Morgan Freeman
Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
, Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
, Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
Steven Spielberg

DVD (Wide Screen)

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As would be expected from Dreamworks, the DVD for Amistad is a quality production. The image, framed at 1.85:1, is anamorphic, but it does seem to be rather soft throughout the film. While not thoroughly distracting, it could use a little more detail and sharpness. For the most part though, with numerous scenes played in dark situations, the image holds up very well. The soundtrack, in Dolby Digital 5.1 (there is also a separate DTS disc), is strong, with a fair amount of surround material giving it some heightened atmosphere. Though not listed on the box, the disc also offers a slightly less powerful surround track. Unfortunately, fans of the film don't get a special edition for this disc. The main extra is a 26-minute "making of" documentary that, while not exactly long, is superior to the fluff pieces found on far too many discs. It contains significant interviews and behind-the-scenes shots that help explain why the film was made and how important it was to the participants. In addition, there are the standard features such as some production notes (though for the most part they are covered in the documentary), biographies and filmographies of the main cast and crew, and the theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/1999
UPC: 0667068416220
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Dreamworks Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:35:00

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Theatrical trailer; Behind-the-scenes featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Theodore Joadson
Anthony Hopkins John Quincy Adams
Matthew McConaughey Baldwin
Nigel Hawthorne Martin Van Buren
Djimon Hounsou Cinque
David Paymer Secretary Forsyth
Pete Postlethwaite Holabird
Stellan Skarsgård Tappan
Anna Paquin Queen Isabella
Tomas Milian Calderon
Austin Pendleton Professor Gibbs
Jeremy Northam Judge Coglin
Arliss Howard John C. Calhoun
John Ortiz Montes
Razaaq Adoti Yamba

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Luis Rosario Albert Asst. Director
Debbie Allen Producer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Randy Cabral Special Effects
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Robert Cooper Executive Producer
Bonnie Curtis Associate Producer
Paul Deason Associate Producer
Nancy Deren Set Decoration/Design
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Tony Fanning Art Director
Scott Farrar Special Effects Supervisor
David H. Franzoni Screenwriter
Jeff Frink Special Effects
Sean Hobin Asst. Director
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Robert C. Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
José Alfredo Jiménez Casting
Priscilla John Casting
Eric Jones Asst. Director
Vicente Juarbe Asst. Director
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
George R. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Tere Lopez Casting
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Tito Otero Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Puerto Rico Production Manager
Ed Ricci Special Effects
Pete Romano Camera Operator
Nannette Rosa-Collazo Production Manager
Tom Ryba Special Effects
Tim Shriver Co-producer
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Carl Sprague Set Decoration/Design
Denis L. Stewart Asst. Director
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Victoria Thomas Casting
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Colin Wilson Producer

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