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Gettysburg Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack (2011)

Various , The History Channel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YDSNE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From executive producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott comes a special about the battle that changed the course of the Civil War and the future of the Nation.

"The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Abraham Lincoln's iconic Gettysburg Address frames this epic, feature-length HISTORY special, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. GETTYSBURG looks at this battle from a visceral new perspective, that of the everyday soldiers who fought there, in a confrontation that changed the fate of our nation. Stripping away the romanticized veneer of past treatments, this special conveys new information and honors the sacrifice of those, both North and South, who fought and died there. Raw, immersive and emotional, this groundbreaking event puts viewers inside the three-day battle where over 50,000 men paid the ultimate price.

This combo pack includes the entire action-packed special in both immersive high-definition Blu-ray as well as DVD.

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90 of 104 people found the following review helpful
Once again, the History Channel has produced a documentary that is par for the course with their productions over the past several years--style and special effects over substance. Like the disappointing production of last year, America: the Story of Us, this documentary on the Battle of Gettysburg is one that oversimplifies the subject, relies on generalities without substantive discussion, and favors computer graphics and big explosions over educational value.

The narration repeats the same general exclamatory statements over and over again. How many times do we have to hear, "this could determine the outcome of the Civil War," or "this would be one of the iconic moments of the War," in the narrator's deep, dramatic tone? It reminded me of the aforementioned America: the Story of Us, when they had to have a commentator say every five minutes or so, "we are a nation of innovators," or "ours is a history of struggle." Such repeated statements are meant to add weight and power to the piece, but instead just make it into overly exaggerated melodrama.

You can see the mark of the modern war film making style in the piece, especially given that Tony and Ridley Scott are the producers behind it. The documentary is obviously trying to give it a Saving Private Ryan feel, with plenty of bullet impact noises, blood and grit, and even the noisy-silence sound of someone suffering shock (reminiscent of several moments with Tom Hanks character in Private Ryan). But alas, this stylistic war film feel is not supported by an informative narrative. This is a documentary, and thus the informative value should be at least as important as the entertainment value.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flashy but Inaccurate August 31, 2011
It's flashy, I grant that. But "ground breaking?" Not hardly. Still, I watched the whole thing, just to see how they did. Answer: not so hot.

Just a few examples of errors: the narrator said the late Stonewall Jackson was General Lee's second in command -- General Longstreet was Lee's second in command; having Ewell on a horse, rather than in the carriage he actually rode after losing his leg; Clara Barton established the Red Cross (only the American Red Cross--the Red Cross was established by Henry Dunant in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863).

Ignoring John Buford's cavalry defense until General Reynolds could get there, nothing about Hood's brigade against Chamberlain on Little Round Top, claiming all of the Confederate cavalry was missing at the beginning (just J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry, the rest were there), claiming General Joseph R. Davis was from Vicksburg (he was from Biloxi), nothing at all about the third day cavalry battle between Custer and Stuart -- the errors and omissions just piled up.

It was not totally bad. The doctor who found his nephew dead the first day, then tended the wounded without sleep; a tip of the hat to the first military intelligence unit, coverage of Culp's Hill -- they were reasonably good. However, this battle was too large to cover in an hour presentation (with commercial breaks), and it shows.

I'll not be buying this one. Save your money and get Ken Burns' The Civil War, and the motion picture Gettysburg (preferably the director's cut). They're far more accurate and emotive.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Not Call it Culp's Hill? July 15, 2011
How you can produce a documentary entitled "Gettysburg" and completely ignore the southern flank of the battle is beyond me. Granted, the personal stories of individual soldiers are moving; however, you could demonstrate that true courage, intense fear, incredible suffering, and numbing horror existed in any battle in any time period. The film is mistitled; it is misleading to viewers who wish a comprehensive idea of what specifically occured in those three fateful days.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The History Channel enlisted some big names (Executive Producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, Narrator Sam Rockwell) to collaborate on one of the most heavily promoted and anticipated spectacles that the network has ever orchestrated. The resultant "Gettysburg," released to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War (it's been 150 years), has had many battle aficionados crying foul. Anyone looking for a traditional accounting of the facts of the pivotal event at Gettysburg may indeed be disappointed by this different interpretation. In a continued and concentrated effort to blur the lines between entertainment and documentary, the program serves up a bloody recreation which highlights the lives of eight soldiers (representing both sides of the conflict) and tries to examine history from a more personal perspective. While not "history" per se, these individual accounts have a quiet thoughtfulness that can be effective. But the vivid recreation is filled with carnage, sweeping camera work, and overheated exclamation by Rockwell that overshadows the intimacy. At times, it feels so overproduced that clearly the style component is winning a victory over substance.

For the record, I have nothing against looking at Gettysburg from a different vantage point. If you want a documentary that just relates the facts and details, there are dozens of decent choices in the DVD marketplace. The harshest critics of "Gettysburg" will claim that the show is inaccurate--but I believe incomplete is a better interpretation. By focusing singularly on the soldiers as a narrative hook, the documentary aspect of the interviews can be hit-or-miss. In detailing specific movements (between live action segments), lively graphics are employed but information is still somewhat limited.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Too Much Blood
A good realistic presentation. But a little too bloody. There was no reason to have real close up slow motion shots of bullets entering a man' body followed by a slow motion close... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Curtis V Titus
3.0 out of 5 stars educational film
it's good enough if this is the first gettysburg film you've seen. but when compared to the other Gettysburg film starring Michael douglas it is not as exciting.
Published 3 months ago by cinderella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for learning about Gettysburg
I bought this to show my history students. It is well done, very informative, and not at all boring. It tells a story as it explains the events of that momentous day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RRS
4.0 out of 5 stars The battle that still fascinates.
Standing in stark contrast to the visual and stylistic excesses of “Lee & Grant”, executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott (and others) have put together an utterly fascinating... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant documentary with a unique approach to telling the Gettysburg...
Brilliantly produced documentary on the Battle of Gettysburg. Other documentaries take a timeline approach, walking you through the three days and discussing the different places... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruckner
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Representation of US History
Uniforms and equipment are atrocious. The actors do not aim weapons like a trained soldier would. While it's nice the History Channel tried to make the battle more appealing for... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JASON
1.0 out of 5 stars An epic failure on the part of the History Channel
This "film" has to be the worst Civil War film/documentary created that has hit the public eye. This telling of Gettysburg does nothing but hurt the historical context of what... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Schade
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting facts
Quality production
I have always been interested in the Civil War and especially since I toured the battlefield many years ago. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Take
Usually Gettysburg is viewed from the same 3 perspectives Lee's victory on the first day, little round top, and pickets charge. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zachariah Kitzman
3.0 out of 5 stars history channel "Gettysburg"
not a bad film, but not a great one. it captures the experience of individual soldiers in America's pivotal war. however in my opinion does not capture the scope of entire battle. Read more
Published 14 months ago by m. miller
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