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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 70 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Epic tale of the early battles of the Civil War

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Compelling View!

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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!

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Long movie, but good for Civil War buffs

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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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    just a blu ray purchase

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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.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Civil war buffs Rejoice

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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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Moving!!!

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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.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A must for the follow up on the Gettysburg movie.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    After watching the Gettysburg movie, was very glad this came out, a must to own with the Gettysburg movie

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    This is a great commemorative release

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Emotional

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    A bit long, but I think it needs to be and it takes you back to that time, you need to watch it all in one sitting, do not stop and watch it in segments it will ruin the emotion of it.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    If u liked Geettysburg u will love this movie.

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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.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Just what I needed to watch

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    I enjoyed watching this film and found myself comparing the characters to current action heroes. The sheer grit that these men displayed while doing what they believed in was/is hard to comprehend in today's world.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    i had seen this movie before but just wanted my own copy to watch again. Good quality . I recommend you get Gettysburg also.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Could’ve been better

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This was a good movie but if it followed the book it could’ve been so much better.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Gods and Generals: Excellent history movie

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    I am a civil war buff and really enjoyed it!! Seemed to be a good rendition of what transpired. Acting was terrific!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, excellent portrayals.

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    Having studied history both in high school and college I felt very knowledgeable. This movie gave an excellent insight to the Civil War. There were no attempts to glorify either side of this time in the history of the United States.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Magnificent

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Wonderful movie. As a history buff, I was fully entranced.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Well done history

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    I love history. The actors present it well. The music and photography is beautiful. I have Gettysburg and am waiting for them to make the Last Full Measure ( I think that is the name of the last book).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    It really interesting

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    This movie goes in depth of the story & the history of how different life was during this time period.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    Here is a great movie where the story doesn't take sides on the civil war. it shows both sides...

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for civil war/ history lovers

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    Great film for civil war buffs. Not quite as good as Gettysburg, but still a good film.

    I would recommend this to a friend