route: special effects footage with commentary by the visual effects crew

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Falling from the Oscar-winning glory of Dances with Wolves to the opposite end of the critical and box-office scale, Kevin Costner must have been deeply humbled when this three-hour postapocalyptic tale--his sophomore effort as a director--was greeted with a critical thrashing and tepid audience response. One of the most conspicuous flops of its decade, the 1997 release must have seemed like a sure thing on paper: a kind of futurist Western starring Costner as a charismatic drifter-turned-hero who leads the resistance against a military tyrant (Will Patton) by reviving the long-dormant postal system to reunite isolated communities in their fight for freedom. The movie bombed, but, like many audacious failures, it's got qualities that make it at least partially endearing, and its earnestness (although bordering on corny) keeps it from being entirely silly. Faint praise, perhaps, but Costner's ode to patriotism is occasionally stirring and visually impressive. The dual-layered, widescreen DVD includes a documentary segment about the creation of the film's special effects sequences, featuring a running commentary by the special effects creators. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Set in the near future after a catastrophic war which has destroyed the government, a traveler finds an old mail bag and starts delivering it.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD

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169 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Heretical Viewpoint June 5, 2000
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunk by Titanic, Pilloried by the Press July 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most underrated film ever!!!! December 19, 2003
By JT
Format:DVD
As stated several times before, after Waterworld, critics and Costner-haters walked into the cinemas like loaded weapons ready to blast this film apart. I promise this film would have been greeted with a much friendlier audience if not for it's timing.
Not that it doesn't have short-comings. It has the Costner-esque three hour length, which probably isn't as necessary here as it was in "Dances With Wolves," and the editing is a bit choppy, and sometimes the flow and pace slacks off a little. Strip these things away and you have a solid commentary on the aspect of hope, group dynamics, and the psychology of leadership.
Costner's role is decent enough, though the film is taken away by the stellar performance of Will Patton ("Armageddon", "No Way Out," & CBS' excellent but mistakenly canceled show "The Agency"). Patton's role pushes both borders of intellect and insanity, all the while holding on to some inner-confidence which drives him.
It's so easy to jump on the wagon and label this film a disaster, when the truth is that it gets better with each viewing, and sticks with you for hours and even days after the TV is turned off. Hope is a prominent topic in the state of the modern world, and this film expertly illustrates the ideal in grand fashion.
As a victim of unfortunate timing, this film is simply one of, if not THE most underrated film in the last three decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion this is one of his best!
I'm a Costner fan. In my opinion this is one of his best!
Published 11 hours ago by jim mcqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars ... for this movie a long time it is a good movie.
I have been looking for this movie a long time it is a good movie.
Published 1 day ago by maryphillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my favorite "after the apocalypse" movies. Kept me fully engaged throughout the entire movie.
Published 6 days ago by Sharon Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good survival movie
Not the best by Kevin Costner, but interesting, all the same. The moral questions of survival and humanity are always relevant.
Published 13 days ago by Susan Hyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Costner
I have watched this movie several times. I really like it. I already had it on DVD though, so I gave it to my mother who also likes it. She was happy and has watched it also.
Published 16 days ago by Linda M. England-pobanz
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long and prteentious
There are good things to say about this movie and bad. The good part is the scenery. This was filmed in nature and some of the scenes are very spectacular. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sedona
5.0 out of 5 stars Catastrophic event
Could this happen and could this be where we might end up? Think of the small gestures you can give to the person next to you to avoid war and the confrontations that got the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by WILLIAM L OVERTON
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kevin Costner Keeper
I always liked this movie. I also have always liked Kevin Costner. I find it humorous that this was made as an 'in the future' story and the year was supposed to be 2013. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Things happen
The DVD didn't play right. Returned it for full credit without hassles.
I was disappointed that The DVD was damaged, but pleased with the
ease of the return and credit.
Published 27 days ago by Thomas O Myers III
5.0 out of 5 stars old film, still good
Kevin Costner was panned for Waterworld and this is another post apocalyptic saga and Iliked them both. I liked this one more and recommend it.
Published 27 days ago by laura
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