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on 6 August 2014
I have just upgraded from DVD to Blu-ray and can confirm that the quality of sound and vision is excellent. The film does not not cover the Battle of Gettysburg in its entirety, but the salient features are included in some detail. The initial encounter between Buford's cavalry and the confederates, followed by the battle of Little Round Top and finally the devastating Pickett's charge - which is covered in almost real time. This is an excellent film and a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in the American Civil War.
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on 17 January 2018
One of my favourite films. 4 hours or so but totally absorbing all the way. The story of the battle of Gettysburg from both sides. The fateful decision to fight, men who trained together at West Point and fought together, who visited and drank and laughed together and now on opposing sides, men who are doing what they see as their duty, and the ragged, barefooted southern soldiers. Superb actors, who played so truthfully and movingly. The whole film has been made with love and care and passion - and compassion. The music, too, is incredibly moving. (The end credits go on for 10 minutes, which gives one a chance to have a good cry. The names listed are the names of the re-enactors but it feels as though they might as well be the names of all the men who fought and died and suffered.)
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on 25 October 2016
This is an outstanding movie, covering the three days of the Battle of Gettysberg. The battle scenes, using up to 6000 reenactors are particularly well presented. As with the prequal, "Gods and Generals", I would recommend watching one of the additional selections, the Director's descriptions first in order to put the film into perspective. Again this is a 4 hour film but is worth every minute. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 24 June 2017
I received this in very quick time Well packaged and in pristine condition ,. Another Dodax Online triumph. This is one of the best films of it's type ever made. The musical score of Randy Edelman matches the awesome subject matterof this movie perfectly. Highly recommend this cd.
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on 29 November 2017
Longer than its prequel (God & Generals) but faster moving also. Star studded and exciting for military, history or western enthusiasts. A bit flat as drama, but with not without its stirring moments.
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VINE VOICEon 30 August 2011
Name a film that is 4 hours long.
There are the The Lord of the Rings films which come close at 3 hours a piece and a full version of Hamlet is said to be nearly 4 hours but, in a lifetime of watching films, nothing but 'A Cure for Insomnia' (at 72 hours) and the odd anime film exceed this film's length.

To be fair this is fairly justified given the material it covers. Just as Battle of Britain and The Longest Day spare no expense in being painstakingly detailed, so this film would have been attacked by every 'Comic Book Guy' between the Atlantic and Pacific if it wasn't epic yet precise.

Even though this film is about American history, you cannot help but be touched by the intensity of the battle and the films realism. The action was said to be the most realistic you could get before Saving Private Ryan, and the acting by the likes of Martin Sheen (playing General Lee) and Jeff Daniels (right of the cover, playing Colonel Chamberlain, and Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber) is second to none.

Now, for those of you that have watched the rest of the series (or indeed any material on the American Civil war), you may have found that knowledge of the civil war is often assumed and the prequel to this (Gods and Generals) goes the entire movie without once naming which battles/ actions are being fought. Happily this film not only has these details within the film (e.g. about Little Roundtop), but also extras to fill in the details. Even if you aren't a history buff or an American, this film is still worth watching.

But is it worth 4 hours?
Just about. There are a few too many dialogue scenes and it seems from other reviews that I'm not alone in fast-forwarding some of these.
Ultimately though, some films define and do full justice to their material and the fact that no one has sought to trump this film means it must be the definitive version.

At the end of the day, if you want to learn something profound about the history of the Western world, then this film is definitely worth a watch. If not, then save yourself 4 hours but know that there are few better ways to spend it.
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on 9 January 2013
As someone who has a rudimentary knowledge of the American civil war, I found this film fascinating and informative. Shot in the actual locations in the Gettysburg national park, it tells in a film 4 hrs long the story of the pivotal battle in the war. Every attempt has been made to acurately recreate the look of the action, so I conclude as much care would have gone into the portrayal of the major participants, on both sides. For anyone who has an interest in the American civil war, even if they have more knowledge than myself, will find themselves sucked into this film.
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on 10 February 2014
For anyone interested in the American Civil War, this movie along with the equally wonderful Gods and Generals, is a must have, particularly on Blue Ray. Perhaps, a little long for those of you used to the usual 100 minute DVD, every aspect of this decisive battle is covered in detail. Only slight criticism is that the Director chooses a definite Confederate/Southern bias through which to tell the tale. Indeed, the majority of the main characters wear the grey of the South. Understandable perhaps given that most of the better generals hailed from the Southern States. Having said that, this is a fine cinematic experience and not to be missed.
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on 29 April 2016
This film is an over looked marvel. The part of Col. Chamberlin was well acted. Other parts were so so but as a a reproduction of the Civil War it should be on school curricular, very moving and as honest as history allows. Only problem for me was the lack of subtitles, which is I'm sorry to say letting Amazon Prime down.
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on 14 June 2016
I didn't know a lot about this part of history and this was a long film so I thought it would cover it well. It was really good, pretty dramatic with some really epic and somewhat emotional battle scenes. There are still some things about what happened that I don't really understand however and I thought with the length of the film it would have covered. Where was Stewart for example? He was two days late, and although Lee makes a point of tearing him a new one and telling him it is too late for explanations, as a viewer I would like to have known why. All in all though, worth a watch if you have the time and are interested in this sort of thing.
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