The Patriot [VHS]
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Aimed directly at a mainstream audience, The Patriot qualifies as respectable entertainment, but anyone expecting a definitive drama about the American Revolution should look elsewhere. Rising above the blatant crowd pleasing of Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla, director Roland Emmerich crafts a marvelous re-creation of South Carolina in the late 1770s (aided immeasurably by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel), and Robert Rodat's screenplay offers the same balance of epic scale and emotional urgency that elevated his earlier script for Saving Private Ryan. Unfortunately, Emmerich embraces clich¨¦s and hackneyed melodrama that a more gifted director would have avoided. Instead of attempting a truly great film about the most pivotal years of American history, Emmerich settles for a standard revenge plot with the Revolutionary War as an incidental backdrop.

On those terms, the film is engrossing and sufficiently intelligent, especially when militia leader Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) cagily negotiates with British General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) in one of the most rewarding scenes. For the most part, the story concerns Martin's anguished quest for revenge against ruthless redcoat Colonel Tavington (played with snide relish by Jason Isaacs), and the rise to manhood of Martin's eldest son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), whose battlefield honor exceeds even that of his brutally volatile father. At its best, The Patriot conveys the horror of war among innocent civilians, and the epic battle scenes, while by no means masterful, are graphically intense and impressive. And although Ledger's love interest (Lisa Brenner) is too bland to register much emotion, the focus on family (which frequently relegates the war to background history) provides a suitable vehicle for Gibson, who matches his achievement in Braveheart with an effectively brooding performance. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • What happened to historical accuracy?
    Visually impressive but Gibson reprises his sensitive hero shtick. In the movie the British kill injured American troops, Gibson offers to free the slaves if they will fight for
    the Revolution and the British burn civilians in a church. HOWEVER, in reality the only documented massacre of injured soldiers was BY the rebels OF loyalist troops, the British offered to free the slaves, a move received with outrage among the slave owning rebels (including Washington and Jefferson)and the burning of civilians in a church by British troops never took place (although the Germans did do this in France during the Second World War). ...more info


  • The script needed a rewrite
    Because it had too many sub stories that does not propel the overall plot. And the endless slooooooow mooooooootioooooon all over the place, ack! Great Bloody action throughout to give it four stars. The only thing I don't like is that they don't have an option for me to be taken to those blood soaked splattered moments to relish. Come on! You telling me you came here to learn some American History?! On a Hollyweird production?! By a tree hugging hippie director from the euro side of delusion?!!! This is like trying to get Paul Verheoven(sp) to do a period pic. All he'd do is insert nazi asides to show you how corrupt those American/Euro/Romans where in the way back past....more info
  • One of the Great Ones
    'The Patriot' is a superb war story about the American Revolutionary War.

    It features superb acting by Mel Gibson (as Col. Benjamin Martin), Heath Ledger (Gabriel Martin) and Jason Isaacs as British Col. William Tavington. The supporting cast does a great job as well.

    This one is set in South Carolina in 1776-1781. Martin is a widowed farmer who is just trying to raise his children while the patriots of the area are preparing for war. He wants no part of it but is forced into it by by the brutal killing of his young son and other atrocities by Tavington. The Tavington character seems to be based on General Banastre Tarleton well known for his atrocities. Lest readers worry that the film is falsely portraying the Brits, that is not the case. Most of them are portrayed as noble warriors, but Tavington (Tarleton) deserves his place in infamy.

    Also, this is not as documentary. It is a work of fiction that is very well done.

    This is highly recommended for anyone who loves a great war movie, particularly one about the Revolutionary War which is seldom depicted in the movies....more info
  • Never get tired of this one!
    Always a late bloomer, I discover things after they've been out for a while - that's just my way. I finally rented this flick and watched it the whole way through...and it's great! I really loved it! There is alittle bit of everything in it - for men and women. There's war, romance - and it keeps you interested the whole time. Trying to watch all of Heath Ledger's work since his death - I'm so glad I saw this. This was definately Mel Gibson's movie (and he was great too) but Heath held his own as Mel's oldest son. He's beautiful to look at - but he showed such just knew he was destined for greatness. I now have this movie in my dvd collection - and would recommend it to anyone. You will be entertained. ...more info
  • quality
    the picture and sound is woooooooooow.
    In the battlesceen you think your in the battle.
    An disc to let see the true potentieel off blue ray...more info
  • Formula plot, but well played and acted.
    The plot of PATRIOT follows the formula of the reluctant warrior who is forced to fight by circumstances--see SHENANDOAH and others. True to the formula, once he enters the war, he is unstoppable. Even though it is strictly a formula plot, Mel Gibson and an excellent cast pull it off. Heath Ledger is excellent as the son who must fight despite his father's warning, and Jason Isaacs is wonderfully mean as the brutal British officer....more info
  • Red, White and BLU Patriot
    I first saw The Patriot during its theatrical run. I truly enjoyed the movie for what it was, pure entertainment. The visuals and most impressivly John Williams score enchant me till this day.

