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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief impressions on Cold Mountain blu-ray
Brief specs/impressions of the 2009 Alliance blu-ray release of Cold mountain.

It has an english 5.1 DTS HD-MA track (and also 5.1 English and French dolby tracks; no subtitles).
Video is 1080P MPEG4 with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1
No special features

This was an alright release all around. The movie was pretty good , picture quality was...
Published on March 13 2009 by C. Denison

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing once but not as good as I expected.
Although the performances were all excellent - it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. The flash backs were too abrupt and far too often. I think the story might have been better told differently. The love story was good and the relationship with Ruby was a hoot but the "war" portion was scattered and not as interesting or entertaining. It was worth...
Published on July 13 2004


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief impressions on Cold Mountain blu-ray, March 13 2009
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C. Denison (Hamilton, Ont.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cold Mountain [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Brief specs/impressions of the 2009 Alliance blu-ray release of Cold mountain.

It has an english 5.1 DTS HD-MA track (and also 5.1 English and French dolby tracks; no subtitles).
Video is 1080P MPEG4 with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1
No special features

This was an alright release all around. The movie was pretty good , picture quality was excellent and audio was really nicely done.

****UPDATE****
As of March 27th, 2012, a new blu-ray release of Cold Mountain has been released by Alliance [Blu-ray + DVD combo release]. This release apparently has pretty much the same audio and video quality as the prior release, but now it contains special features (commentary track, making-of documentaries, etc.) and also comes with a DVD copy of the film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence, OK but sex bad?, July 19 2004
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This review is from: Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)
so it is OK to see people maimed and killed in horrible ways, but if two people have sex it is bad? Give me a break.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole, April 25 2014
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Classic American Civil War Movie that I gave to a Relative as a Gift. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whole Family
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did I see the same movie?, Oct. 9 2007
This review is from: Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)
COLD MOUNTAIN inspired more admiration than affection. And seeing it on Christmas Eve was a downer.
The film begins on July 30, 1864, when Union troops, having tunneled under the Confederate fortifications around Petersburg, VA, blast a giant hole in the stubborn, Southern defensive line with a monster mine. In one of the Civil War's biggest boondoggles, the Battle of the Crater, the Federals managed to transform what was potentially a war-winning assault into complete disaster. Shortly thereafter, Reb soldier Inman (Jude Law) is shot in the throat. While recovering in a field hospital, he receives a letter from his sweetheart, Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman), back in Cold Mountain, North Carolina. Ada bemoans the hardships that have beset her since her father's death, and beseeches Inman to come home. Sick of war, Inman skedaddles, and begins the dangerous trudge back to Ada's Blue Ridge Mountains farm, about 400 miles as the crow flies. In the meantime, Ida, a lady of genteel upbringing, who can arrange flowers and play the piano but can't boil water or plant a vegetable, is running her patrimony into the ground.

COLD MOUNTAIN isn't the story of two soul mates together, but rather separate tales of two people desperately seeking each other out on the basis of the briefest of pre-war acquaintances - a few words and a single kiss.

Law's Inman is the strong, silent type whose forte is a long-suffering perseverance that perhaps inspires viewer admiration more than sympathy, even as he encounters the varied perils of his trek: Yankee cavalry, Confederate Home Guardsman hunting deserters, a lonely war widow in distress, and treacherous homesteaders. In the meantime, Kidman's Ada is a bit more animated as she, with the help of Ruby (Renee Zellweger), learns to be a successful farmer and stay gorgeous at the same time. Ruby, an unsophisticated, proud, self-sufficient, country gal with a smart mouth and an attitude, is perhaps the story's most engaging character. Though the rural, Southern accent sometimes seems a bit over the top, Renee's role is about as distant as one can get from her triumph as bimbo Roxie Hart in last year's Best Picture, CHICAGO.

