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Andersonville
     

Andersonville

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Director: John Frankenheimer, Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux

 

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This made-for-TV drama about the infamous Confederate prisoner of war camp where more than 12,000 captured soldiers lost their lives has been given a simple presentation on DVD. Andersonville has been given a widescreen transfer to disc at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and the audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. In addition to the original English-language

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This made-for-TV drama about the infamous Confederate prisoner of war camp where more than 12,000 captured soldiers lost their lives has been given a simple presentation on DVD. Andersonville has been given a widescreen transfer to disc at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and the audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. In addition to the original English-language audio track, there's also an alternate dubbed French track, as well as subtitles in Spanish, French, and English. No additional bonus material has been included.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
In a genre crowded with classic films like Rules of the Game, Stalag 17, The Great Escape, and Bridge on the River Kwai, Andersonville may be forgiven for falling short of that august company. To simply document the horrendous conditions in that Georgia camp wouldn't have made for very involving drama, so writer David Rintels created several "events" on which to hang his story. As in every POW film, escape is foremost in the minds of the featured group of prisoners. But in Andersonville, that event occurs at the halfway point of the film, and after all of the men are either caught, killed, or wind up dead after suffering punishment, there is a second event. The prisoners' revenge on the Raiders, with the trial and punishment shown in great detail, is Rintels' way of showing how the majority of the Union soldiers would not succumb to barbarism, no matter how badly they were treated. As a variation on that point, he later shows a Confederate officer offering to release whoever will join the cause of the South. Their mass refusal, even though they've been told that the North is not interested in an exchange of prisoners, provides Rintels and director John Frankenheimer with the film's best scene, as thousands of men, one company at a time, turn their backs on the officer and march off. The film has other moments almost as powerful as these, but it doesn't create the rich gallery of characters that the best POW films have. And its grotesque portrayal of Henry Wirz, the camp commandant, as a strutting, bug-eyed Prussian, short-circuits one of this genre's most attractive features: the cat-and-mouse interplay between the officer prisoners and their often cultivated head captor.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
UPC:
0053939636420
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:47:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in dolby digital 5.1 ; 2 feature-length audio commentaries, one by director John Frankenheimer, the other featuring writer/producer David W. Rintels, cinematographer Ric Waite, editor Paul Rubell, production designer Michael Z. Hanan, costume designer May Routh and historian/military choreographer Dale Fetzer; Additional scene: a visit from the ladies; Interactive menus; TV spot; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English & Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM: A Soldier's Journal; Images from Andersonville; Cast/creator profiles; Historical background; Inside Andersonville

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jarrod Emick Actor
Frederic Forrest Actor
Ted Marcoux Actor
Tom Aldredge Actor
Carmen Argenziano Actor
Jayce Bartok Actor
Cliff De Young Actor
Jan Triska Actor

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director,Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Marsha Kleinman Casting
David W. Rintels Producer,Screenwriter
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Rubell Editor
Diane Smith Co-producer
Ric Waite Cinematographer
Ethel Winant Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:24]
2. Captured [3:37]
3. Nobody Moves [3:08]
4. Man of Letters [4:09]
5. Prison Train [3:34]
6. Andersonville [3:20]
7. Fresh Fish [3:47]
8. Wirz's Proclamation [3:47]
9. Dead Line [3:04]
10. A Private Word [3:42]
11. Tunnel Project [3:54]
12. Nice Long Night [4:37]
13. Survival Tips [3:01]
14. Raiders Strike [3:58]
15. Don't Drink the Water [4:35]
16. The Challenge [4:30]
17. Fight Clubbed [3:31]
18. Underground Work [5:22]
19. Tunnel Traitor [6:06]
20. Marked Man [4:35]
21. Tell What It's Like [2:18]
22. Escape Underway [3:31]
23. Fugitives [:23]
24. Confronting Wirz [4:17]
25. Stocks of the Dead [7:08]
26. Together! [1:35]
27. Gleason's Fate [2:49]
28. Taking on the Raiders [4:07]
29. A Trial [7:08]
30. Opening Statements [5:11]
31. I Swear [5:16]
32. Andersonville Law [2:30]
33. The Verdict [4:19]
34. Six Hanged Men [3:39]
35. Imaginary Feast [2:52]
36. Headed the Other Way [3:48]
37. Rebel Recruiter [3:54]
38. To the Rear, March! [5:49]
39. Barely Survivors [2:13]
40. The Gate Is Open [2:57]
41. Coda and End Credits [5:56]

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