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One for the enthusiast but very good if visiting the battlefield itself,
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This review is from: Gettysburg (Double sided DVD)  (DVD)
Got this in advance of a trip to the US and a visit to the battlefield. Plus points are the great battle scenes and that it was mostly shot on location. Thus it is a good guide to at least selected parts of the battle. Pickett's Charge in particular is fantastic. It is also a very cheap DVD.
Minus points include a pretty lame script with some dodgy acting as well. Somehow the 19th Century speeches just dont sound right. There are also (as some have noticed) some of the worse stick on beards in film history. The re-enactors who provided the extras also look much older and fatter than you would have expected soldiers of the time.
The film also shows its age with a very sanitised view of the battle, no blood, no pain, no-one wounded. People just go "urg" and fall over. Saving Private Ryan it certainly isnt.
However if you are interested in the battle it is the best there is and I watched it with my kids (no unsuitable violence!) and it was a good introduction before visiting PA itself. This is particularly the case for those from the UK who are unfamiliar with the history and the characters.
The book on which it is based, The Killer Angels, is well worth getting as well.