    However, if you are looking for an historically accurate storyline, you will not find it here. So many things were skewed to the Colonial point of view; slavery was not handled in an historical perspective, nor was the onesidedness of the brutality which heavaily leaned towards Britain. War is Hell, bottom line, show me a balanced perspective on all issues.

    With all that being said, I still really enjoyed this movie. The extended cut runs just short of three hours and too me it was difficult to pick out where the movie was extended.

    The blu ray disc itself didn't have many special features and was slightly disappointed with the transfer in several scenes. However, it is an improvement of the standard dvd. I am not sure about the superbit dvd, never saw that transfer. Surely blu wins that as well.

    All in all, this disc is certainly worth the upgrade....more info
  • Blu Ray Perfect for "The Patriot"
    The Patriot is another very good movie by Gibson ... entertaining, good plot, action, character development, and believable acting.
    Blu Ray adds greatly to this movie with superior definition, color, depth, and much better audio and soundtrack. The extended cuts in this movie are value-added.
    Certain movies are good candidates for Blu Ray; this is one of them....more info
  • Patriot
    This is an epic film. One of Gibson's all time classics. Great supporting role by Heath Ledger...more info
  • A must see historical perspective of the war that ensured the Independence of the 13 US colonies
    During our 4th of July, 2007 celebration, we decided to see this movie to put the birth of our nation into perspective.

    We just completed a vacation tour of the South Eastern United States, visiting our home State Florida, and then driving through Alabama, staying for a few days with family in Fayetteville, Georgia, then onto to Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, South Carolina and back through Georgia, finally arriving safe at home in Miami Lakes, Florida.

    Throughout our trip, we visited war memorials, monuments, and historical places that inspired taking the time to delve into the patriots that forged our way of life. This movie takes place in South Carolina back in the 1776 struggle to free ourselves from British rule.

    The hero, Benjamin Martin is the consolidation of many patriots, and it surfaces the tremendous sacrifice endured by our ancestors, who survived through the destruction of their homes and the trauma of losing family members to the cruelty displayed by many a British soldier.

    Benjamin Martin, masterfully played by Mel Gibson, is a hero of the French-Indian war, who witnessed such cruelty during the many battles he survived that he has decided to live by peaceful means and not get involved in what he augurs to be a rather brutal fight that shall not take place in a remote location, but that will take its toll in every backyard of the residents of the town where he lives with his six children. His wife has died and he is therefore, solely responsible for the upbringing of the children, thus he explains, he does not have the "luxury to fight" for he has the responsibility to parent his children 100% of the time.

    But his eldest son enlists, and as Gabriel goes off to war, events start taking a rather menacing turn which in the end compels this father to become integral part on our fight for Independence. As we watched the movie... Don and Virginia McDonald, Alex, Katya and Nadya Ariano... and myself... we were left with the realization that our nation was formed by men willing and able to sacrifice all for a new way of life... for the gift that it represents to live our lives guided by the precious document represented by our Constitution, and with the awesome responsibility of doing whatever it takes to ensure that the USA remain... free from tyranny!

