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
Audio Commentary by Director George Roy Hill, lyricist Hal David, Associate Producer Robert Crawford and Cinematographer Conrad Hall
Seven Interview Clips, including contributions from Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Burt Bacharach, William Goldman and Katherine Ross
40-minute Documentary--The Making of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
Three Theatrical Trailers
Alternative Credit Roll
Ratio: 2.35:1 widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs)
Sound: 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing
The work satisfies on every level, but is transformed into something extraordinary by the restrained, charmed performances of Redford, Newman and Ross. It launched a thousand imitators, but no equals. Rarely does Hollywood deliver such gold, so see it and fall in love, like Butch and Sundance, with an era that really never was.
Steve Pearce, UK
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