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Braveheart (1995) - 2 Disc Special Edition [Blu-Ray]


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Five out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (brutal medieval warfare)
Length: 177 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

A young Scot (Gibson) loses his father and brother to an ambush by King Edwards I and is taken to mainland Europe to be raised. He returns once he turns into a man to settle down and raise a family. The King of England (played by one of my all-time favorite actors, Patrick McGoohan) is ravaging his country and, after another personal loss, he is unable to sit by and do nothing.

Pros

I'm not even sure where to start here. This film has an excellent storyline with great actors. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will just leave you staring at the credits when it's finished trying to take in everything you just watched. The visuals are stunning and the emotions are real. The humor is sparse but very strong. All the actors throughout are perfectly suited for their roles. No matter what you think about Mel Gibson now, you can not argue that he did anything but a perfect job directing and acting in this film. The extras are a must for any fan of this film; it's obvious the respect that the actors have for Mel. And last but not least, I challenge you to find a better soundtrack in any film. This is the shortest 3 hour film you will ever see.

Cons

Unless you are squeamish or like somebody I used to work with that didn't like movies where the actors were so "dirty", there is nothing about this film to dislike.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Actor/Director Mel Gibson
  • "Braveheart" Timelines
  • Dimensional Battlefields of the Scottish Rebellion
  • "A Company of Equals" Featurette
  • "The Sound of Laughter" Featurette
  • "The Measure of a Film" Featurette
  • Smithfield: Medival Killing Fields
  • Tales of William Wallace
  • A Writer's Journey
  • Theatrical Trailers

Recommendation

I'm not sure if I had to sit down and rank my DVDs from most to least favorite what number this would end up at but I can assure you it will be far ahead of the vast majority. Is this worth a double-dip (i.e. you already own one of the DVD releases)? Oh yeah!!!!! They just don't make films on this scale without using CGI anymore and you'll be hard pressed to find a more captivating story.

Director

Mel Gibson   [Apocalypto, The Passion of the Christ]

Actors

Stephen Billington - Phillip
[Dracula II: Ascension, Dracula III: Legacy, Resident Evil]
Mhairi Calvey - Young Murron MacClannough
James Cosmo - Campbell
[Chronicles of Narnia: TLWW, To End All Wars, Trainspotting]
Brian Cox - Argyle Wallace
[25th Hour, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Hitler In Colour, Manhunter, Nuremberg, The Ring, Troy, X2: X-Men United, Zodiac]
Mel Gibson - William Wallace
[The Bounty, Lethal Weapon I/II/III/IV, Mad Max I/II/III, Maverick, The Patriot, Payback, Signs, Tequila Sunrise, We Were Soldiers]
Brendan Gleeson - Hamish Campbell
[28 Days Later, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Mission Impossible II, Troy, The Village]
Peter Hanly - Edward, Prince of Wales
Sean Lawlor - Malcolm Wallace
Angus Macfadyen - Robert the Bruce
[Equilibrium, Jason and the Argonauts, Saw III/Saw IV, Titus]
Sophie Marceau - Princess Isabelle
[The World Is Not Enough]
Catherine McCormack - Murron MacClannough
[28 Weeks Later, Shadow of the Vampire, Spy Game]
Sean McGinley - MacClannough
Patrick McGoohan - Longshanks, King Edward I
[Ice Station Zebra, Mary Queen of Scots]
Barry McGovern - King's Advisor
Sandy Nelson - John Wallace
Ralph Riach - Priest #1
James Robinson - Young William Wallace
Gerda Stevenson - Mother MacClannough
Alan Tall - Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir - Young Hamish Campbell

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