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Director: Ronald F. Maxwell

Cast: Ronald F. Maxwell, Stephen Lang, Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen


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The Civil War epic Gettysburg receives the star treatment from Warner with some spectacular results. Image quality is far better than would be expected. The picture, which is framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and employs an anamorphic transfer, is nicely detailed with strong colors and excellent detail. The sound is also very impressive. A new 5.0…  See more details below


The Civil War epic Gettysburg receives the star treatment from Warner with some spectacular results. Image quality is far better than would be expected. The picture, which is framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and employs an anamorphic transfer, is nicely detailed with strong colors and excellent detail. The sound is also very impressive. A new 5.0 Dolby Digital is balanced very well between dialogue, sound effects, and music. None of these elements overwhelms the other making for a smart sound mix. Also available is a surround track in French and subtitles in English and French. The big surprise for this title is the number of supplemental features. Of strong interest is a commentary track from director/screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell, cinematographer Kees Van Oosrum, author James M. McPherson, and historian Craig Symonds. While there are significant gaps between comments (only selected scenes have commentary), this track is still filled with fascinating information, both from the filmmaking and historical perspectives. In addition are two documentaries, the first hosted by actor Martin Sheen and covers the making of this film, while the second, the Oscar-nominated "The Battle of Gettysburg, narrated by Leslie Nielsen, takes a look at the battle in general. Both are fascinating in their own respects, and are complimented with a short "location" featurette with additional footage taken on the set. Finally rounding out this fine disc are the theatrical trailer and television spots, plus filmographies for some of the cast and the director, a battlefield map, and some additional interviews with the cast and crew. If there is one complaint about this DVD, it's the reluctance of Warner to use two discs for longer movies. At four-plus hours, most studios would split the movie over two discs, but in the case of Gettysburg, a DVD-18 has been used, meaning the movie is split over two sides, each with two layers, possibly creating problems with handling. Still, that is a small complaint for such a nice overall package.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This television miniseries is the type of film that Hollywood rarely makes anymore in an era of budget consciousness, a war epic with a cast of thousands. Like the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel upon which it's based, the film restricts its dramatization to the battlefield and surrounding area (no cutaways to President Lincoln fretting at the White House here) and focuses on a handful of major players. It's a wise narrative choice given the endless dramatic possibilities and the multiple real-life historical figures involved. Budgetary restrictions sometimes overwhelm director Ron Maxwell's ability to mount the awe-inspiring tableaux that he's attempting to create, but he succeeds to an inspiring degree, proving that the sweeping period epic isn't dead. Performances are riveting, particularly from Jeff Daniels as a stoic hero and Martin Sheen, eerie in his resemblance to Robert E. Lee. One of the better projects to show up on television in the past few decades, Gettysburg (1993) is to be applauded for its adherence to its respected source material and some inspired casting choices. Widespread talk of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Daniels during the film's limited theatrical run didn't materialize in an actual Academy Award nod, but the actor does outstanding work in one of his greatest, most intense roles.

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Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0; New digital transfer; "The Making of Gettysburg" documentary narrated 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 Dostrum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson, and military historian Craig Symonds; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; TV Spots; Cast/Director filmographies; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Lang Maj.Gen.George E. Pickett
Tom Berenger Lieutenant General James Longstreet
Martin Sheen General Robert E.Lee
Richard Jordan Brigadier General Lewis A.Armistead
Jeff Daniels Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
C. Thomas Howell Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain
Kevin Conway Sergeant "Buster" Kilrain
Andrew Prine Brigadier General Richard B.Garnett
Maxwell Caulfield Colonel Strong Vincent
James Lancaster Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Fremantle
Royce D. Applegate Brigadier General James L.Kemper
Sam Elliott Brigadier General John Buford
Brian Mallon Major General Winfield Scott Hancock
Richard Anderson Maj. Gen. George G. Meade
Bo Brinkman Major Walter H.Taylor
Dwier Brown Captain Brewer
Ken Burns Hancock's Aide
Warren Burton Major General Henry Heth
Michael Callahan Bearded Man
Bill Campbell Lieutenant Pitzer
Scott Allan Campbell Capt. Atherton W. Clark
David Carpenter Colonel Thomas C.Devin
David Cole Buford's Aide
John Diehl Private Bucklin
MacIntyre Dixon Major General Jubal A.Early
John Durant Fiddle and Guitar Player
John Fitzpatrick Old 2nd Maine Man
Joseph Fuqua Major General Jeb Stuart
Patrick Gorman Major General John Bell Hood
Alex Harvey Major Hawkins
Cooper Huckabee Henry T.Harrison
Ivan Kane Captain Thomas J.Goree
George Lazenby Brigadier General J.Johnston Pettigrew
Michael Tennessee Lee Rebel Prisoner
Donal Logue Captain Ellis Spear
Robert Lucas Guard, 118th Pennsylvania
Peter Miller Pender's Courier
Herb Mitchell Sergeant Andrew J. Tozier
Mark Moses Sgt. Owen
Kieran Mulroney Major G.Moxley Sorrel
Michael Phillips Soldier #4 20th Maine
John Rothman Major General John F.Reynolds
Timothy Scott Lieutenant General Richard S Ewell
William Morgan Sheppard Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble
Patrick D. Stuart Colonel E. Porter Alexander
Buck Taylor Col. William Gamble
Leonard Termo Cpl. George F. Estabrook
Joy Todd Actor
Ted Turner Lieutenant Colonel W.T. Patton

