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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson


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Mel Gibson's lush, savage Revolutionary War epic is given the royal treatment in this DVD from Columbia-TriStar. The film is shown in an anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In addition, the digital mastering makes for a clearer picture with crisp, vibrant colors. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, so viewers… See more details below


Mel Gibson's lush, savage Revolutionary War epic is given the royal treatment in this DVD from Columbia-TriStar. The film is shown in an anamorphic widescreen presentation, which preserves the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. In addition, the digital mastering makes for a clearer picture with crisp, vibrant colors. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, so viewers won't miss one thundering musket or crunching cannonball. As for extras, The Patriot does not disappoint. Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin offer a feature-length commentary that offers some good insights into the making of the picture. The commentary at times seems to be improvised, however, occasionally leading to some distracting asides and in-jokes. The Patriot also offers a host of deleted scenes, which feature an optional commentary and serve to expand some of the film's subplots and characters. Viewers are also treated to three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The first of these offers a tutorial on the creation of the film's gorier special effects, while the other two provide an interesting look at the filmmaker's painstaking efforts to bring American history to life. For fans of the film, this is a must-own. For the uninitiated, it offers an excellent chance to experience The Patriot.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reluctant hero Mel Gibson leads a ragtag militia against the might of the British army in this stirring, lavishly mounted historical epic set during the Revolutionary War. He's perfectly cast as Benjamin Martin, a colonial farmer, widowed father, and veteran of the French and Indian War who stubbornly resists joining the Continental Army. Martin eventually enters the conflict to save his eldest son, Gabriel -- played by charismatic young Heath Ledger (10 Things I Hate About You), a rebel courier captured by British troops. The loose-knit band of guerrillas he organizes bedevils the redcoat, and sets up the traditional bad guy vs. mad guy (Mel) climax. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) re-creates the Revolution with scrupulous fidelity, vividly capturing the carnage and confusion of pitched battles that often took place in the backyards of colonial settlers. His historically accurate rebels are gentlemen farmers, vagabonds, and brigands, united by their disdain for the arrogant English king and determined to gain their freedom at any cost. Thematically similar to Gibson's Oscar-winning film Braveheart, The Patriot provides its popular leading man with a rousing vehicle for his considerable talents. The Special Edition DVD includes deleted scenes, storyboards, audio commentary, photo galleries, cast and crew bios, a featurette, and the theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although this war epic covers perhaps too much territory -- both historical and personal -- director Roland Emmerich keeps the pace buzzing and preserves his much-lauded skill at seamlessly blending sweeping vistas with cutting-edge, digital special effects. Traveling much the same narrative ground as he did in his Oscar-winning Braveheart (1995), Mel Gibson once again assays the role of a humble farmer drawn irrevocably against his will into a political conflict during which he proceeds to unleash a torrent of violent fury and strategic skill. Although Gibson's Ben Martin is more of a character type than a character, the actor portrays him with the same steely resolve and glint of good humor that made his William Wallace an international favorite. Co-star Jason Isaacs sinks his teeth into the part of the evil, atrocity-committing Colonel Tavington, a role that stirred up controversy in the United Kingdom for its cartoon-like villainy. The Patriot meanders down the paths of too many subplots, which detract from the film's main action, but the satisfying climax ties all the loose ends up neatly with a slam-bang finish that smacks of as much historical accuracy as Hollywood is able to muster in modern times. Although screenwriter Robert Rodat intended the film to be a portrait of legendary real-life guerrilla leader Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion, later drafts of the script excised most of the textbook figures in favor of fictionalized heroics designed to make Gibson's character more sympathetic than the controversial Marion.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Commentary with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin ; Visual effects interactive featurette; "The Art of War" battlefield featurette; "The True Patriots" featurette; Conceptual art-to-film comparisons; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by filmmakers; Photo galleries; DVD-ROM web link; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus with animation; Production notes; Scene selections with motion images

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Benjamin Martin
Heath Ledger Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson Charlotte Selton
Jason Isaacs Colonel William Tavington
Chris Cooper Colonel Harry Burwell
Tchéky Karyo Major Jean Villeneuve
René Auberjonois Rev. Oliver
Lisa Brenner Anne Howard
Tom Wilkinson Charles Cornwallis
Donal Logue Dan Scott
Leon Rippy John Billings
Adam Baldwin Loyalist/Captain Wilkins
Gregory Smith Thomas Martin
Mika Boorem Margaret Martin
Skye McCole Bartusiak Susan Martin
Trevor Morgan Nathan Martin
Joey D. Vieira Peter Howard
Jay Arlen Jones Occam
Beatrice Bush Abigale
Shannon Eubanks Mrs. Simms

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Executive Producer
David Brenner Editor
Michael Dahan Associate Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Dean Devlin Producer
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
William Fay Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Producer
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
James M. Halty Stunts
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Dionne McNeff Associate Producer
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Peter Winther Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [10:59]
2. "We are at war." [6:57]
3. "Dear Thomas." [4:30]
4. Gabriel's homecoming [3:33]
5. Colonel Tavington [4:03]
6. The rules of war [6:36]
7. Gabriel's rescue [11:26]
8. Battle of Camden [:43]
9. Colonel Martin [3:09]
10. A gentleman & a butcher [3:33]
11. An announcement [1:58]
12. Militia recruitment [4:35]
13. Accuracy & precision [4:05]
14. No prisoners [1:17]
15. Fireworks [5:46]
16. King's Highway skirmish [6:19]
17. Fort Wilderness [3:15]
18. Cornwallis & The Ghost [5:05]
19. "I'm going to kill you." [4:25]
20. Charlotte's plantation [3:33]
21. The wedding [2:02]
22. Addressing the village [7:36]
23. "Burn the church." [5:12]
24. Gabriel's revenge [6:57]
25. Battle of Cowpens [1:57]
26. The Ghost vs. The Butcher [5:01]
27. Yorktown, 1781 [16:16]
28. A whole new world [7:29]

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