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    Unique ID Code: 0000009686
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 30/10/2000 15:24
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    Braveheart (US)

    8 / 10
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    What kind of man would defy a king?
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 177 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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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
    2 Theatrical Trailers
    Commentary By Director Mel Gibson
    A Filmmaker`s Passion: The Making Of Braveheart

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

    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

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A rather good movie, although far from being the masterpiece the Academy Awards made it seem to be.
    It tells the story of William Wallace, a Scotsman of the 13th century and his fight for freedom.
    The acting is rather ordinary. Mel Gibson should probably stick with his comedy roles, though.
    The video transfer is a disgrace. While most of the scenes are stunning visually (as are the landscapes of Scotland), this rather new movie feels as if it went through a sandstorm while being transferred to DVD. There are numerous dust particles and scratches all through the movie and they are kind of disturbing. There aren`t, however, any compression marks at all.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is ok. I was hoping for a more aggressive usage of the surrounds, but I guess they ARE used frequently and that`s plausible.
    The menus are still and dull.
    The extras include a short 20 minute behind the scenes featurette and a nice commentary by Mel Gibson.
    Bottom line - the movie is a 3 hour ride (pun intended). Enjoyable at times, slow at times, but all in all it somehow delivers the goods.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 30/10/2000 17:59
    9 / 10
    Oscar winner Braveheart is one of the best movies of the 90`s
    and also one of my favourite movies holding the
    12th place on my top 20 movies list.Mel Gibson works as an
    actor, on the director`s chair + producing, so I would say
    that it`s Mel who really brought this movie to life.
    The story gathers around the man called William Wallace, who
    decides to revenge his wife`s death and start a war against
    England to fight for the freedom of Scotland.Braveheart
    is a very brutal historical epic movie with rage, emotional & love elements
    and with Mel`s good directing & effort the result is just unbelievable.
    So, the Braveheart finally got it`s transfer to dvd and I had to buy it as
    quick as possible.The video quality is very sharp with good colors and
    comparing to vhs, dvd looked much richer.The audio ain`t as good as it was
    in the Patriot, but still quite nice and clear, just some battle scenes didn`t
    have the effect that i was hoping for.Menus are silent, but with cool backround
    pics they managed.Extra Features doesn`t include so very much, but
    still there`s a trailer, good making of documentary and Mel`s audio commentary.
    With all things together this is a worth for buying, specially if you love this movie.

    posted by Hamill82 on 4/1/2001 16:39