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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: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BC63V0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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Massacred on release, with Pacino as a fur trapper caught up in the Revolutionary War, this mid-80s American epic now has the chance for re-evaluation in this BFI special edition, featuring the original and reworked ('Revisited') versions. How do they stack up?

So, Theatrical Cut: Well, much like, say, 'Heaven's Gate' I'm just sitting back and wondering 'What movie did the critics see back in the 80s?' Granted, this version of Revolution is not perfect, but still has some merits to it that make a decent viewing experience.

While the story is a little unbalanced, mainly due to some choppy editing and sudden location shifts, and the love story is a tad simplistic and hokey, Revolution overcomes that thanks to the handheld (a new concept back in the 80s before every action director thought it was 'so intense' and aped it) cinematography, given the film a quasi-documentary aesthetic, which very much fits the main idea of the film; telling the story of the revolution from the perspective of an ordinary man and his son, caught up in major events against their wishes, and foregoing a lot of the pomp this genre tends to have.
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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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