Braveheart (DVD, 2000, Sensormatic - Widescreen)
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- tigerbaby007112May 08, 2013by
For those who don't know the story behind the film, it is a simple but affective one. Mel Gibsion plays a Scottish commoner named William Wallace, who leads an uprising against the cruel and tyranic king of England named Edward Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan)to free Scottland from English rule.
Very few films come close to Braveheart. It is perhaps one of the most inspiring and powerful films ever made. Mel Gibson could not have done a better job. He not only took on the difficult task of directing this film, but he also played the lead character. The passion and energy that he brought into the character of William Wallace is incredible, and watching him act out the role will amaze you. The rest of the cast was filled with talented actors who nailed their roles as well such as Angus MacFadyen ( Robert the Bruce), Patrick McGoohan ( Edward Longshanks), and Sophie Marceau ( Princess Isabelle). However, the performances given from the entire cast, is not the film's only strong point. The battle scenes are incredible. The sheer violence and authenticity of each battle scene is unreal. It is so realistic looking, that you will be made to flinch at times. The film also features a powerful soundtrack filled with beautiful bagpipe scores that really add to each scene. Last but not least is the film's ending. It is perhaps one of the best I have ever seen, and it brought the film to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.
Overall, Braveheart will go down as one of the best films ever made in my opinion. There are very few films that match its intensity, authenticity, and inspiring story. Mel Gibsion should be proud because he created a masterpiece. The DVD is definately the way to go in this case. First of all, the whole film is captured on one disk, and you do not have to worry about switching tapes. Secondly, you get a behind the scenes featurette on the making of the film and commentary from Mel Gibsion. The picture and sound quality is excellent as wellRead full review
- mintex03Jan 28, 2013by
Braveheart (DVD, 2000)
After several years of political unrest, Scotland is invaded and conquered by King Edward I of England (Patrick McGoohan) in 1280. William Wallace (Gibson) is but a boy at the time, and witnesses the treachery and murder of both his father and
brother. Taken abroad and educated by his uncle, he returns years later to find Scottland imprisoned by English Lords who
have been granted sweeping powers and lands by the English King. One of these powers grants the right of Primae Noctis, the right of the lord to take a newly married Scottish woman into his bed for sexual liberties on her wedding night.
When he returns home, Wallace falls in love with his childhood sweetheart, Murron MacClannough (Catherine McCormack), and they marry in secret so that she does not have to spend a night in the bed of the English lord. When an English soldier tries to rape Murron, Wallace fights off several soldiers and the two attempt to flee. But Murron is captured and publicly executed by having her throat slit by the sheriff, who proclaims "an assault on the King's soldiers is the same as an assault on the King himself." In retribution, Wallace and several villagers slaughter the English garrison and execute the sheriff. In addition, he goes to an English military stronghold near Lanark, and allows one of the villagers to avenge his wife's sexual
shaming from an English lord, and sends the occupying English garrison back to England. Longshanks (King Edward), is enraged by this and commands his gay son Edward (Peter Hanly) to "handle the situation" in his absence.
Wallace was betrayed by many of the Scottish noblemen at the Battle of Falkirk, where he was seriously wounded. In revenge he killed many of these noblemen. A sort of guerrilla war began at this time. After clandestine meetings with Isabella, the celibate wife of Edward's gay son, Wallace receives vital information about French involvement in the struggle on England's side. He and Isabella have an affair that leaves her pregnant with an heir to the throne; information she uses to exact revenge on Edward (the king) as he lay dying. In a secret meeting with Robert the Bruce at Edinburgh, Wallace is again betrayed by the Father of the Bruce and taken to London for trial.
The English magistrate tries and condemns Wallace to death by torture and execution by being hanged, drawn and quartered, his body sections being sent to all four points of the realm, and his head placed on London Bridge. Having shown such courage in his death, the revolution is carried forward by Robert the Bruce with the eventual victory, and freedom for Scottland. Robert the Bruce was it's first King. This was an excellent film!Read full review
- blessmartSep 09, 2013by
I watched it over and over again to get inspiration. Good movie.5 starsss!
I come accross Braveheart when I was 13 years old when it was aired at local TV channel. At first I found out it was just a normal war movie. Again, it was aired at TV channel 10 years after that. I just kinda of remisnisce how strong Mel Gibson
(William Wallace)spririt to fight in the war against the English.
At that moment , Im fully paying attention that this movie
is "Based on true story". I finally google about Braveheart and
learnt that this is the real history of Scotland.William Wallace
is the one who fight for his homeland. Without him, there will be no Scotland today. Even though Im not Scottish, but I start to appreaciate how one's action can shape a huge impact ones' future.
This story spark my interest in movie niche of "Based on true story".
- jameswilliam201...Jun 21, 2011by
Braveheart: William Wallace the Scottish Patriot and Hero
A great movie about a great man. This movie is especially pertinent to this time in our history as the political atmosphere is extremely chaotic. William Wallace may be more of a legend, but he is so because of how he inspired his people to fight against the tyranny of the English Crown. This movie also has great battle choreography and effects for being made in 1995, sixteen years ago. I definitely recommend this movie to history buffs, people with Scottish ancestry (I myself am descended from Scots), and anyone who wants to see a passionate movie about a great man in history.
- mr_kaidoMay 27, 2010by
ALL time best movie EVER
William Wallace (Gibson) is born a common highlander, the son of a lowly farmer, but he soon finds himself at the very eye of the storm. For Scotland suffers under the rule of the ruthless English king, Edward the Longshanks, and any attempt to resist his cruelty is met with the harshest punishment. When young Wallace's father and older brother are killed in a failed bid for freedom, Wallace is taken away by his uncle Argyle, who raises and educates him. Years later, Wallace returns home seeking a peaceful life as a farmer. He finds his childhood sweetheart, Murron (Catherine McCormack), and secretly marries her, hoping to start a family. But in so doing, he's already broken the law. Longshanks, in a bid to strengthen his control in Scotland, has given his lords there the right of "Prima Nocta" - the right to sleep with any new bride on their wedding night. Wallace's defiance leads the local English lord to last out. In a rage, Wallace responds by leading a revolt that wipes out the English presence in his village entirely. When Longshanks attempts to crush this uprising, the situation quickly escalates. Soon, Wallace finds himself the leader of a massive rebellion determined to free Scotland from the English forever or die trying.Read full review