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  • Language: Arabic, English, French, German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,520 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Released in 2006 as part of Fox's Cinema Classics Collection, this deluxe two-disc set of Patton is a worthy replacement for all previous DVD releases of Franklin J. Schaffner's Oscar®-winning film. All of the bonus features from Fox's previous DVD release are included here: Patton is presented with superior image and sound quality (it was one of only two features shot in the "Dimension 150" 70-millimeter format; the anamorphic 2.35:1 aspect ratio of previous DVDs has now been corrected to 2.20:1), and the 50-minute documentary "The Making of Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner" remains a thorough examination of the film's production, including abundant behind-the-scenes footage, camera tests, and 1997 interviews with producer Frank McCarthy, composer Jerry Goldsmith, cinematographer Fred Koenkamp, Fox executive Richard Zanuck, and others including Oliver Stone, who makes the controversial assertion that several viewings of Patton led President Richard Nixon's decision to bomb Cambodia during the Vietnam War (in turn leading to the genocidal rise of the Khmer Rouge). The combination of archival footage and interviews results in a concise examination of Schaffner's career as a much-admired "gentleman's gentleman," and the film (along with Planet of the Apes) that he'll best be remembered for.The new features are even better. On Disc 1, Patton cowriter Francis Ford Coppola provides an interesting introduction, explaining how (as a military school dropout in his mid-20s) he was assigned to write the film, feeling it necessary to satisfy audiences by addressing all aspects of Gen. George S. Patton's volatile and contradictory nature. Coppola's feature-length commentary goes further in explaining his approach to the screenplay, including the now-classic opening speech, which Fox executives originally disliked, leading to Coppola's dismissal and the hiring of cowriter Edmund H. North. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Olsen on June 23 2009
Format: DVD
I am not always a fan of war films, but this is a really good exception and George C. Scott gives the performance of a lifetime of a highly controversial figure. Whether you end up liking or hating Patton, probably a mixture of the two, you can't help but admire some aspects of the man, just one of those guys you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of. The bonus material is really interesting and provides important background on the man, the myth and the legend. Money and time well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 21 2006
Format: DVD
The screen play is co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and Based upon the two books "Patton: Ordeal and Triumph" by Ladislas Farago and "A Soldier's Story" by General Oman N. Bradley. And acted by George C. Scott. This paints the picture of the Patton that we all know.

From the initial speech to the "I had a dream last Night" recounting of the Napoleon campaign, this film holds your attention. Patton is larger than life, and George C. Scott is larger than life in this larger than life movie.

We follow Patton through his WWII carrier. The focus is on Patton more than the war. We can feel with him as he remembers his past lives and we feel as though we were there with him. This is emphasized by revisiting Zama where Roman Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal. If you ever get a chance you need to look it up.

We know that very war is different but we learn from history, and Patton is history. By the way the film is just down right fun to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Dec 29 2003
Format: DVD
He was a no bull, all guts general with a passion for war, for progress, and for history. And he used history to his advantage. No other World War II general had the personality of Patton. And no general since Patton has been able to match his flamboyant style. George C. Scott's potrayal is flawless. And the movie is a good history lesson for all of us who were, ahem, napping during that part of the lecture. I was not a fan of "old war movies" before I saw Patton. A child of the late 80s and 90s, I grew up with the special effects stuff such as, most notably, Saving Private Ryan. But it's Patton's personality that makes me like this movie. He makes you want to watch it. His attitude inspired men to move, to march. I think he could still inspire us all today.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2009
Format: Blu-ray
"Patton"(1970) is a biographical war film directed by Franklin Schaffner (Planet of the Apes) and stars George C. Scott as George S. Patton. The script is by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North. The opening scene with Patton delivering a speech in front of a huge American flag is an iconic image in film history. The film won Best Picture, and Best Director, at the Academy Awards (1971), and Scott won Best Actor for his role as Patton. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7.

Patton was a surly and brilliant strategist who was well versed in history. He even fantasized about being reincarnated throughout history. This allowed him to project his view of the present world through the eyes of historians, which in turn, gave him an uniquely clear view of his circumstances and his goals as a military leader. He subsequently had many military successes during WWII.

"Patton" looks great on blu-ray as it was shot in 65mm Dimension 150. Schaffner was acknowledged as being one of the best to handle "epicness" in films. "Patton" runs at close to three hours in length.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Travers on June 6 2004
Format: DVD
In 1970, two films juxtaposed each other. "Patton" was an unlikely winner of eight Oscars. The pacifist Scott for all practical purposes took his Buck Turgidson character and refined him into the real-life Patton. In interviews, Scott said he found his research of Patton revealed an unbalanced man, but on screen Scott nailed him as the vainglorious, brilliant, driven warmonger he was. Steiger was offered the role first but turned it down because it glorified war. Vietnam was absolutely at its apex. It was very surprising that Hollywood would make such a film at that time. But director Frankin Schaffner had served under Patton, and after making "The Planet of the Apes" had the clout to call his shots. The film did not get America behind the war, but it did cause Nixon to start bombing Cambodia because the Patton story convinced him to get tough. The screenwriter, oddly enough, was Francis Ford Coppola, who may have done himself a turn. Coppola was no war lover, and wrote "Patton" as a man obsessed with war ("God help me, I love it so"), deluded by visions of Napoleonic grandeur mixed with Episcopalian Christianity and karmic reincarnation. The intent may have been to show a psychotic military man, to de-mask his heroism, and this may have been what prompted Scott to play it. From page to screen there are virtually no changes, but if Coppola was trying to put down the military by showing Patton's human warts, the result was a brilliant work that now is one of, if not the most, conservative pictures ever made. Watching "Patton" stirs wonderful pride in two countries (Great Britain is prominent in the film) that were tough enough to stand up to the Nazis when the rest of the world cowered in victimhood. Karl Malden's Omar Bradley is Patton's perfect foil, as is the Bernard Law Montgomery character. The film saved Coppola, who was about to be fired as "The Godfather" director. When he won the Oscar for "Patton", it gave him too much clout to get the axe.
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