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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Donnelly Rhodes, Henry Jones, George Roy Hill, Strother Martin, Ted Cassidy, Paul Newman, Cloris Leachman, William Goldman, Jody Gilbert, Robert Redford, Kenneth Mars, Katharine Ross, Jeff Corey, George Furth See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 50 minutes|
Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the standard for the "buddy film" with this box office smash set in the Old West. The Sundance Kid (Redford) is the frontier's fastest gun. His sidekick, Butch Cassidy (Newman), is always dreaming up new ways to get rich fast. If only they could blow open a baggage car without also blowing up the money-filled safe inside... Or remember that Sundance can't swim before they escape a posse by leaping off a cliff into rushing rapids... Times are changing in the west and life is getting tougher. So Butch and Sundance pack their guns, don new duds, and, with Sundance's girlfriend (Katharine Ross), head down to Bolivia. Never mind that they don't speak Spanish - they'll manage somehow. A winner of four Academy Awards (including best screenplay and best song), here is a thoroughly enjoyable blend of fact and fancy done with true affection for a bygone era and featuring the two flashiest, friendliest funniest outlaws who ever called out "hands up!"
The original DVD release in 2000 was an excellent duplication of the 25th anniversary laser disc produced in 1994. This 2006 "ultimate edition" includes those features and adds another disc of extras, but many of the extras go over the same stories and facts numerous times. On the good side, screenwriter William Goldman begins his new commentary track by stating there was a deleted sequence echoing the nickelodeon footage seen in the opening titles. His wish that someone would find the sequence he has never seen is granted with this DVD (the sound was lost, but there are subitles and commentary from director George Roy Hill who died in 2002) Goldman does his usual crack commentary diagnosing the film and dishing out wisdom on the industry in general. There are two features here produced for the disc, one about the making of the film ("All of What Follows is True") with new interviews and "The True Tale of Butch and Sundance." The interviews in 2006 cover much of the ground as the 1994 interviews (with a few new mysteries cleared up including why Steve McQueen fell out of the project). A standard 90-minute TNT program expands on the historical facts stated in "True Tale" (with some of the same historians to boot). The best stuff was seen and heard on the original disc, thanks in part to Hill's involvement. His original commentary along with other crew remembers (including master cinematographer Conrad Hall) is biased, rambling, and fun. The mistakenly labeled 1994 making-of documentary was produced in 1968 by associate producer Robert Crawford. This 45-minute film is no piece of fluff; narrated by Hill, Goldman, and the stars, it tells of troubles on the set, gives frank assessments of talent, and deconstructs many of the scenes. For anyone brought up on tight, studio-controlled making-of docs, it's a breath of fresh air. The print is a bit warmer in this edition, but just as crisp. The original mono track has been slightly dressed up to a 2.0 stereo mix. --Doug Thomas
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : George Roy Hill
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : June 6, 2006
- Actors : Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), Unqualified, French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B000EXDS5M
- Writers : William Goldman
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #93,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #1,674 in Westerns (Movies & TV)
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Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
Video codec: MPEG-2
Video resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean
I don't like westerns, but this isn't a traditional western.
The film has a stylized look featuring photographs and a sepia tinge in many of the scenes to remind us that we are looking at an old story. I didn't care for it, but I understand why the choice was made.
I remember seeing the film in the early 70s on TV. Our newspaper's film critic had a ratings system consisting of excellent, very good, good, average and poor. He invented a new rating just for this movie: marvelous. I have no idea why I remember that.
The movie won four Oscars:
Cinematography - Conrad L. Hall (Cool Hand Luke, American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Marathon Man)
This was deserved. Some of the chase scenes were spectacular.
Original Song - Burt Bacharach/Hal David
Raindrops is certainly memorable, but I don't think it fit the feel of the movie and shouldn't have been included.
Score - Burt Bacharach
Good overall, but could have done without raindrops and some of the music used during the montage scenes.
Screenplay - William Goldman (Heat, Princess Bride, Marathon Man, Absolute Power, Misery)
Thoroughly deserved. The dialogue carried the movie and Goldman knew when to shut up.
I loved the movie as a child. I'm not quite sure why. I remember that my grandparents loved it too. Newman and Redford work well together and there's a lot of clever humor.
Watching it as an adult who has only started to analyze films in the past three years, I noticed a few more things:
It avoids most of the cliches that westerns rely on. For instance, Sundance was accused of cheating while playing cards. In every other western, there would have been a shootout with the accuser dying. In this, it's used as a plot point to show us how good Sundance is and there isn't a need for anyone to be shot.
