Braveheart

Starring: Mel Gibson

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Product Overview

Late 13th century scottish hero william wallace begins a campaign to bring the tyranny of england to its knees.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 205746054
UPC 097361313948
UPC 14 00097361313948
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Big Battles
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Heroes
Medieval
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Tragedy
War
Editors Note
Note Mel Gibson directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace. Returning to his homeland following the death of an heirless king, Wallace (Mel Gibson) finds the political landscape precarious. Edward the Longshanks, King of England (Patrick McGoohan), has captured Scotland's throne and threatens the freedom of all Scottish people, as tyrannical policies instituted by the English plague the Scots. Initially, Wallace is content to stand by the wayside, yearning for the simple life of building a home and raising a family. However, when the woman he loves (Catherine McCormack) suffers a cruel fate at the hands of English soldiers, Wallace takes a stand against the new rule. With his fierce patriotism and determination, he gathers an amateur but passionately rebellious army. Although this makeshift force may be outnumbered by the English troops, their desperation and love for their land surpass any military maneuvers, as evidenced in the film's breathtaking battle sequences.
Plot Summary
Summary This Academy Award-winning epic, directed by Mel Gibson, tells the saga of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace, known to his countrymen as Braveheart. Gibson stars as Wallace, who rallies the Scots against the tyrannical English monarch Edward I after he suffers a personal tragedy at the hands of English soldiers. Willing to fight to the death for Scotland's freedom, Wallace assembles an amateur band of warriors whose faith in freedom is stronger than any English army.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...This rousing, romantic adventure is laced with sorrow and savagery....With breathtaking skill, Gibson captures the exhilaration and horror of combat in some of the most vivid battle scenes ever filmed..." 06/15/1995 p.85-6
USA Today "...Uncommonly passionate....A storm-the-castle spectacle..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 05/24/1995 p.1D
Premiere "...A bracing, visceral war adventure..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental 12/01/2000 p.97
Variety "...A muscular and brutal medieval war movie....Marceau and McCormack both cut striking figures....Gibson's central performance is also strong..." 05/22/1995
Chicago Sun-Times "...BRAVEHEART is a full throated, red-blooded battle epic....Gibson plays his role with flamboyance, and cuts it with sly humor..." 05/24/1995 p.55
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[B]loody, stirring...still sending a shiver up the spine." 04/01/2008 p.93
Actors
Mel Gibson
Cast & Crew
Angus McFadyen - Actor
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
Brian Cox - Actor
Catherine McCormack - Actor
James Horner - Original Music By
James Robinson - Actor
John Toll - Cinematographer
Ken Court, et. al. - Art Director
Mel Gibson - Director
Mel Gibson - Actor
Mel Gibson - Producer
Patrick McGoohan - Actor
Randall Wallace - Writer
Sophie Marceau - Actor
Stephen McEveety - Executive Producer
Steven Rosenblum - Editor
Thomas E. Sanders - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 131394
UPC 00097361313948
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 177 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (1996) British Academy Awards, Charles Knode, et. al., Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Per Hallberg, et. al., Best Sound,Golden Globe, Mel Gibson, Best Director - Motion Picture,MTV Award, Braveheart, Best Action Sequence,Oscar, Mel Gibson, et. al., Best Picture,Oscar, Mel Gibson, Best Director,Oscar, John Toll, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Lon Bender, Per Hallberg, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Oscar, Peter Frampton, et. al., Best Makeup
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review I'm a big fan of the epic adventure, a category in which Braveheart, like cream, rises to the top. There's a lot in this film that's praiseworthy -- not the least of which is its ambition. Those viewing this picture may be easily reminded of Gettysburg, The Last of the Mohicans, Glory, and such classics as Lawrence of Arabia, El Cid, and Spartacus. The grandeur is certainly present; nevertheless, Gibson gives us not only memorable battles, but characters of real substance...Braveheart is a brutal, bloody motion picture, but the violence is not gratuitous. The maimings, decapitations, and other assorted gruesome details make Wallace's world seem real and immediate. In addition, few theatrical moments make a more eloquent statement against war than when Gibson shows women and children weeping over the dead on a body-littered battlefield. War is a two-headed beast, and both faces -- the glorious and the tragic -- are depicted...Lately, certain films have come in pairs: two Robin Hoods, two Columbuses, two Earps, and now two Highlander epics. Rob Roy, the first, is a fine motion picture. Braveheart, however, is better, offering an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" is a fullthroated, red-blooded battle epic about William Wallace, the legendary Scots warrior who led his nation into battle against the English in the years around 1300. It's an ambitious film, big on simple emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, and avoids the travelogue style of so many historical swashbucklers: Its locations look green, wet, vast, muddy and rugged...Gibson is not filming history here, but myth. William Wallace may have been a real person, but "Braveheart" owes more to Prince Valiant, Rob Roy and Mad Max. Once we understand that this is not a solemn historical reconstruction (and that happens pretty fast), we accept dialogue that might otherwise have an uncannily modern tone...And as Braveheart, Gibson plays his role with flamboyance, and cuts it with sly humor. He is an amazing battlefield strategist, inventing new strategies and weapons, outsmarting the English at every turn, leading his men into battle with his face painted blue, like a football fan. There is a scene where he is so pumped up with the scent of battle that his nostrils flare; not many actors could get away with that, but Gibson can.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Gibson,Mel
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Caryn James, The New York Times One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.
Louis Black, Austin Chronicle Thrilling, a grand cinematic adventure -- beautifully handled myth-making from Gibson...
Matt Zoller Seitz, Mr. Showbiz Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.

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