    A must see film!!!
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  • Absolute Rubbish
    From a Brit perspective, this is total historical rubbish!
    Do you really think that British soldiers could have (or would have) herded women and children into a church, locked the doors and then set fire to it without us knowing about it 200 odd years later?
    It staggers belief!
    Yes, there was brutality on both sides, but there was also honour
    As for Mel Gibson being a S.C Plantation owner who didn't own slaves? Come on Mel, get in the real world!
    Mr. Gibson should go back to school and learn some real history and stop being so anti-Brit (and anti-Jewish). The causes of the American Revolution were economic and one of the reasons the Americans won was that the war was so unpopular with the British people who didn't want to support it.
    I suppose if you changed the names America into "Ambrosia" and Britain in "Ruritania" and you have the IQ of a demented flea, I could see that it might be enjoyable.
    There are so many other excellent movies about the Revolutionary Wars out there.
    Avoid this one!
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  • Mel and co engage again with the British with blood & guts
    This film coming a few years later after "Braveheart" was one of the first films in which I saw the late Heath Ledger--and he was impressive to say the least. Mel Gibson plays a farmer who is an ex-guerilla fighter who is reluctant to take up arms against the British until a tragedy occurs in his family that forces him to take a stand. Critics of this film have liken this to a Mad Max film but his re-transformation back into the warrior mode is plausible. Of course, there are some dramatic licenses taken here since Gibson's character is a composite of many of the types of American heroes like Francis Marion aka "The Swamp Fox" and also depicted in Disney film years ago by I believe, Leslie Nielsen before he descended or risen into his famous comedy mode (The Naked Gun). The Blu-ray transfer of this extended version is excellent and a special mention should be made of the excellent acting of Jason Issacs as the villainous British officier who forces Gibson's hand in a pivotal moment. Also Tom Wilkinson as Cornwallis, Chris Cooper as a Federalist and Tcheky Karyo as a French compatriot are excellent too. Recommended for war buffs and action fans alike!!...more info
  • Thank You Mel Gibson
    Amidst the steady stream of disgusting, vulgar, and /or western civilization-bashing crap that flows like a sewer from our Left Coast, we get a little reminder every once in awhile that the United States is not completely the Great Satan. We do have a redeeming quality or two. Thank God for a generation that didn't bow the knee to British oppression and tyranny. (Anyone who thinks the British were righteous during that period probably also thinks that Islam is a religion of peace.) Today we are the world's oldest democracy because that generation "stayed the course" (oh, the mindless clich¨¦s!), fought barefoot in the snow, and defeated the most powerful empire in the world (strangely reminiscent of the Vietcong).

    When I'm feeling low about the porn-saturated, Bush-decimated, corporate-dominated, widely-hated USA, I'll watch this movie and imagine a time that my people not only believed in virtue, but actually behaved as though there was something more important than self-interest, self-esteem, self-awareness, and getting off.

    If I seem a little overly passionate, it's because I've mistakenly spent time reading the one-star reviews. When I calm down my review of the movie will probably just be "It was pretty good." In the meantime, I'm compelled to respond in my review to Bob's "family values" review:
    So you do or don't like how he doesn't want to fight? Your sarcasm makes it difficult to determine if you approve of anything about the movie. You really should study up on the definition of fascism. Fighting an invading army does not fit the definition of fascist. Or is the Iraqi resistance fascist too? Maybe it was the flag scene that bothered you. Perhaps we should not have a flag at all?? When you see the US flag do you envision a giant swastika? I like the way you put words in Gibson's mouth like "God must be on our side." It's easier to debate your opponent if you get to pick his arguments. Thanks to our revolutionary generation, you and I both get to say whatever foolish things we want to.
    I notice that you really love the Bourne movies (as do I). I guess your "blood lust shall be satisfied with just killings of the wicked" too, as long as the killer is sufficiently remorseful and is killing unrepentent CIA (read "SS") agents. That's the "liberal" thing to do! How absurd to suggest that the British would burn a church full of people! Now the CIA, that's believable! With the aid of our jack-booted marines, they're burning mosques full of children at this very moment! I hope Michael Moore is filming it! The truth about the Christian fascists must be told!!!

    If this generation's warriors who have bled and died in Iraq and Afghanistan are going to have their heroic deeds told on film (REGARDLESS OF ANYONE'S OPINION OF THE POLITICS THAT GOT THEM THERE!) it will have to be someone like Mel Gibson that does it, someone with the ability to withstand the hateful and moronic attacks of our "patriotic" countrymen on the Left.
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  • Blu-Ray version
    I really enjoy watching this movie and now it is on BD it is truly a vision of splendor. The clarity and sharpness makes the picture gorgeous to look at. The audio transfer is also extremely good.

    I am thankfull that the version that made it to BD was the extended version which I think adds a greater depth to the movie.

