The estimate release date is July 2003. Jackson's black cook, who prays that one day all of this family will be free. That was such a significant battle and I could not understand why it was not included. He also criticizes the relative lack of attention given to the motivations of Union soldiers fighting in the war. It is just telling the story from the point of view of southerners. If you don't care at all about American history, skip this one. General Lee became the commander of the southern forces and scored great military victories in Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, but Duvall's characterization, while likely at least reasonably accurate, was saddled with speech making at every turn and despite the humanizing touches came across as stiff in his role.
Battlefields are littered with blank-faced extras who are clearly in no danger whatsoever. Several Union brigades, including the , attempt to cross an open field and attack the wall, but are thrown back with heavy losses by Confederate rifle and artillery fire. At the very least, it sets a favorable tone for an otherwise disappointing film. Many of the scenes seem soft in nature, harkening back to the feel of 'Gettysburg', so I think it's more of a director's intent than a flaw with the video transfer. Audio: How does it sound? But without question, Gods and Generals is well worth a rental for those interested. This track pops in and out discussing specific scenes throughout the movie.
The extras were decent and the story involved historically significant situations that we should all consider during these times when internal military conflicts have been replaced with equally paralyzing political conflicts between the two leading parties of the day; the results ending up very much alike in our modern context. This new Blu-ray edition is equally problematic, with a soft transfer and a bland set of supplemental features that drag the entire release down. What stuck in the craw of the critics is that this movie didn't present the Confederates as fire-breathing, racist, slavery-defending apes, and the Federals as saintly freedom-fighters. Lee remarks that while Jackson has lost his left arm, he Lee has lost his right. Lee's Robert Duvall most-trusted officers. It's just a flawed one that seems to crumble under its own ambitions. Jeff Daniels, who played Col.
As a result, character interactions function as debates and lectures on Civil War history, while relationships rarely register as authentic. I enjoyed Gettysburg and it makes a very good sequal to gods and generals but between the two Gods and Generals had the most impact on me. Stephan Lang did an excellent job as general Sonewall Jackson his performance gives me a better look as what the real Thomas Stonewall Jackson must have been as a leader of the confederate army. Gods and Generals is a prequel of sorts to Gettysburg, which features some of the same actors and even some of the same talent behind the cameras, including the director of both films, Ronald F. Please buy this movie, and buy it as a gift for someone else. Though there are some imperfections, the historical accuracy is beyond what I have seen in years.
There are characters in the film that do not exist in the book, and a great many characters in the book that never made it to the film. Still, overall 'Gods and Generals' is a fantastic audio experience; fans will revel in the powerful bass tones during the film's battle sequences, and only audiophiles will be upset by the slight technical inconsistencies. This was followed by an audio commentary where the director and a couple of military historians spoke at length about the release on an audio track. Also 's music appears on soundtrack. Also well in tow is the dialogue, which is crisp and clean at all times. The movie itself is divided into five segments.
As this is a new release, we should expect such a visual treatment, but given the extended running time of Gods and Generals, I did have some concerns. This is done even handedly. Instead, my problems were with the faulty script, uneven pacing, and plodding character development that litters the film from beginning to end. The grime on uniforms appears slathered on, costumes look new and barely weathered, and the men don't register as people who have been living outdoors and on the move for years. Pans are subtle and believable, directionality is chaotic but accurate, and ambient touches in the rear speakers stretch the soundfield quite wide. Outside the city, Lee, and Jackson have prepared an elaborate defense on outside the town, and the movie focuses on Confederate defenses behind a formidable stone wall.
If you have an interest in the civil war these movies along with Glory opens your mind and gives you a strong image to what it was like actually being there. Lee and bringing Jeff Daniels, and Stephan Lang back. Chamberlain and the defeated Union soldiers depart Fredericksburg. The original release seemed to drag on and on. As a result, character interactions function as debates and lectures on Civil War history, while relationships rarely register as authentic. Still, I'm pretty sure a stronger screenplay, a bigger budget, and a tighter edit could've retained the positives while saving the film from becoming the rambling mess that it is. Overall, 'Gods and Generals' has a decent presentation going for it, but I have to believe that if this extended cut of the film was spread across two or even three more discs that the compression issues would quickly vanish, leaving a much cleaner transfer for us to enjoy.
A decade later, he returned to the historic conflict with an equally vast prequel, Gods and Generals. Despite being almost four hours long, it is a very smooth flowing time. Another scene cut from the film features a performance in Washington, D. Lee a better performance than Martin Sheen in Gettysburg. The 2007 release featured a lossy Dolby Digital track that never did the movie justice.
Unforgettable characters, all of them. Chamberlain is a former professor who left his career to enlist, while Jackson is a religious soldier who advanced through the ranks to become one of Robert E. During post-production, Maxwell, Warner Bros. As he leads his troops through many challenging battles, he poses a serious threat to the Union army. I listened to it while typing this review and found it to only contain bits and pieces of commentary rather than allowing the trio to speak endlessly for the three and a half hours of the movie but they shared a deep concern about making the movie as accurately as possible given the constraints at hand; making it clear that the majority of acting extras used were from and how certain events were determined as well as some of the liberties taken with the dialogue.