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on March 15, 2011
You're not reading this because you want a review of Braveheart, the movie, you're reading this because you've already fallen in love with this spectacular film and you want to know how it looks and sounds on Blu Ray. The answer: amazing! This is one of the best blu rays I've had the pleasure of watching. The picture is crystal clear and the colours pop. The sound is glorious. Braveheart showcases everything that makes Blu Ray great.
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on June 2, 2004
I watched Braveheart again over the weekend and this is truly an excellent epic drama. But let's get one thing off the table first. I do not view this movie as an accurate portrayal of William Wallace or Robert the Bruce - nor is it what the rating is based on. Obviously plenty of liberties were taken with history. The movie is great because it's a good story well told.
Braveheart is about the war for Scottish independence in the 13th century and the historical William Wallace who led the initial phases of the revolt. Wallace is portrayed as a man of deep principle who wanted peace but wanted freedom for his countrymen more.
The large battle scenes and the leadership of Wallace are awesomely portrayed, as is the untenable position of Robert the Bruce. Bruce is caught between the Scottish nobles who prefer land, wealth, and favoritism from the British crown to freedom and safety for their Scottish brethren, and William Wallace, whom he could ally with to fight for freedom, but at the potential cost of his life, land, and status. Robert the Bruce's internal struggle was well captured on screen.
The only problem I had with the movie and story - but a minor one really - is the unlikely liaison between Wallace and the Princess of Wales. Even in a fictional account of William Wallace, this seemed like a terribly unlikely event. But in the scheme of things, this is a minor quibble.
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on April 21, 2004
Is it accruate? Don't know. Is it Entertaining? Yes! I watched Braveheart, The Patriot and Gladiator back to back. I would rank them in that order 1,2 & 3 starting with Braveheart. I would rate it a 4.5 to a 5 starts.
As you might already know, these are not "chick flicks". They include too much  fighting, blood, guts and death to be considered a date movie. You know what I mean, at the end of the night when it is a question of what to watch these usually get pushed to the bottom of the list because they don't have a happy ending. 
I think movies like these are viewed for the feelings you experience while rooting the characters on to victory not just the gore of battle.  I picked up on the general themes of bonding, team work, fraternity and living for a higher purpose.  It must be a guy thing I guess.....Overall, the story is told in an engaging manner and the sets in addition to the costumes are done VERY well. One negative: I must say it is quite long, so put the kids to bed early and disconnect the phone if you want to get through it in a single evening. Add it to your collection.
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on March 15, 2004
This is truly one of the most inspired films to come out in the last ten years. Mel Gibson has double-duty here as lead actor and director and acquits himself admirably at both. His performance is so heart-felt that many times during the film I was impassioned to cry out with the collective shouting of his men. He also uses nuance in the more intimate scenes between characters, using glances and gestures to propell the story. His acting is just one of the many splendid performances in this epic; and all the other actors feed off Mel Gibson's passion. His direction is also incredible for a first film, and it is remarkable how ambitious an undertaking this is. All concerned with the making of this spledid film should be congratulated. The costumes are extravagant and glow with authenticity, the art direction and set designs are all meticulously crafted, while the greatest star of this film is cinematographer John Toll. His work here recieved the Oscar for Best Cinematography, which made him a back-to-back recipient of the award, having won the previous year for "Legends of the Fall." The photography here is stunning and captures all the beauty of the landscape, and the subtlety of character emotion equally well. John Toll has continued to garner recognition for more recent work, including another Oscar nomination in 1998 for "The Thin Red Line." Another notable behind-the-scenes collaborator is screenwriter Randall Wallace. His writing is excellent, with impressionable, quotable dialogue and incredibly memorable lines that I've heard many times over in the years since this film's theatrical release. While I could nitpick and point out some obvious film editing flaws, those flaws are negligible when compared to the inspiration with which this film absolutely sparkles. This film has everything: romance, tyranny, hope, betrayal, epic battles with intense realism, love, passion, wit, and loyalty. This is an extraordinary film. Not altogether perfect, but perfectly inspired.
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on February 13, 2004
Gibson does a spectacular job of portraying life in a time when there were no roads, houses were non-existent and cities were only in places like mainland Europe.
The life of the Scots and the life of Wallace as a hero of Scotland under the heel of the British monarchy is an epic tale that will entertain and enlighten you. There is a little bit of British bashing done here. Who knows if Longshanks was such a rat. However, the concept of Prima Nota and the over arching trouble that was caused the citizens of Scotland because the British wanted tribute and gave little in return.
This is a movie about bravery, of course, and about patriotism, which is so much not in vogue today. The question you ask yourself is when is it right to stand up for yourself, who do you look to for an answer? If someone stands up, do you know if it is appropriate to follow?
There is revenge in this movie, a hatred for the British, a desire for freedom.
At times the movie is a bit gorey, however, that is what makes it seem real. You sometimes feel you are in the battle with them. This is a movie definately to have in your video/DVD library.
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on November 30, 2003
Braveheart not only stars Mel Gibson, but he directs this movie as well. His leading lady in this movie is Sophie Marceau who is splendid as the future Queen of Englang. After a long run at the theators Braveheart was released on V.H.S on May 21, 2002. Braveheart was released by Paramount Studio, and is closed-captioned for the hearing impared.
