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Gods & Generals [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Stephen Lang , Robert Duvall , Ronald F. Maxwell    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Mark Aldrich
  • Directors: Ronald F. Maxwell
  • Writers: Ronald F. Maxwell, Jeff Shaara
  • Producers: Dennis E. Frye, Jeff Shaara, Mace Neufeld, Moctesuma Esparza, Nick Grillo
  • Format: AC-3, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2011
  • Run Time: 219 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OA684E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The more you know about the American Civil War, the more you'll appreciate Gods and Generals and the painstaking attention to detail that Gettysburg writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell has invested in this academically respectable 220-minute historical pageant. In adapting Jeffrey Shaara's 1996 novel (encompassing the events of 1861-63, specifically the Virginian battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville), Maxwell sacrifices depth for scope while focusing on the devoutly religious "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang), whose Confederate campaigns endear him to Gen. Robert E Lee (Robert Duvall, giving the film's most subtle performance). Battles are impeccably recreated using 7,500 Civil War re-enactors and sanitised violence, their authenticity compromised by tasteful discretion and endless scenes of grandiloquent dialogue. Still, as the first part of a trilogy that ends with The Last Full Measure, this is a superbly crafted, instantly essential film for Civil War study. For all its misguided priorities, Gods and Generals is a noble effort, honouring faith and patriotism with the kind of reverence that has all but vanished from American film – but provides abundant proof that historical accuracy is no guarantee of great storytelling. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same light as GETTYSBURG. 28 Nov 2013
By Trajan
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This film to my mind is nowhere near as good as Gettysburg, production values considerably lower, the script writer got involved in over powering dialog, even Robert Duvall admitted as much. All in all watchable but not great. See GETTYSBURG and GLORY.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent historical rendition 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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars War interrupts Stonewall Jackson's prayers 9 Feb 2006
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 Gettysburg (Double sided DVD) [1994] seem like a great film in comparison.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 DVD is available 3 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
For those who are interested in purchasing this film for Region 2: The DVD was just published in Germany (under its original title) with the original sound track (English and German language) on a double-sided disc; it can be ordered from amazon.de (Amazon's German Website -- you can switch to English language on the Website; the procedure and the buttons are all the same, and you can use the same name and password as for amazon.co.uk).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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More sympathetic to the Confederate cause and the sympathies of protesters against Federal government seen to be interfering in local affairs.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Barry Fenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars SEEN MOSTLY FROM THE SOUTH'S PERSPECTIVE AND A GOOD BUY, ( Double CD)
THIS IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF THREE CD's ABOUT THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES, SEEN MOSTLY FROM THE SOUTH'S PERSPECTIVE AND A GOOD BUY, ( Double CD) . . . Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tommo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good, if long winded in parts! Shame Part 3 has not been made.
Published 28 days ago by Hamish MacKay
4.0 out of 5 stars For historical buffs.
Historical piece.
Published 1 month ago by John M Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit slow
abit slow but a good film
Published 1 month ago by keith brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to the Civil War library
This prequel suffers from inevitable comparison with Gettysburg. This is unfortunate because it covers a much wider range of activities and battles and cannot do justice to them... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Speedygee
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film
a fascinating look at the American civil war
Published 1 month ago by baggies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film of a true story
Published 2 months ago by jolson
4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to Gettysburg
This film is ok. I watched it after being very impressed by 'Gettysburg', but found this not quite as good. However, it's worth a view for civil war buffs.
Published 3 months ago by Cass
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A CHEAT
You do not get the original film. It just ends somewhere in the middle. No explanation it just ends. I know the reason why now after a long investigation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C.F.Wilks
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