Experience the high-flying action and adventure of Braveheart
like never before on Blu-ray that boasts the film’s best-ever picture quality and outstanding HD audio. This 2-disc edition includes over 150 minutes of never-before-seen content, complete with interactive content to allow you to go deeper into the legendary character of William Wallace.
It is the late 13th century, and William Wallace (Mel Gibson) has just returned to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir, and the king of England, a ruthless pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. But by leading a ramshackle army determined to vanquish the greater English forces, Wallace's courage and passion unite his people in the exhilarating Braveheart
• HD master supervised by award winning cinematographer John Toll
• 5 time Oscar Winner including Best Picture & Best Director
• Immersive experience with interactive content to allow the viewer to go deeper into the legendary character of William Wallace
• Exclusive to Blu-Ray:
• 2 disc edition with more than 150 minutes of never-before-seen content
• Picture in picture of William Wallace’s World presenting the history and locations of Wallace’s life and times: This interactive feature will let viewers take a closer look at two of the battlegrounds featured in Braveheart. They will be able to see the topography and troop moments rendered in stunning high-definition 3D motion. Clicking on select hot-spots will allow viewers to learn more about topography, troop movements, weapons and military strategy associated with each location. Viewers can also access Picture-In-Picture video from renowned historian Fergus Caanan as he elaborates on the importance and strategy associated with each of the sites.
• Interactive content - 3 dimensional battlefields of the Scottish Rebellion
Mel Gibson's birth-of-a-nation epic Braveheart
does for England what Spartacus
did for Rome: every Englishman in this film is weak or nasty or a fool, or all three. Gibson plays William Wallace, the highland warrior whose fierce fighting spirit prompted Robert the Bruce's memorable victory over the English at Bannockburn. The film opens with boy Wallace losing his father and brother to the murdering English. Gibson's over-age Wallace then indulges in an unintentionally risible spot of teenage romance with the chaste Murron (Catherine McCormack), who is promptly despatched by yet another wicked Englishman. Gibson swings into action in some truly impressive (and horribly gory) fight scenes, culminating in the battles of Stirling and Falkirk.
When not separating English body parts, Gibson finds time for a clandestine romance with Isabelle, the Princess of Wales (Sophie Marceau), whom he manages to impregnate, thereby ensuring that the current British monarchy are all descended from him and not from William the Conqueror as they might heretofore have supposed. He trounces the weak and venial English at every turn, causing England's nasty Edward I (Patrick McGoohan) to cough and splutter a lot. Only treachery by the Scotch nobility (lowlanders to a man) stops Wallace's triumphant crusade. His final apotheosis, complete with pre-Passion of the Christ crucifixion imagery, posits Wallace as the redeemer of his country's lost independence.
The set-piece battles are a feast for the senses: a combination of the scale of Spartacus with the mud of Branagh's Henry V. But the continual use of slow motion in tandem with the gorgeous scenic backdrops and James Horner's cloying "folksy" music score of indeterminate national origin, enhances the feeling that this is a slick promo for the Scottish tourist board (ironic, perhaps, that much of it was shot in Ireland). Gibson and his Caledonian costars give the impression that a good time was had by all. --Mark Walker
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