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Patton (Cinema Classics Collection)

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Product Description

Flamboyant Gen. George S. Patton receives accolades and censure as he fights World War II. Oscars for best picture, director Franklin J. Schaffner, actor Scott.

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Released in 2006 as part of Fox's Cinema Classics Collection, this deluxe two-disc set of Patton is a worthy replacement for all previous DVD releases of Franklin J. Schaffner's Oscar®-winning film. All of the bonus features from Fox's previous DVD release are included here: Patton is presented with superior image and sound quality (it was one of only two features shot in the "Dimension 150" 70-millimeter format; the anamorphic 2.35:1 aspect ratio of previous DVDs has now been corrected to 2.20:1), and the 50-minute documentary "The Making of Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner" remains a thorough examination of the film's production, including abundant behind-the-scenes footage, camera tests, and 1997 interviews with producer Frank McCarthy, composer Jerry Goldsmith, cinematographer Fred Koenkamp, Fox executive Richard Zanuck, and others including Oliver Stone, who makes the controversial assertion that several viewings of Patton led President Richard Nixon's decision to bomb Cambodia during the Vietnam War (in turn leading to the genocidal rise of the Khmer Rouge). The combination of archival footage and interviews results in a concise examination of Schaffner's career as a much-admired "gentleman's gentleman," and the film (along with Planet of the Apes) that he'll best be remembered for.

The new features are even better. On Disc 1, Patton cowriter Francis Ford Coppola provides an interesting introduction, explaining how (as a military school dropout in his mid-20s) he was assigned to write the film, feeling it necessary to satisfy audiences by addressing all aspects of Gen. George S. Patton's volatile and contradictory nature. Coppola's feature-length commentary goes further in explaining his approach to the screenplay, including the now-classic opening speech, which Fox executives originally disliked, leading to Coppola's dismissal and the hiring of cowriter Edmund H. North. The commentary loses momentum in mid-film, but Coppola livens up during the film's final hour and recalls plenty of relevant details about his original screenplay, along with anecdotes about the production and cordial acknowledgements of North's contributions. Disc 2 opens with "History Through the Lens: Patton--A Rebel Revisited," an excellent 90-minute documentary that thoroughly compares the film to the facts of Patton's career, arriving at the conclusion (supported by Patton's own descendents) that the film is a remarkably accurate depiction of Patton's larger-than-life persona. The 46-minute documentary "Patton's Ghost Corps" is a riveting, sometimes heartbreaking celebration of the 94th Infantry in Patton's XX Corps, who were abandoned in Germany while Patton pursued glory on other fronts. Many were unnecessarily killed, and in interviews taped in 2005, surviving members of the 94th understandably hold Patton responsible while expressing complex feelings (praise, damnation, and everything in between) for Patton's brand of leadership. It's obvious that many of these brave men are still haunted by their battlefield memories. Disc 2 is rounded out by two photo galleries: The production gallery is accompanied by Jerry Goldsmith's complete Oscar®-nominated score, and the behind-the-scenes gallery is accompanied by a 53-minute audio essay (carried over from the previous DVD release) in which Patton scholar Charles M. Province thoroughly explores the film's historical accuracy, along with authoritative biographical details about Patton's life and military career. Both educational and entertaining, all of these features make this Cinema Classics edition of Patton an essential edition to anyone's war-movie collection.--Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Introduction by screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola
  • Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • "History Through the Lens: Patton - A Rebel Revisited" documentary
  • "Patton's Ghost Corps" documentary
  • "The Making of Patton" documentary
  • Production still gallery accompanied by Jerry Goldsmith's complete Musical Score
  • Behind-the-scenes still gallery accompanied by audio essay on the historical Patton
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Carey Loftin
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writers: Edmund H. North, Francis Ford Coppola, Ladislas Farago, Omar N. Bradley
  • Producers: Frank Caffey, Frank McCarthy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,461 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Patton (Cinema Classics Collection)" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
Very first thing! There is only one version of Patton on Blu-Ray you should get if you want a proper transfer. Follow this link if you're not already on the correct product: Patton [Blu-ray]

If you're not sure you're linked on the correct one, it's the one with a full upper torso shot of Mr. Scott with the American flag hanging behind him. That's the remastered version. All versions with half his face off to the right with a gray/white background are the older, waxy transfer.

Second thing. To those who waited with me for the remaster, all I can say is WOW! It looks beautiful. Detail is strong and the image is once again alive. You can find comparison screen shots of the two version over at blu-ray.com. Their review of the remaster also explains their error in giving such high marks to the first blu-ray pressing of the film.

Only read on if you're either bored or don't fully know what the deal is with the two different versions.

Now that Amazon has combined all Patton reviews to be displayed on all versions of the film, I will sum up my original review of the 40th Anniversary Digi-Book Blu-Ray Edition to encompass a more, `in general' tone. To those wondering why so many people found my review helpful, it was because I researched and found important information about that particular release and felt a duty to inform all future Patton Blu-Ray purchasers that the 40th Anniversary, Digi-Book edition was in fact the same, horrible, DNR mess that had been available on Blu-Ray for a few years prior, just in new packaging.
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"Patton" offers one of the great marriages of actor and role with George C. Scott's riveting portrayal of the notorious American tank commander. As a film biography "Patton" forgoes the rise of the celebrated general and merely hints at his ironic death because of injuries suffered in a traffic accident, focuses entirely on his military career commanding troops in North Africa, Sicily and France during World War II. The strength of the script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, as well as of Scott's performance, is that the paradoxes of Patton are completely embraced. Not even Patton's loyal cadre of staff officers can keep him from shooting off his mouth every time there are reporters around, but then neither German Field Marshall Rommel or English Field Marshall Montgomery can beat him on the battlefield. Karl Malden's performance as General Omar Bradley is just as solid as Scott's, presenting a man whose personality is the complete antithesis of Patton. Viewers find themselves identifying with the German captain who is the intelligence expert on Patton and arguably the only person in the film who really understands or respects the American general. But the more I watch "Patton," the more I am very impressed with the battle sequences of director Franklin J. Schaffner ("Planet of the Apes," "Pappillon"), which were staged live and full-scale without special effects of miniatures. Schaffner provides not just the large spectacle of a desert tank battle, but smaller and equally memorable moments, such as a soldier falling dead in the snow. "Patton" deserved its Oscars.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
When this movie was released, it was almost immediately recognized as one of the finest, most accurate and most sensational biographies ever filmed. The unique integration in "Patton" of such fine acting, such a wonderful script, and the filming itself combined to make this a gorgeous film to watch, be entertained with, and also learn from in terms of its historical value as an absolutely superb depiction of a most controversial man and his times. All that said, this is a movie best enjoyed with the kind of visual clarity, terrific cinematography, and matchlessTechnicolor it offers by way of DVD technology.

George C. Scott gives the performance of a lifetime as the ego-drive, brilliant, and iconoclastic Patton, marvel of the U.S Army, a man the Germans are convinced is far and away the single best General the Allies have, and they watch him convinced he is the only logical centerpiece for American plans for the impending invasion of Europe. Of course, they didn't understand the politics of the day, or the degree to which Patton was his own worst enemy. Yet the progress of the story on the screen convinces the viewer of the accuracy of the German command's judgments of him; he is at once bold, brilliant, and innovative, willing to improvise as he goes along to seize the opportunity of a given moment, attempting to grab hold of the ever-present chaos of the situation to transform it into an asset he can employ to gain advantage and win the engagement.

Such men as Patton (and MacArthur and others) are uniquely suited for war; they do not ordinarily fare well or survive with much public acclaim during less extreme and bloodcurdling times.
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