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Outstanding transfer to DVD,
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This review is from: Gettysburg (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Many other reviewers have written about the movie Gettysburg itself, so I thought I would comment on the DVD itself.
I have an extensive DVD collection, and if you have experienced what I have, among them are the great quality transfers and some real dogs. Gettysburg might well be THE finest transfer I've seen. The video (I play it on a widescreen HDTV) and audio are outstanding. I must emphasize that the video delivers unbelievable clarity, perhaps the best I've seen. Clearly, the careful attention to detail and loving recreations that were the foundation for the original movie have been carried to the DVD with that same committment. It is refreshing to see a studio that REALLY cares about its product.
As an aside, I should also mention I am an amateur Civil War historian focused on the battle of Gettysburg and of course find the film an outstanding, albeit limited, short history of the battle. This DVD will expand other people's knowledge if they avail themselves of the feature length commentary, especially the portions by James McPherson from Princeton U. His narrative not only amplifies details of what the movie shows, but also puts a broader perspective on it, such as other important engagements at Gettysburg such as Culp's Hill, the Wheatfield, and others.
Bottom line: GET THIS DVD.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2009 8:34:46 PM PST
F Fields says:
You are so on-target in noting the value of the Princeton prof's commentary. Not only is this a great movie, as others have already said and explained many times prior to my blurb, but this is also a great deal. Yeah, you get a lot for your $. And you learn something in the process....
Posted on Mar 3, 2011 12:00:52 PM PST
Razr Maxx says:
Granted that this review is 11 years old and on the cusp of the BD release, I put in my copy of Gettysburg DVD the other day, and it's probably one of the worse DVD transfers. In fact, your review of this DVD came a full year before I even started collecting DVDs. So yeah, DVD transfers prior to this release may have been terrible. Like most WB snapper cases at the time, Gettysburg did probably look fairly decent, but compared to what? Demolition Man? Which is totally unwatchable on a HDTV.
That said, I hope the BD transfer is top notch.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 12:32:50 PM PST
E. Orgon says:
1. The BD does come out
2. That the transfer is what we both hope for
The film deserves both ! Thnx for your comments
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 3:51:48 PM PDT
R. E. WORSLEY says:
Enjoyed your review of Gettysburg and follow-up posts. Have you had a chance to review the Blu-ray DVD of this epic yet? Would appreciate your insightful comments.
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