Gods & Generals [WS] [DVD] [2003]

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.
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.3
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (61 out of 67)

Special Features

  • 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"
  • Interactive menus
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene access
  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

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

Overall Customer Rating

4.3 out of 54.3
67 Reviews
92%of customers recommend this product.

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