This 2003 movie is the prequel to the Gettysburg and is a 3-hour
epic revolving around the American Civil War. The movie begins with
the formation of both the Federal and Confederate armies as Robert
E. Lee (Robert Duvall) declines the offer to join the Union army and
takes his place with the south.
The movie also revolves around Joshua
Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) as he wishes to fight the insurgence in
the south and also Lt. Colonel Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as his
struggles with the war and life itself. This movie revolves around
several characters during this turbulent time and is definitely one
of the history buffs as Gods and Generals is quite historically
accurate. The drama between all the characters involved is quite
engaging that is complimented perfectly by the great cast of the
Match that with some violent battles and a healthy dose of action
and although there is quite a lot to digest in one sitting, I would
highly recommend that this movie is watched over two or even three
nights to truly appreciate the scope.
Although it initially begins quite slowly as the war progresses, the
battles begin to build as do the storylines for the characters
thanks to director Ronald F. Maxwell who really gives a unique look
into the Souther army.
Although not produced in high definition, the transfer to the
Blu-ray is quite exceptional with sharp images and vibrant colours
that is matched perfectly by the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack which
sounds phenomenal through our Logitech surround sound system. The
soundtrack of Gods and Generals is quite majestic at best.
When it comes to extras, the Blu-ray versions boasts a variety of
interesting and engaging featurettes regarding a variety of facets
of the original war and the movie itself. Definitely a movie for
those epic film buffs or for those that enjoy a historically
accurate war movie.