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Patton [Blu-ray] [1970]

George C. Scott , Karl Malden , Franklin J. Schaffner    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Strong, Carey Loftin, Morgan Paull
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B839BS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the greatest screen biographies ever produced, Patton is a monumental film that won seven Academy Awards and gave George C Scott the greatest role of his career. It was released in 1970 when protest against the Vietnam War still raged in the States and abroad. Inevitably, many critics and filmgoers struggled to reconcile the events of the day with the film's glorification of US General George S Patton as a crazy-brave genius of World War II; how could a film so huge in scope and so fascinated by its subject be considered an anti-war film? The simple truth is that it's not--Patton is less about World War II than about the rise and fall of a man whose life was literally defined by war and who felt lost and lonely without the grand-scale pursuit of an enemy. George C Scott embodies his role so fully, so convincingly, that we can't help but be drawn to and fascinated by Patton as a man who is simultaneously bound for hell and glory. The film's opening monologue alone is a masterful display of acting and character analysis and everything that follows is sheer brilliance on the part of Scott and director Franklin J Schaffner, aided in no small part by composer Jerry Goldsmith's masterfully understated score.

Filmed on an epic scale at literally dozens of European locations, Patton does not embrace war as a noble pursuit, nor does it deny the reality of war as a breeding ground for heroes. Through the awesome achievement of Scott's performance and the film's grand ambition, General Patton shows all the complexities of a man who accepted his role in life and (like Scott) played it to the hilt. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

On the DVD: The widescreen print of the movie (which was originally filmed using a super-wide 70mm process called "Dimension 150") is handsomely presented on the first disc, with a remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. It is accompanied by a rather dry "Audio essay on the historical Patton" read by the president and founder of the General George S. Patton Jr. historical society. The second, supplementary disc carries a new and impressive 50-minute "making-of" documentary, with significant contributions from Fox president Richard Zanuck, as well as composer Jerry Goldsmith and Oliver Stone. Director Franklin J. Schaffner (who died in 1989) and star George C. Scott are heard in interviews from 1970. In the documentary, Stone provocatively complains that Patton glorified war and that President Nixon's enthusiasm for the movie was directly responsible for his decision to invade Cambodia. Also on this disc, in a separate audio-only track, is Jerry Goldsmith's magnificent music score--one of his greatest achievements--heard complete with studio session takes for the famous "Echoplex" trumpet figures. --Mark Walker

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Winner of seven 1970 Academy Awards® (including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott), Patton is a riveting portrayal of one of the 20th century’s greatest military geniuses. As rebellious as he was brilliant, George Patton (Scott) was the only general truly feared by the Nazis, yet his own volatile personality was the one enemy he could never defeat.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By DF McCleland VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
If there is one thing I cannot abide about historical re-enactments is when they are phony. In this case they were phony in every sense of the word from the use of the same non-period tanks to represent both the German & the American tanks. Furthermore the battle drills of the Germans in their attack on the Americans in Tunisia displayed an amateurish attempt at non-martial tactics. Underwhelming & unconvincing.

This detracted from an otherwise excellent portrayal of the dramatis persona viz the bloody minded but historically literate Patton. The treatment of the effective, unpretentious but uninspiring Omar Bradley was also superb. The rivalry between Patton & Montgomery is well re-enacted. It displays the eccentric Montie as a vain pompous person but true to life.

The demise of Patton's career due to the slapping on a shell-shocked soldier in Sicily shows the weakness of his character which would not tolerate weakness. Patton's sense of destiny combined with a driven personality resulted in this career limiting action.

On eventually being re-appointed to active command in France in 1944, his commanding officer was none other than Omar Bradley himself. It was probably only Patton's desire for martial glamour & glory just as the ancient Achilles once did, that overcame his natural dislike for this situation

Another irritating aspect of this Blu-ray edition was the inclusion of the words INTERMISSION in the video. How unprofessional? Again another irritation.

