So this is the surprise 7 Oscar hit which left Goodfellas with virtually nowt at the 1990 awards and propelled Kevin Costner into a megastar which lasted throughout his Nineties career.
This movie is a triumph on so many levels. Beautifully framed and very well written with well rounded characters which you really do care about. When movies are this long and slow it's imperitive that the storytelling is top notch and Kevin Costner acheived this faultlessly on his directorial debut.
The basis of this movie has been copied by such hits as "The Last Samurai" and "Avatar" where our lead is whisked away to unfamiliar surroundings in search of adventure and ultimately begin a journey of self discovery. This time it's into the lands of the native American Indians during the period of the Civil War.
The authenticity of the Indian tribes appears staggering with precise dialect and accurate costumes, the attention to detail is fantastic.
The cinematography is so wonderful that at times you wish for the grandness of a cinema screen just to give it justice. Great movie.
This is the theatrical release and sits at 3 hours in length, and I feel this is the better version when compared to the 4 hour directors cut.
MGM have granted this with an MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p, 2.36:1 framed transfer on a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exceptional quality.
This is a very natural transfer which shows all the elements of being captured on film when processed in HD.
The daylight scenes are exceptionally sharp and detailed with clothing fabrics and facial/skin detail very clear. The colour saturation is fantastic and they are extremely vibrant and rich. It's only when we go to the dimly lit scenes either at night or inside the tee pee's that we witness the grain field but this is only fine filmic grain and is never obtrusive.
Skin tones appear strikingly accurate and natural. The Indian face painting and fashoins really look a wonder in HD.
I also could not detect any digital enhancements with this conversion which is a huge plus. No edge enhancement, haloing or banding issues to worry about, and with the extremely fine filmic grain we can be sure that no DNR processes have been utilised.
This is a great package, both movie and transfer are top notch.
Movie 5/5 Transfer 4.5/5