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The New World (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Special Edition, Criterion Collection
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This singular vision of early seventeenth-century America from Terrence Malick is a work of astounding elemental beauty, a poetic meditation on nature, violence, love, and civilization. It reimagines the apocryphal story of the meeting of British explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan native Pocahontas (Q orianka Kilcher, in a revelatory performance) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals, then follows Pocahontas through her marriage to John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and her life in England. With art director Jack Fisk s raw re-creation of the Jamestown colony, Emmanuel Lubezki s marvelous, naturally lit cinematography, and James Horner s soaring musical score, The New World is a film of uncommon power and technical splendor, one that shows Malick at the height of his visual and philosophical powers.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration of the 172-minute extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and director Terrence Malick and featuring material not released in theaters, with both theatrical and near-field 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
- High-definition digital transfers of the 150-minute first cut and the 135-minute theatrical cut of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
- New interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q orianka Kilcher
- New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West
- Making The New World, a documentary shot during the production of the film in 2004, directed and edited by Austin Jack Lynch
- New program about the process of cutting The New World and its various versions, featuring interviews with editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein, and Mark Yoshikawa
- PLUS: A book featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning, a 2006 interview with Lubezki from American Cinematographer, and a selection of materials that inspired the production
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Top Customer Reviews
Of the three versions that exist in this set, the Extended Cut has the best transfer with the lush greens and earth tones looking the most vibrant and realistic.
Ported over from the DVD is a ten-part, 80-minute making of documentary that takes a detailed look at the various aspects of the film.
There are new interviews with actors Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher who talk about working with Malick, his unique approach and how it impacted their respective performances. Some really wonderful anecdotes are recounted on this extra.
Also included are teaser and theatrical trailers.
There are new interviews with producer Sarah Green, production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West as they talk about their respective contributions on the film and working with Malick.
Editors Hank Corwin, Saar Klein and Mark Yoshikawa talk about the monumental task of shaping Malick’s film from all the footage he shot. It wasn’t easy and the director challenged them to match his drive for authenticity.
Finally, Yohikawa also talks about the differences between each cut and how they structure of the film evolved.
The Blu-ray picture is stunning. Even my friend who hated the movie said the cinematography knocked him out. I don't have a big enough tv to spot artifacts, edge enhancement and so forth. But the folks at blu ray dot com say this:
"Honestly, it would be easy to overlook a variety of technical flaws with cinematography like this. Thankfully, I didn't have to. Warner's 1080p/VC-1 transfer is simply magnificent, faithfully capturing the vibrancy, depth, and richness of Malick's visuals, and presenting them with polish and proficiency."
Anyone can be forgiven for finding this film boring. It's crazy slow and many of the shots are superflous unless you are determined to like them, which I admit I was. But if you slow your mind down and surrender to it, in my opinion you can experience something rare.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is atmospheric, poetic, and accurate historically.Read more
The picture quality of all three versions of the film is incredible.