The Alamo

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Overview

John Lee Hancock directs Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, and Jason Patric in this epic retelling of the 1836 siege of the Alamo from Disney. The film details the events surrounding the battle during the Texan War of Independence that left 186 Texas rebels dead and is presented on this DVD in widescreen with the original English soundtrack and a French dubbed track both in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The disc also includes Spanish and French subtitles. Along with the film itself, there are a number a ...
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Overview

John Lee Hancock directs Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, and Jason Patric in this epic retelling of the 1836 siege of the Alamo from Disney. The film details the events surrounding the battle during the Texan War of Independence that left 186 Texas rebels dead and is presented on this DVD in widescreen with the original English soundtrack and a French dubbed track both in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The disc also includes Spanish and French subtitles. Along with the film itself, there are a number a supplemental features as well. Three featurettes cover the history behind the story, the film's production, and the cast and crew's Texas roots, while a selection of deleted scenes offer a glimpse of what was left on the cutting-room floor. A full-screen version with the same features is also available.
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Special Features

"Walking in the Footprints of Heroes" featurette; deleted scenes; "Return of the Legend: The Making of The Alamo" documentary; "Deep in the Heart of Texans" featurette.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of American history's most colorful and increasingly controversial episodes is dramatized on the big screen yet again in this lavishly appointed epic, which combines fact and fiction in a genuinely engaging manner. The year is 1836, and American-born settlers in Mexican-controlled Texas stage a revolt against military dictator Santa Anna Emilio Echevarria. Holed up in an old Spanish mission outside San Antonio, squabbling Texans Jim Bowie Jason Patric and William Travis Patrick Wilson are joined by legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett Billy Bob Thornton and a small band of fortune-seeking Tennesseans, only to be outnumbered and besieged by an army of thousands, while awaiting reinforcements lead by General Sam Houston Dennis Quaid. Director John Lee Hancock The Rookie, perhaps overly encumbered by the script's wealth of factual material, doesn't always maintain a strict timeline in depicting the 13-day siege. The complexities of the Texan-Mexican quarrel are never really addressed, and key historical figures -- such as Stephen Austin -- are either given short shrift or ignored altogether. But the Battle of the Alamo is vividly staged and incorporates both recently discovered facts and hotly contested suppositions -- among them the belief that Davy Crockett survived the battle. At times The Alamo is confusing, mostly due to choppy editing and inadequately elucidated motivations, but on balance it's a rousing historical drama depicting an event that even today continues to have surprising relevance to Americans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 786936229035
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,272

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton Davy Crockett
Jason Patric Jim Bowie
Patrick Wilson William Barret Travis
Jordi Mollà Juan Seguin
Emilio Echeverria Generalissimo Antonio Miguel Lopez de Santa Anna
Marc Blucas James Butler Bonham
Leon Rippy Sgt. William Ward
Matt O'Leary Daniel Cloud
Edwin Hodge Joe
W. Earl Brown President David Gouveneur Burnet
Castulo Guerra General Castrillon
Tom Everett Mosley Baker
Afemo Omilami Sam
Stephen Bruton Almerson Dickinson
Tom Davidson Col. Green Jameson
Rutherford Cravens
Blue Deckert
Nick Kokich Daniel Cloud
Wes Studi Chief Bowl
Technical Credits
John Lee Hancock Director, Screenwriter
Manuel Jose Teil Alcaine Casting
Eric L. Beason Editor
Leslie Bohem Screenwriter
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Stephen Gaghan Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director
Ron Howard Producer
Alan C. Huffines Consultant/advisor
Mark Johnson Producer
Ronna Kress Casting
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Polizzi Art Director
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
John Sayles Screenwriter
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Philip Steuer Executive Producer
Louisa Velis Associate Producer
Arnold C. Vento Consultant/advisor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles
2. The Texas Army
3. The Alamo
4. A Democratic Solution
5. A Failed Truce
6. The Cavalry March
7. Jim and Travis
8. Calling for Aid
9. Here They Come
10. Houston Leads an Army
11. Take Their Freedom
12. Hear the Truth
13. Crockett Answers
14. Take No Prisoners
15. Viva Santa Anna
16. Beg for Your Life
17. Remember the Alamo
18. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Bonus Features
      Return of the Legend: The Making of the Alamo
      Deep in the Heart of Texans
      Walking in the Footsteps of Heroes
      Deleted Scenes
         View With Commentary by Director John Lee Hancock: Off
         View With Commentary by Director John Lee Hancock: On
         The Retreat From Bexar
         Batres Meets Tejana
         A Wedding Plan
         Santa Anna Marries
         A Mexican Candle Dance
         Play All
      Audio Commentary
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Historians Alan Huffines and Stephen Hardin: Off
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Historians Alan Huffines and Stephen Hardin: On
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Raising Helen
      Around the World in 80 Days
      Hero
      Alias
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: French
         Captions & Subtitles: None
      THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
         Video Tests
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best seen so far

