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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [DVD] [1969]

  • SKU: 3893120
  • Release Date: 05/16/2000
  • Rating: PG
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is given a fine treatment on DVD. The cinematography, which won Conrad Hall his first Oscar, was sorely mistreated by years in pan-and-scan video prints. The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer thankfully restores Hall's stunning photography to its original theatrical release quality. The commentary track features director George Roy Hill, lyricist Hal David, associate producer Robert Crawford, and Conrad Hall. While scene-specific, the style of the comments suggest that the participants were recorded separately. The 45-minute documentary included was made at the time of the filming. Though 30 years old, it is extensive and details every aspect of the production from the movie's start to its climax, including historical information about the characters. Finally, to compensate for the lack of a current documentary, 1994 interviews with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, writer William Goldman, and composer Burt Bacharach are included from a separate menu. Trailers and an alternate end-credit roll are also included. Between the commentary, the 1969 featurette, and the retrospective interviews, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an exhaustive historical document of a classic film, augmented by the terrific digital transfer.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (165 out of 170)

    Special Features


    • 45-minute documentary
    • Cast and crew interviews
    • Audio commentary by George Roy Hill, Hal David, Robert Crawford, and Conrad Hall
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Opening with a silent "movie" of Butch Cassidy's Hole in the Wall Gang, George Roy Hill's comically elegiac Western chronicles the mostly true tale of the outlaws' last months. Witty pals Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) join the Gang in successfully robbing yet another train with their trademark non-lethal style. After the pair rests at the home of Sundance's schoolmarm girlfriend, Etta (Katharine Ross), the Gang robs the same train, but this time, the railroad boss has hired the best trackers in the business to foil the crime. After being tailed over rocks and a river gorge by guys that they can barely identify save for a white hat, Butch and Sundance decide that maybe it's time to try their luck in Bolivia. Taking Etta with them, they live high on ill-gotten Bolivian gains, but Etta leaves after their white-hatted nemesis portentously arrives. Their luck running out, Butch and Sundance are soon holed up in a barn surrounded by scores of Bolivian soldiers who are waiting for the pair to make one last run for it. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Paul Newman
      Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy
    • Robert Redford
      Robert Redford - The Sundance Kid
    • Katharine Ross
      Katharine Ross - Etta Place
    • Strother Martin
      Strother Martin - Percy Garris
    • Henry Jones
      Henry Jones - Bike Salesman



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 170 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Average Transfer At Best.

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      Duck
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      I saw this film first run in the theaters and have seen it a few times over the years, but not for about 15 years. The price was right, so I bought it. It was good to see Paul Newman at his artistic peak, but the film itself hasn't aged well. It's dated and I doubt I'll watch it again. Also, the volume during the songs -- "Raindrops..." particularly, is blaring. Yes, it was an Academy Award winning song, but when it comes up, it knocks you back in your chair. That could have easily been rectified. The equalization on it is also a little harsh, particularly on the music. It's clear they didn't spend any time on the video or audio transfer. Just used the old DVD master.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Head For The Hills !!

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      Charlie
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      At the close of the sixties, established star Newman and up-and-comer Redford would make this a classic, the first of two hugely popular collaborations with director George Roy Hill. (The follow-up was 1974's "The Sting.") No standard western, "Butch" both romanticizes and satirizes the true story of the infamous "Hole in the Wall" gang, creating the ultimate buddy picture, thanks to terrific chemistry between the two leads. Burt Bacharach's Oscar-winning score, creates a one-of-a kind movie that's by turns lyrical, hilarious, and sad. Fabulous dialogue, choreography, brilliant and often funny one-liners has made me watch this movie many, many times over the years. Well worth the money & highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great film with a great edition for any fan

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      Hushvinyl
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      butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has always been considered a beloved classic for so many reasons: the style and cinematography, the humorously ‘improv’ish style of storytelling, the duo of Redford and Newman, and so many other factors. This dvd edition is a great treatment of quality restoration and original format that a film like this deserves. The features are just an added bonus to an already essential must-own.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

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      nursevil
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      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was one of the first westerns that I saw when I was younger. I did not know about Butch and Sundance till I saw this movie and I became interested in knowing the real men behind the movie because of Newman and Redford. I love this movie and it really stands the test of time. It is the kind of movie that if you see that it is on, you stop what you are doing and watch for a while. Like a comfortable shirt that you don't want to live without, I don't want to do without this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Then - Greater Now!

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      LTCCW
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      Fine Western genre spiced up with comedy that only Newman and Redford can deliver. Director used an interesting mix of Color and B&W photography to tell the story, ceria late 1890’s, which is the warmth of the character relationship between Butch & Sundance. Newman was very loose and affable with his character and Redford, on the other hand, was genuine warmth under a cool distant wrapper – this character difference resulted in a very memorable viewing experience.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie, Tremendous Price

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      canes1988
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      I use to own the basic DVD Version and have been looking for the Blu-Ray Version for a while now. Finally found it at Best Buy at an extremely low price so I purchased it because my DVD Version is worn out from watching it numerous times, now I can watch it in Blu-Ray until I wear that out and then buy it in 4K. Surprised they haven't thought of remaking this movie yet.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      3 stars for Blu-ray, 5 stars for film

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      Jory

      Great film. Sad Blu Ray. The sepia is a bit off, the colors are no different than the DVD. Very washed, bright and often blurry. The menu makes it look as though the film is going to be colorful and brand new, but it seems the only restoring of image was done on the menu. GREAT FILM THOUGH.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Oldie but Goodie!

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      NotHappy
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      This is one smooth movie with a touch of humor and don'r forget about Robert Redford and Paul Newman!! These guys are the best at what they do! Entertain! As we go into another new era of Hollywood it's always a treat to look to the past. And what a great past! Some say the BEST!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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