Technical Credits
Ronald F. Maxwell Director,Screenwriter
Michael T. Boyd Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Corky Ehlers Editor
Moctesuma Esparza Producer
Stephen Halbert Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Katz Producer
Sandy Martin Associate Producer
Mace Neufeld Producer
Scott Taylor Makeup
Joy Todd Casting
Eddy van der Enden Cinematographer
Kees Van Oostrum Cinematographer
Cary White Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side A: Gettysburg Part 1.
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [4:13]
2. Prologue. [:54]
3. Troop movement. [3:12]
4. An actor's report. [4:52]
5. Feel free to shoot. [3:05]
6. Prisoner delivery. [3:50]
7. Used by idiots. [4:40]
8. What we're fighting for. [6:50]
9. Buford's cavalry. [3:47]
10. Bloody moment ahead? [6:49]
11. Assessing the enemy. [3:44]
12. First morning's battle. [7:17]
13. Reinforcements arrive. [2:06]
14. Full engagement. [3:53]
15. Reynolds killed. [2:23]
16. The Baltimore Pike. [2:18]
17. Lee's resolve. [4:40]
18. No divine spark. [7:26]
19. Old friends. [5:38]
20. Gentlemen's club. [3:01]
21. High ground held. [3:40]
22. Trimble's report. [1:18]
23. Soldier's prayer. [2:40]
24. Strike now. [3:05]
25. Different dreams. [3:08]
26. The final battle? [4:32]
27. A strategic hill. [3:34]
28. Little Round Top. [2:41]
29. Bracing for siege. [3:50]
30. Attacked in waves. [3:18]
31. One hell of a fight. [4:48]
32. Desperate measures. [3:43]
33. Closing in. [3:20]
34. Bayonets. [3:54]
35. Name to remember. [4:44]
Side B: Gettysburg Part 2.
0. Scene Selections
1. Longstreet's men. [4:28]
2. Review of the day's battle. [3:12]
3. Darwin discussion. [2:25]
4. Personal request. [6:27]
5. Lee admonishes Stuart. [4:21]
6. Seminary ridge. [1:52]
7. Lee's attack plan. [4:20]
8. Longstreet's worry. [4:29]
9. At the head of the troops. [3:05]
10. Command instructions. [5:50]
11. What's going to happen. [3:38]
12. What do the books say? [3:33]
13. News of Kilrain. [1:50]
14. Bombardment begins. [4:27]
15. "I'll see you at the top." [2:14]
16. "Keep it hot.." [3:04]
17. "All Virginia was here." [3:27]
18. "For Virginia." [4:32]
19. Marching into battle. [:31]
20. Raining death. [5:49]
21. Commanders down. [3:51]
22. Armistead's rally. [5:42]
23. The stone wall. [2:11]
24. Final request. [3:28]
25. Longstreet surveys the scene. [1:54]
26. Good order in retreat. [3:24]
27. "I have no division." [1:54]
28. "What else can we do?" [1:14]
29. Brotherly embrace. [3:30]
30. Coda. [2:04]
31. End credits. [2:06]
0. The Making of Gettysburg
1. Three bloody days. [2:44]
2. Crew/cast commitment. [4:44]
3. Reasons for fighting. [2:52]
4. Federals and Confederates. [3:13]
5. Accidental encounter. [3:18]
6. Cannon fire. [3:52]
7. Longstreet and Chamberlain. [4:34]
8. Friends at odds. [2:42]
9. On location. [2:49]
10. Pickett's Charge. [4:46]
11. Hallowed ground. [2:00]
12. Federals' fortification. [5:21]
13. Losses. [4:55]
14. Truly united; death toll. [2:31]
15. End Credits. [1:36]

