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Patton BD+Book [Blu-ray]

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One of the greatest screen biographies ever produced, this monumental film runs nearly three hours, won seven Academy Awards, and gave George C. Scott the greatest role of his career. It was released in 1970 when protest against the Vietnam War still raged at home and abroad, and many critics and moviegoers struggled to reconcile current events with the movie's glorification of Gen. George S. Patton as a crazy-brave genius of World War II.

How could a movie so huge in scope and so fascinated by its subject be considered an anti-war film? The simple truth is that it's not--Patton is less about World War II than about the rise and fall of a man whose life was literally defined by war, and who felt lost and lonely without the grand-scale pursuit of an enemy. George C. Scott embodies his role so fully, so convincingly, that we can't help but be drawn to and fascinated by Patton as a man who is simultaneously bound for hell and glory. The film's opening monologue alone is a masterful display of acting and character analysis, and everything that follows is sheer brilliance on the part of Scott and director Franklin J. Schaffner.

Filmed on an epic scale at literally dozens of European locations, Patton does not embrace war as a noble pursuit, nor does it deny the reality of war as a breeding ground for heroes. Through the awesome achievement of Scott's performance and the film's grand ambition, Patton shows all the complexities of a man who accepted his role in life and (like Scott) played it to the hilt. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

DVD extras include a 50-minute documentary entitled A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner. Originally produced in 1997 for the Patton laserdisc release, the documentary covers the elementary background of the film, including many stills from the production. Schaffner (who died in 1989) and George C. Scott (who died in 1999) are heard only in interviews recorded for the film's 1970 release. The only new interviews are from less vital players: production head Richard D. Zanuck, cinematographer Fred Koenekamp, and composer Jerry Goldsmith. The absence of retrospective views from Scott and cowriter Francis Ford Coppola is unfortunate. The audio essay is not by a filmmaker, but Charles M. Province, the founder and president of the George S. Patton Jr. museum. His background on the man is impressive, but one misses a filmmaker's touch to the essay, or even the recollections of Scott himself. The high point of the documentary discusses the arguments over the legendary opening sequence. The short ends with a huge misstep--letting Oliver Stone go off on one his tirades about President Nixon and the influence that Patton had on the Vietnam War. Even if Stone's observations are relevant, his assertions about George C. Scott are totally inappropriate. The DVD also contains an isolated track of Goldsmith's influential score. --Doug Thomas


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of History 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic war biography Nov. 26 2009
By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars George C. Scott was perfect for this role Nov. 17 2013
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This movie is all about WWII's American Army General "Blood and Guts" Patton, both the good and the bad, and Scott played him to a T. My favourite scene was when a reporter asked Patton if he reads the Bible. Patton replied with a smile, "Certainly do - every goddamn day." If it wasn't for Scott, Karl Malden, who played General Omar Bradley, could very well have stolen the show. I liked his summary of Patton to his face: "You love war." And I loved the movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Patton (Bilingual 2-Disc Edition June 2 2013
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I was very dissapointed whit Patton. I was expecting the DVD whit the white box art just like the picture
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! March 17 2013
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I chose this rating because it's the first time that Patton can be viewed at home (if you have a large and well calibrated wide screen monitor) almost exactly the way it looked in a 70mm equipped movie theatre - the Blu-ray transfer is that good. Not to mention that it's a truly outstanding film in every respect... especially the Academy Award Winning performance of George C. Scott as General Patton.
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3.0 out of 5 stars War movie or biography ? Dec 5 2012
Format:Blu-ray
If Patton is supposed to be a war movie with it's main character being General Patton, then the German tanks shouldn't look like something from the Spanish military with grey paint jobs. I just can't get into a war flick when the hardware is wrong.

If Patton is to be a biography in a wartime setting, then I would have liked at least some time devoted to his childhood, upbringing, and early military career. Who is this guy ?

To me, the movie falls short on both fronts. An 'ok' movie, but that's it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Génial film de guerre Nov. 7 2012
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Biographie du général Patton, l'un des grands stratèges de la Deuxième guerre mondiale.

George C. Scott y est tout simplement inspiré dans ce qui fut sans doute le rôle de sa vie.

Rappelons que ce film a remporté en 1970 sept oscars, dont celui du meilleur film de l'année.

Récolte bien méritée.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The movie is a classic & still holds up well. The performances are fantastic & it is historically accurate. Seeing it in Blu Ray adds to the experience. The bonus disc and book add a lot of history that I did not know, even though I have seen this movie a lot of times & am a bit of a WWII buff. Enjoy.
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