The New World: The Extended Cut
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New World, The: Extended Cut (DVD)
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
- 20 minutes of new footage unseen in theaters
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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
The picture quality of all three versions of the film is incredible.Read more