Braveheart

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8.42 h 57 min1995X-RayHDRUHDR
In 1300 in Scotland William Wallace mounts a battle against the English King, a pagan usurper called Edward the Longshanks.
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Mel Gibson
Starring
Mel GibsonSophie MarceauPatrick McGoohan
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DramaHistorical
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Catherine McCormack
Producers
Mel GibsonBruce DaveyAlan Ladd
Studio
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
FREEDOM!
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Just re-watched this today, after over a year of the worst lies and tyranny from world-wide overlords in history. The technocrats think they own us, and we are supposed to bow down to their boots in our faces. Our children and grandchildren are supposed to be slaves to the elitist liars who think they have every right to do with us as they will. Sound familiar? The part at 47 minutes when Wallace rides into the English stockade to fight alone, then the rest of the villagers join in: That is where humanity is right now. If we don't ALL unite to fight these tyrants, humanity is doomed to slavery. This movie is a clarion call to free people everywhere in the world. Unite or Die!
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AlexReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible!
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I've bought several remastered classic movies in 4K, but Braveheart may be the best. It looks stunning and vivid with a great amount of detail and clarity. There is grain and no DNR scrubbing, but for people who don't like grain it is not overbearing. It lends an authentic grittiness to the picture. The color palette is astonishing with the HDR and Dolby Vision enhancements.

The Atmos soundtrack is incredible. Not only are the battle scenes immersive, but there are also smaller atmospheric items like the sound of thunder overhead during a storm along with the rain that just adds so much to the experience. The music and sound stage is robust and enveloping.

I'm simply blown away with this presentation of Braveheart, and I'm thrilled to have the movie in my collection. This is a reference quality disk that will not leave you disappointed.
77 people found this helpful
Robert SchafferReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
4K bluray is a notable step up from 1080p.
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So much has already been written about the movie itself that I'll focus on the 4K UHD Blu-ray instead of reviewing the movie--which I love, by the way!
Mel Gibson's Best Picture Oscar winner looks absolutely fantastic in this 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation. The disc includes both HDR10 and Dolby Vision encoding, so whichever your system can reproduce, you're completely covered in that regard.
This 4K version really delivers a notable upgrade in picture and sound quality from the previous 1080p Blu-ray version.
Since this movie was shot on film (vs. digitally) there is some film grain visible, but it is usually minor and not a distraction from the otherwise reference quality picture. Finer detail, richer color and the wise application of HDR really step up the image quality, making this presentation a visual treat for the eyes.
The new sound mix is also a welcome and very impressive treat for the ears--more enveloping, projecting a greater sense of spaciousness and detail than the previous version released on conventional Blu-ray.
In all honesty, I've never seen this fine film look better and have never heard it sound better than it does on this spectacular new 4K UHD Blu-ray.
If you love this movie, and have a 4K Blu-ray player and a 4K TV with high dynamic range, this is a disc which I highly recommend without any reservations.
Braveheart is, quite frankly, among the very best examples of movies originally shot on 35mm film that have ever been offered to us in the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.
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Andy WaitstillReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Choose But Choose Wisely
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I just re-watched this movie after 20+ years and it has definitely aged well. Of course, it tells the tale of William Wallace a near-legendary 14th-century Scotsman who avenges the murder of his wife on the English and, ultimately, seeks freedom for all of Scotland. What sticks out still is the on-point direction and dynamic cinematography - the stag hunting scene is an instant classic - and the battle scenes are almost poetic in their brutality (going where only "Game of Thrones" does now). But the killer here still is the film's utter lack of fidelity to real facts, particularly when it comes to people Gibson holds in contempt. Yes, Edward I's son was definitely not straight but this has little to do with his reign - many monarchs have not been - and are not - straight. And, yes, his wife was unfaithful but never with a Scot. In fact, her son by Edward II wrought vengeance upon her and her lover when he, Edward III, came to power. No one would believe such a thing by just watching this movie. It is sad that Gibson has such clear talent but chooses to use it to portray history unfaithfully. In an age where people will believe just about anything, a giant question mark looms over this film - can you accept that it is a fabricated story and just watch it for it merits? Or is it a lesson best learned by not watching it at all? This is up to the viewer.
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H. P.Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie—well-acted, paced, told, everything (historical inaccuracy notwithstanding)
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Netflix’s recently released Outlaw/King starring Chris Pine spurred me to finally pick up my old review copy of Michael Penman’s Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots. I haven’t gotten very far, but Penman’s book is focused on the Bruce’s reign after Bannockburn, so William Wallace appears relatively early. And I can’t read about William Wallace without pulling out Braveheart.

