Gods and Generals-Extended Directors Cut (Blu-ray)

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Reedited from beginning to end with amplified scenes and an added subplot, this all-new 2-Disc Extended Director's Cut of Ronald F. Maxwell's Gettysburg prequel restores his original vision of the fierce allegiances and combat of the early American Civil War. From Jeffrey M. Shaara's bestseller, this commemorative release coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the North/South conflict incorporates an hour of footage never seen before. The story of actor and future Presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth (Chris Conner) is newly integrated throughout the narrative alongside the legendary heroism of Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), "Stonewall? Jackson (Stephen Lang) and Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall). And the battle of Antietam is now included along with the fateful clashes at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville


Studio Warner
SKU 220307572
UPC 883929173280
UPC 14 00883929173280
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Civil War
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This epic film from writer-director Ron Maxwell chronicles the early events of the American Civil War. It's a prequel to his earlier GETTYSBURG, with some of the same cast, and is part of a planned trilogy. Stephen Lang plays Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, the famous (and deeply religious) Confederate general who, along with fellow General Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), must weigh the mighty consequences of his actions, as each battle costs the lives of thousands of men. Over on the Union side there's Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, who, like Jackson and Lee, is fond of making long, poetic speeches to his troops. Beginning with the start of the war and ending with Jackson's death, the film chronicles the three main battles leading up to Gettysburg, using their actual locations and thousands of actual Civil War re-enactors as extras. Maxwell pays careful attention to authentic period detail as he chronicles the minutiae of the generals' domestic lives in the intervals between the harrowing battle scenes. While a little on the long side, the end result should serve as an invaluable document for history buffs. Mogul Ted Turner was an executive producer and appears in a small role.
New York Times "...[The film] should delight Civil War buffs....Beautifully photographed in various locations around Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia..." 02/21/2003 p.E13
Variety "...[With] rich and full-bodied widescreen cinematography..." 02/17/2003 p.39-40
Box Office "...The film is beautifully shot by Kees Van Oostrum and the sounds of battle by Stephen Halbert measure up to the greatness of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. There is much to relish in this epic..." 05/01/2003 p.62
Los Angeles Times "...GODS AND GENERALS is well-structured....Maxwell gives us a clear sense of the issues that divided America, a vivid sense of the cumbersome logistics involved, the complexity of battles and, in the instance of Fredericksburg, what it was like for a town to be overrun by warfare..." 02/21/2003 p.C6
Uncut "Solid, stirring stuff..." 07/01/2004 p.144
Ronald F. Maxwell
Jeff Daniels
Stephen Lang
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
Jeff Daniels - Star
C. Thomas Howell - Star
Mira Sorvino - Star
Stephen Lang - Star
Frankie R. Faison - Star
Kevin Conway - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
Ronald F. Maxwell - Producer
Jeffrey M. Shaara - Source Writer
Ronald F. Maxwell - Screenwriter
Randy Edelman - Composer
Kees Von Oostrom - Director of Photography
Moctesuma Esparza - Executive Producer
R.E. Turner - Executive Producer
Robert Katz - Executive Producer
John Frizzell - Composer
Ronald F. Maxwell - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
UPC 00883929173280
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 280 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Book, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...an awesome sense of authenticity and scope...
Mark W. Weaver, The Phantom Tollbooth ...a thinking person's film, one which requires the muse to be activated, and grand themes to be pondered.

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