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Revolution: The Director's Cut (DVD & Blu-ray) [1985]

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland, Annie Lennox, Richard O'Brien
  • Directors: Hugh Hudson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BC63V0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A film by Hugh Hudson

Al Pacino heads a stellar cast (including Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland, Richard O Brien, Joan Plowright, and Annie Lennox) in this powerful and unsentimental depiction of the American War of Independence

Epic in scale and execution, Hugh Hudson's (Chariots of Fire) film follows the fortunes of single father Tom Dobb (played with dogged resilience by Al Pacino) as he fights to protect his only son against the violent course of History. Superb performances, breathtaking set pieces and a poignant score by John Corigliano combine to produce an uncompromising evocation of the chaos and squalor of war.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definiti
  • Optional presentation of original theatrical version (Blu-ray only)
  • Original theatrical trailer (DVD only)
  • Re-cutting Revolution: the Deleted Scenes (2012, 21 minutes, DVD only): Hugh Hudson on the changes he made to create his 2009 cut
  • Hugh Hudson on Revolution (2012, 12 minutes): illustrated with production stills by renowned photographers David Bailey and Don McCullum
  • Revisiting Revolution (2008, 23 minutes, DVD only): Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson discuss their vision
  • Optional 5.1. surround sound
  • Extensive booklet with essays by Nick Redman, Michael Brook and Phillip French

UK and Norway | 1985/2009 | colour | English, optional feature subtitles for the hard-of-hearing | 115 minutes | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio | PCM stereo audio (48k|24-bit)

Disc 2: DVD | PAL | Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound |Dolby Digital stereo audio (320kbps)

Region 2 DVD
Region B Blu-ray

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GJ on 22 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This is a review of the Director's Cut version of Revolution.

Having watched the original theatrical version of this film many years ago and being rather underwhelmed, out of curiosity I recently viewed the 2009 'revisited' version and I can honestly say that I was really impressed with how small but critical changes to a film can make such a vast improvement to a viewing experience.

There have been several minor edits thoughout this film to give it more pace and the Warner Bros-enforced tacked-on happy ending has been justly excised. However, the most beneficial change is the addition of a new narration by Pacino. This isn't your usual type of narration which explains absolutely everything, leaves nothing to the imagination and totally disengages the audience. Rather, Pacino's unique voiceover of his character's thoughts is both clever and subtle and provides a means of pointing the viewer in the right direction, leaving them to discover for themselves reasons and motivations, thus making the film much more absorbing and effectively revealing the story within for the first time.

Revolution has been unjustly maligned over the years for various reasons. Pacino's accent has been roundly castigated for being absurd but in actual fact was extremely well researched and language experts have confirmed it as being totally authentic for the time. A lot of criticism has come from American critics who must have objected to British filmmakers telling an 'American' history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luvstuff on 3 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was reportedly a critical and commercial failure on release. However this edition is the director's cut and to me it is nothing short of breathtaking not to mention haunting. With this edition you get both a blu ray and dvd copy. It is also possible to just watch the theatrical version and subtitles are available on the different versions. In addition a detailed booklet is included containing information on the film and reviews by critics. There is also a very interesting conversation between the director Hugh Hudson and Al Pacino in which they discuss the negative reaction to the film. It is very clear from this that the rejection of the film by critics and the public deeply wounded Hugh Hudson and Al Pacino. It is good to hear them both defend the film and the vision they had when making Revolution. Altogether is edition is very handsome and great value for money.

I believe the main differences between the director's cut and the theatrical version are the inclusion of a narration by Al Pacino plus a different ending. I have not watched the theatrical version in full though I can imagine that the removal of the narration as well as the different ending (much happier) certainly must make this a much poorer film.

The basic plot sees Tom Dobb (Pacino) a former indentured servant from Scotland in North America, dragged into rebellion against the British. When the film begins Tom is a furrier who has an intimate knowledge of the land because of his work. He pulls into New York in his boat and his life is changed forever by the American rebels when his boat is requisitioned. His son, Ned (Sid Owen) is then press ganged by the revolutionary forces and Tom must take up arms to save his son from almost certain death. He is a reluctant warrior.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mr_madiba on 20 Oct 2012
Format: DVD

I don't quite understand these sniper reviews that say things like 'this film is the worse film i've ever see. So there'. Care to bother to write why?

Anyway, I didn't have the original to compare this 'Director's Cut' with but much like the notorious and often derided Heaven's Gate, this film actually has a bit to recommend it. It's essentially a British film (then, as now, with American finance behind it) about the American War of Independence, with impressive scale and period attention to detail, way before the days of now ubiquitous digital CGI. Visually, it lives up to Hugh Hudson's reputation (like Ridley Scott, Hudson was one of the top commercials directors in the world in the 70s & 80s, and not for nothing) with some impressive battlefield sequences as well as set & costume design. The handheld pseudo documentary camerawork, which doesn't entirely work for me, was still way ahead of the game for a feature film of that era.

The director's cut features a new voice over by Al Pacino which describes his character Tom Dobbs innermost thoughts about his experiences. Although i had difficulty hearing it at times, it probably does add something substantive to the film, reminiscent to the introspective style Terence Malick utilises voiceover in his films. Pacino by the way, as ever, is solid in this film, taking a real risk on it too. There's talk on the special features of how Richard Gere was originally considered and how even Sly Stallone voiced an interested. All I can say is that if a film starring Al Pacino can fail as badly as Revolution originally did, just think how much worse things really could have been with 'Rambo' Dobbs.

Where the film disappoints is in it's script.
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