Ron Maxwell's civil war epic Gods and Generals comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a scene-specific commentary track recorded by Maxwell as well as Civil War historians Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr., a featurette on the realities of slave life during the time period of the film, a biography on General Stonewall Jackson, and a featurette on the painstaking historical accuracy of the film. A pair of music videos, one from Bob Dylan, and an introduction by Ted Turner rounds out this excellent package from Warner Bros. that is highly recommended to any Civil War enthusiast.
All-new introduction by executive producer Ted Turner
Feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Ronald F. Maxwell and 2 of the film's historical advisors, Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.
3 insightful making-of documentaries: Journey to the Past, the African-American slave experience in the film's era; The Life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a closeup look at this complex military man; and The Authenticities of the Film, about the movie's painstaking recreations of actual events
2 music videos: Bob Dylan's "Cross the Green Mountain" and Mary Fahl's "Going Home"
Subtitles: English, Français & Español
Enhanced features for you DVD-ROM PC: original website, including extensive production and historical notes, interactive activities, Civil War links and more
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.
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!
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 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.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
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.
A great American story about the early part of the Civil War. This is a great commemorative release coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the war.
It includes the fateful clashes at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.