Two Perspectives, One 'Into the West' DVD24 Aug, 2005 By: Brendan Howard
Into the West
Tales of settling the American frontier have been told from the white American perspective and the Native American perspective, but rarely from both.
The miniseries “Into the West,” however, did. Its six-episode run ended July 24 on TNT and told the intertwining stories of two American families — one pioneer, the other Native American — as the pioneers encroached on the Native Americans, and the Native Americans struggled to cope.
A $49.99 four-DVD set of the series streets Oct. 4 (prebook Aug. 30) from DreamWorks Home Entertainment — and not a moment too soon, according to DreamWorks SKG head of domestic home entertainment, Kelly Sooter.
“I've never gotten so many requests for a movie,” said Sooter, who was deluged at the recent Home Entertainment 2005 show in Las Vegas with questions on when the series would hit DVD.
The set will include three discs with the 12-hour series, plus a fourth bonus disc with featurettes on the making of the series, the fight to preserve Native American languages, the show's family trees and an interview with executive producer Steven Spielberg.
“From the projects we've worked on, which includes ‘Taken,' Steven's been very involved in the initial setup and the story [for the series],” Sooter said. He also approves the lineup for the DVD set as well.
Marketing for the set began with the last episode in July, when an onscreen tag ran regularly to let fans know the set was coming Oct. 4.
Why so long between airing and set?
“We had a great opportunity going into the fourth quarter,” Sooter said. “In early October, it gets us into the holiday gift guides.”
After the set streets, TNT will air the series again, likely encouraging fans to buy the DVD.