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Dances with Wolves - 20th Anniversary Edition (Extended Cut)

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  • Dances with Wolves - 20th Anniversary Edition (Extended Cut)

    I have a positive regard for Dances with Wolves, so I was looking forward to the combination of watching the extended edition of the movie, and sharing a favorite movie with my teenagers.

    After taking two sittings to watch the 4-hour movie, I have to say that the extra bits do not make for a better movie. It's a longer movie, to be sure. Some information is fleshed out more, to be sure. However, there's a reason that Film Editing is an Academy Award category.

    Looking through the IMDb trivia items, there's one that says that Kevin Costner (director and star) was not involved in the making of this extended cut. I don't know if that's true, but I can imagine a scenario where someone wanted to make a bigger version of the movie, so they combed through the 5+ hours of footage and added a bunch of stuff in.

    It's still a good movie, but it takes too long to tell its story. The shorter version did just as fine a job.

    Aside from that, though, still a well-done movie. Great shots, pretty good acting, and the score is one of my favorites. This is a movie that deserves an isolated score, just to enjoy the visuals backed by John Barry's composition.