The Postman
Warner Bros. / 1997 / 170 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
The Postman is a post-apocalyptic hope film, that's how I refer to it anyway. It's 2013 and Kevin Costner plays a drifter who walks the remnants of the United States with his mule Bill. One day while freeloading a meal & a place to stay for the night the now fascist leader of the U.S. rocks up and begins to conscript all able bodied men. 

While trying to sneak away ol' Kev is caught and conscripted into the army. Hating his non-free existence at the first chance he gets he escapes, but not before being injured and killing some people. Finding solace from the elements he hides in an old wrecked postal truck and begins reading letters and stealing the dead postman's clothes, so he decides to make this his new scheme, pretend he is a postal worker delivering letters and freeloading a meal. 

But something happens, people begin believing in him, believing that there is hope left in the world. He stirs people's imaginations to the point where they want to rebel and have the United States begin anew. Great stuff, I highly recommend it if you liked Water world or Dances With Wolves.

VIDEO

The usual high quality standard from Warner Bros. The movie is generally razor sharp with just only the occasional glitch, but again, it is not enough to detract from the overall presentation. 

The Postman is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual-layer disc.

AUDIO

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is on this disc. It's very clear and has quite a good surround presence. Dialog was easy to hear, and the surround speakers got a good workout with sound effects, music and ambient sound all adding to the total sound package. The .1 channel was used at various times to emphasize music and certain sound effects when needed.

EXTRAS
There are a few extras on this disc, firstly there is the theatrical trailer framed and 1:85:1 and is of generally high quality. There is also a 10 minute documentary on the making of The Postman's CGI work. Apart from those two features there is also the obligatory production notes and cast lists with scene selection screens as well, but that's about your lot.
FINAL THOUGHTS
This one's a good buy if your looking for a DVD with some good features. If you didn't like Water world, you won't like this so you probably won't get it. But if you give this disc a chance, it might surprise you, it certainly has a lot more heart than Water world could ever have.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:09:26 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 170 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 30/11/1998
Catalog Number: 15519
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 44
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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