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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
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD
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
- The Postman's CGI Route: special effects footage with commentary by the visual effects crew
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If you're reading this review, chances are you've already seen the movie, so I won't write out the plot or analyze the story or anything like that. This review is for the Blu-Ray of "The Postman," which for some reason, the Amazon page shows the Spanish Blu-Ray cover of, whereas the one I got has the English title printed on it (as well as the French title in much smaller lettering). I'm not sure why the Amazon page shows the Spanish cover, someone should fix that. The picture and sound quality of the movie are stellar but there are few special features to speak of on the disk, aside from a short 'behind the scenes' special that was filmed some time after the movie was made and I think the theatrical trailer is available to watch as well. There is no "main menu" on the Blu-Ray, when you pop it in, it just goes straight to the movie and begins playing the film. When the movie is over, it takes you to what looks like a sub-menu of a DVD where you have the options of watching the short featurette, trailer, and setting up the audio/visual display, which includes things like English subtitles and subtitles in other languages.
Overall, this is a great Blu-Ray for the price! The movie is excellent, the picture and audio quality is great and while the special features are lacking the extensive runtime of the film makes up for that. Like I said, maybe it's just for me, but the Amazon page for the Blu-Ray of "The Postman" shows a Spanish cover for the film and I don't know why. I took a gamble and bought it, thinking I'd get a version of the movie that was only in Spanish, but I got the English cover and English spoken film (albeit the cover shows the title and subtitle in French as well, for some reason) and I'm very happy with my purchase.
The girls loved the movie and were amazed they had never seen it before!
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