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Gettysburg / Gods and Generals

4.4 out of 5 stars 158 customer reviews

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Gettysburg/Gods & Generals (DVD) (DBFE) (Multi-Title)

Key battles of America's Civil War thunder across the screen in two richly scaled, rigorously authentic, powerfully compelling epics based on acclaimed historical novels by Michael Shaara. The tide of the war changes during three fierce days of combat at Gettysburg [Disc 1], the gripping saga of the tactics, command errors and sacrifices behind the bloodiest battle ever fought on U.S. soil. Gods and Generals [Disc 2] reveals the spirited allegiances and fierce combat of earlier Civil War struggles, framing its tale with the fateful clashes at Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. These sprawling films remind us of the people, passions and heroism that fanned the flames of a country at war with itself.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GW8OA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gettysburg / Gods and Generals" on IMDb

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Both of these movies are based on the books by father and son historians Michael & Jeff Shaara. Gettysburg is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book "The Killer Angels". No school library should be without these two wonderful films and the related books. These movies were filmed using reinactors and are very realistic and very close to actual events. These films were made by Ted Turner and part of a trilogy. The third movie about the defeat of the Confederacy may or may not be completed (PLEASE Ted do the film!!). A fourth movie "Andersonville" is about the infamous southern prison camp (not for the squeamish!!).

I cannot recommend these movies highly enough. They are GREAT films for every American to view at least once so that they understand how terrible the Civil War really was. Very entertaining and not to be missed.
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These two films are the real thing, civil war movies at their best, in addition to great drama and acting taking ones' breath away. They cover the first three years of the Civil war including the battles of Bull Run, Fredricksberg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg(Antietem is not included).

Gods and Generals follows the stories of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin and Stonewall Jackson but is mostly the story of Stonewall Jackson and his leadership and religious beleifs. This is a wonderful folm shot on location with many reenactors and brilliant acting, a fair depiction of both sides and real poetry in the language.

Gettysburg covers the three day battle that is seen as deciding the war and concentrates on Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet and Joshua L. Chamberlin and his main company. A brilliant film full of tragedy and love.

Seth J. Frantzman
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Ironies abound: while Gettysburg was made for television but ended up with a theatrical release, yet despite a $60m budget, a huge cast and being shot in 2.35:1 widescreen, Gods and Generals looks like it would have been more at home on TV. In some ways it's almost the most expensive home movie ever shot, with Ted Turner paying for this account of the early years of the American Civil War out of his own pocket. For the first hour it's almost as if the Union never existed, the film shown entirely from the Southern side, and with a very partisan view at that (all down to Yankee aggression, with Fort Sumpter conveniently dismissed in a single line). Too often lengthy quotations take the place of dialogue and even the better actors in the cast often seem ill at ease while the surprisingly weak daylight photography and poor CGi matte painting in early scenes giving it an air of storybook unreality. Indeed, Ronald Maxwell's approach at times seems pure D.W. Griffith, with a fondness for awkward tableaux and unconvincing sentiment (poor Mira Sorvino gets a couple of particularly painfully hearts-and-flowers scenes to deliver as a consolation prize for missing out on playing Joan of Arc when Maxwell's version was dropped in the wake of Luc Besson's film). There are a few moments here and there - an intimate scene between Stonewall Jackson and his wife confiding his doubts, a scene between Jeff Daniels and Kevin Conway's sergeant about friends on the other side - but as the over-ambitious film tries to cram too much history into its four hour running time (and still scenes filmed dealing with Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and the Battle of Antietem didn't make the cut) the people just get lost.Read more ›
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'Gettysburg' presents' the background to the pivotal Civil War battle that stopped the northern incursion of the Confederate Army led by General Robert E. Lee (Martin Sheen). Tom Berenger shines as a Confederate Army Lt. General James 'Pete' Longstreet but Sheen comes across too sheepish as General Lee. C. Thomas Howell and Jeff Daniels are believable as the Chamberlain brothers who are in the Union Army. Sam Elliott, Kevin Conway and Richard Jordan are fine in supporting roles. The battle lasts over three days in life and over two hours in the film.

The second film, 'Gods and Generals' gives us a quasi-intimate view into the lives of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson. It is extremely well-acted and perfectly executed. Stephen Lang shines as Jackson and Robert Duvall is magnificent as General Robert E. Lee. Stephen Lang returns as General Pickett. The strategy, drama and action of the battles pull the viewer in without any problems. The ideological reasons for the secession war are presented with much emotion and passion. What does become apparent is the blindness of both sides as to the truths which are evident through history. This is a fantastic historical war film.
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We purchased this double DVD set for our 11 year old son who is a Civil War buff, and it has really opened his eyes to the complexities of this war on a human level. While the films are generally historically accurate, their real power lies in how they dramatize the details of the personalities. The acting is excellent and it really illuminates the complexities of the people and the times- the scale of suffering and the contradictions of civil war- brothers fighting brothers, friends fighting friends. Oftentimes so-called enemies shared the same beliefs and opinions as each other on issues central to the very reason of the war (seen here on several occasions regarding the questions of slavery and democracy). Jeff Daniels is excellent as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the decorated Civil War hero and favorite son of Maine who led the defense of Little Round Top, arguable the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. The late actor Richard Jordan gave a truly inspired performance as General Lewis Armistead. But these are just two of a number of brilliant performances- the entire cast brought their personas to life and wove them into both films perfectly.

Whether a Civil War buff or not, the battle scenes are epic and totally gripping. Both are films that we have enjoyed immensely and would recommend without hesitation.
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