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The Alamo (Widescreen Edition) (2004) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 3 2005
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DRDBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,494 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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From the studio that brought you PEARL HARBOR ... Academy Award(R) winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE, Best Adapted Screenplay, 1996; BAD SANTA), Dennis Quaid (THE ROOKIE), and Jason Patric (RUSH) team up for the acclaimed action epic about one of the most important events in American history! It's the heroic tale of the 200 brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom defending a small Texas fort for 13 days against an entire army! Commanded by three men -- Lt. Col. William Travis (Patrick Wilson), James Bowie (Patric), and David Crockett (Thornton) -- their against-all-odds courage at the Alamo would forever live on as a rallying cry for liberty and independence!

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Walking In The Footsteps Of Heroes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Sargent on July 16 2004
Format: DVD
After reading some of the reviews, it is clear that some of you do not understand "The Alamo." First of all, it is NOT a REMAKE of the John Wayne version (Now fondly referred to as the WAYNEAMO). Even though the title is the same, it is in reference to the Shrine of Texasand the events that took place there, not a previous film. This movie stands on its own merit. Saying the Alamo is a remake of the Wayne version, is like saying that "Saving Private Ryan" is a remake of "The Longest Day" or "D-Day, the 6th of June." Another reviewer was trying to figure out Santa Anna's age. He was 42 to be exact. While this movie was as Hollywoodian as any true story, it is probably closer to the truth than any other Alamo movie (and Wayne's was not the only one). Kudos to those who recognize the character flaws of the real "Three" as portrayed in the film, and not the happy-go-lucky or flamboyant attitudes as portrayed in the Wayneamo. This movie is certainly historically accurate in that sense. The weather conditions were accurate, and the time of the morning the battle began was accurate. With this movie you got a sort of feel as to what took place. But the big question still is: Did Crockett die fighting or did he surrender and was executed. Look at the movie again. Hancock settled this by having Crockett die "Twice." Once, when he and three others were in the Alamo chapel at the end of the battle, and they rushed head-long into a swarm of Mexican soldiers. While you did not actually see Crockett "die" in that scene, the message was quite clear. Then there is the Screamer scene. Crockett was a frontiersman and a statesman. But he was human. And I believe this movie portrayed him as he really was.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17 2004
Format: DVD
I don't care what you all say, this is the best Alamo movie I have seen!! They do not have Travis look like a whimp, they have him look like he was. No one knows how Davy Crockett died, so they put a twist to it. I thought the movie was very historically accurate, and I should know, I am a historian, and the Alamo is my area of expertice. So if you say it was bad, that's just good for you, but it was very accurate, and entertaining!!!
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Another retelling of one of America's most dramatic battles, The Alamo depicts the futile 13-day standoff in 1836 between a brave group of "Texians" and their Mexican adversaries at a small Spanish church in San Antonio.

Despite the odds against them, the Americans are willing to sacrifice their lives for land they have chosen to call home. Patrick Wilson stars as the impetuous Lieutenant-Colonel William Travis, who struggles for the respect of his volunteers. But, like the character he portrays, the unpolished Wilson is overshadowed by Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett and Jason Patric as Jim Bowie. Thornton's performance as the compassionate and multi-talented "King of the Wild Frontier" is expressive, while the infrequently seen Patric is intense as the typhoid-suffering famous knife-fighter -- both are humble, knowing they are not the legends they have been made out to be.

Together, these three men must stand up for their ideals against ruthless General Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarria), who views them as "pirates". Determined to preserve the integrity of the Mexican territory, he is confident in the strength of his massive army -- though seemingly all pomp and circumstance, they are a formidable force.

Yet, director (and co-writer) John Lee Hancock is unable to bring much fervour to the story; perhaps he was preoccupied with his upcoming rehash of King Arthur. The battle scenes, though interesting, do not make up for the bland screenplay, which frequently stalls to explore the life stories of the three principals...the banal dialogue is as dry as the dusty compound where the action takes place.

Like Pearl Harbor, an unnecessary postscript is tacked on to protect American pride, but this merely lessens the impact of the tragedy.
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Alamo DVD is an excellent collection of old and new Alamo movies and documentaries. If you're an Alamo fan, I recommend getting this 3-pack rather than just buying the three DVD's separately. The Alamo Documentary discusses everything from the Alamo's history to its pop culture significance to the Alamo in the movies over the years. There are countless interviews with Alamo historians and buffs which make it all very interesting. "Martyrs of The Alamo" is D.W. Griffith's take on the birth of Texas. If you can get past the completely racist depictions of Mexicans, this is an entertaining movie with surprisingly good battle scenes for 1915. In Martyrs, the Texas War of Independence is started because a Mexican officer flirts with Susannah Dickinson. "Heroes of the Alamo" is a B-western that tells the courageous story of the Alamo defenders from the Dickinson's perspective. Alamo fans will love seeing these early depictions of the Alamo while also learning some new facts about the myths involved with the famous mission in San Antonio.
The 3-pack DVD offers a ton of worthwhile extras that are not available anywhere else. The Alamo documentary DVD includes an hour long documentary, a trailer from John Wayne's The Alamo, Remember The Alamo(an educational film made from a cut down Heroes of the Alamo) and a brief interview with Alamo buff Joe Musso. The Martyrs of the Alamo DVD includes D.W. Griffith's movie, "The Alamo, Shrine of Texas Liberty(a very low budget movie made at Mission San Jose in San Antonio), and a five-minute cartoon. The Heroes of the Alamo DVD includes the movie, and the remaining footage from Davy Crockett At The Fall of The Alamo, a silent film starring Cullen Landis. Because of their age, the movies are not in the best of condition, but they are worth watching. For a great collection of Alamo movies, check out this very entertaining collection from Frank Thompson!
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