Gettysburg & Gods and Generals (US BD) in May

New Director’s Cut versions of these civil war dramas packaged as US Blu-ray Books this May…

Warner Home Video have two Blu-ray Book releases coming to the US on 24th May 2011. Director Robert F. Maxwell’s Civil War dramas Gods and Generals and Gettysburg are presented on Blu-ray in their new director’s cut versions priced at $34.99 SRP each.

These 2-disc, 48-page Blu-ray Book versions are packaged with photographs, bios, timeline, production notes, maps, and more.

Gods and Generals Extended Director’s Cut is director Ron Maxwell’s newly re-edited 4-hour-40-minute version, with one hour of new footage added, including amplified scenes and new subplot, never-before-seen footage and new bonus features.

Reedited from beginning to end with expanded scenes and an added subplot, this all-new 2-Disc Extended Director’s Cut — a prequel to Maxwell’s companion film, Gettysburg — restores his original vision of the fierce allegiances and combat during the early American Civil War. From Jeffrey M. Shaara’s best seller, this commemorative release adds the story of actor and future Presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth, newly integrated throughout the narrative. Also, the Battle of Antietam is now included, along with the fateful clashes at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, plus camp life scenes.

Features include:

  • Commentary with Ron Maxwell, Keith Gibson and Professor James Robertson
  • Extended Cut Commentary with Maxwell, Gibson and Robertson (NEW)
  • Introduction by Ted Turner and Ron Maxwell (NEW)
  • Gods & Generals: Journey to the Past
  • The Life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • The Authenticities of the Film
  • Cross the Green Mountain – Music Video by Bob Dylan
  • Ron Maxwell’s Invitation to Take the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (NEW)

Gettysburg Director’s Cut is Maxwell’s acclaimed film about the legendary 3-day battle and will be available for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring 17 minutes of additional footage. Features include:

  • Commentary by Ronald F. Maxwell, Kees Van Oostrum, James M. McPherson, and Craig Symonds
  • The Making of Gettysburg, Narrated by Martin Sheen
  • The Battle of Gettysburg, Narrated by Leslie Nielson
  • On Location
  • Maps of the Battlefield
  • Ron Maxwell’s Invitation to Take the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (NEW)

Later in the year on 5th July 2011 the newest cuts of Gods and Generals and Gettysburg will be released in a double-wide gift box as a Limited Collector’s Edition. This set will be available on both Blu-ray ($84.99 SRP) and DVD ($69.92 SRP). The press release notes the set is “beautifully gift-boxed with extensive new and notable extras and memorabilia, to be announced. Included is a special 32-page excerpt from TIME’s forthcoming book, TIME The Civil War: An Illustrated History.”

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Updated: Feb 25, 2011

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