The Postman

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In 2013, a nomadic man with a love of Shakespeare (Kevin Costner) travels from town to town entertaining children and adults by putting on plays with his best friend, his horse. But not everyone thinks plays and what not are important, and a iron-fisted leader of a make-shift tyrannical government does travelling of his own. But his purposes are different, to recruit unwilling men into his army, and use them to keep the small bands under control. When Costner gets captured and forced into the training regiment, the army kills his horse, and serves it for dinner, and the leader tries to break him by sending him into the brush to kill a lion. But Costner has other plans, and attempts an escape. After getting away, he discovers a mail-truck, and get an idea…deliver the mail. The small towns don’t open their gates to just anyone, but they open them to Costner, when he speaks of a reforming American Government and the promise of a new mail service. What happens because of his actions is inspiring, even to the wandering stranger himself.

This film is huge, spanning a long period of time and a large segment of geography. The scale of The Postman gives it an epic feeling, and really boosts the film to accomplish it’s goal of inspiring and filling the audience with hope. While the movie is long (178 minutes) and usually slow-moving, it really is a film to take in at least once. While it is long on dialogue and riding scenes, there are some action sequences, and they are very well done. You need to set aside the time to view this one though, starting and stopping will lessen the impact of the film by far. So make sure you have 3 hours to sit back and relax, you’ll be glad you did. The Postman’s true draw comes something else.

The movie has many great supporting roles, with Will Patton, Larenz tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo, and a small bit part for Tom Petty. The role Petty has seems to be the only segment of this movie remembered by most people. The story is quite interesting, and well thought out, and carves a new look for the post-apocalyptic world. Costner produced and directed this bad-boy, and you can tell from the care taken to make The Postman that Costner felt strongly about this picture. So if you have an open evening with your special someone, place this disc in your player, and let The Postman deliver.

Video: How does it look?

Picture perfect, with no discolorment at all, and no visible grain or artifacts. The anamorphic widecreen transfer is crisp, clear, and perfect. The movie has a dark edge to it visually, and the blacks and browns are beautifully rendered. The brighter segments are also well shown, an overall great visual transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

Damn good. A Dolby Digital 5.1 mix keeps it all apart, and makes everything easy to hear. The volume is very good, and no trouble hearing dialogue even during the loudest music or effects.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes, and a documentary segment detailing the creation of noteworthy special effects sequences with commentary by the special effects creators. Not a bad array of extras, but these could be better, with a commentary from Costner coming in at the top of my wish list. But the documentary is nice, and sheds some light on how they did some of the special effects.

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