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Braveheart Special Edition [On DVD 12/18/07]

 

The Diva's review of
Braveheart Special Edition(2007)

 

 Braveheart Special Edition
Rated
; running time of 2 hours and 57 minutes
Genre: Historical Drama/ Epic
Written by: Randall Wallace
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Cast: Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine McCormack, Angus Macfadyen

U.S. Theatrical Release Date: 5/24/95 DVD Release Date 12/18/07
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% - Fresh
data provided by the-numbers.com

Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $75,545,647
International Gross $133,454,353
Worldwide Gross $209,000,000

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest
[This review is based on Mel Gibson’s theatrical vision which is apparently miles from the truth]

William Wallace (Mel Gibson) is content with being good Scotsman and an even better farmer. He is world is his new bride, Murron (Catherine MacCormack), he lives for her love. And although his father was murdered by the English (Scotland is being tyrannically ruled by the English King Edward I "Longshanks" (Patrick McGoohan)) William is still content with keeping his head down and staying out of trouble while trying to build a life for himself and Murron.

But even the most peaceful of men can be pushed too far. The Scottish people suffer at the hands of English Lords and Knights and their every whim. Humiliation. Oppression. Subjugation. Brides on their wedding nights don’t get to spend it with their new husband, but instead are taken by the ruling English Lord and deflowered by him or someone he chooses and often most brutally.

This isn’t confined to new brides. Any woman can be taken – literally and figuratively, All she has to do is be there when they get the urge. Such is what happens to dear sweet Murron and unfortunately she is killed in the process. This is too much for William to bear and he gathers other and although small they are a nuance and with each small victory, their numbers increase in size. Soon they are large enough to rival any English army. This makes the English stand up and listen, but it also concerns the Scottish nobility who fear a commoner having such power. Of Course rather than join him, they fight amongst themselves. Will the infighting destroy the rebellion, or will they get it together and unite, making the English rethink their methods?

The Dish

would you believe that I did not see this movie until 2005? I wasn’t reviewing film in 1995 and I just never got around to it. When I did finally see it, I was blown away. You can not talk about this movie, without mentioning the battle scenes. I remember being in awe of the battle scenes in Gladiator. I remember remarking on how those scenes were the most vivid I’d ever seen, well I might have added “since Braveheart” . It’s raw and brutal – as it should be. It also cemented Mel Gibson as a bonafide story teller. Say what you will about the validity of the story, its still an amazing one. With all the nominations it garnered and Oscars it won, I’m not alone in that assessment. Looking back, I realize that along with Dances With Wolves, it helped to usher back the Epic movie. You know the Big. Sweeping. Story.

The DVD

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Commentary with Mel Gibson
• "A Writer's Journey" Featurette
• "Alba gu Brath!" The Making of Braveheart
• "Tales of William Wallace" Featurette
• Archival Interviews of the Cast
• Photo Montage

DVD SPECS

Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
&bull Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English) Subtitles:
• English
• French
• Spanish

The Directive

I honestly can’t compare this to any other release, because I haven’t seen any other DVD. What I can tell you is to not make the same mistake I did, by letting this movie sit on a shelf for 10 years before viewing it.

3BC Ratings

yellow light

 

One of the great war epics of recent cinema


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2007
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