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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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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.
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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it turns out this dvd can only be viewed in Europe. I was able to watch it a few times, but then my dvd player would no longer play it, as it was not for North American viewers.Published 4 months ago by Doug B
Purchase for my husband. he was thrilled since his old VHS just doesnt play on the DVD player. One of his favorite moviesPublished 9 months ago by Virginia
disk was defective right out of the box, total loss on transactionPublished 10 months ago by Scott McWilliam
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