The final death of Patton is not dealt with in the video despite it occurring in Germany at the war's end. An American truck driver overtaking on a blind corner smashed into Patton's jeep, severely injuring him. Patton died a week later.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fox's Contempt for UK Customers 12 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Patton was released on blu-ray in the US around 5 years ago. The disc received huge criticism from internet reviewers for it's waxy faces, excessive noise reduction, unnatural look and total absence of grain. Fox in the US took this on board and remastered it last year to the approval of just about everybody who saw it, who saw huge improvements with a natural, film-like appearance. When the film was announced for a UK release in 2013, I naturally assumed that we would get the new version, why would Fox issue a discredited 5 year old master of the film when it has a new universally praised version available?

I was wrong, this is the old version, which Fox in the US saw fit to remaster and reissue, but we in the UK are apparently not worthy of viewing the fixed version. Frankly this is disgusting by Fox, who seem to think it's OK to knowingly release inferior product. Avoid this disc. Unfortunately, the corrected US version is coded Region A only, so must of us won't be able to view it, so I suggest anyone interested in getting the best available release of this film gets in touch with Fox directly and gives them a bit of good honest feedback about this release.

It's a terrific film, but Fox's shabby behaviour means this is a one star product.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Any Film Biography 1 Jan 2003
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
"Patton", is massive by any measure. Number of Academy Awards won, 8, inclusive of best picture and best actor, the man chronicled, General George Patton, the World War that is documented in the film, the cinematic scope of 150 degrees the view takes in, or the sheer size of the numbers of persons and material that was put on the screen. Winning 8 Academy Awards while The United States was torn by the ongoing Vietnam War was no small feat for this film that documents one of the larger than life participants in that human conflict, one of the great warriors of the 20th Century, or of many other centuries depending on your view of the man. His was a towering personality and every event, every decision matched his ego, with the result that he was wildly successful, a man given to horrendous missteps, and either loved, feared, or hated. The bottom line was that if you were fighting you wanted Patton fighting for you, not against you.
One of the reasons this film was not narrowly defined as a war film was that it was about this one man. It is true there are classic war sequences as when he nearly yells, "Rommel you magnificent.........I read your book". But the film really is about a personality, and one that was rapidly falling out of favor when generals were no longer needed as warriors, when they were becoming diplomats, and in some cases planning a run for high political office as the war ended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All glory is fleeting 22 Nov 2006
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The screen play is co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and Based upon the two books "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" by Ladislas Farago and "A Soldier's Story" by General Oman N. Bradley. And acted by George C. Scott. This paints the picture of the Patton that we all know.

From the initial speech to the "I had a dream last Night" recounting of the Napoleon campaign, this film holds your attention. Patton is larger than life, and George C. Scott is larger than life in this larger than life movie.

We follow Patton through his WWII carrier. The focus is on Patton more than the war. We can feel with him as he remembers his past lives and we feel as though we were there with him. This is emphasized by revisiting Zama where Roman Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal. If you ever get a chance you need to look it up.

We know that very war is different but we learn from history, and Patton is history. By the way the film is just down right fun to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film.
Published 22 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
George C Scott at he's best !
Published 1 month ago by Lars Jönlid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by Rodney F D Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was ok
Published 2 months ago by DAVID DIXON
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding biopic performance by George C Scott
Patton is a biopic film covering the later period of the career or General George S. Patton (his career pre-dates WW I). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Baz
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity
By all accounts, the 2014 UK Blu-ray steelbook contains the heavily criticised (and heavily DNR'd) 2013 UK release, and not the remastered edition of the film currently available... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Damage
5.0 out of 5 stars Cometh the hour cometh the man!
In considering Scott's performance in this brilliant film I was put in mind of Cassius's words regarding Caesar, whom he describes as bestriding `this world like a colossus'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by still searching
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview of a Distinguished General
Ever controversial, but ever successful in Battle - that sums up General Patton. He never shrank from controversy, and was always bold and outspoken in his Life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zydor
3.0 out of 5 stars “Patton” on BLU RAY – Compatibility Issues With ‘US’ Disc – Poor ‘UK”...
Fans of this amazing biopic have been hard done by on the new fangled format.

The 'US' 20th Century Fox BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED (even if you wanted it) so it won't... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine biography of the glorious egotist Patton
A magnificent performance from George C. Scott as the magnificent bastard blood and guts general Patton. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Cain
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