famous tale of a beautiful
American Indian princess who saves
the life of a 17th Century English sailor
on the barely-discovered American
continent is consigned to history and
the many films and dramas that follow;
but a new, re-imagined movie takes
the legend one step beyond in the
extraordinary and visually-exciting The New World...
SPECTACULARLY RE-IMAGINED AND ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING, The New World
is inspired by history; but the story of the beautiful American Indian princess
Pocahontas (delightfully played by Q'Orianka Kilcher in a performance described
as revelatory) has been given a new dimension that takes the viewer to a unique
and poignant new level.
With the arrival of a large ship bringing strangers from a far land in 1607,
the natural people of the land known as America are both excited and a little
fearful of the "floating islands" that bring strange white men to their land.
As well they may be, for their lives will never be the same again.
one step beyond…
The New World
is a visual delight with
composed sets that
ooze creativity and
of a bygone age...
with the ships, John Smith (Colin Farrell) ventures out to explore the new world
and is captured by Indians. The fearsome chief Powhatan (August Schellenberg)
is about to execute him when his daughter Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher) steps
in and begs her father to allow him to live.
She falls in love with John Smith and as they spend much time together he comes
to understand and respect the ways of the Indians. Pocahontas is a young woman
in love, vibrant and mischievous, but when John Smith returns to England it
seems as though he will never return and she sadly accepts that she will never
see her first love again.
Much later Pocahontas meets the kindly John Rolfe (Christian Bale) who marries
her and brings her to England. Baptised as Rebecca, Pocahontas finds happiness
with him and their son.
The New World imagines their meeting and their life together in England,
living in a beautiful home, visits from friends and meeting King James (Jonathan
Pryce) and Queen Anne (Alexandra Malick). Fate takes a hand and Pocahontas sees
John Smith again and is drawn between the two men she most cares for.
Tragically, Pocahontas is never to return home as she becomes very ill and dies,
mourned by her husband and son and buried in English soil at Gravesend in St
Taking the story of Pocahontas one step beyond, into her imagined life in England
with her husband John Rolfe, The New World is a visual delight with likeable
characters and beautifully-composed sets that ooze creativity and the charm
of a bygone age. Looking into the Indian psyche, the film explores possibilities
and delves deep into the imagination as two worlds merge.
Proclaimed as a film of "uncommon power and technical splendour" that re-imagines
the apocryphal story of Indian princess Pocahontas and British explorer John
Smith, The New World does indeed demonstrate Terrence Malick's visual
and creative abilities.
The New World also features: Christopher Plummer as Captain Newport;
Wes Studi as Opechancanough; David Thewlis as Wingfield; Yorick Van Weigeningen
as Captain Argall; Noah Taylor as Selway; and Ben Mendelsohn as Ben.
Music Composed by James Horner; Director of Photography is Emmanuel Lubezki,
ASC, AMC; Costume Designer is Jacqueline West; Produced by Sarah Green; and
Written and Directed by Terrence Malick.
*The New World is released in the UK on Blu-ray on 14 December 2020. Running
Time: 172 Minutes | Language: English and Algonquin with English Subtitles.
Special Edition Features (Director Approved) New 4K digital
restoration of the extended cut of the film, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel
Lubezki and director Terrence Malick, featuring material not released in theatres
with both theatrical and near-field 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtracks
| High-definition digital transfers of the 150-minute first cut and the 135-minute
theatrical cut of the film, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
| New interview with actors Colin Farrell and Q'Orianka Kilcher | New programme
about the making of the film, featuring interviews with producer Sarah Green,
production designer Jack Fisk, and costume designer Jacqueline West | Making
The New World, a documentary shot during the production of the film in 2004,
directed and edited by Austin Jack Lynch | New programme about the process of
cutting The New World and its various versions, featuring interviews with editors
Hank Corwin, Saar Klein and Mark Yoshikawa | Trailers | PLUS: A book featuring
an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning, a 2006 interview with Lubezki from American
Cinematographer, and a selection of materials that inspired the production.
Chapters: Virginia 1607: 1 Virginia 1607 | 2 A New Start | 3 Captain John Smith
| 4 The Stranger | 5 Pocahontas | 6 We Rise | 7 Wingfield | 8 The President,
Fall 1608 | 9 A Secret Crop | 10 Mutiny | 11 Return of the Floating Islands
| 12 Drowned | 13 A Proposal | 14 Far To The North, Spring 1614 | 15 London
Summer 1618 | 16 And Last.
"Taking the story of Pocahontas one step beyond… The New World is a visual
delight with likeable characters and beautifully-composed sets that ooze creativity
and the charm of a bygone age" ****
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
THE MOVIE: The New World is hailed as showcasing Terrence Malick "at
the height of his visual and philosophical powers". He is credited with giving
this vision of early Seventeenth Century America an "astounding elemental beauty;
a poetic meditation on nature, violence, love and civilisations" and his work
is seen as "a romantic idyll between spiritual equals", complemented by Art
Director Jack Fisk's remarkable re-creation of the Jamestown colony, Emmanuel
Lubezki's splendid, naturally-lit cinematography and a fabulous music score
by James Horner.
THE REAL POCAHONTAS: The Algonquian-speaking tribes around the established
settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, were ruled by the mighty Chief Powhatan.
According to the journal of John Smith, his life was saved by Powhatan's daughter
Pocahontas (the name is actually her nickname). Pocahontas married another John
Rolfe who took her to England. She is believed to
have died of pneumonia or tuberculosis in 1617 as she and her husband prepared
to return to the New World. Her grave can be seen at St George's Church, Gravesend.