The chase scene is my favorite part of the movie. In particular, I like how sparse the dialogue is during this extended sequence. We see everything unfold and hear the horses galloping, but dialogue is only present when it has to be. It reminds me of No Country For Old Men somewhat. The sounds are a part of the story and it works well. The cinematography during this sequence is exceptional.
It's surprising how little we see of the Hole in the Wall gang. We meet them and see two robberies, but that's all. It shows that Butch survived more on his wits than any ability to fight. When he's challenged, he cheats.
The scene with the dynamite leads to probably the funniest line in the film.
The story relies on the chemistry between Newman and Redford. We like them and root for them even though they are technically the villains. Redford in particular says a huge amount without actually opening his mouth. His expressions clearly convey what he's thinking. The friendship between the two is obvious in everything they do and say while facing their trackers. Katharine Ross also has an important role. When she's flirting with Butch, we learn more about the depth of his friendship with Sundance.
The whole tracking scene is a great idea with an collection of the best lawmen available at the time. They clearly demonstrate their expertise by killing members of the Hole in the Wall gang without missing their intended target. The movie then avoids the cliche of them later missing when facing Butch and Sundance. We don't see a shootout with our heroes winning. They are up against superior odds and are lucky to get away. That was a good choice.
The trip to Bolivia was quite well done too and their subsequent crime spree. I like the attention to detail. The language was a barrier and was dealt with properly. In the final scene, we are shown a real problem when Butch and Sundance run out of ammunition. Again they face overwhelming odds. On first viewing, I expected them to escape. But the choice to show what happens in the face of overwhelming odds was the correct one.
The final shot was a good way to end the story and makes me think of The 400 Blows as it ends with a still.
I still don't like westerns in general, but I have always liked this movie. It's carried by the charisma of two wonderful actors of the time and brings back a lot of good memories for me.
The Blu-ray presentation is weak. The sepia shots look terrible and it looks like a DVD for most of the 110 minutes. The main exception is the final scene which was shot in sunlight and has better detail. A film of this quality deserves better treatment. That said, I would still buy the BD and own the best possible version of the film.
The Sundance Festival was named after Robert Redford's character and he was the inaugural chairman with Katharine Ross also on the first jury in 1978.
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Robert Leroy Parker (Butch Cassidy) & Harry Alonzo Longaugh (Sundance) were real outlaws, of similar ages, and were robbing trains etc., nearing the end of our ‘Victorian period.’
I must admit that I could remember very few of the details from the film after all these years, except the bike ride & song, and the cliff jump of course. I’d totally forgotten that they fled to Bolivia where they so called met their end … just as Che Guevara had done in 1967!
This is still a top film and very captivating – Newman and Redford are just full of charisma and the film has a very good storyline and keeps you there throughout. You can’t beat quality?
This iconic Western and true story doesn’t take place in what is considered (by some) to be the “Wild West Era” (ie 1865 1895), but in the early part of the Twentieth Century. This true story takes place when my Grandparents were alive and for me that makes this incredible film more real, more tangible somehow.
I watched the film on a DVD that came with some insightful and interesting Extra Features.
On that DVD (ASIN: B00005KK3J) you get:
“Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” (1 hour 45 minutes)
Option English Subtitles for the hard of hearing.
Audio is 2.0 Mono
Commentary from Director George Roy Hill, Lyricist Hal david, Associate Producer Robert Crawford and Cinematographer Conrad Hall.
1994 Interviews with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross, scriptwriter William Goldman and composer Burt Bacharach (about 48 minutes in total) and also including “Some of what follows is true” and “All of what follows is true”
“Making Of” Documentary (40 minutes)
The film has many fine points, but none more than its two protagonists, Butch and Sundance. Butch is wonderful and funny. When he orders Sundance to kill a member of their gang if he loses in a fair fight, his creepy ride around the house on the bike and his miserable attempt at Spanish are done to perfection. Sundance, with his miserable temper and wonderful shooting and the relationship between these two works like a dream. The sets drip from the screens and are utterly fantastic.
One final word goes to the ending, I do not wish to give it away, but your opinion of what happens next will determine what kind of a person you are. Personally it could not have been done better, as it had to be done given that these two men rob banks, but we are left believing, that maybe, just maybe it didn't...