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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Icelandic, Dutch, Finnish, Romanian, Danish, Hebrew, Spanish, Hindi, Czech, Norwegian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, English, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2006
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6TVXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,960 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Plot Synopsis

The movie takes place in South Carolina in 1776. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, is a patriot who wants no part in a war with Britian. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to go out and kill some Redcoats. When South Carolina decides to go to war with Britain, Gabriel immediatly signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But soon, Colonel Tavington, British solder infamous for his brutal tactiks, captures Gabriel and sentences him to be hanged. As Gabriel is taken away, Thomas tries to free him, only to be killed by Tavington, in front of Benjamin. Now, seeking revenge for his son's death, Benjamin leaves behind his five other children to bring independence to the 13 colonies.

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Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere. Rising above the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvellous re-creation of South Carolina in the late 1770s (aided immeasurably by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel), and Robert Rodat's screenplay offers the same balance of epic scale and emotional urgency that elevated his earlier script for Saving Private Ryan. Unfortunately, Emmerich embraces clichés and hackneyed melodrama that a more gifted director would have avoided. Instead of attempting a truly great film about the most pivotal years of American history, Emmerich settles for a standard revenge plot with the Revolutionary War as an incidental backdrop. On those terms, the film is engrossing and sufficiently intelligent, especially when militia leader Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) cagily negotiates with British General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) in one of the most rewarding scenes. For the most part, the story concerns Martin's anguished quest for revenge against ruthless redcoat Colonel Tavington (played with snide relish by Jason Isaacs), and the rise to manhood of Martin's eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), whose battlefield honour exceeds even that of his brutally volatile father. At its best, The Patriot conveys the horror of war among innocent civilians, and the epic battle scenes, while by no means masterful, are graphically intense and impressive. And although Ledger's love interest (Lisa Brenner) is too bland to register much emotion, the focus on family (which frequently relegates the war to background history) provides a suitable vehicle for Gibson, who matches his achievement in Braveheart with an effectively brooding performance. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2007
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Okay, I'm going to nail my colors to the mast here: not only do I like Roland Emmerich's The Patriot, but I also think it's also a damn good film, and not just because so many films about the Revolutionary War are so pitifully bad (Revolution, cough cough). While it is driven by the simplistic revenge motif that all American epics seem to need to stand a chance at the box-office, it does give a good sense of the slow progress of the war as it deteriorated from a `civilized' confrontation waged according to the rules of battle to an increasing vicious guerrilla war for survival. The battles are convincingly brutal and for perhaps the first time in a movie it shows how cannonballs were really used - not as explosives but to smash their way through the flesh and bone of the opposing ranks of soldiers.

Yes, it glosses over the real Swamp Fox's racism in favor of an idealized vision of racial harmony and it invents a church-burning incident redolent of old anti-Nazi propaganda films (revenge on Herr Director's part, perhaps?), but it's not quite as simplistic as that. For much of the first half Mel Gibson's character takes no prisoners himself, taking genuine pleasure in killing surrendering British troops until he persuaded to stop more for propaganda reasons than moral ones. Similarly, it points out that this was initially very much a civil war, with colonial settlers divided among themselves over where their loyalties lay (people tend to forget that rather than Americans vs. British, it was British vs. British at that time). Certainly history gets a better deal here than it did in Gibson's own Braveheart. And give it credit for at least not having Gibson stab the bad guy with Old Glory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This for me was another 'Movie' re-visit.
Many States line up to declare 'Independence' from the 'British' occupation
under the rule of 'King George 111'
'Benjamin Martin'(Mel Gibson) a former 'War-Hero' wants no part of the uprising putting
his seven children his first priority, however his elder son 'Gabriel' doesn't
share his fathers point of view, he enlists to fight the British.
'Benjamin' will not be able to ignore what's going on around him for long, a
change of heart comes when his home is violated and his 17 year old son is
shot by a British Officer without blinking his eye, so to speak.'Gabriel' now seeks vengeance for his loss, the enemy will pay a high pricefor the brutality of 'Colonel William Tavington'(Jason Isaacs) The British officer has awoken an adversary that will come to be known as
'The Ghost'
The film depicts some of the darker side of war as well as much in the way of excellent action and battle sequences The action scenes are frequently graphic, a no-holds-barred movie set during the 'War of Independence'
The film did not really take off here in the U.K despite being an excellent film, perhaps the portrayal of British brutality and disregard for human life as depicted during the film played it's part.
There is not much in the way of additional features just: 'The art of War featurette' and 'The true Patriots featurette' (Neither presented in the
'Blu-Ray' format........The film of course has had the Format upgrade successfully i might add.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 18 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
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Okay, let's get the criticism out of the way. This film was about as historically accurate as Braveheart. That is to say, there WAS an American Revolution, and it was fought against the British. The film is formulaic - it's the retired ex Indian fighter being forced out of retirement by dire personal tragedy, forced to commit heinous crimes in the name of justice story. John Wayne did it, why not Mel Gibson? Also, except for minor plot points, this was an off the shelf script, about as predictable as the orbits of the planets. Those are the bad points.

I enjoyed the movie. I liked it, and as an example of cinemagraphic excellence, it shines. Seamless CGI effects make the viewer feel as if they were really on an 18th century battlefield. Mel is a capable and personable enough actor to carry off this grand story with relative ease. Oh, and do they make one HATE the British! Mel must have a personal grievance against the English. The Bounty (where you again can see Mel in a ponytail) was not complimentary to Her Majesty's navy, Braveheart showed us the evil Longshanks, and now The Patriot's Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs) makes William Carey seem like Mother Teresa! All in all, an enjoyable film, as long as one doesn't intend to accept it as historical fact.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
The Patriot is based around one Benjamin Martin, an ex-soldier, who now happily living as a family man finds himself thrust into conflict at the break of the American Revolution.

He loves the Brits does Mel Gibson, Gallipoli, Braveheart and here with The Patriot, see the pattern anyone? As with the aforementioned Gallipoli and Braveheart, certain liberties have also been taken with events in The Patriot so as to glossy up for the eager Hollywood contingent. It's not my want to scribble about the facts of Benjamin Martin {Re:Francis Marion}, or William Wallace for that matter, information as such is but a mere click away on the world wide web.

So casting aside the artistic licence factors, is The Patriot any good? Well nearly it is--nearly. Gibson is fine, he shoulders the burden of the film with great gusto and no shortage of emotional depth. It's very easy to accept him as a staunch family man who transforms into a blood thirsty warrior. The problems, acting wise, lay away from Gibbo's central performance. Surrounded by caricature villains {tho Jason Isaacs' Tavington is deliciously vile} and underwritten characters {Chris Cooper wasted and Joely Richardson is but a mere prop}, Gibson has no choice but to hog the screen. So much so it ultimately turns into a one man star vehicle, which for a costume war epic isn't a great thing really.

Roland Emmerich (Independence Day and Godzilla) directs and handles the battle sequences very well, there's lashings of blood as men line up to shoot and dismember one and other. While cannonball's whizz, bang and tear off body parts, it's grim, yet oddly rousing stuff. Not even the overtly flag waving and sloganeering on show can off set the impact of the well constructed battles.
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