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Matthew Modine (Any Given Sunday), Jennifer Grey (Bounce) and Cliff Robertson (Spider-Man) star in this heart-racing adventure about a brash young sailor who breaks with tradition in his quest to reclaim the America's Cup for the United States. Stunning cinematography puts you at the center of the strategic sea battle as Will Parker (Modine) and Kate Bass (Grey) take on an arrogant Australian sailor (Jack Thompson) for the coveted Cup. Interwoven with the thrilling race sequences is a classic love story of two people separated by personal ambition and reunited by a shared dream. Carroll Ballard, the acclaimed director of THE BLACK STALLION and NEVER CRY WOLF, makes cinema history again withthis soaring story that takes you into the world's greatest race ... and inside nature's strongest force. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, WIND "is an exhilarating experience!" (Vincent Canby,The New York Times)
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Carrol Ballard ('The Black Stallion', 'Never Cry Wolf') is the director of this quality film, and Francis Ford Coppola is one of the producers.
Now, at long last, the wait is over!
Wind appeals for a number of reasons.
Primarily its a very human story of ambition, competition, love, loss, and redemption. What makes the film work is fantastic photography/camerawork by Mata Yamamoto, a soaring/pumping soundtrack by Basil Poledouris, and a compelling drama played out by some very brainy characters played by some very good actors.
Think of it as "The Cutting Edge" and "Strictly Ballroom" with a little more testosterone and in a sailboat!
The DVD is pretty bare-bones, but a Digital Widescreen Hi-Definition Remastering and Dolby surround make up for it. A Special Edition would have been nice, but, considering how long we had to pray for this one it's hardly required.
The story, music, cinematography, acting, adrenaline, and spirit make it a deeply moving film and a must have DVD. Anamorphic widescreen, cast and crew commentary and interviews, trailers, and deleted scenes would be much appreciated.
I was fortunate enough to recently acquire the two best versions presently available which are the 1992 USA Widescreen Laserdisc Release (For $300.00... yes, ouch, but it was DEFINITELY WORTH IT to see WIND in it's original widescreen format!) and then more recently the European Region 2 release which while competent is neither Widescreen, NTSC, Region 1, nor is it in English.
As the on screen titles weren't in English either it's a fair bet this was the version released to the European movie and then rental market. Seeing Matthew and Jennifer dubbed by Euro actors did not sit well with me at all.
It's kind of sad to realize that the best version of this movie (Widescreen - English) is on a technically dead format much the same way the best version (The Director's Cut) of Peter Bogdonavich's sequel masterpiece Texasville is only available on Laserdisc. Hollywood needs to get a better system in place for finding out what older films people want to see brought to DVD rather then just guessing or waiting for product tie-ins like the Bourne Identity TV Mini-Series which was only released because the Matt Damon Theatrical ...-Fest did well at the Box Office.
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Grabbed it as soon as I discovered it had been released