Tommy Lee Jones
Evan Rachel Wood
This otherwise excellent movie gets somewhat sidetracked halfway through by a mystic twist in the storyline involving Indian witches and talismans. It didn't bring much to the table expect for an extra half hour to a movie that clocks in at close to two bucks and a half. You still get some great entertainment out of this one though, especially from Blanchett who trades in her elvish dress for a two-barrel shotgun and a horse. Blanchett and Jones saddle up for a ride along some spectacular locations in the American Southwest and get some good help from youngsters Wood and Jenna Boyd as the two daughters and Eric Schweig as a nasty Indian Brujo with a penchant for young girls and stranger poisons. If you don't blink, you can even catch Val Kilmer as a desperate Army Lieutenant. The film is complete with great music courtesy of James Horner (at times reminiscent of his BRAVEHEART score), nice action sequence and dark mood.
Alternate Endings: Three alternate endings are also part of the extras package. They pick up from the final cut right near its end and put a couple of different twists on it. I think the one that was left in is probably the best, but these aren’t too far off either.
Eleven Featurettes: You’ll be able to enjoy two full sets of short featurettes totaling eleven in all. The first five are dedicated mostly to making of type stuff, with topics such as casting and the Apache language used in the story. The next six focus on director Ron Howard and his vision of the Western film, at which this is his first legit attempt. I say legit because present on this DVD is a series of Three Short Films shot by Howard when he was of a kid. They’re actually pretty impressive for someone of such a young age and although some will say he had a bit of a Hollywood advantage back then, it remains that at least he was able to take advantage of it. All the features above are of the short “interview” type and can be listened to quite well.
The rest of the material consists of Theatrical Trailers for THE MISSING and many other movies as well as of a Photo Gallery of the cast, production and location. It's to note that this is a 2-disc edition of the film.