OK, this is not news, and if you don’t like the movie, you’re probably going swiftly to somewhere else.
That’s okay. You don’t know what you’re missing!
If this is new to you, the original movie, released in
1993 2003, was six hours long, and Maxwell edited it to three hours, well.
Unfortunately, it was kind of a big fail. Also, Ted Turner was disappointed because he apparently wanted something that would work into a Bob Dylan music video or something. I don’t know for sure what all went wrong, but everybody took a financial bath, I’ve read.
I like it – in fact, just watched it a few days ago. It’s not as “pretty” as his Gettysburg, but Maxwell really captured the “fog” of war and the many different viewpoints in the theatrical cut of Gods and Generals. Duvall’s performance as General Lee is superb, too – he’s apparently distantly related.
Anyway, I’ve always wanted to see the whole thing and now they’ve released both Gettysburg and Gods and Generals for the Civil War sesquicentennial. Gettysburg has 17 more minutes, reportedly, but G&G, well, here’s Amazon’s blurb for it (they have only 11 DVD sets left but more are on the way – guess I’m not the only enthusiast):
Gods & Generals – Extended Director’s Cut Reedited from beginning to end with amplified scenes and an added subplot, this all-new Extended Director’s Cut of Ronald F. Maxwell’s Gettysburg prequel restores his original vision of the fierce allegiances and combat of the early American Civil War. From Jeffrey M. Shaara’s bestseller, this commemorative release coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the North/South conflict incorporates an hour of footage never seen before. The story of actor and future Presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth (Chris Conner) is newly integrated throughout the narrative alongside the legendary heroism of Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), “Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) and Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall). And the battle of Antietam is now included along with the fateful clashes at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
Let’s see – the original was 3 hours, this version will be 4 hours. That still leaves 2 more hours of footage to hope to see some day. Maybe I’ll have Blu-ray or whatever follows that by then.
I have no idea how long it has been out, but I just noticed today after looking for some of the Antietam/Sharpsburg deleted battle scenes on YouTube. A few of them made it into the rare trailer below, it seems, and there is also a shot of an actor and Lincoln in Ford’s Theater (which fits the 1862 time frame, as Ford’s had closed, extensively refurbished and then opened, I think in early 1862, but don’t quote me).
Categories: American Civil War