The Mission [Special Edition] [DVD] [1986]

The winner of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival Best Feature award, director Roland Joffé's lavish tale of a South American tribes suffering at the hands of 18th century colonials arrives on DVD in this feature-packed release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The feature is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is accompanied by closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. An alternate French Dolby Digital Surround track is also available, as are optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Fans of the film will certainly be pleased to find numerous extra features on the disc as well. In addition to a full-length audio commentary track by author Roland Joffé, the main feature disc also offers cast, director, and film highlights, as well as a theatrical trailer. A bonus disc goes even more in-depth by offering a documentary entitled Omnibus, which takes the viewers to the South American location in which the film was shot and offers an in-depth look at the Waunana Indians who acted as the Guarani tribespeople in the film.
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Special Features

  • Disc 1: Full-length commentary by director Roland Joffé, all-new digital transfer soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, interactive menus, cast/director/writer film highlights, theatrical trailer, scene access, languages: English and Français, subtitles: English, Français, and Español
  • Disc 2: Bonus documentary: "Omnibus," which visits the film's South American location shoot and examines the heartrending lives of the Waunana Indians who portrayed the film's Guarani tribespeople
  • Closed Captioned


The Mission
Featuring a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America. Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. Mendoza (Robert De Niro) is an exploiter dabbling in the slave trade. But after he kills his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a fit of rage, he seeks redemption and calls upon the missionaries to assist him. After repeatedly climbing a cliff with a heavy weight as penance, Mendoza finds redemption and becomes a devout missionary at a settlement run by Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). The missionaries want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. They order the mission to be burned to the ground. But this event causes a rift between Gabriel, who wants to pray and pursue peaceful resistance, and Mendoza, who wants to take up arms and fight the Europeans. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Mendoza
  • Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons - Gabriel
  • Ray McAnally
    Ray McAnally - Altamirano
  • Liam Neeson
    Liam Neeson - Fielding
  • Aidan Quinn
    Aidan Quinn - Felipe

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