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Gettysburg 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gettysburg over all is very good. Though the movie starts off weak, with some pretty poor acting, it all comes together very well in the middle, and end. I think the best part of the movie is how both sides are portrayed, there are no “good guys” or “bad guys”. You tend to relate to both sides, not routing for any one side. The best actors in the movie are: Martin Sheen as General Lee, who really seems to take th role well as a God fearing General. They also did a good job in showing how the Confederate Soldiers had such deep admiration, and respect for General Lee. Sam Elliot also does a great job as General Buford. Every thing else is good, the battles are intense, the camera work is good, but the music is terrible, it doesn’t really tie in with the movie very well. Overall, it’s a great movie for a Civil War enthusiast, or History Buff.(Also recommended to show in schools.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the video is fairly accurate.
readingDebbie More than 1 year ago
I have had this movie for awhile and rewatched it after reading The Killer Angels. I enjoyed the movie the first time, but after reading the book, I had a deeper understanding of the characters and what happened at Getteysburg. This is a great movie. I'm buying another copy for my grandson along with Gods and Generals. I have already purchased the books Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure for him.
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Gettysburg is the best move that you will see if you like the Civil War. It shows how the men felt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You must see this movie. It is a part of history, but will touch your heart. brothers were fighting brothers. this movie shows how people felt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The finest Civil War movie I have ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gettysburg is the best civil war movie ever made
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gettysburg has got to be the best Civil War Movie I have ever seen! And the DVD is real helpful for teachers with additional footage, and even maps of the battle site! I suggest you buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fine history lesson, but it is based on a pro-Lonstreet revisionist novel and an insipid Lee character, looking dazed and confused, is further weakened by Martin Sheen's abyssmal performance. Keep in mind it's based on a work of fiction, however admirably it's done, and great chunks of dialogue were lifted from the novel. And there are some who think the south might've won the battle but for Longstreet! Nevertheless, Berenger is great, Jeff Daniels is brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes when i was watching Gettysburg on TNT on January 26, 2003 they had scenes that were not in the dvd version of the movie i think warner brothers should look at that and bring out another dvd that has ALL the scenes of Gettysburg But this still IS A GREAT MOVIE JUST PUT THOSE OTHER SCENES IN THERE THAT WEREn't in there
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best Civil War movie made so far. A must own movie for Civil War buffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gettysburg is an epic story. It is one of the best Civil War movies available. The camera work and music are phenominal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Partly by accident and partly by design the massed armies of the North and South are tested to the maximum in this riveting recreation of this,one of the two or three major battels in the history of America. The film captures the strategy and day-day dependence on horses and primitive communications to determine the nation's future. Jeff Dainels is monumental in his depicion of Col. Chamberlain, Medal of Honor recipient forever linked to Little Round Top. This film should be a must in American history classes. It portrays a way of life and a way of committment as few other methods of expression have ever done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this a great movie for history or civil war buffs, or a history teacher to show to the class. I enjoyed this, it showed the battles and generals i read in the books overall i think its worth buying! Great movie!
ScarlettSD More than 1 year ago
Gettysburg is a fabulous movie. It's so touching and sad that brother fought against brother but did so to save this great country. I've watched it many times. I have it on my IPOD too....The musical score is in my car CD player. It's just beautiful. I highly recomment this movie
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A terrific account of what some feel was the most important battle in American history. Despite an inappropriate and sappy sound track and a really terrible performance by Martin Sheen (as R E Lee) this is a GREAT MOVIE! There will be some historical ommissions and fictional interpertations with which real CW buffs will have trouble. But what the heck, it's a 3 hour Movie, not a 3 day re-enactment. What it clearly and dramaticly gives the viewer is absolute respect for the courage and faith of the mid 19th century American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anybody that is a Civil War buff have always been fascinated by the inner and tragic relationships between Yankee and Southern troops being friends. Armistead and Hancock was a relationship overlooked by many Civil War historians. The climax scene with Hancock shot and Armistead leading Pickett's charge was nothing I have ever seen in any type of war movie.