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Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Sam Elliott head an all-star cast in this epic adaptation of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, a stunning account of the bloodiest battle of the United States' Civil War--Gettysburg. On July 1, 1863, two armies with distinctly different visions--one, of freedom for all; the other, of freedom for some--square off at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Three days of fierce fighting transform the quiet wheat fields of this tiny farming town into a mass graveyard for over 50,000 soldiers. Filmed on location at the actual battlefield, this monumental production captures on a grand scale the legendary battle of Gettysburg.]]>
Even without the movie, the Gettysburg DVD would qualify as a valuable document for Civil War enthusiasts. The feature-length commentary is highly informative for filmmakers and historians alike, and the making-of documentary, while not strictly about the production of Gettysburg, incorporates historical insights from the film's entire primary cast. Equally noteworthy is the Oscar-nominated 1955 documentary The Battle of Gettysburg, narrated by Leslie Nielsen. Produced and written by MGM studio executive Dore Schary (just as Nielsen was about to star in Forbidden Planet for the studio), the film relates the events of history through scenic views of the Gettysburg battleground as well as the many statues and landmarks that serve as timeless reminders of Gettysburg's historical significance. Battle maps and strategic descriptions are also provided, making this DVD a concise and compelling tribute to the soldiers--North and South--who perished on those fateful days in 1863. --Jeff Shannon
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Bought for the husband, thoroughly enjoyed by myself as well.
The acting, sets, costumes and dialogue were all superb. Makeup was almost flawless.
The battle was a turning point in American History, it really came down, as depicted in the movie, to a personal decision by one Union officer on the run up to battle. I learned a great many things by watching this movie, things I later learned were accurate [for the most part] but were never taught in school.
Although largely a documentary of the battle and it's immediate background/aftermath it's not filmed documentary style, but perhaps done in that best fashion where it tells a very important story as a movie but still leaves the individuals recreated in it as a vivid memory for the viewer. They become again the real people that we can relate to and understand that they may well have been in life.
All tribute to the screenwriters, producers and directors for carrying off this very difficult task so well.
I personally found it to be a long movie, but did it in two sittings, and still found I may re-watch it to get a better insight to these events.
It would be an ideal film to sit and watch with any kids who are working through this period of American History in school.
Quickly delivered and no issues with either quality, packaging or playability.
Yet GETTYSBURG does so.
This 1993 film, second in a civil war trilogy that begins with GODS AND GENERALS and concludes with LAST FULL MEASURE is worlds beyond its predecessor in cinematographic and dramatic prowess. To put it as succinctly as possible, this is a profoundly moving four hours of personalized history.
A film like this helps us to recall that we are not yet one hundred fifty years from southeastern Pennyslvania's momentary appearance as a killing field. In America's most costly war, this was its linchpin battle.
Tom Berenger and Martin Sheen turn in understated and powerful renderings of Confederate generals. Sheen's Robert E. Lee carries a mountain's weight of burden on his grieving shoulders even as he makes the decisions that will send still more Virginia gentlemen and Texas cowboys to their deaths. Jeff Daniels far outshines his earlier representation of Maine's Coronel Chamberlain, the six-times wounded college professor who would finish his working life as the president of Bowdoin College.
The panoramic battle scenes provided legions of Civil War reenactors with their glorious opportunity, one that - with the exception of a handful of volunteers who couldn't help grinning while they were being shot down - seized the day with remarkable poignance.
This one is for seeing again and again, remembering, and bowing one's head against the awful fact that nations are too often born in blood.