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Alamo [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Product details

  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Colour, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Delta
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LYFHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,020 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An elegant and elegiac epic 15 Nov 2005
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
2004's The Alamo is one of the most undeserved flops of recent years (and possibly inflation-adjusted as big a disaster as Heaven's Gate). Bad timing may account or some of it, as America's image went from besieged victims to bloody aggressors (certainly it was barely even released outside the US), but the film's sombre, mournful tone is probably more to blame - beginning with the dead bodies of the defeated defenders, there's a sadness and inevitability to the film that's the complete antithesis of the feelgood destruction-and-revenge of Pearl Harbor. Even Carter Burwell's haunting low-key score is more a lament than the broad action scoring you might expect. The script is well crafted, the characterisation surprisingly strong and the comparative absence of cgi pays dividends with a level of verisimilitude that's been lacking from most recent epics.
It also benefits from an extraordinary performance from Billy Bob Thornton as Davey ("He prefers David") Crockett, a crowd-pleaser faced with having to live up to his own legend, and blessed with the film's best dialogue and it's best scene as he silences the Mexican guns with his fiddle. Thornton owns the film in a way I haven't seen from any actor for a long, long time. He's definitely the heart and soul of the movie.
Thankfully, it's not quite a one-man show. Patrick Wilson does surprisingly well as Travis, Jason Patric's tediously one-note surliness is for once put to effective use as Bowie and the supporting cast is filled with great faces, all caught wonderfully by Dean Semler's superb cinematography. Only Dennis Quaid fares less well as Houston, failing to make much of his admittedly limited opportunities.
True it falters somewhat after the fall of the Alamo, but it's still an impressive, intelligent and sometimes quietly moving epic that didn't deserve its fate at the box-office.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive and elegiac epic 12 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
2004's The Alamo is one of the most undeserved flops of recent years (and possibly inflation-adjusted as big a disaster as Heaven's Gate). Bad timing may account or some of it, as America's image went from besieged victims to bloody aggressors (certainly it was barely even released outside the US), but the film's sombre, mournful tone is probably more to blame - beginning with the dead bodies of the defeated defenders, there's a sadness and inevitability to the film that's the complete antithesis of the feelgood destruction-and-revenge of Pearl Harbor. Even Carter Burwell's haunting low-key score is more a lament than the broad action scoring you might expect. The script is well crafted, the characterisation surprisingly strong and the comparative absence of cgi pays dividends with a level of verisimilitude that's been lacking from most recent epics.

It also benefits from an extraordinary performance from Billy Bob Thornton as Davey ("He prefers David") Crockett, a crowd-pleaser faced with having to live up to his own legend, and blessed with the film's best dialogue and it's best scene as he silences the Mexican guns with his fiddle. Thornton owns the film in a way I haven't seen from any actor for a long, long time. He's definitely the heart and soul of the movie.

Thankfully, it's not quite a one-man show. Patrick Wilson does surprisingly well as Travis, Jason Patric's tediously one-note surliness is for once put to effective use as Bowie and the supporting cast is filled with great faces, all caught wonderfully by Dean Semler's superb cinematography. Only Dennis Quaid fares less well as Houston, failing to make much of his admittedly limited opportunities.

True it falters somewhat after the fall of the Alamo, but it's still an impressive, intelligent and sometimes quietly moving epic that didn't deserve its fate at the box-office.

Extras include an audio commentary, 5 deleted scenes and two featurettes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Victory or Death!" 27 Dec 2005
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The saga of the Alamo is too well-known to belabor extensively here. In short, the Mexican dictator-president General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna marched into Texas, then Mexican territory, in 1836 to quell a rebellion of citizens, most of them American-born. In San Antonio de Bexar, Santa Anna surrounded a couple hundred rebels holed up in the local mission, the Alamo. After a 16-day siege, the General launched an early morning attack on March 6 with 1,800 troops that eventually overwhelmed the fortress. Estimates put Santa Anna's losses at 600 men killed or wounded. All of the Alamo's defenders - officially 189, but perhaps as many as 257 - were slaughtered, some after capture, including those men of American legend, frontiersman David Crockett and adventurer James Bowie. This courageous last stand inspired the Texan Army under Sam Houston to defeat and capture Santa Anna at he Battle of San Jacinto on April 21. In exchange for his release, Santa Anna signed away Mexican rights to the province.
The single best reason to watch THE ALAMO is the wonderful performance of Billy Bob Thornton, who puts a human face on the Crockett legend. At one point, Davy admits that he only began wearing his trademark coonskin cap because an actor playing him on stage did so. Yet, Crockett's fame is so great that even one of the Mexican soldiers attendant on Davy's death wears such a cap in emulation of his hero.
The next best performance, and indeed a very good one, is that of Emilio Echevarria as the arrogant, over-confident, and ruthless Santa Anna. Historically correct or not, it's everything I would have expected the General to be.
The costuming and sets of this epic are magnificent, especially the elegant, brightly colored uniforms of the Mexican officers and their troops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by Martin Peter Collinson R.A.F
5.0 out of 5 stars Adelante mio muchachos
Americans love to dwell on their martial episodes and this is a fine example of the modern genre. Everyone looks satisfyingly dirty, there is a fearful deal of prosing, and a lot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Vasey
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Good acting. Great scenes and effects, pity it was shot so much in darkness. Watchable and entertaining film which stands comparison with the John Wayne version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Speedygee
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
A- IT IS OK STORY AND BIT SLOWER ABOUT WAR SAME SIDE BUT NOT HAPPY WITH SOMETHING BUSINESS ETC. WORTH TO WATCH
Published 4 months ago by christopher feeley
5.0 out of 5 stars out standing
Historically accurate and thoroughly entertaining
Far better than John Wayne's. The acting is good
Your have to feel for the Mexicans on both sides
Since Texas's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A very good film! I haven't seen the original film with John Wayne in but this one was very enjoyable, very good acting and storyline.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. C. J. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
THE MUCH MORE REALISTIC VERSION OF THE ALAMO.

EVEN MY WIFE THOUGHT IT WAS "BRILLIANT" AND SHE IS USUALLY NOT KEEN ON "WESTERNS"
Published 9 months ago by B. M. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars The Alamo DVD
But then again it is for my husband. Arrived very quickly and is exactly as described. Hopefully he'll watch it when I am out!
Published 11 months ago by Melissa Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alamo
No problemoooooooo great film what more can l ask for and am please to have that film on my list
Published 12 months ago by Kevin J. Sansam
4.0 out of 5 stars Accept defeat!
A very authentic and often moving recreation of the fall of the Alamo. When the end comes, it comes very quick and brutal, which is exactly how it would have been. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kev Stock
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