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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 January 2015
What a strange collection this is. and I make no apologies for the simplicity of the review. If you want details, call up the films individually. Each disc appears to be identical to it's individual disc version [I have the first two and bought this for The Messenger as this was cheaper than purchasing the individual disc] so if it works out cheaper get this, it's virtually buy one get 2 films free.
The Patriot is an American War of independence movie made in 2000 featuring Mel Gibson as a reluctant widower drawn into the conflict after his son is arrested by the British. The film is based on four 'heroes' of the revolution but historical accuracy is seriously flawed. The film has a number of gruesome fight scenes and contains much violence. A decent *** adventure/action movie, but lacks real substance or accuracy.
Glory is an account of the first 'Afro-American' [if that's politically correct] regiment in the American Civil War and was filmed in 1989 and released at the end of the year. The story is seen through the eyes of their white commanding officer, whose real life letters the film is mostly based on. It follows the regiment from formation to its bloodying at Fort Wagner. Well acted [generally] its a moving story and deserves a **** rating. However its not all blood and guts as there is surprisingly little fighting.
Joan of Arc :the messenger is set in France in the middle ages and has nothing to do with the others. This 1999 film version may upset many as it shows Joan [brilliantly played by Milla Jovovich] not as a calm and collected individual but as a deeply troubled one who is led by her deep beliefs and frustrated by those around her. The sets and costumes are highly convincing and the politics are not glossed over, showing that all sides; English, Burgundian, French and the various church factions all had high stakes in the outcome -a true travesty of justice. With plenty of action and gore galore, this is a definite **** but I'd like to give it a ***** for its bravery in looking at it from a differing and controversial perspective, even if it does falsify Joans early life and the misrepresented attack on her village.
All-in -all a deserving **** collection.
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on 25 May 2016
This film is a blast (excuse me)
The acting is very good (with particular note for the performances of Mel Gibson and ma boy Lucius Malfoy)
The fights are fun as hell action sequences brimming with a patriotism I never knew I had.
Light on history but with enough there to hook in an inquisitive mind
Some parts get a little boring but that's just a pacing problem, other than that it's a great period piece on a war that isn't covered too much in cinema.
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on 17 November 2014
More Gibson quality, Eastwood and Duvall Wayne and De Niro Walken and Pacino all did similar reviews of American conflict and society and I bought the book as well but if you can stand Ride with the Devil this compliments that deep review and The Outlaw Josey Wales. This does set the USA Independence issues in context as film should and it is well acted correct level, not over stressed, it appears to be accurate and will annoy The British colonialists as should East Africa Mau Mau days information, somebody has to shake the pail and see what cream rises and this is it.
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on 3 September 2016
Nice transfer, good sound and well put together. A good improvement over the DVD. As for the film itself, well, you're better going to IMDB for that. It's entertaining, and a better depiction of the AWI than most. The evil British side is pretty cliche and spoils it somewhat, but then, it is an American production. Some great characters all round, with a decent attempt at presenting a complex story.
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on 20 January 2018
I found this movie enjoyable, I would give it an 80/100. It's engaging, particularly in the beginning, and well made. On the down side, it is a bit long, and it seems like the director tried to cram in too many events instead of focusing in the most important ones. Also, the main topics and characters are almost identical to Braveheart, which leaves you feeling like you've seen the story before.
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on 8 December 2017
Amazing movie! Mel Gibson at it’s best.
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on 22 March 2018
I am more than Happy with the Order Thank You
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on 16 April 2018
Great film just had to update from video
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on 1 March 2018
Excellent movie, enjoyed it a lot
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on 17 April 2017
Great picture no jumps but no sound
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