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Gods and Generals [Director's Cut] [2 Discs] [DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [2003]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (62 out of 68)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1:
    • All-new introductio by executive producer Ted Turner and director/screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell
    • All-new commentary by Ronald F. Maxwell and historical advisors Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.
    • Disc 2:
    • Journey to the past: The African-American slave experience in the film's era
    • The Life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
    • The authenticities of the film
    • Music video: Bob Dylan's Cross the Green Mountain
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Gods and Generals
    Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Duvall
      Robert Duvall - Gen. Robert E. Lee
    • Stephen Lang
      Stephen Lang - Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
    • Jeff Daniels
      Jeff Daniels - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
    • Mira Sorvino
      Mira Sorvino - Fanny Chamberlain
    • Bruce Boxleitner
      Bruce Boxleitner - Lt. General James Longstreet



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 68 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Epic tale of the early battles of the Civil War

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      Yojimbe
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      Being a big Civil War buff I had to buy this remastered blu-ray of the epic 2003 film about the early years and major battles of the war. It's a long movie told in five parts and it spans the major events of the war prior to Gettysburg (another movie called Gettysburg by the same director covers that major battle). The characters are brought to life and vividly portrayed by a great ensemble cast led by Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson and Robert Duvall as Robert E. Lee. The battle scenes were excellently staged and filmed and this film could serve as course material for a history class it's so authentic. The one thing I didn't like about the film is that is slightly biased from the Confederate point of view.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Compelling View!

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      CWLW
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      Story opens in the very early summer of 1861 in Washington, DC with Col. Robert E. Lee, US Army being offered promotion and the command of the entire US Army which he “politely” declined. The seeds of internal war were being sown early-on and many young men on both sides – North & South – formed up for the civil war that laid ahead and did not realize the coming wrath of it all. The script is spoken in the “talk of the times” and conveys the deep religious convictions of both competing parties. Its story-line, based on real events, can be at times very touching and the emotion of the moment is delivered to the viewer in a memorable way. See it! Enjoy it! But Remember it – for it is the moral fiber of our American Nation and history that we as a Nation must and need to understand!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Long movie, but good for Civil War buffs

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      06928
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      Movie explains background of major battles in the early years of the Civil War, mostly (as it seemed to me), from the Southern military perspective, with Stonewall Jackson the prominent personality. Battle scenes, discussion of strategy to be used, and interaction between generals is very interesting. Historical accuracy may be questioned by real Civil War enthusiast, but worth seeing and critiquing especially for people with interest in the Civil War. Allow plenty of time to watch, or plan for 2 sessions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Civil war buffs Rejoice

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      jeffstuff
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      When you get together a cast like this you should expect greatness. I enjoyed this story and the acting immensely. There have been many books written and many movies made about the War Between the States and this film shows the emotion and belief that both sides had in their positions. One for the collection next to Gone With The Wind, Gettysburg, and Glory.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      just a blu ray purchase

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      mackman
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      I go to best buy when they put blu ray discs on sale that I want to add to my collection. I like the pick up in store option but sometimes its only available at certain location. You should have the option off having it sent to your best Buy location and picked up there instead of having to travel far from your neighborhood to get it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If u liked Geettysburg u will love this movie.

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      Silly1
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      The movie's story includes General Lee beimg offered to lead the Union & not excepting. Formation of the Virginia troops to defend the South. Battle tactics & the initial battles of the Civil War. Exceptionally acted. 90% of the movie is about the leaders of the Confederacy. Well written. History buffs & casual observers will enjoy this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Stilted performance by most.

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      JimV
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      The movie lacked a natural flow and story telling mode. Most of the actors sounded like their were reading speeches instead of a natural conversation by the character they played. They went overboard with the dialogue of the time which made it sound unnatural.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Moving!!!

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      Bail
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      I recommend seeing this before Gettysburg as Gettysburg picks up where this leaves off. I like history and thought this to be quite close to factual and sets the stage for Gettysburg nicely and the major players of the day. Really explains each sides views well.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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