Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.~Jeremy Beday
Commentary by actor/director Mel Gibson
Dimensional battlefields of the Scottish rebellion
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love the transfer!
Posted . Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
Love the 4K transfer!! I have this movie on dvd still, Blu ray and now 4K. Lol.
I have Braveheart on VH, DVD, then Blue Ray so it seemed right to get the 4K Steel book. Just got a brand new Sony 4K TV and this looks fantastic. The clarity is great. The battle scenes so much better with the Dolby sound. The movie is great now the picture and sound are great.
I've loved this movie since it came out, I remember watching it in theaters which I was probably too young for but have loved ever since. Watching in 4k hdr has brought new life to the movie for me. Love it.
I know that Mel Gibson isn’t exactly someone people want to talk about these days due to his past personal issues, but I have to admit that this film is a reminder of why he was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Not only doe he do a great job acting here, this is also his directorial debut and while “Braveheart” may be one of the most historically inaccurate films ever made, it is a great and epic work of fiction that happens to be very loosely based on a true story. In short, it’s still a lot of fun.