For me, the most intriguing aspect of COLD MOUNTAIN is in the production notes. The film's director, Anthony Minghella, wanted to film in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville, but logging and modern life have destroyed the primal density of the area's forests. Then, Canada's forests were found not to be an accurate match. Now what? It wasn't until executive producer, Iain Smith, on a walking vacation in Romania, recognized the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania as resembling an untouched North Carolina. Romania!? In any case, the Battle of the Crater was shot near Bucharest, and Ada's Black Cove Farm and Cold Mountain Town were all outdoor sets constructed in the Transylvanian Alps. And the extras posing as Union and Rebel troops in the opening slaughter were the Romanian Armed Forces. How far we've come from the bad old days of the Cold War!

COLD MOUNTAIN is certainly one of the better films of 2003, but, for me, it lacked the chemistry to be nominated for Best Picture, especially when stacked up against the other exceptional candidates now in the theaters. Only Zellweger, perhaps, may come out of it with a nod for Best Supporting Actor. It's an excellent period piece worth seeing, especially if you're a Civil War buff. Must also recommend the movies THE ENGLISH PATIENT and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Especially for those who like war movies with a twist.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Dec 15 2013
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Came on time, great packaging and great edition. For all the old lovers of old stories this one is a good movie to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad Story but happy too.., Oct. 15 2013
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What a sad story of the war and the women left alone with the kids without protection and no money, a love story between that and a man who fight to live and come back to his home and lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Info, Oct. 5 2008
"Cold Mountain" this Alliance release is the 2-Disc Collector's Edition. Currently AMAZON only has the generic title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving, July 19 2004
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S. Quevedo "szoer" (San Diego, ca United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)
Cold Mountain is a very good movie. The only problems I have with the movie is it takes so long to get into (but once you do it's so worth it) and the fact that they barely met and were already madley in love!
As a previous reviewer mentioned there is a very explicit love scene. It is my opinion that the love scene is so very important to the movie. You almost feel the love between the two. The movie would not have made such an impact on me without this scene.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars to be exact., March 8 2009
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Nathan Poitras (Calgary, Alberta Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cold Mountain [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is an Alliance Blu-Ray release, so don't expect any extras as there are none at all, but for the low price you get a very nice video transfer and solid audio. If you're a fan of Cold Mountain, this BRD is a definite upgrade from the standard-def DVD version and well worth picking up.
Movie - ****
Video - ****
Audio - ***1/2
extras - n/a
Overall - ***1/2
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films in a long while., July 19 2004
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This review is from: Cold Mountain (Collector's Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import] (DVD)
A separated 'sort of' boyfriend and 'sort of' girlfriend become all and everything to each other while struggling their way through the devastations of the Civil War. Inman (Jude Law) is a poor carpenter in a small North Carolina mountain town who has a strong mutual attraction to a 'better class' girl named Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman). Social status dictates and the proper decorum of the day prevent them from plunging forth in the direction their hearts want to go, but when Inman leaves for war, they lay bare their passion and agree to correspond during his absence's duration.
Upon her father's death, Ada finds herself alone and penniless in the world, and unable to manage her large farm on her own. In a letter, she asks Inman to return to her, and he, no longer able to tolerate the depressing daily horrors of war, obligingly abandons his post to tramp home on foot. Now a deserter, he is hunted by the law and encounters obstacle after obstacle on his journey toward his 'ain true love'. Back at the farm, a no-nonsense, take-charge young woman, Ruby (Renee Zellweger), has appeared, and is as determined to build helpless Ada up from being a self-sorrowful belle into a self-sufficient survivor as she is to save the farm from ruin with hard work. Ruby becomes Ada's bonded friend and essential helper, while Ada and Inman become each other's goal to live and strive for.
The cast does a flawless job with their roles and the costumes, location shots, and music are all top quality. Phillip Seymour Hoffmann proves yet again that he's the greatest character actor of modern times. He's always brilliantly playing somewhat unsavory fellows with mental issues. And Charlie Hunnam, usually G.Q.-style gorgeous, usually a 'good guy' onscreen, so efficiently turned himself into one of Cold Mountain's most sinister creeps, I didn't even recognize it was him until the ending credits!
This movie reminds me of a contemporary version of 'Gone With the Wind', much more raw and real, and without the soap operatic flourishes. Those with intellectual minds, sentimental streaks, or both, shall not be disappointed.
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