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In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love.
Like the movie itself, there's little in the supplementary materials for The Patriot that requires more than one viewing, but they're interesting while they last. "The Art of War" featurette purports to be a study of the film's elaborate battle logistics, but it offers only a cursory appreciation of sequence planning and stunt work. The "True Patriots" featurette is much better, examining the painstaking efforts toward authenticity in production design, artillery, and costuming. The visual effects featurette offers a study of several pivotal shots, displayed in triptych fashion (to show how effects are layered together from separate elements) and narrated by visual effects supervisor Stuart Robertson. Generous photo galleries are included, featuring shots of the primary cast, sets, and costumes (the last matched by a gallery of conceptual drawings), and the feature-length commentary by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin is worthwhile, if not altogether essential. --Jeff Shannon
Hoped for something resembling a historic film. This is a typically cheesy revenge action film with one-dimensional villains and and a rambo-like patriot mad max. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shaunagain
Great storyline set in a pivotal point in our countries history. Having children of my own brings a whole different meaning behind this awesome film.Published 2 days ago by J & S M
Excellent movie. I highly recommend this historic account of the revolution war.Published 4 days ago by Paul L. Smith
Love this movie , my kids love learning about Americas history.Published 5 days ago by gabriel bernal
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|Hiram is a coward, a weakling, and a fool||
Some people can't handle the truth or facts, they want to hide in a shell when the going get's tough, there's no shortage of cowards in this world, so it's best to let him be.
Dec 13, 2011 by Ravan | See all 2 posts
|Why so few movies about the American Revolution?||
Do you really think those films are so common? Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave were extremely unusual in depicting slavery with all its potential for brutality. I can't recall any other films that show such a dark side of America except maybe Amistad. Generally we just get the whitewashed... Read More
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There are some soldiers who view violence purely as a means to an end. For example, when the church is burning, Tavington doesn't linger to watch all the suffering. No, he only stays long enough to make sure the deed is done. Then he simply rides off. If he were a genuine sadist, you would think... Read More
May 19, 2013 by G. Garner | See all 3 posts
|When are the pixar films going to Blu Ray?||
Look like we get finding nemo in 2009.
Then the Toy Story movies, but nothing from Pixar untill next year.
Apr 19, 2008 by J. Berning | See all 2 posts
|Patriot Blu Ray showing Grain on PS3||
The films are not going to be crystal clear. It depends on the film that movie was made on.
This movie is also about 10 years old i believe. Newer films look better because some are shot on HD film.
Sometimes grain is also directors-intent. It gives film a grittier look, use 300 for example.
Aug 30, 2007 by We miss Howard | See all 5 posts
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