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

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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 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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Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0053939613926
Original Release: 1993
Rating: NR
Source: Turner Home Ent
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Full Frame]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 4:14:00
Sales rank: 1,718

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

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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