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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:06 am    Post subject: Gettysburg Reply with quote

Does anyone have the film "Gettysburg" on DVD? I have it on VHS, from several years ago. I was just wondering if the DVD has any good special features on it, and whether there is any kind of interesting commentary that adds anything to watching the movie?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my DVD copy back in 2000/2001. Can't recall for sure, but it was before I moved to Gettysburg in 3/2001. I haven't watched it in a long time. Now that I have a new DLP tv, New HD upscaling DVD player and new home theater system, I've been thinking about watching it again.

Reading off the back it says this.
Special Features:
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0
New Digital Transfer
Behind-The-Scenes Documentary The Making of Gettysburg, Narrarated by Martin Sheen
Vintage Oscar-Nominated* Documentary The Battle of Gettysburg, Narrated by Leslie Nielsen
Cast/Crew Interview Gallery
Battlefield Maps Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director/Screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell, Cinematographer Kees Van Oostrum, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author James M. McPherson and Military Historian Craig Symonds
Interactive Menus
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Cast/Director Filmographies
Scene Access
Language and Subtitles: English & Francais

*1955: Best Documentary Short Subject.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah - it's OK.
A shame, though that the Director's Cut still unavailable on DVD

I would still recommend DVD if anything for the clarity. During the past week in Burg they were selling a double feature of Gettysburg & G&G at Wall-Mart (Rte 15 & 30) for $13.00
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what it is worth,

The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg is showing the Director's cut on the big screen every Friday at 7 PM this summer. I know...a long way to drive for a movie, but thought I would mention it anyway.

Regards from the Garden State,

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DARN - so it IS the DC!!!!
The HQs Party was invited to tag along with Gen & Mrs Kemper for the viewing, but we declined...

Come to think of it - it STILL would've been a treat, since I never saw Da Movie on a big screen.

But, thanks Steve, for heads up - perhaps I will go and see it, now that I know it's the CUT!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James_Longstreet wrote:
DARN - so it IS the DC!!!!
The HQs Party was invited to tag along with Gen & Mrs Kemper for the viewing, but we declined...

Come to think of it - it STILL would've been a treat, since I never saw Da Movie on a big screen.

But, thanks Steve, for heads up - perhaps I will go and see it, now that I know it's the CUT!


General,

Just going by what I was told while in town. Have seen it on the big screen when it first came out, and is a must see that way IMHO. JR was telling me that they are showing a lot of old movies there all summer, including "The Searchers", which he will be going to see, and "GWTW" which I also have seen on the big screen. Naturally I fell asleep after the war was over, but woke up to hear Rhett tell Scarlett that frankly he did not give a damn.

Hope all is well Pete.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James_Longstreet wrote:
Yeah - it's OK.
A shame, though that the Director's Cut still unavailable on DVD

I would still recommend DVD if anything for the clarity. During the past week in Burg they were selling a double feature of Gettysburg & G&G at Wall-Mart (Rte 15 & 30) for $13.00


Yeah, too bad it's still not out.

Oh, I just got Gettysburg & G&G for about $14.00 (double-feature) at BestBuy in Denver, so people can probably get a good deal most anywhere

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For what it is worth,

The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg is showing the Director's cut on the big screen every Friday at 7 PM this summer. I know...a long way to drive for a movie, but thought I would mention it anyway.

Regards from the Garden State,

Steve Basic

Darn, it's too bad I live in Colorado. Hope they have it next summer too, because I'm planning on a vacation next year to the area.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G-O

Have you watched the Gettysburg/G&G disc yet? I have a question pertaining to the sound quality of G&G.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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G-O

Have you watched the Gettysburg/G&G disc yet? I have a question pertaining to the sound quality of G&G.


Sorry, I may get a chance over the weekend, if not it will be next weekend. I'll try to remember to get back to this thread then - I'll be happy to answer your question.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giant Oreo???! WHAT? Keith has a twin brother out there Midwest?

