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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 111 minutes, documentary trailer

RELEASE DATE: 6-7-2006

STUDIO: Fox Faith, TCFHE/ Every Tribe Entertainment

END OF THE SPEAR is based on a true story that spans years in Ecuador (three time periods- 1943, 1965, and 1994). It is a moving story of five missionaries who are killed when they contact the Waodani tribe of the Amazon in an attempt to prevent the killing of others. Undaunted, the wives decide to live among the tribe and get to know them.


I love true story movies when they capture the right story to be made into a film. The cinematography is beautiful. The way the characters are developed is good and you come to realize it is all about a boy (Steve) and the tribal warrior (Mincayani) who killed his father. The tribal warrior resists change because he fears he won't jump the Great Boa like his father did when it was his time to die. Also the warrior believes in the old way of life of killing other tribe's warriors (and taking their women) and the foreigners who keep going deeper into the Amazon Jungle. The best part of the film it is told from the tribe's point of view while giving a little bit about the missionaries and their families before they meet the tribe. A fantastic film.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)/ 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

AUDIO: Embera/ English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, Spanish

The colors on the transfer are vivid. I just don't understand why someone would want to watch the Full Frame version when 60 percent of what was shot is cut away in each shot. The cinematography is beautiful. The surround track picks up the natural sounds like water and rain quite well.

EXTRAS: A trailer for BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR, a documentary about the events dramatized in END OF THE SPEAR, is included.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A true story that is turned into an excellent film, END OF THE SPEAR is a great one to at least rent and watch once.

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