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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Carey Loftin
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writers: Edmund H. North, Francis Ford Coppola, Ladislas Farago, Omar N. Bradley
  • Producers: Frank Caffey, Frank McCarthy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002849KM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,719 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The life and times of America's most famous modern general, George Patton (George C. Scott), are recreated in this screen biography which focuses on Patton's controversial exploits during the Second World War, where he eventually gave up command of the Seventh Army after slapping a soldier and accusing him of being a coward - Patton was highly successful in his campaigns over North Africa, Sicily and parts of Europe. Scott won an Oscar for his performance but didn't accept it, and the film won a further six Academy Awards.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Russell Finch on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Patton is a biopic film covering the later period of the career or General George S. Patton (his career pre-dates WW I). Whilst no film can ever really cover such a well known military career fully, this instead concentrates on the expected WWII period, starting in North Africa in 1943

The opening scene is something of a work of art by itself, with the huge American flag and Scott's memorable speech, but the film's impact continues far beyond the impressive opening scene.

Probably the most important aspect of the film to me, is that it doesn't pull any punches in the portrayal of Patton. Here is a man who on one hand is clearly a gifted commander, but all too often falls victim to his lack of tact and quest for glory.

Patton is portrayed by Scott magnificently, it should be noted Scott's coarse and gravel type voice is at odds with the real man's fairly high pitched vocals. Putting that aside (your voice is your own!) Scott manages to really get under the skin of Patton and in completely convincing in the role, in a way which very few actors have managed to pull off.

The film isn't perfect, the script is quite good though I wouldn't call it superb. Screenplay is provided by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North who do a good job overall. Supporting cast is solid with Karl Malden taking a key role of Gen. Omar N. Bradley, the chalk and cheese (entirely different personalities) is evident on screen as it supposedly was in real life (the two men were as different as can be)

Jerry Goldsmith also does a fine job with the music score some very memorable and fitting for the film.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 1 Jan. 2003
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 4 May 2005
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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