    Best depiction of David Crockett seen to date. Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal is exceptionally accurate. A lot of fuss has been made that portraying Crockett's fear besmirched the man and his legend. Nothing could be further from the truth; of course he was afraid, all sane men are afraid in battle. Character makes the difference between running and staying, Crockett, a man of character, chose to stay and fight it out along side his comrades. In the end he lived up to his personnal motto, "Be sure your'e right, then go ahead." Only two real complaints: (1) As much money as was spent on the set, they didn't even come close to the way the mission was actually laid out, and (2) the idea that Crockett and Houson were "friends" in D.C. is absurd. Crockett was an ardent member of the Whig party who detested Andrew Jackson above all men. Houston, on the other hand, was well known as a Jackson man. If these two had met on the streets of D.C. they might have been civil, but that would have been the limit of their relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Perfect, But The Best Yet

    John Lee Hancock, along with the cast and crew, have done an unusually good job of portraying the events of the siege and final assault. No one will ever know exactly what went on during those thirteen days, but thanks in part to the Mexican military today, more is known. Apparently, while Travis had approximately 150 men on February 23, by March 6 there may have been as many as 250 defenders who ultimately died. A fair indication that, instead of men leaving the garrison, up to 100 managed to join it, even though they must have been aware of the odds against them. It also means more firepower brought to bear against the attacking force, which wasn't good news to the rank and file Mexican infantryman. The word that most comes to mind concerning this movie is "respectful". For both the Texans who defended, and the Mexicans who took the Alamo by storm, their common bond was courage. These men, on both sides, deserve not to be forgotten. This film goes a long way to ensure that they won't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Military Officer with MA in History

    Very well done, in line with current historical doceuments. Protrays Crockett as to his real charcter; that being a loud mouth Crogressman looking for another fast deal. This one caught up with him and is well protrayed as Crockett lets some fellow soldiers know that if it would not tarish his image he would run from the battle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute Crap

    This movie is most definitly one of the worst movies I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. I am not exagerating as to how for the first two hours of this movie they sit in that ridiculous fort and talk about politics and cannons. The fighting lasts about 20-25 minutes. The fighting is horribly mediocre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay Action, not really accurate!

    Overall the film was interesting. It came with all the usual retoric about freedom and such. Pretty much fails to point out that 97% of the people that fought at the Alamo weren't even Texan and were more or less paid to be there by rich businessmen in the US. History under review...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not that good

    this movie was a huge disappointment, the previews really give this movie too hype. I just sat there and stared at it, maybe it's because i'm not a huge history buff but still. I would wait and rent this movie or maybe see it on HBO it's not even worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderfully Done

    John Lee Hancock should be praised for creating a film that is historically accurate and emotionally moving. Don't be misled by critics whose goal is to be simply entertained. Hancock successfully communicated the culture, attitudes, and passion of the men and women of the alamo. Anyone who fails to see this movie will cheat themselves from experiencing one of the great moments in the development of this country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Watch

    I really liked this movie, despite the reviews and critiques it has received. I believe it stayed very close to accurate historical wise (despite a few flaws - but typical hollywood stuff). Billy Bob Thornton, I believe, played an outstanding Davy Crockett. Of course, I love history, especially that dealing with the Alamo. I recommend it though, overall. Very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally a war movie that entertains & appeals to history buffs

    I saw this movie with several people who neither know or care a great deal about Texas history. They liked this movie very much--especially the way David Crockett was portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton. Though it lacks the over-the-top dramatics of the John Wayne original, or many more modern war epics, the characters & the story of their emotional journey to heroic icons is subtly yet powerfully compelling. But the real icing on the cake was the movie's realistic portrayal of the battle. For me, nothing destroys a movie based on a real event faster than when Hollywood tries to jazz it up for the lowest common denominator viewer. Thankfully this movie stays very close to the facts & lets the relatively unembellished & understated story challenge the viewer intellectually & emotionally. Obviously this movie is no blockbuster, but then neither are a lot of other truly great movies (e.g. Citizen Kane, The Seven Samarai, etc), but I think it is a great movie nonetheless. I will buy it on DVD & watch it again & again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    excellent cinematography and historical accuracy. Some good acting as well. May not appeal to the unintelligent.

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    Posted November 22, 2008

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