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Into The West
Genre: Western

Reviewed In Issue 103 (Dec 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Simon R. Baker, Josh Brolin, Gary Busey, Tonantzin Carmelo, Zahn McClarnon, Will Patton, Matthew Settle, Michael Spears, Gordon Tootoosis, Alan Tudyk, Skeet Ulrich, Beau Bridges, Jessica Capshaw, Derek de Lint, George Leach, Keri Russell, Jay Tavare, Sean Astin, Sheila Tousey, Rachael Leigh Cook, Balthazar Getty, Daniel Gillies, Graham Greene, Russell Means, Matthew Modine, Tyler Posey, Christian Kane, Elizabeth Sage, Irene Bedard, John Terry, Gil Birmingham, Skeet Ulrich, Tom Berenger, Tyler Christopher, Lance Henriksen, Warren Kole, Jonathan Scarfe, Wes Studi, Keith Carradine, Judge Reinhold, Eric Schweig, Joanna Going, Joseph M. Marshall III, David Paymer, Craig Sheffer & Chaske Spencer

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
There are no special features on disc one except for a historical fact timeline at the beginning of each episode and upfront ads. Discs two and three spare us the upfront ads and include only the historical fact timelines as a supplement. Disc four includes three featurettes: "The Making of 'Into The West'" (39-minutes), which is broken down into parts or available to watch in its entirety; "Communication Gap" (13-minutes), an exploration of the Native American language; and "The Cast Of 'Into The West'" (24-minutes). Also there is the Sarah McLachlan and Robbie Robertson "World On Fire" music video; three TNT promotional trailers; and a photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 94481
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $49.95
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD5 & DVD9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 545
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
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(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/04/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Dornhelm, Simon Wincer, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Michael Watkins, Tim Van Patten & Jeremy Podeswa
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the 1800s the white man came "Into The West," bringing with him change and a threat to the Indians and buffalo. This TNT six-part miniseries takes place throughout most of the century and covers such events as the initial migration west, the introduction of the railroad, and discovering gold; as well as focusing on the interaction between the white man and the Native American. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced picture quality for this miniseries looks very pleasing, especially considering the genre and period of the storytelling. Colors are rich and warm, with nicely balanced fleshtones and generally deep blacks. Sharpness and details are nicely presented, and while there are some scenes that appear a bit soft at times, textures are also quite satisfying. The picture can look a bit dim at times, but shadow delineation in the darkest scenes is adequate. Rarely are edge halos apparent, although pixelization is noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

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