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    Unique ID Code: 0000013473
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    Added on: 5/2/2001 18:59
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    Braveheart (2 Disc Set) (UK)

    8 / 10
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    What kind of man would defy a king?
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 171 mins
    Retail Price: £22.99
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    Mel Gibson stars on both sides of the camera, playing the lead role plus directing and producing this brawling, richly-detailed saga of fierce combat, tender love and the will to risk all that`s precious for something more precious: freedom.

    In an emotionally charged performance, Gibson is William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation. Filled with sword-clanging spectacle, Braveheart is a tumultuous tapestry of history come alive, "the most sumptuous and involving historical epic since Lawrence Of Arabia" (Rod Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine).

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Director Commentary by Mel Gibson
    Theatrical Trailers
    `A Filmmaker`s Passion: The Making of Braveheart` documentary

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Mel Gibson

    Written By:

    Catherine McCormack
    Mel Gibson
    Sophie Marceau
    Patrick McGoohan

    Casting By:
    Patsy Pollock

    Soundtrack By:
    James Horner

    Director of Photography:
    John Toll

    Steven Rosenblum

    Costume Designer:
    Charles Knode

    Production Designer:
    Thomas E. Sanders

    Elisabeth Robinson
    Dean Lopata
    Alan Ladd Jr.
    Mel Gibson
    Bruce Davey

    Executive Producer:
    Stephen McEveety

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    I first saw Braveheart in 1995 at a charity based Cinema in harwich, Essex called the `Electric Palace`. The screen is small and the sound is only a slightly muffled stereo. Not a great start you might think?

    Well it blew me away, I was engrossed and completely enthralled and well I went to another cinema a few days later to watch it again.

    Braveheart is the incarnation of everything that can be good about Hollywood, and unfortunately what can be bad. But thankfully mostly Braveheart is just a good old fashioned epic. yes it`s historically incorrect, but it is also hugely emotional (sometimes a bit corny) and evoking. It certainly effects me each time I watch it and I never get tired of it.

    This DVD transfer seems to be excellent right up there with the high quality transfers of recent times (private ryan, fight club). My only gripe is that I can`t see the need for it to be spread over two discs as the second disc is just a 30 minute documentary, why they couldn`t have put it on the main disc i don`t know.
    posted by richard augustus on 15/2/2001 13:48
    9 / 10
    posted by ad6 on 18/2/2001 18:44
    8 / 10
    the first time i saw braveheart was on an imported laserdisc about four years ago.this was also about the time when dolby 5.1 had just become available on us home recievers-it was incredible then,but with the advent of anamorphic enhancement and more affordable av gear,its now better than ever.
    mel gibson manages to do the business both on and off camera,showing his versatility as both a director and actor.the film retains a wonderful period setting thanks largely to the superb costume work and authentic scottish accents,and whilst the scenery is a little drab and green,the widescreen cinemascope picture lends suitable scale to the sweeping camera work and forceful battle scenes-talking of which....
    its not often that you get to see so many men getting butchered,but the battle scenes in braveheart are a veritable abatoir of blood and guts.chapter 11 has to rank as one of the most slickly executed battle scenes of any war movie-no holds barred and superbly executed far as audio and picture go,fox havent put a foot wrong with the transfer,with a rock steady and crisp image that will flatter any tv,and the dolby digital soundtrack is awesome throughout,being both engaging in the subtle moments and unnerving during the big fight moments,chapter 11 has you literally surrounded by the noise of swords,dying men and crunching bones-and the james horner score remains atmospheric and memorable right to the end.
    politically unsound it may be,but come on,who watches a piece of movie making as good as this to nit pick,braveheart will stand out as one of the best warrior flicks ever and rightly so-not even the lousy `extras`disc lets this and enjoy one of the finest pieces of film from the last millenium...
    posted by Westy on 10/3/2001 01:07
    8 / 10
    Quite simply, a masterpiece of filmmaking. The movie tells the story of the life of a son of scotland, William Wallace. After certain events shatter Williams life, He decides to stand up against the cruelty of the English soldiers who are ruling scotland. He gathers support and slowly takes his revenge.

    With beautiful scenery, exciting battle scenes and a powerful and emotional storyline, this movie is an instant classic and truly does deserve its Oscars.

    The picture and sound are superb and make this a fantastic presentation. I still have my VHS copy of this movie in great condition and did not hesitate buying it on dvd. There arent that many extras apart from the documentart on disc 2 and a commentary. For a 2 disc set, I expect much more. The second disc seems wasted.
    Overall, I dont think we will see another edition of this dvd soon so I would grab it now. Its a must own.
    posted by dicanio on 2/2/2003 00:23