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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid DVD

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Dating from 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has never lost its popularity or its unusual appeal as a star-driven Western that tinkers with the genre's conventions and comes up with something both terrifically entertaining and--typical of its period--a tad paranoid. Paul Newman plays the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy as an eternal optimist and self-styled visionary, conjuring dreams of banks just ripe for the picking all over the world. Robert Redford is his more level-headed partner, the sharp-shooting Sundance Kid. The film, written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and directed by George Roy Hill (The Sting), basically begins as a freewheeling story about robbing trains but soon becomes a chase as a relentless posse--always seen at a great distance like some remote authority--forces Butch and Sundance into the hills and, finally, Bolivia. Weakened a little by feel-good inclinations (a scene involving bicycle tricks and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" is sort of Hollywood flower power), the film maintains an interesting tautness, and the chemistry between Redford and Newman is rare. (A factoid: Newman first offered the Sundance part to Jack Lemmon.) --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: This anamorphic widescreen print of the 2.35:1 Panavision original looks marvellously crisp, highlighting the sepia tinting and washed-out, over-exposed look of the film nicely and making the best of the deep focus cinematography. The mono soundtrack sounds clean and clear in Dolby 2.0. The commentary track is hosted by documentary-maker Robert Crawford with contributions from George Roy Hill, cinematographer Conrad Hall, and lyricist Hal David (who chips in during the "Raindrops" sequence). The 40-minute documentary dates from 1968 and is narrated by director Hill, who talks in detail about the making-of process, comments on his relationship with the three principals (Katharine Ross was the difficult one apparently), and adds little nuggets such as how they sprayed the bull's testicles to make him charge at the end of the bicycle scene. Also included are a series of absorbing 1994 interviews with all the main players: Newman, Redford, Ross, writer William Goldman, and composer Burt Bacharach. Trailers, Production Notes and an Alternate Credit Roll complete an attractive package. --Mark Walker

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The Sundance Kid is the fastest gun in the West his sidekick Butch is a dreamer always planning that bigger better bank raid But things are getting tougher and soon the accident-prone anti-heroes decide it&39;s time to head south and disappear into legend Winner of 4 Oscars including Best Screenplay for William Goldman and Best Song (&39;Raindrops Keep Fallin&39; On My Head&39;) and Best Score for Burt Bacharach  Featurette  Clips Featuring Paul Newman and Robert Redford  Audio Commentary With Director George Roy Hill  Star Interviews  Cast & Crew Info  Trailers  Original Trailer  Production Notes  Photo Gallery  Interactive Menu  Scene Access Actors  Paul Newman Robert Redford Katharine Ross Strother Martin Henry Jones Jeff Corey Cloris Leachman Ted Cassidy & Kenneth Mars Director George Roy Hill Certificate 12 years and over Year 1969 Screen Widescreen 2351 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Mono Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour and 46 minutes (approx)

Classic comedy western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch and Sundance, two outlaws who are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in the Wild West. With big business constantly extending its influence, and the law following hot on its heels, the everyday business of robbing banks and trains is becoming more and more of a strain, so much so that Butch and Sundance eventually decide to cut their losses and, accompanied by their friend Etta Place (Katharine Ross), head for a new life in Bolivia. However, when they reach their destination, it seems their problems are only beginning, especially when they discover they now have to rob banks speaking Spanish. The film won several Oscars, including Best Song (for 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head'), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

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    Most entertaining western highly recommended

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