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Gettysburg (Ridley Scott's) [DVD]
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on 12 August 2012
Well, I finally decided to buy the movie, and have now watched it. I don't think I could sit through it again.

It's done on an ambitious scale - it looks like what it claims to be, a presentation of small elements of a major battle, and it gives an overview of the battle which is of wider scope than anything I've seen before. Photography is excellent, as you would expect, though I became fatigued by the relentless slo-mo close ups of exploding bullet wounds.

I'm really not certain why I found that it grated. I was not offended by anything as important as the cap badges(!), but the technique of switching between the accounts of the personal view (the selected individuals used to illustrate the story) and the high-level grand plan view leaves a gap in the middle which makes it hard to follow - I would have liked to see more of a narrative at divisional level as well. The blood and gore is probably over-done - we get the idea very quickly that war is horribly brutal, and the constant focus on this aspect gets uncomfortably close to obsession at times. The talking heads were not particularly interesting - they could have been anyone, and most of what they added was well known or obvious anyway. I think mostly it is the over-earnestness of the commentary - moronically explaining "he is now in terrible danger" and so forth - yes, we had sort of picked up on that as well.

I'm left unsure what the film was trying to do, if only to justify the big budget. I don't think it said anything new about Gettysburg, I dont think the micro vs macro view idea works very well, and the gory presentation tells us that war is not pleasant, and then explains it over and over again for the benefit of slower viewers. It didn't really make it as education, and as entertainment it is very much inferior to the Gettysburg film from the Gods & Generals trilogy. I was disappointed - I wanted it to be better than that.
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on 12 July 2015
I bought this after watching a clip on you tube. Not to be confused with the original Gettysburg film. I did find this DVD helpfull in the technical details regarding the weapons and cannons used. Some of the injuries received where very graphic. I did not realise how much the battle impacted on the town of Gettysburg until watching this. A tour of the Gettysburg battle sight showed houses that still had bullet scars.Well worth buying
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on 22 December 2017
Not up to Ridleys usual high standards. Another DVD was needed to do that awsome battle justice .
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on 11 October 2015
Enjoyable and accurate but perhaps trying to condense too much into too short a time and consequently lacked depth in my opinion. I visited Gettysburg this year and the settings in the docudrama were eerily accurate.
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on 16 March 2017
A documentary style film. I found it enthralling.
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on 14 November 2016
Brilliant
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on 8 June 2015
It is OK. Poor for someone of the calibre of Sir Ridley Scott, but OK.
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on 15 June 2017
A good & realistic assessment of the particular encounter.
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on 19 May 2013
A novel look at various events in the US Civil War from the perspective of individuals in the conflict. Interesting for a casual historian of this period. Still worthwhile.
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on 10 July 2016
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