Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days

Kevin Costner
Director: Roger Donaldson Cast: Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
, Bruce Greenwood
Bruce Greenwood
, Steven Culp
Steven Culp
Roger Donaldson

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

An exemplary achievement as a film, and an equally exemplary achievement as a DVD. Ostensibly New Line's first Infinifilm disc (Little Nicky was, in fact, the first, with an Infinifilm version hidden as an easter egg), the DVD contains a selection of fairly normal features plus new features that utilize branching technology. The transfer is excellent. The film has been mastered anamorphically at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Colors are strong and accurate throughout (and the disc includes color bars to assist with setup) with deep blacks and good shadow detail. Fleshtones are accurate throughout. The image is sharp and clear, with no artifacts or softness. The Dolby 5.1 audio track has an excellent mix, with subtle use of atmospheric and ambient surround. The bass, when called up, is tight and clear and does not thump or rattle. Straightforward directional effects are few and far between in the mix, simply because they're not often called for. The ambient effects, however, more than make up for this, with each set given its own atmosphere. The Infinifilm feature places a broad semi-transparent blue bar at the bottom of the screen from time to time. Each time it appears, it offers one or more choices; by making a selection, the viewer is sent along a branching path to a snippet of information: filmographies, background information, clips from one of the two documentaries, and so forth. This certainly functions to broaden the experience of watching a film such as Thirteen Days, though not every movie would seem to call for this approach. Not content with offering this aspect, New Line has provided both a filmmaker's commentary track (executed as a roundtable with Kevin Costner, Roger Donaldson, David Self, and others), a historical figures commentary track compiled from a variety of recordings, a historical background commentary presented in subtitles, historical figure biographies, and cast and crew biographies. Additionally, there are two documentaries, "The Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis" and "Bringing History to the Silver Screen," along with a brief visual effects piece, a number of deleted scenes with director commentary, and the theatrical trailer. This is certainly a DVD worth owning, considering the wealth of material included; the extra materials are fascinating, and will take time to digest.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
UPC: 0794043520228
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:27:00
Sales rank: 4,275

Special Features

Commentary by Kevin Costner, director Roger Donaldson, writer David Self and executive producer Michael De Luca, Documentaries "Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis" and "Bringing History to the Silver Screen", Visual effects scene deconstructions, Historical figures biography gallery, Deleted scenes with director commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Kenneth P. O'Donnell
Bruce Greenwood John F. Kennedy
Steven Culp Robert F. Kennedy
Dylan Baker Robert McNamara
Michael Fairman Adlai Stevenson
Henry Strozier Dean Rusk
Frank Wood McGeorge Bundy
Kevin Conway Gen. Curtis LeMay
Tim Kelleher Ted Sorensen
Len Cariou Dean Acheson
Bill Smitrovich Gen. Maxwell Taylor
Dakin Matthews Arthur Lundahl
Madison Mason Adm. George Anderson
Christopher Lawford Cmdr. William B. Ecker
Ed Lauter Gen. Marshall Carter
Elya Baskin Anatoly Dobrinyn
Boris Krutonog Alexander Fomin
Peter White John McCone
James Karen George Ball
Timothy Jerome Journalist
Olek Krupa Andrei Gromyko
Lucinda Jenney Helen O'Donnell
Oleg Vidov Valerian Zorin
Stephanie Romanov Jacqueline Kennedy

Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
Peter O. Almond Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Cinesite Animator,Special Effects
Kevin Costner Producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Paul Deason Co-producer
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Harris Art Director
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Nancy Mickelberry Set Decoration/Design
Mary Montiforte Co-producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Denise Pizzini Set Decoration/Design
Julie Ray Set Decoration/Design
David Self Screenwriter
Staci A. Silva Associate Producer
Tom Taylor Art Director
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Don Woodruff Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Select a Scene
1. Opening Sequence: A World on the Brink [1:05]
2. Missiles Spotted in Cuba [1:50]
3. "I need to see the President, Kenny" [2:55]
4. National Security Briefing [1:51]
5. EXCOM Formed [2:24]
6. Battle Lines Drawn within EXCOM [3:11]
7. Military Options [2:17]
8. JFK Meets with Dobrynin & Gromyko [1:36]
9. JFK Keeps Appointment with Mayor Daley [2:04]
10. Quarantine or Air Strike [1:29]
11. Reston & Frankel Have the Story [2:28]
12. Defcon 3 [2:36]
13. Nation Awaits Presidential Decision [1:56]
14. Presidential Address [4:00]
15. Rules of Engagement [1:08]
16. Low-Level Cuban Fly-By [1:55]
17. Brink of Destruction [1:40]
18. Eyeball to Eyeball [:04]
19. Defcon 2 [2:04]
20. A Moral Contest [1:08]
21. Courtroom of World Opinion [1:55]
22. Enforcing the Line [1:20]
23. Back Channel Overture [:26]
24. Khrushchev's First Letter [1:06]
25. Khrushchev's Second Letter [:35]
26. Major Anderson [:51]
27. Running Out of Time [1:51]
28. Accepting the First Letter [2:26]
29. Facing the Enemy [1:54]
30. A New Dawn [:45]
31. Kennedy's Speech [1:54]
32. End Credits [2:39]

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