The Patriot [Special Edition] [DVD] [2000]

  • SKU: 4020428
  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Rating: R
Mel Gibson's lush, savage Revolutionary War epic is given the royal treatment in this DVD from Columbia-TriStar. The film is shown in an anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In addition, the digital mastering makes for a clearer picture with crisp, vibrant colors. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, so viewers won't miss one thundering musket or crunching cannonball. As for extras, The Patriot does not disappoint. Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin offer a feature-length commentary that offers some good insights into the making of the picture. The commentary at times seems to be improvised, however, occasionally leading to some distracting asides and in-jokes. The Patriot also offers a host of deleted scenes, which feature an optional commentary and serve to expand some of the film's subplots and characters. Viewers are also treated to three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The first of these offers a tutorial on the creation of the film's gorier special effects, while the other two provide an interesting look at the filmmaker's painstaking efforts to bring American history to life. For fans of the film, this is a must-own. For the uninitiated, it offers an excellent chance to experience The Patriot.
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (153 out of 158)

Special Features


  • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin
  • Visual effects interactive featurette
  • "The Art of War" battlefield featurette
  • "The True Patriots" featurette
  • Conceptual art-to-film comparisons
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by filmmakers
  • Photo galleries
  • DVD-ROM web link
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Talent files
  • Interactive menus with animation
  • Production notes
  • Scene selections with motion images

Synopsis


The Patriot
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Independence Day, Stargate, and Godzilla, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars. But since the death of his wife, Benjamin has renounced violence and quietly tends his crops, raising his seven children alone. In 1776, over Benjamin's objections, his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight against the British. Gabriel returns from battle seriously wounded, with Lord General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) calling for his arrest. A skirmish breaks out on Benjamin's plantation, and one of his children is killed as Gabriel is captured by Col. Tavington (Jason Isaacs) and sentenced to hang. Benjamin sets aside his vow of pacifism and rescues Gabriel; with the help of his former comrade-in-arms Harry Burwell (Chris Cooper), the father and son form a regiment of Carolina patriots whose cunning and ruthlessness make them heroes among the colonists -- and wanted men by British troops. Loosely adapted from the true story of Francis Marion and filmed on location in South Carolina, The Patriot was the first feature film made with the cooperation of the Smithsonian Institute, who advised the producers on historical accuracy. Joely Richardson also stars as Charlotte, Benjamin's sister-in-law who helps him care for the children. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson - Benjamin Martin
  • Heath Ledger
    Heath Ledger - Gabriel Martin
  • Joely Richardson
    Joely Richardson - Charlotte Selton
  • Jason Isaacs
    Jason Isaacs - Colonel William Tavington
  • Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper - Colonel Harry Burwell



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 159 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The most patriotic movie ever made

    Posted
    PS3Dualshock

    Bestbuy finally had this Blu-ray on sale again as part of 2 for $30. I had to pick it up as I had never seen the movie but had heard good things about the movie. It's a catalog title and I was expecting to watch the movie on my PS3 for movie content...but was I delightfully surprised about the picture quality! The movie picture quality rivals Casino Royale and Narnia. While there isn't vibrant colors and fancy computer generated graphics etc, the scenes are crisp and highly detailed. Now about the movie itself...I cried harder than I had ever cried watching any movie. There is a scene when Mel Gibson's character is going off for the final battle and one of his daughters who, through trauma of losing her mother, had decided not to speak as part of her grieving process. Oh my goodness...I was overwhelmed...the movie reminded me why this country is so great...why we must never take our freedom for granted...why we live in the greatest nation in the world...why we will overcome any and all low points together as a unified nation...because we walk with the hearts and conviction of all men and women who fought to give every one of us the right to pursue happiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a great movie at a great price.

    Posted
    cincyirishman
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    Got a great movie at a reduced price.Have watched this a few times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    djkes

    I feel like this movie is underrated. The acting is good, the cinematography is excellent, the music is great, and the story is compelling. I actually prefer this movie to Braveheart. The picture quality on this Blu-ray disc release is very well done. The audio quality is also good. There is nothing special about the special features or packaging, but if you can find this at a decent price it's well worth it. If you've never seen "the Patriot" maybe it's time you checked it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    Terbear
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    This movie is a classic! Everyone needs one in the homes

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Patriot!

    Posted
    DKKT99
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    an american past time to have. Mel Gibson and Heith Ledger make it great

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    Posted
    KatBotForsworn
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    Great movie about a part of history. Very informative and great visuals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good deal

    Posted
    lamorgan86
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    Great movie the was on sale for $6 on Bluray. Totally worth the upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great blue ray movie

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    musa
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    I enjoyed this movie. Great story and characters, and cinematography.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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