Hey, Nick - tell me you're not in the habit of sleeping in a 2x2 pup tent

Welcome aboard, btw!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Hi all,

I have both Da MOVIE and G&G on DVD. The quality of picture and sound on both is at best ok. They both seem to suffer from the same thing when it comes to night scenes. Now I understand night time is DARK, but when it comes to a movie, heck you should be at least be able to see the people in the movie!! There are several scenes in both that leave you scratching your head.

I have both the D/C of Da Movie and regular on DVD.
D/C is a must see btw IMHO..

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GKWEAGLE1 wrote:

Hi all,

I have both Da MOVIE and G&G on DVD. The quality of picture and sound on both is at best ok. They both seem to suffer from the same thing when it comes to night scenes. Now I understand night time is DARK, but when it comes to a movie, heck you should be at least be able to see the people in the movie!! There are several scenes in both that leave you scratching your head.

I have both the D/C of Da Movie and regular on DVD.
D/C is a must see btw IMHO..

Jim



It's either you or the DVD's and since I haven't seen any problems with night scenes, it must be you.

I do have one problem with G&G. I keep looking for the Antietam scenes, but keep coming up empty. Maybe they are incorporated as "Easter Eggs."
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really liked "Gods" when I got to see it at a special preview, but I tried to watch it again a couple weeks ago and couldn't get into it for some reason. I think it's partly because I was on their message board for so long that I grew tired of hearing about it. Plus the fact that it could've/should've been so much better. Cut out the Jim Lewis scenes, most of the Christmas scenes, the Anna/Stonewall scenes, the Bonnie Blue Flag scene with Ted Turner, and add in Antietam and Lincoln/Booth scenes and we've got something. Plus it should have been more balanced, instead of focusing so much on the Confederacy. And I don't know what Maxwell was trying to prove, but the one scene near the beginning where southerners are gathering up to go to war, they showed a young black man smiling and pointing his finger at who knows what. I understand that there were plenty of motives on both sides, but please don't paint a picture as if the one black man spoke for all his people and they would actually cheer on the Confederacy.

The guy who played John Bell Hood was very distracting. I liked him in "Gettysburg", but John Bell Hood was about 30 years old (albeit he probably looked old for his age.) during the period of "Gods", and his beard alone looked like that of a 60-70 year old.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

corydon wrote:
Plus it should have been more balanced, instead of focusing so much on the Confederacy.

It was focused on JACKSON, so even as you are partially right - it is not 100% correct.

The book focused on 4 primary personas: Lee, jackson, Hancock & Chamberlain. The Movie (IMHO) parsed them like this:
50 % Jackson
25% Chamberlain
15% Lee
10% Hancock

I'm not sure if employing Bud Robertson as a Historical Advisor (practically right after he just published hes Stonewall: The Man The Myth The Legend) contributed to such uncanny elevation of just ONE character, but I've heard murmurs to that effect. Again, IMHO, the movie unquestionably suffered for it (even if Stephen Lang did a wonderful job)

As to the Bonnie Blue Flag scene, Brian Pohanka's quote comes to mind (albeight it was made during the filming of Da Movie and concerned a supposedly non-existend breed of a certain dog that made into a picture) -
For GOD's SAKE! it's a DIRECTOR'S DOG!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI all,

Ok I can understand about it being my problem LOL! But the MRS has complained as well.

So unless, nah , you dont want to use that argument on my MRS, trust me, you lose!!

To G & G..

Allan and Basecat and I have talked about this quite a bit. I will say this..

G & G seems to have been edited much the way Gettysburg was. It seemed to try and keep the scenes in it that would hold the average persons attention and then feed us "Hardcore" folks just enough to keep us happy.

IN the attempt to do both, it failed at each.

Please dont get me wrong. I am one of those Yankees (to think I am one of those who Jackson said of, Kill them kill them all!) who admire TJ. But we could have done quite a bit less of Jackson and left that part out of Bonnie Blue flag and left Antietam in.

I also think there was WAY to much PREACHING!!! And even though I have a deep Christian faith, it got to be way too much for even me.

I do think Basecat summed it up best after we came out of seeing it in the theaters. WHAT THE H*ll was THAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!/

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