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.
Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
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
It's a solid film but more emphasis on the Blu-ray transfer. It varies when it comes to converting certain movies to Blu-ray quality from the 1980's through 1990's. And to a degree early 200's, but the quality of picture and sound stand out in particular in this Blu-ray conversion.
This movie was panned and stained when fake reviews were added in press ads by fake writers by the studio and it doomed this movie at the box office. Caused quite an uproar in Hollywood at the time. Take away the static over this and this movie is great.
However, this movie has made a comeback on cable and streaming services. I love this movie and have watched it numerous times. Mel Gibson is great and so is young Heath Ledger. Also there is a terrific supporting cast of actors and actresses. I had to own this for my collection. A few historical inaccuracies don't hurt or blemish the main message of this wonderful movie.
The Patriot is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's one of those movies I can watch over and over again and not get sick of. Mel Gibson, as always, plays his historic role with incredible passion and really makes this movie come to life. I personally love era-based films and this one does a really good job of keeping everything as close to accurate for the time period as possible