Gettysburg. One of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War, the battle at Gettysburg claimed the lives of ten of thousands of Americans fighting for the North and the South. It was this battle that would play a pivotal role in shaping our nation’s future, and making it possible for a once divided nation to find peace and unity.
This fantastic documentary breaks down the entire Gettysburg battle. How it began, who was involved, and the final bloody moments that would change the direction of American history. It’s beautifully shot, cinematically breathtaking, and graphically violent. After all, war is hell.
Watching the re-enactments of battles and other intense moments during this program, you feel like you’re there. You can smell the smoke, feel the cannon blasts, and even taste the blood. The sequences don’t hold back and show war as it really is: a bloody, deadly, and nightmarish world for both sides. This is definitely not for the squeamish.
With interviews from Civil War experts and military officials, Gettysburg gives us a gritty and personal look at the events that transpired. It’s not just a nameless, faceless battle, but also a war that pitted neighbor against neighbor, and sometimes brother against brother. We get to know soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies. Their journeys and their struggles are on full display here.
I really liked how they dissected the weaponry and even showed the physical impact that certain weapons (like a newly invented bullet) had on the human body. It brings a cool spin to the program and gives us an inside look at how these weapons operated and ultimately were used to wage battle and destruction against the enemy.
Gettysburg, from Executive Producers Tony and Ridley Scott (you know, the guys who directed Man on Fire and Gladiator, respectively, and dozens of other great films), is an exciting ride for any history buff. It truly brings this historic Civil War battle to life, and creates a world that will make anyone appreciate the sacrifices that these men went through in order to help give us the freedoms we have today.
Gettysburg is available NOW on DVD and Blu-ray!