Patton (Cinema Classics Collection)
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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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I first saw this I thought it was awesome, these days I see tanks from 1960 in WW2 movie and so on. But the first scene, speech in front of flag, is worth the price!Published 5 days ago by jjnbos
I remember watching this movie when it came out in theaters in 1972 I think, still as good today. Maybe we need to slap more privates to instill what they need to doPublished 6 days ago by Jbeck
This movie was was well researched and for the most part excellently done.
George C. Scott really captured the essence of the man. Read more
Great movie, My father was under the command of Patton through North Africa, Sicily and Italy where he was badly injured and received the silver star.Published 10 days ago by Bradley Branch
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