    Overall this BD title is just brilliant and definitely top tier 1 level....more info
  • Great film
    I liked this film the first time I watched it. Since Heath Ledger's death it made me want to buy the movie because I remembered the great job he did in the movie ...more info
  • Great transfer!
    They did a great job transferring this to Blu-ray. It was dazzling in detail. It was all that I hoped for, in an older title that has be re-released....more info
  • Aim small, miss small
    THE WAR: Revolutionary War, desperately important in its cause for freedom and independence, but brutally ignorant in its fighting techniques. Whoever thought that lining up in a big mass in front of a group of musket-wielding automatons was a good idea, is a military leader without a hint of imagination. Through the ardent desire to form a country free from oppression, a country is born, and its first heroes

    STORY: Col. Benjamin Martin (Gibson) wishes to stay out of war and seek peace. With a recently deceased wife he counters the growing surge to fight the Brits with this brilliantly prophetic line about having one's own government, "Why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as a king can."

    PATRIOTISM: When his son Gabrielle (Ledger) enlists without his permission, Benjamin is heart-fallen and worried. With just about everyone, however, enlisting is looked upon as brave, just, and patriotic. As the wars rage in his own crops and on his land, his young family is unwillingly embroiled in a country's birth. When his despotic middle child foolishly rushes into a gun-fight without a gun, Benjamin decides it's about time to unleash the fury within (the defense of one's country is closely tied to the security of a man's family).

    FAVORITE BATTLE(S): In the most memorable scene of the movie, Benjamin takes his two youngest sons - one may have still been carrying a pacifier - into the woods to hunt some Brits who had previously imprisoned Gabrielle and displayed their poor dental hygiene. After setting up a rudimentary ambush and supplying the kids with a few words of wisdom, Benjamin almost single-handedly destroys a platoon of red-coats with a couple of muskets, a knife, an Indian axe, and the rage of a father who just saw his son get the business end of a musket. Benjamin Martin really was some sort of combination of a ghost, a ninja, and great Indian MME warrior in this one.

    FAVORITE LINE: Aim small, miss small.

    THE MESSAGE: Taxes suck, without representation they suck worse, and there was no way England could control the willpower of America's people....more info
  • The truth is usually more entertaining than fiction!
    Isaacs and Gibson both excell in this action filled movie.Unfortunately the theme of the movie was once again based on the 200 year old myth regarding the anti-hero Tavington(Banastre Tarleton)played by Jason Isaacs
    Again branded as the villain Tarleton was a brilliant tactition who played the American militia at their own game and won.
    Tarletons efficiency made him feared by the Americans but his tactics never reduced him to be the mind-less butcher that he is always portrayed as.
    These tactics were reserved for the likes of Ben Cleveland and Light Horse Lee who were infinately more cruel but were almost always noticably absent when Tarleton was around.
    In real life Tarleton died peacefully in his own bed in his 80th year and not on the end of Mel Gibsons bayonet.Pardon my soapbox but I feel that another opportunity has been missed to tell history as it was and now this movie is destined to live in the part of the bookshelf housing Grimms fairy tales etc...more info
  • Patriot is a great movie!!!
    The Patriot is another example of Mel Gibson's ability to draw you into his character and make you feel a part of a great story. ...more info
  • Great action drama
    This story is a great family title with a great story line that impresses on the family values and togetherness. ...more info
  • the patriot (blu-ray)
    Yet another superb remastered classic, with superb high definition picture and unbelievable sound. I found the bit where Mal lets loose with the musket pistol at the soldiers where the sound of the projectile actually pings around the room via the surround sound so good I had to replay it several times. This is a superb film, directors cut and as usual you have to wonder why they cut some of the more important scenes. well worth the dollar. Oh, and it plays on Australian Blu-ray players too....more info
  • Could it be time for another revolution
    Excellent movie and acting, Story superb if you can overlook hollywood political correctness recreating history...more info
  • Mel Gibson's Best
    The Patriot has humor, romance and action to the hilt. I watch this many times and it is always good....more info
  • I Enjoyed It
    I enjoyed this movie. I like Mel Gibson's action movies. This falls into that category. It is not a comedy. I like the new young actor Heath Ledger who played his son. I think we will see more of him in the future. We don't get many movies about the Revolutionary war and I enjoyed this one. Some of the scenes reminded me of THE LAST OF THE MOHEGANS especially the ambush scene in the forest. The final battle scene was very good. They don't make movies like this anymore. We all liked it. ...more info
  • Great Movie
    In short, I knew "The Patriot" was a great movie when I got it. I bought it for my 17 yr old and he loved it. The action and the quasi-historical content makes the film quite enjoyable....more info
  • The Patriot...
    ...Wherein a German filmmaker by the name of Roland Emerich makes a movie where evil British Redcoats commit a vile atrocity against American freedom fighters... an atrocity that in reality was perpetrated by German troops against French villagers in WWII. Nice one Roland. What are you going to do next - make a film where the British gas 12 million people in Auschwitz before the plucky German freedom fighters come to the rescue?...more info
  • The Patriot DVD
    This is an excellent movie! I purchased this movie for my mother before and decided I had to have it for myself. Especially sad watching it after Heath Ledger's death. :0(...more info
  • Perhaps Heath' best movie
    The Patriot DVD

