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commentary, the 1969 featurette, and the retrospective interviews, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an exhaustive historical document of a classic film, augmented by the terrific digital transfer.
Audio commentary by George Roy Hill, Hal David, Robert Crawford, and Conrad Hall
Cast and crew interviews
George Roy Hill
Paul NewmanButch Cassidy
Robert RedfordThe Sundance Kid
Katharine RossEtta Place
Strother MartinPercy Garris
Henry JonesBike Salesman
Jeff CoreySheriff Bledsoe
Ted CassidyHarvey Logan
Jo GilbertLarge Woman
Timothy ScottNews Carver
Charles DierkopFlat Nose Curry
Paul BryarCard Player #1
Sam ElliottCard Player #2
Charles AkinsBank Teller
Eric SinclairTiffany's Salesman
Conrad L. HallCinematographer
Burt BacharachComposer (Music Score)
Jack HayesMusical Arrangement
John C. HowardEditor
Jack Martin SmithArt Director
Paul MonashExecutive Producer
Edith HeadCostume Designer
Art CruickshankSpecial Effects
L.B. AbbottSpecial Effects
Lawrence SchillerSpecial Effects
Steven BernhardtFirst Assistant Director
Michael MooreSecond Unit Director
Buddy Film,Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film,Revisionist Western
Classic film. No one mentioned it but sitting in the front row of the Academy Awards a few years back was Katherine Ross with her nominated husband Sam Elliott [for A Star Is Born]. Someone should have acknowledged Katherine that night!
Another nice classic film transfer on blu-ray at a bargain price, this disc has a lot of nice extra features as well:
- Director commentary
- Screenwriter commentary
- Making of Documentary
- Deleted scene
This is one of those bargain blu-rays of a great film that packs in a lot of entertainment for the money.
Redford & Newman, gorgeous bandits in their prime!
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
Always loved this movie & finally found it on Blu Ray! Robert Redford & Paul Newman are captivating as gorgeous bandits in the old west. This 1969 movie stands the test of time & is a must see! The soundtrack song "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head" was a big radio hit for BJ Thomas. Great Flick! I highly recommend it.
I liked this movie when I younger, Now I did not like it at all. It seems silly & I will give the DVD away.
I am no doubt biased. I like Paul Newman well enough. The movie Hombre is a favorite of mine. I never liked Robert Redford. He a Hollywood Liberal of an earlier generation who has little talent.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 8 months when reviewed.
I just love this oldie! Great memories of watching it years ago! I would recommend to everyone!