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Braveheart (2 Disc Digitally Remastered Special Edition) [1995] [DVD]

Mel Gibson , Sophie Marceau , Bernard Horsfall    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson
  • Directors: Bernard Horsfall
  • Producers: John Toll
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ECXWH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss, patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of human emotion. (His first directorial effort was 1993's Man Without a Face.) The film is nearly three hours long and includes several plot tangents, yet is never dull. This movie resonates long after you have seen it, both for its visual beauty and for its powerful story. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Product Description

In 14th century Scotland, the English nobles are staking their claim for lands and the Scottish throne. When William Wallace is left an orphan by the brutality of the English, he vows to make Scotland strong again. Wallace grows up into a paradox of a man - on the one hand very well educated, on the other a ruthless killer and barbarian. As an adult he succeeds in uniting the Scottish clans to fight the English oppressors, and is only undone by betrayal and greed. Mel Gibson directs this multi-Oscar winning epic, and also stars as folk hero Wallace.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braveheart 2 Dec 2010
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I have to start by saying that historical inaccuracies aside, I love this film. It manages to give us nearly everything we could ask for in one film; honour, chivalry, betrayal, love, romance and more besides.

This tells the story of William Wallace, who was a Scottish commoner who fought the English for his countries freedom. The actual person existed, although the details of his life are sketchy and this film fills them in without being factually correct. But all that aside I tend not to care about the inaccuracies (although I dislike Hollwood rewriting history) and enjoy this film for what it offers; which is passion.

The battle scenes are gruesome (as battle scenes should be) and they are filled with tension. I tend to find them all the more exciting as this film was shot before the excessive use of CGI and you can tell the groups of fighters were actually there and choreographed very well to be filmed.

This has an evocative soundtrack, probably one of the best I own, and James Horner manages to compliment the scenes with his style and compositions very well. This is one of those soundtracks I happily enjoy listening to in it's own right.

This has excellent direction from Gibson (before he had his meltdown and became the pariah of Hollywood) and shows what a good eye he has for framing and capturing the emotion on screen. This has an excellent cast and Patrick McGoohan is especially good as the ruthless and menacing King of England, Edward the Longshanks.

There is plenty of intrigue, double crossing and betrayal to keep you second guessing and shows the mercenary aspects of medieval politics very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'SCOTTISH HERO -'WILLIAM WALLACE' 19 July 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
For sometime now I've been meaning to re-visit this one, in my view, one of the Greatest
Movies of all time.
It tells the story of 'William Wallace' who became a legendary 'Scottish' Hero during the
reign of 'King Edward 1st' known as 'Edward Longshanks' a tyrannical and oppressive
ruler between 1272 and 1307
'William Wallace' was born in 1270 and was executed by order of 'Longshanks' 23rd of
August 1305.....The charge against him - High Treason
After his Father and Brother were killed in battle, young 'William' went to live with his uncle
'Argyle'
During his years living with his uncle 'William' was taught many things including the art of
Combat.
When of age 'William' returns to the lands of his Childhood, there he re-meets the young
girl, now all grown-up of course that gave him a thistle at his Father and Brothers funeral
years past.
After seeing the injustices to both himself and kinsmen which included the mindless killing
of his now wife, 'William' was able to persuade his fellow Countrymen to follow him in an
effort to escape the cruelty dished out by 'King Edward'
Early on he led his men to many famous victories over the 'Kings' forces including 'Stirling
Bridge' in September '1297' after which 'William Wallace' was appointed 'Guardian of Scotland'
This post he relinquished less than a year on after a crushing defeat at 'Falkirk' where he had
been betrayed by his own.
His ultimate capture some 8 years later 'August 1305 in 'Robroyston'
This arguably one of the finest role's 'Mel Gibson' ever played (He also directed the Film)
Perhaps the film strays from Historical fact from time to time, however many of the incidents
depicted are based on true happenings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray barbarian 13 Nov 2009
By OEJ TOP 100 REVIEWER TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
William Wallace leads a Scottish rebellion against the King of England, Edward I. A stirring nationalistic epic that takes more than a few liberties with historical accuracy in the interests of delivering cinematic entertainment, but it is acted and directed with great gusto, creating a sense of myth and legend with its sweep and passion. As for Mel Gibson in the leading role, it wasn't so much his faux Scottish accent that let him down, rather it was some of his cheeky facial expressions that I'm sure I have seen in one or other of his Lethal Weapon outings.

As a Blu-Ray film this is far better than the standard DVD, so in the faint possibility that you have yet to see Braveheart, and assuming you have the necessary HD hardware of course, then this is surely the best version to watch. It isn't quite as good as the very latest high-definition films but it's nevertheless a worthwhile choice. The audio options included English/French/German 5.1 dts, and another with a commentary by Mel Gibson. Subtitles are in English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch. Spoken language options are English, French, and German. Special features include 'William Wallace's World', a re-run of the film with in-set maps and historical commentary about Wallace and the lives of the Scottish in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray quality 3 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Well,
My Braveheart blu-ray arrived yesterday morning,and I watched it last night,no review of the actual film,EVERYBODY has seen it,I,m reviewing the blu-ray quality.
I read that the first 15-20 minutes of this film is so-so quality,and gets much better afterwards,well,I didn,t see so-so quality,I think this is a really beautiful transfer,and the sound quality is tremendous,you think you,re actually at the Battle of Stirling!!!
Whoever was behind this glorious transfer deserves all the plaudits going,I haven,t checked the Special Features yet,I would highly recommend this blu-ray,if you have seen Braveheart,this is the only way to watch it,it knocks spots of the dvd,if you haven,t seen it,jeez are you in for a treat.
I,m not comparing it to any other blu-ray,Braveheart stands on it,s own blu-ray quality,a MUST buy.
Davy Cairns.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of bile from the English hating serial ...
What a load of bile from the English hating serial butchered of historical drama. Just how this man is allowed to make films is beyond belief.
Published 8 days ago by voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love braveheart my favourite film
Published 13 days ago by sharon dorran
5.0 out of 5 stars Braveheart
although the truth was bent a little this movie was great and l loved every minute of it and will keep my copy
Published 22 days ago by house elf
5.0 out of 5 stars brave heart
A film that no one wants to miss dramatic but it's a film that also really hits your heart and soul.
Published 29 days ago by Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Watch
I liked the film some lovely scenery, a little bit gruesome in places but there you go, well worth the watch
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Published 29 days ago by WAL1
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A fantastic product, exactly what you wish for. Its defiantly worth all the money you buy it for, you couldn't find it cheaper anywhere else!
Published 1 month ago by mrs m j selsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom !!!!!
Buy this film on Blu-Ray - a film of such epic acting and proportions deserves superior picture and sound, as good as ever - William Wallace is as watchable as ever - an amazing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Jeavons
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Item
I choose 1 star because i was sent out the ordinary braveheart dvd and not the steelbook that was showing in zoverstocks pictures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by stephen robshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie. should be on any collection
i love the movie, regardless of its historical accuracy.
but how it was presented is really good.

the blu ray case looks very beautiful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by magixpress
5.0 out of 5 stars A sense of pride
Although well written on here, and well documented that historically this film is inaccurate; it still lifts my spirits particularly when you see Wallace stand up to tyranny,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maddog
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