Braveheart is a movie about a common man who leads his fellow man to freedom and a chance of a better life. Wallas saw his Father killed before his verry eyes, and was raised by an uncle who tought him to read,write and fight better by hand and with a sword then any man around. Wallas did not truly become blood thuristy untill his wife was killed for not giving herself to one of the nobels. Then the battels truly became brutal and bloody with many deaths on both sides. The Crown of England may have might on it's side, but Wallas and his country men have justice on theirs. Braveheart will have you cheering,crying,laughing out loud ,and mad as hell. truly if you have not seen Braveheart you must.
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on November 21, 2003
Reviewed Date: November 2003
Studio: Paramount Studio
Genre: Epic
Exposure: Color
Running Time: 177 minutes
Rating: R
Release Year: 1995
Directed By: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau.
Within the movie Braveheart there is a story of heartache, love, destruction, and war. The movie is taking you back into time to the 13th century in Scotland. Mel Gibson plays William Wallace. Wallace finds love more then once in the movie. The movie has a lot of blood shed with the wars that are fought. Wallace is portrayed as a mad man in some parts of the film. He was drove to madness with the lose of loved ones. Wallace is a very intelligent man with a wisdom the enemies could never compete with. This is a very excellent movie. If you can withstand the dramatic portion of the movie that includes the bloody scenes. Mel Gibson did not only star in the movie he also, directed the movie.
I give Braveheart a 5 star rating, because it is a well put together movie with a love story with in itself.
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on October 8, 2003
The epic movie Braveheart tells the story of 13th century Scottish hero William Wallace. Mel Gibson not only starred as William, but also directed this film. Braveheart was released in the spring of 1995, the film's running time is 2 hours and 50 minutes. Braveheart won 5 Academy Awards including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Make-up, and Best Cinematography. Braveheart was also nominated for Oscar's in the following categories: Best Original Screenplay, Best Music Score, Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Costume Design.
Summary: William Wallace a 13th Century Scottish man that leads his people into battle against Edward the Longshanks and his English troops. The battle is over the oppression and brutality that the Scottish people are being put through. William leads his people into many great battles, some of the battles are very bloody but done in the right way to make this film more effective. William is shown charging his people up with patriotism as the prepare for battle. His men are all loyal and ready to die for Scotland. This film is well made, and tells a great story. If you have not seen this movie, you have missed Mel Gibson at his very best. This movie is a must see for anyone who loves history or just a good action war movie. I promise you will not be disappointed.
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on September 12, 2003
Braveheart is a story about William Wallace (Mel Gibson) and his fight for freedom and vengeance against the 13th century, bloodthirsty king Edward the Longshanks. After the king of Scotland dies without an heir, Edward the Longshanks, a ruthless king of England takes over the throne and oppresses and brutalizes the Scottish people in every way imaginable, even claiming the right to be the first to have sex with a newly married virgin wife of any Scottish man. When Wallace returns to his homeland after many years, he is dismayed by the treatment of his people. He forms a rag-tag but incredibly courageous army to fight the English and remove them from the country. After winning a few battles, Wallace becomes the symbol of hope for his people.
This movie is filled with nearly every kind of emotion. From the softhearted and romantic love scenes between Wallace and his wife, to the violence of the battle scenes, to the rage you will feel towards Wallace's enemies. It's full of patriotism, betrayal, love, hate, violence, and many others. This movie, though 3 hours long, never has a boring part in it. It's no surprise that it won 5 Oscar Awards including Best Picture, and Best Director for Mel Gibson.
Braveheart is an outstanding movie about actual historical events. However, it is not a movie to sit down and watch with young children. The battle scenes are very graphic and bloody. I would also warn potential viewers to make sure you have the time to view the entire movie before starting it. Make your popcorn, close the shades, and turn off the telephone, because you are in for a ride that you will not want interrupted.
Americans continue to go back to our normal "life as usual" after the 9-11 attacks, the flags have all come down, no more patriotic rallies, no more candle light prayer meetings. Also comes all of the bickering over trivial matters such as having the word "God" on our money or not. Maybe it's time for all of us to watch a movie like this again. Maybe we need to be reminded of the bloodshed and sacrifice that was, and still is made for our own country. In the movie Wallace was willing to risk it all for something he deemed more precious than life. FREEDOM. Americans need to be inspired to do the same and Braveheart is the movie to do it.
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on August 31, 2003
Directed and produced by Mel Gibson who's also playing the lead role, this movie not only won 5 Oscars including Best Director-Mel Gibson, and Best Picture 1995, but it is without question one of the greatest and most dramatic movies ever made.
This story takes place in the late 13th century.
William Wallace (Mel Gibson) returns to his native Scotland after living away for many years only to find his beloved land terrorized by a cold-blooded and ruthless king of England known as Edward the Longshanks.
Disturbed by the misery and suffering of his people Wallace rises to oppose the cruel king. After his beautiful wife, whom he secretly married so he wouldn't have to share her with the king is brutally murdered by the English soldiers, Wallace becomes a leader of a rapidly growing group of Scottish men determined to fight the king's army and get their freedom back. "Tell our enemies, that they may take our lives... but they will never take away... our FREEDOM!!!" After winning a number of battles, Wallace quickly becomes a respected warrior, hailed by his people and feared by his enemies. Respected for his undeniable courage, strength and intelligence, he's on a quest for vengeance and freedom.
Braveheart is a heart-breaking story blended with love, hate, courage, betrayal and an incredible patriotism. It is a story that will stay in your heart forever.
"EVERY MAN DIES, NOT EVERY MAN REALLY LIVES."
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