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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
Contentsdisc 1. Feature film and special features
disc 2. Special features.
Scotland -- History -- Wallace's Rising, 1297-1304 -- Drama.
|Publisher|| Hollywood, Calif. : Burbank, CA :Paramount Home Entertainment ;2009
Distributed by Warner Home Video,
Gibson, Mel, producer, director, actor.
Ladd, Alan, 1937- producer.
Davey, Bruce, producer.
Marceau, Sophie, 1966- actor.
McGoohan, Patrick, 1928-2009, actor.
McCormack, Catherine, 1972- actor.
Horner, James, composer.
Paramount Pictures Corporation, production company.
Icon Productions, production company.
Ladd Company, production company.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Warner Home Video (Firm), publisher.
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack.
Music, James Horner ; editor, Steven Rosenblum ; production designer, Tom Sanders ; director of photography, John Toll.
MPAA rating: R; for brutal medieval warfare.
In English, French or Spanish with optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1995.
Special features include: commentary by Mel Gibson; Braveheart timelines; dimensional battlefields of the Scottish Rebellion; Braveheart : A look back; Smithfield medieval killing fields; Tales of William Wallace; A writer's journey.
Blu-ray Discs; widescreen presentation; 1080p high definition; Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1.
Blu-ray Disc requires a Blu-ray Disc player.
2 videodiscs (177 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.