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Product details

  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang
  • Directors: Ronald F. Maxwell
  • Format: Import, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Run Time: 279 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DYDUPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

European import, PAL/Region 2 Blu-Ray 1080p High Definition Widescreen DTS-HD Master Audio: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, German. Audio: English, Spanish, French. No English Subtitles. Features: All-New Introduction by Executive Producer Ted Turner and Director/Screenwriter Ronald F. MaxwellAll-New Commentary by Ronald F. Maxwell and Historical Advisors Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr. Reedited from beginning to end with amplified scenes and an added subplot, this all-new Extended Director's Cut of Ronald F. Maxwell's Gettysburg prequel restores his original vision of the fierce allegiances and combat of the early American Civil War. From Jeffrey M. Shaara's best-seller, this commemorative release coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the North/South conflict incorporates an hour of footage never seen before. The radicalization of Shakespearean actor and future presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth (Chris Conner) is newly integrated throughout the narrative alongside the legendary heroism of Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) and Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall). And the battle of Antietam is included along with the fateful clashes at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Amponsah on 17 July 2004
Format: DVD
Listen i am a black man who also happened to serve 6 years as an officer in the British Army (as a Tank Commander). Let me say that i think that this film is quite excellent. I am a big fan of that part of American History not least because it is not quite as black and white (excuse the pun) as some people would like to think.
I guess there's the military part of me that marvels at the excellence of the Southern Generals (particularly Stonewall Jackson on whom this film concentrates)and delights in the human dimension that often moved me to tears as i watched this masterpiece
Trust me if you liked Gettysburg by the same director and are into the American Civil War this is a film you must must watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
NB: As is Amazon's wont, they've very unhelpfully bundled all the reviews for various editions and formats together. This review refers to the DVD release of the theatrical version and not the DVD or Blu-ray of the director's cut.

Ironies abound: while Gettysburg was made for television but ended up with a theatrical release, yet despite a $60m budget, a huge cast and being shot in 2.35:1 widescreen, Gods and Generals looks like it would have been more at home on TV. In some ways it's almost the most expensive home movie ever shot, with Ted Turner paying for this account of the early years of the American Civil War out of his own pocket. For the first hour it's almost as if the Union never existed, the film shown entirely from the Southern side, and with a very partisan view at that (all down to Yankee aggression, with Fort Sumpter conveniently dismissed in a single line). Too often lengthy quotations take the place of dialogue and even the better actors in the cast often seem ill at ease while the surprisingly weak daylight photography and poor CGi matte painting in early scenes giving it an air of storybook unreality. Indeed, Ronald Maxwell's approach at times seems pure D.W. Griffith, with a fondness for awkward tableaux and unconvincing sentiment (poor Mira Sorvino gets a couple of particularly painfully hearts-and-flowers scenes to deliver as a consolation prize for missing out on playing Joan of Arc when Maxwell's version was dropped in the wake of Luc Besson's film).
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
A couple of years back, a spectacular war epic had the Japanese launching a sneak attack on a love triangle and Pearl Harbor [DVD] [2001] just happened to get caught in the collateral damage. In GODS AND GENERALS, several Civil War battles serve to interrupt the idyllic home life and prayers of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

There's a core of usefulness to this film, which is its reputedly and apparently accurate rendering - such as they are - of the battles of First Bull Run (1861), Fredericksburg (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863). For the historical knowledge to be gained, I would rather that today's young generation watch this than the steady diet of silly, albeit spectacular, fairy tales served up on the Silver Screen. Unfortunately, the combat footage is interspersed with too much overwritten and pretentious dialogue played to the tune of an overly melodramatic soundtrack. And since they're almost carnage-free compared to such recent war epics as Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998] and Band Of Brothers - HBO Complete Series [DVD], the battle sequences have been criticized as glossing over the horrors of war. But how else does the studio get the film a PG-13 rating that will allow younger audiences in to see it? To be sure, its 3 hour and 40 minute run time could have been slashed by an hour, at least. GODS AND GENERALS makes
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a stunning depiction of both battles and personalities of the early Civil War, using primarily the story of the brilliant General `Stonewall' Jackson as its `hook'. It is based on the book by Jeffrey Shaara, which was the first in a trilogy. The second of the books has already been filmed, as Gettysburg, by the same team that made this movie.

The movie did not fare well at the box office, putting the movie of the last in the trilogy in doubt - which is a shame, as there is a lot to be admired here. Where Gettysburg was first and foremost a historical re-enactment of the pivotal battle of the Civil War, this movie focuses far more on the characters and personalities, and even home life, of the main protagonists. Yes, it's a mite long - it covers a lot of ground though. It takes us from the start of the war, with Robert Duvall as Robert E Lee rejecting the overall command of the Northern army to join the confederate army protecting his home state of Virginia, through to the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

The battles scenes are as authentic as could be, and satisfyingly achieved not through Lord of the Rings style CGI, but actual historical battle re-enactors (over 7000 were used). The best thing about these battles is that the sense of strategy and purpose behind them is much clearer than normally seen in movies such as these - you always have the idea that above the ground level horror and confusion there is a reason for it all. This is in keeping with the second half of the title, the generals view on warfare and battles.

The first half of the title, God, permeates the entire movie.
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