This great value double pack draws together these two epic American Civil War films, included in the set are Gods & Generals and Gettysburg, both of which feature an amazingly detailed recreation of the events of the war and lead up to the climatic battle of Gettysburg.
Gods & Generals
Beginning in early 1861 and reaching a climax just before the Battle Of Gettysburg in 1863, GODS AND GENERALS, the screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's best selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed GETTYSBURG, is an epic and sweeping portrayal of a nation divided against itself as the Civil War begins. GODS AND GENERALS brings to life not only the Civil War's legendary leaders but also the countless anonymous soldiers and citizens who fought passionately and courageously for their vision of freedom and unity. Fanny Chamberlain (Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Mighty Aphrodite), Jackson's wife Anna and Jane Beale reflect the spirit, courage and anxiety of those left behind.
The film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war: Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels, Blood Work) who gave up an academic career to enlist in the Union army and became one of the North's finest military leaders; Confederate Generals Robert E Lee (Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, The Godfather) a 25 year US Army veteran and native Virginian forced to choose between allegiance to his country and loyalty to his home; and "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang, Tombstone) a devoutly religious man whose faith and courage made him an outstanding soldier and Lee's most trusted lieutenant.
Picking up the narrative where GODS AND GENERALS ends, GETTYSBURG recounts the story of the three tumultuous days which turned the tide of the Civil War in the Union army's favour. Featuring thousands of Civil War re-enactors marching over the very ground on which the Battle of Gettysburg was fought, writer, producer and director Robert F Maxwell's epic is as visually stunning as it is historically accurate.
Over the course of the three-day battle, GETTYSBURG focuses on the crucial engagements and leading personalities who decided the fate of the conflict. Among these is Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) who led the decisive defence of the tactically vital Little Round Top. The strategic differences in the relationship between the Confederate Lt General Longstreet (Tom Berenger, Platoon) and General Robert E Lee (Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now) which hampered the Confederate attack are exposed. The appalling slaughter of Pickett's Charge, as Major General George Pickett (Stephen Lang) leads his men towards the Union guns and certain death, highlights the heroism and faith of the individual soldiers.