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Braveheart (1995)

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The Sons of Scotland Unite on Blu-ray!

  • Jan 8, 2010
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As part of Paramount's Sapphire Collection Series, Braveheart is the best title of the three films Paramount chose to re-release.  While Forrest Gump and Gladiator are both amazing films, neither takes advantage of Blu-ray's power like Mel Gibson's epic film about the Scottish Revolution.  This isn't because of surround sound or anything being re-mastered though.  The film is fun to watch again in such a new way.  Sure DVD was great when it first came out, but Blu-ray takes away all of the grittiness and leaves you with a beautiful picture. Unlike Braveheart, Gladiator was re-released with DTS surround, giving the fighting and action sequences bigger sound.  Sometimes bigger is better, but with Braveheart, everything was brought to just the right level with both picture and sound.

With such an important movie in the history of film, I'm rather glad that Paramount waited for a little bit to re-release Braveheart in HD.  They could have just as easily slapped the film onto a Blu-ray disc and put it out right when Blu-ray won the HD War, but they took their time and made sure that the release was worthwhile.  The film has definitely been restored and remastered, as the picture is crystal clear and never lets up.  What's great about a film like this is that you don't watch it very often in order to keep the film fresh and exciting for the rare occasion you do pop the film in again.  Because of Blu-ray, you're now able to relive this wonderful piece of film making and maybe come across some things you may not have noticed before.  As far as video transfers go, Braveheart definitely is up there with more recent films that have gotten the Blu-ray treatment.

Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD is superior to any other Hi-def audio track, period.  It still irks me that some Blu-ray's come with DTS Master Audio because simply put, it sucks.  The audio track for Braveheart is virtually flawless with Dolby TrueHD and while you look for surround sound to engulf the room you're viewing a film in, Braveheart doesn't and that's a good thing.  Instead it does so very subtly.  For example, the wildlife of the Scottish Highlands coming through your back speakers or a horse riding from left to right, the surround sound is there more than anything else to immerse yourself more into the film.  Even during the battle scenes, you can hear the clanging of swords throughout the whole room and the sound of hundreds of horse hooves shaking the floor through your subwoofer, but it isn't to an extreme like most other action films with the amazing Dolby TrueHD audio track.  Along with James Horner's soothing and epic score, Braveheart has one of the better audio tracks out today.

If you've joined the wonderful world of Hi-Def movie viewing and are a big film buff like myself, then I'm sure this is a film you've been waiting for for a while.  With some new HD special features including a look back into the making of the film, Braveheart on Blu-ray is a must own for any film collector.  This is a film that is up there with Casino Royale as far as video and audio transfers are concerned.  I mention Casino Royale because it's said to be the standard for how Blu-rays should be viewed. All together, there really isn't anything bad to say about this release other than it's definitely worth purchasing.  The film is available on for $19.99.  The re-release of this epic film gets a 5/5!
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January 16, 2010
Nice write up! I bought the recent remastered dvd release (which was stellar) like 4-5 years ago. I need to get this Blu release. This is one of my fave movies of all and you make it sound so enticing. I had reservations about buying a Blu release for older movies but I will take a chance on this one.
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review by . April 09, 2011
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   Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) is an English ruler who plans to inherit the crown of Scotland just after Scotland's previous king had died without and heir. William Wallace (Mel Gibson), lost both his brother and father when they fought for Scotland's freedom, and he believes that Scotland should be free from the English invaders that have killed many people from their land. Wallace leads his courageous army to defeat the English, and after some success Wallace attacks …
review by . July 15, 2010
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My favorite movie of all time is Braveheart, which won the Oscar for Best Picture among others.   It is my favorite because it has everything that a great movie must have: great actors that you can really get in to and cheer for, an antagonist who you can root against and hate, a love story and a story of redemption, great dialogue and music, great scenery(filmed in Scotland), and a lot of action and great moments.It truly is an amazing movie which makes me feel many different emotions …
review by . December 10, 2008
Braveheart is almost 3 hours of action-packed, thrilling gold. Mel Gibson plays he role of William Wallace, a Scot, and gives an excellent performance as he leads his countrymen in the fight for independence from England. Of course, like any war movie, there's a love story, but in Braveheart it doesn't become the movie's main focus. Also, the film is pretty accurate from a historical point of view, and offers a glimpse into what life was like back in 13th century Europe.     Many …
review by . November 29, 2008
Below you will find a desription of the movie. This is my favorite movie of all time.     William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland …
review by . June 02, 2004
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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 …
review by . April 28, 2001
As I write this, Gladiator is still enjoying its shower of praise. I recall with notable fondness a similar film to snag the Oscar for Best Picture, Braveheart. This is the true masterpiece of the genre (which might be medieval action/adventure or something). What makes Braveheart special? In many movies like this (for instance, Gladiator), the protagonist is only a hero because he suffers. In Braveheart, William Wallace is a hero because he fights against suffering. It is that simple fundament …
review by . September 01, 2000
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There are five reasons why I rate this film so highly: great plot, great acting, outstanding production values, timeless themes, and indelible images. As you probably know already, the movie focuses on William Wallace who led the Scots to great victories before being betrayed, tortured, and executed. Gibson combines his usual zest for physical activity with much of the same sensitivity he revealed when portaying Hamlet. The supporting cast members are all first-rate. Perhaps only Gladiator and Saving …
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A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss, patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of human emotion. (His first directorial effort was 1993's Man Without a Face.) The film is nearly three hours long and includes several plot tangents, yet is never dull. This movie resonates long after you have seen it, both for its visual beauty and for its powerful story. -- Rochelle O'Gorman
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Director: Mel Gibson
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 1995
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Randall Wallace
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
Runtime: 177 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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