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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid - Ultimate Collector Edition DVD


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Press Release

The (Mostly) True Story Of The West's Most Charming Outlaws

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid CENTURY CITY, Calif. – As outlaws, Butch is a man of vision, but “the rest of the world wears bifocals,” and Sundance is man of action, “except, of course, for swimming.” Making the most of this irresistible charm and playful patter, the Old West's most notorious outlaws work together relieving banks and trains of cumbersome payrolls in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition , riding back into town as an all-new, two-disc set on June 6 from Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring the undeniable chemistry of silver screen icons Paul Newman (The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke) and Robert Redford (All The President's Men, The Natural), Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid earned Academy Awards® for Best Cinematography (by the legendary Conrad Hall), Best Score and Best Original Song (Hal David and Burt Bacharach's lilting “Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head”), as well as Best Original Screenplay for William Goldman's fast and fanciful script. Featuring unforgettable supporting performances by Katharine Ross (The Graduate) and Strother Martin (Cool Hand Luke), the film's lively exuberance is as infectious today as it was in 1969.



Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid The two-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD features exclusive new interviews with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, includes director and producer commentaries, production notes, an alternate credit roll, a 2005 documentary entitled All Of What Follows Is True: The Making of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and more.



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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Synopsis: Experience this Academy Award®-winning masterpiece as never before! Featuring exclusive new interviews with Paul Newman and Robert Redford and over two hours of never-before-seen footage, this two-disc collector's set is the definitive edition of one of the most legendary and iconic films of all time! Notorious outlaws Butch Cassidy (Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Redford) once ruled the dusty towns and breathtaking vistas of the Old West. But when a relentless “superposse” picks up their trail, they realize their days are numbered. With Sundance's girlfriend, Etta (Katharine Ross), they flee to Bolivia. But old habits die hard, and when their thieving ways continue, Butch and Sundance find themselves outgunned, outnumbered and in for the fight of their lives.

William Goldman's screenplay is smart, fun, informed and propulsive, the necessary document for just a flat-out good old time at the movies. It's well served by director George Roy Hill, whose clean style and appreciation of his cast never flag; and there's extraordinary work from cinematographer Conrad Hall, which gives us both stunning vistas of the landscape and generous, flattering, expressive close-ups of the actors. Particularly notable, too, is the film's score, most famous for Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head—it's a nice song, all right, but some of the Burt Bacharach score feels particularly dated. The film moves relentlessly to its climax, a shootout that's the stuff of legend, both historically and cinematically, and it's the rightful apex of a movie jammed with wisecracks and one-liners used to fend off the characters' sense of doom. It's about as much fun as any movie you'll ever watch, and all of what you've just read is true.



Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid DVD Special Features: The Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition DVD is presented in widescreen and features English Stereo and Mono Sound as well as French Mono.

Bonus materials include:

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Disc One:
-Widescreen Feature
-Commentary By Director George Roy Hill, Lyricist Hal David, Associate Producer Robert Crawford And Cinematographer Conrad Hall -Commentary By Screenwriter William Goldman
-1994 Documentary – The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Disc Two:
-2005 Documentary – All Of What Follows Is True: The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
-The Wild Bunch: The True Tale Of Butch And Sundance
-History Through The Lens: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid : Outlaws Of Time
-1994 Interviews -Alternate Credit Roll
-Theatrical Trailer #1
-Theatrical Trailer #2
-Theatrical Trailer #3
-The Films Of Paul Newman

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Collector's Edition DVD Price: $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada Street Date: June 6, 2006 Total Running Time: 110 minutes U.S. Rating PG Canadian Rating: PG Closed Captioned: Yes

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Review: Disc one's featurette on he Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is one of the better 'making of's' that I have seen. The director is unrehearsed and you get a real feel as to how production went. It is a real treat to see the actors ham it up a bit, particularly when Redford covers his head with branches because the director is always 'Shooting' thru things, like bushes etc.



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I always like "The making of...." because you get the behind the scenes view of how the movie is made coupled with seeing your favourite stars... in this case, the legendary Paul Newman and Robert Redford... two of the most prolific and professional actors of the day. What's interesting, is that the special effects are done with simple in mind... 'dust' pellets for bullets, etc. However, Robert Redford actually did ride 'twixt' the horse and the mule... director Hill took a chance with that as if he got injured, production would have been set back, and the film would have taken longer than the year and three months it did take.



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Disc two, features the 2005 Documentary – All Of What Follows Is True: The Making Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid where we get the rare chance to see both stars as they are today. After all - The film was made in 1969 and with the Vietnam War going on, the two stars recollect how the movie was received. Both stars had aged, but you can still see the twinkle in their eyes when they talk about the times shared during the filming. Westerns were changed forever, and George Roy Hill's style is also evident. He wanted to make a 'modern' western and he succeeded. The movie is still timeless, which is more than I can say for a lot of other movies!



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You also get to hear fresh thoughts from William Goldman. He gives an insight in to the time period and makes it worth watching. My favourite part was the Fact or Fiction section of bonus disc 2 The Wild Bunch: The True Tale Of Butch And Sundance. It provides a very interesting point of view into real life and areas that Goldman juiced up for the movie. In any case, these mythical or real outlaws captured everyone's attention.

'Burt Reynolds is your host for the featurette History Through The Lens: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid: Outlaws Out of Time , was made in 2000, and features many of the filmmakers—it's clear that they've been telling these same stories for years now, though the historical images of the West here are especially interesting. What are labeled as vintage interviews date in fact from 1994—perhaps the dates were flopped with the original making-of documentary?—and you'll find discussions with Newman, Redford, Ross, Goldman and Bacharach, along with Maybe Some of What Follows Is True, a compilation of conflicting memories of the production, complemented by All of What Follows Is True, in which fondness for the project is unanimous.

Most tantalizing is a deleted scene, even if it's got only subtitles, because the original audio has been lost—it features Butch and Sundance watching an early film about themselves and shouting back at the screen for getting things wrong, and assembled on an optional audio track are comments from Hill on the scene, and why ultimately it was cut. Production notes include a raft of correspondence, including story memos and budget projections. Three original trailers accompany a Newman trailer gallery; and finally, an alternate credit roll for the end of the film was discarded as a bit too generic.'*

This collector's set is chock full of extras that will satisfy even the most hard-core fans of Paul Newman and Robert Redford, as well as preserving forever, a truly remarkable, timeless picture.


*Jon Danziger, Digitally Obsessed

 

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