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Like the Gods and Generals rerelease, this two-disc edition comes in handsome Blu-ray "book packaging," which includes bios of cast members and their characters, photos, time lines, and more. Audio commentary by director Maxwell, cinematographer Kees Van Oostrum, author James M. McPherson, and military historian Craig Symonds, expanded from the original video release, can be found on the first disc, while various other special features, almost all of which have been previously issued, appear on disc two (in standard DVD format, not Blu-ray). Principal among these is a nearly hour-long making-of featurette, narrated by Martin Sheen; the piece is informative but slick, playing out like a promo for the movie while providing both Civil War background and details about central characters… and, of course, their beards. Elsewhere, The Battle of Gettysburg, a 30-minute film that was a 1956 Oscar nominee, offers a detailed history of the battle--not with interviews or reenactments, but entirely by way of photos, music, statues of the main characters, footage of the battlefield landscape as it is today, and Leslie Nielsen's narration. Remaining features include maps of the battlefield and the one new addition, a piece encouraging viewers to make The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a tour of Civil War battlefields and landmarks from Gettysburg in Pennsylvania to Monticello in Virginia. --Sam Graham
One of the best movies on a Battle that is one of Histories bloodiest.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Don't allow the length of the Director's Cut to dissuade you from watching it. The movie is shot and acted perfectly, and the story is so enthralling that you won't notice how long... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Yessenia
Excellent Movie. Pretty close to accurate depiction of the battle. It's a long movie so it's best to watch it in two parts.Published 2 days ago by Deschutes
It was very helpful to watch before visiting Gettesburg. It was a little long.Published 2 days ago by Michael B. Purdy
Excellent recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg.
I have toured the battlefield and actually walked the path of Pickett's charge.
A solid, fantastic, incredibly well-done historic film. Just phenomenal.Published 4 days ago by J Pousson
The quarter-hour or so additional material makes the 'flow' much easier to follow - much smoother. The quality of the pix and audio are greatly enhanced in BluRay. Read morePublished 7 days ago by drew_wallner
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|Gettysburg and the Trilogy of Movies||
I have a VHS special edition copy of the "extended version" which adds about 30 minutes back into the movie. Some are just extensions of scenes, but two I can recall involve Buford & his cavalry moving into and through Gettysburg, interacting with the civilian population. Another is a... Read More
Nov 3, 2008 by Richard Byers | See all 29 posts
|THE LAST FULL MEASURE||
Jeff Shaara was in our area for a few days, oh, I'd say about two years ago. At that time, he said that there was nothing happening with "Last Full Measure". I don't remember his exact words but I got the feeling that it basically comes down to money.
The Domestic Total Gross for... Read More
Feb 8, 2008 by M. Fetter | See all 29 posts
|Gettysburg on Blu-Ray?||
No, I have searched the internet for information about a release to no avail. I do hope that when they do, it will be a director's cut that includes the deleted scenes that add to the story and are in the book "The Killer Angles".
The movie gets beat up pretty bad by historians, but... Read More
Mar 26, 2010 by James D. Barlow | See all 10 posts