    Mel Gibson is a pacifist who live in South Carolina circa 1776. His pacifism was caused by the violence he saw during the French and Indian War that he fought in. Heath Ledger plays his almost grown son.

    Highly recommended for fans of the American Revolutionary war, Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.

    Gunner April, 2008
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  • Worth a watch
    I love the movie and have the DVD, but just wasn't motivated enough to watch it again. This is a chance when you change your stock to blue ray, you do want to watch them again and appreciate them more. After all the movie looks more stunning than ever. ...more info
    The Patriot is another reson why one should buy a high definition BLU-RAY player. Patriot is exclusive to BLU-RAY and it displays magnificent picture and uncompressed surround sound-GREAT picture and Sound.
    The Patriot is a vastly entertaining and moving film that gives a glimpse of our fight for freedom from England. The performances are excellent and so is John Williams stirring musicaql score. Get this one-if you have a HD TV I highly suggest you buy a BLU-RAY player-they have an offer now with 5 free BLU-RAY movies-Check out BLU-RAY Players!!...more info
  • Amazing movie, so so blu ray
    Being a huge fan of the revolutionary era, I love this movie (and not for its historical (in)accuracies). Had to upgrade to Blu Ray of course, but was unimpressed. Its mildly better than the SD version, so I'd recommend buying only if you can get a good deal or if you don't already own the SD version. ...more info
  • Patriotic Americans
    While the movie of course was a hollywood creation it was never the less pretty historically factual. It depicted accurately the horrors and hardships the Carolinians suffered in order to achieve America's independence. My great grandfather was one of them....more info
  • A CLASSIC film about the American Revolution!
    "The Patriot" is the ONLY movie I know of about the American Revolution. If another exists, I don't know what it is. Curious, because the American Revolution was an important event in American history.

    This movie is almost as GOOD as Mel Gibson's all-time GREATEST "Braveheart". I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it. The battle scenes are SUPERB and Jason Isaacs make the GREATEST villain. I cannot recommend this film highly enough.

    If you're like me, and enjoy movies about historical subjects, you will LOVE "The Patriot". This movie deserves to be shown in history classes all over the country so the young may learn of America's historical past....more info
  • family values film
    I like how he doesn't want to fight. He just wants to live in peace and raise his family and tend his crops.

    Just like American patriots to this day he did not want war. No, we are a God fearing, peaceful people. But, if our freedom is under attack and our country needs us then we will accept the call to duty. Freedom is not free.

    This is the true American spirit and even though Australian, Mel Gibson understands it very well. Perhaps it is his faith that ties him together with us. As in a previous film, "Braveheart", Gibson is a good man forced into action by circumstances beyond his control to fight the English. And when he does, put on your rain coat because there will be blood, and lots of it, pouring and spraying everywhere. If there ain't a lot of blood shed it's not a Mel Gibson movie. Farmer Mel does the Lord's work, quickly turning into an axe weilding colonial Rambo killing machine. I suppose one shouldn't be surprised at his dispatching of a fairly large number of Red Coats with such efficiency. The peoples' blood lust shall be satisfied with just killings of the wicked. And the English surely are wicked and cruel, at one point burning to the ground a little white chapel filled with innocents. No wonder our brave countrymen fought the Revolution. And watching this vivid and moving history you know God was on our side.

    Actually, the movie is pretty fascist in it's conception. Leni Riefenstahl would love it. It does make you wonder when something like this is popular what percentage of the masses, particularly the peasantry, is inherently fascist in it's politics. Or if not inherently, at least very prone. Scary....more info