This early work of Sidney Pollack with a young and at that time unknown Robert Redford in the lead role was restored to its original version for the US-DVD release. The difference in running-time gives additional reason to a censorship report. The cover and other sources list the running-time of the US-DVD as 116 minutes (NTSC), whereas the theatrical version is listed with 107 minutes (PAL). However, the time difference that is left despite the PAL-conversion turns out to be a disappointment. Only an overture and an intermission with music were re-integrated. Besides that there is no new footage.
At least the original aspect ratio in 1:2,35 (widescreen) was used, in addition to the usual fullscreen, which is so typical for Warner, on the other side of the DVD. This is essential, especially for the beautiful and award-winning nature shots, many of which could only be shot with special permissions. In the fullscreen version the slow-paced film basically lacks all its distinguishing qualities.
Comparison between the US-DVD (PG)
and the old UK-VHS-Version (PG) from Warner
which contains the video version.
The time references were taken from the UK-VHS. 0.00.05
The extended version begins with an overture, which was omitted in the theatrical version. Music is played to a panorama shot. The running-time of the overture is also briefly shown. (2.55 min.)
2 min. 57,46 sec.
The DVD contains the original intermission of the theatrical release. This is followed by an "Entr`Acte" with music. Again the running-time is briefly shown. ( 1.27 min.)
105,83 sec. in total