This film was sponsored by private individuals and companies - it's not a big studio release. Any independent British-made historical epic would be an amazing achievement, but this film could actually hold its own against the commercial competition. Without a big budget, the film focusses on the acting. The film begins in 1715 after the Battle of Sheriffmuir, then jumps to the arrival of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in Scotland in 1745. We follow the Jacobites to Edinburgh and then to Derby and their humiliating retreat back to face the Hanoverian army on Culloden Moor outside Inverness. A personal story is woven into this epic narrative. The film gives a balanced portrayal of both sides of the conflict, although I was a little disappointed that it did not carry on to look at the destruction of the Highlands. The battle scenes are realistic, under the circumstances, and were performed by battle recreationists rather than actors.
The most disappointing feature of this DVD is the quality of the picture - it looks as if it has been transferred from VHS tape. Strangely the picture quality of the theatrical trailer is better than that of the main picture.