Dances With Wolves [20th Anniversary] [Extended Cut] [DVD] [1990]

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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (750 out of 764)

Special Features


  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Dances With Wolves
A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial debut was also a surprisingly popular hit, considering its length, period setting, and often somber tone. The film opens on a particularly dark note, as melancholy Union lieutenant John W. Dunbar attempts to kill himself on a suicide mission, but instead becomes an unintentional hero. His actions lead to his reassignment to a remote post in remote South Dakota, where he encounters the Sioux. Attracted by the natural simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to leave his former life behind to join them, taking on the name Dances with Wolves. Soon, Dances with Wolves has become a welcome member of the tribe and fallen in love with a white woman who has been raised amongst the tribe. His peaceful existence is threatened, however, when Union soldiers arrive with designs on the Sioux land. Some detractors have criticized the film's depiction of the tribes as simplistic; such objections did not dissuade audiences or the Hollywood establishment, however, which awarded the film seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kevin Costner
    Kevin Costner - Lt. John W. Dunbar
  • Mary McDonnell
    Mary McDonnell - Stands With a Fist
  • Graham Greene
    Graham Greene - Kicking Bird
  • Rodney A. Grant
    Rodney A. Grant - Wind in His Hair
  • Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
    Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman - Chief Ten Bears



Overall customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic!

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    Gacman
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    An epic film about the disappearing West! Set during the Civil War, this picture captures the story of Leutenant Dunbar, who volunteers to be posted at the Union's furthermost western post, in the middle of nowhere, because he "wants to see the Western Frontier before it disappears." Cut off from any Union help, and forced to fend for himself, Dunbar befriends the Native American tribe in the area. He helps them hunt for buffalo, defends the camp when it is attacked by another tribe, and falls in love. As the years progress, the Union army finally expands into the area and Dunbar (named "Dances with Wolves" by his Native American friends) is forced to choose between his loyalty to the Union (who's plan is to move the Indians out of the area by force, or kill them if they won't go) and his loyalty to the tribe who has become his family. This movie is so good that it derailed Kevin Coster's career for some time. After directing and starring in this picture and winning just about every Academy Award that year, fans expected greatness in every picture he did afterwards. But none could measure up to this one. If you've never seen "Dances with Wolves" or don't own it, the blu-ray is currently in the $5.99 bin at Best Buy. Buy it, watch it, enjoy!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must See Classic!

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    mrpandabear
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    Seeing DANCES WITH WOLVES on Blu-ray recreated the experience I had seeing it first run in the theatre. This is a film that endures in every department. Not having the time to watch the film the day I received it I put the Blu-ray disc on just to check it out. I set it up with the second commentary track in which the director of photography and the editor recall their experiences. I was so fascinated with their comments and seeing the Blu-ray edition of the film that I ended up watching all four hours. This is a film that I would rank as one of the great classics of all time. As you listen to those who worked on the film tell of their experiences it soon becomes clear that this was landmark film for most everyone involved. For many it remains their favorite film to have worked on. The Extras match the quality of the film. They are worth looking at as they, like the film itself, are inspiring.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great film with lots of bonus material

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    willsaturday
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    Dances with Wolves is a great film. it is not only great as a period film, capturing the beauty, challenge, and loneliness of Great Plains settlement life. in its depiction of primitive, tribal life of Native Americans during this period and their interactions with various groups of Whites (poachers, military, settlers), it vividly depicts the complexities of "progress" as it moved west. it is also an even deeper story of human identity and isolation vs. community, it explores the true nature of human "savagery", and tells a wonderful story of love and friendship across cultural barriers. this edition of the film is wonderful. it contains extended and additional scenes incorporated into the film itself. accompanying the film are also "making of" featurettes and a retrospective that includes great interviews with the cast and film creators.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It dances indeed!

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    HomeTheaterGuy
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    Dances with Wolves is again an older movie but one that I've enjoyed many times. Kevin Costner stars as Lt. John Dunbar an exiled soldier who is sent to a remote western Civil War outpost where he befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. The movie basically centers on how his human kindness when misunderstood gets him in trouble. But good prevails in the end. So, we have here a wonderful human interest story with first rate sound and some fantastic video production values. I think this is a good movie to enjoy with the whole family.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of the ten best movies of all time

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    arkydean
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    I fell in love with dances with wolves when it first hit the silver screen. when the 3 hour movie ended at the theater I thought " oh no, it cant be over already". I first bought a copy on vcr, then on dvd, and then when I found out about the extended 30 year anniversary edition on blue ray, of course I had to get it. the extended version runs to just under 4 hours and really helps to fill in the story adding to its impact. there are extended scenic vistas that were originally cut to reduce run time. best buy has this version at an incredible price. if you are a fan of the movie or have never seen it, get a copy today while it is still available

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kevin Costner Revisited

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    ABJF
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    Watching this Anniversary Edition of Dances With Wolves gives viewers the opportunity to see a young Kevin Costner at his finest. Both those who saw the film when it was first released 25 years ago as well as those younger viewers who are seeing it for the first time will enjoy this extended edition of the film. Viewers seeing the scope of the movie (which was Costner's directorial debut) will see the relevance of the movie (which focuses on a period of American History after the Civil War dealing with the clash of cultures--the "White Man" vs. the Sioux Indians, and the attempt to reconcile the 2) to events happening today.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully filmed, but botches history

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    Nickels
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    I'm a historian by trade, and this film has always bothered me for its botched history and skewed moralizing. It really is beautifully filmed, and the depiction of life on the frontier is fairly accurate. But when you set out to make a film rooted in history, you'd better nail the general facts. Costner filters the storyline through his own 21st century political leanings instead of faithfully capturing the attitudes and interactions of the era. The result comes off more like propaganda than either history or entertainment. And in the end it spoils what could have been a film classic and not just a tasty piece of eye candy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An American Classic and One of Costner's Best

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    ForgetfulTraveler
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    I consider this movie to be one of the great tales of how America was made, and a phenomenal movie in its own right. It was Costner's first and best attempt at directing. With 12 Oscar nominations, only 7 movies have ever been nominated for more Oscars. With 7 wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, only 15 movies have ever won more Oscars. The cinematography is grand and the scenes sweeping in a way that is reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which also won 7 Oscars, six of them in the same categories. I highly recommend this movie.

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