Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The History Channel Presents Gettysburg

About Gettysburg

It's the summer of 1863, more than two years into our nation's devastating Civil War, and the stakes have never been higher. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, led by Robert E. Lee, crosses into Pennsylvania. Trailed by the Union's Army of the Potomac, Lee's 75,000-strong army heads toward Harrisburg, but the forces meet instead near Gettysburg, a quiet farm town that would become synonymous with the epic battle that all but decided the outcome of the American Civil War. For three long days, the two sides clashed in one of the war's bloodiest engagements to decide the ultimate question: Would the United States of America survive?

Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, GETTYSBURG strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War to present the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg in a new light--a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men who put everything on the line in defense of their vision of the American future. Cinematic in scope, GETTYSBURG is an information-packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little-known facts surrounding the battle. Developed in collaboration with highly esteemed Civil War historians, GETTYSBURG reflects hundreds of individual accounts of the battle--the unique voices of struggle, defeat and triumph that tell the larger story of a bitterly conflicted nation.


What I Can Tell You:
As someone who was never a history buff until the last few years, I can tell you that personally, I loved this. The flashy editing, beautiful cinematography CGI graphics, and nice looking actors make this movie bearable. We watch a lot of documentaries in my house. We also discuss a lot of them. For me, this was one of the better ones and I expected it to be with Tony and Ridley Scott in charge (Alien, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down just to name a few). My husband and niece on the other hand felt there was a ton of stuff left out. They considered it fluff and when I asked my husband for a summary of the DVD for my review he said, "a lot of people died, there's your quote."

Personally, I think as far as documentaries go, I think this one was great!

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