Braveheart starts off right, with an R-rating for “brutal medieval violence.” It has two themes: stabbing people and liberty, which puts it squarely in my wheelhouse. It also holds a special place it my heart because it was maybe the last movie I saw in the theater with my dad. The initial theater run was limited and traveling 30 minutes and getting into an R-rated movie was still a bit of a tall order.

Braveheart is a great movie—well-acted, paced, told, everything—even if it does make only the vaguest nods toward the actual history and even if it does suffer from a bit of this-time-its-personal-itis (more on that in a bit).

The complex character of Robert the Bruce, and his portrayal by Angus MacFayden, is an underappreciated highlight of Braveheart, which is fitting given today’s theme. (MacFayden, by the way, is reprising his most famous role in another Robert the Bruce movie, with this one nire directly positioned as a Braveheart sequel.)

The most interesting contrast between Braveheart and Outlaw/King is in how they handle romance. In Braveheart, Wallace initially refuses to fight and only changes his mind after his wife is killed. (Which undercuts him as a patriot hero, even if it may have basis in fact.) That romance is what wins him the help of Isabella of France and then allows Wallace to literally cuck Edward II. In Outlaw/King, Bruce initially sends his new wife away so he can deliberate with his brothers over how to respond to Wallace’s execution. But Elizabeth de Burgh, daughter of an important ally of Edward I, chooses him. And she pays for it. When she is taken, Bruce doesn’t run off. He wants to, but his duty (and, frankly, his ambition) won’t allow it. In Braveheart, the romance is just a plot device. In Outlaw/King, the romance and the plot each enhance the other.
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Mad MaxReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fantasy just like Lord of the Rings. Fake love story with too old actors.
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The lead actress Catherine McCormack was about 23 when this was filmed. Mel was in his 40s.
Any girl that age would have been married with 4 children already, during that time period.
Ok- the stupid, stupid kilts. They didn't wear them during this time period. And If they were stupid enough to wear them without underwear, they would be DEAD from exposure.
The battles, how ungodly stupid these battles are.
Run as fast as you can like screaming maniacs with blue paint on your face (sorry that was the Celts not Scottish people) down a hill at people with sharp swords and spears. Let me know how that goes for you.
Then just start swinging your 4 long sword like a maniac at different people. You'd probably murder more of your own soldiers then the enemy.
Those wealthy English Wallace was fighting as a dirt-poor commoner. Wallace was also a wealthy knight (with armor) who had lands of his own! If anything he was fighting to get more land and more money.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great historical drama of the Scotts fighitng against foreign domiantion by the English
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Braveheart is based upon the Scottish struggle against English domination in the 13th century focusing upon William Wallace played by Mel Gibson. The dilemma for the Scots were that they were divided between different nobles that often fought and competed with each other. The British played divide and conquer with them. Wallace attempted to unite all the different clans into one force to repulse the foreigners. It’s a classic example of oppressed people trying to fight the powerful.

The first thing that strikes you is the characters are very strong. King Edward (Patrick McGoohan) of England for example is completely ruthless. There’s a great scene where he throws his son’s advisor out of a window. Mel Gibson of course plays the dashing hero driving by the injustice of the English.

The movie also does a good job laying out just how bad the Scottish were treated. During a wedding for example, an English lord rides up and says that under his powers he can sleep with the bride before her own husband. Later an English soldier tries to rape Wallace’s wife and she’s executed. It was these abuses of power that led Wallace to rise up against Edward.

Of course, along the way there are plenty of great fight scenes of the Scotts versus the English. Many of them are massive battles using hundreds of extras, something you rarely see today due to CGI.

The movie is a great historical drama and shows that people will always rise up against oppression especially if it comes from foreign rulers even if they are fighting the odds.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Enthralling Historical Epic Regardless of Gibson's Oversights!
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Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995) is a massive undertaking with brutal battles, sweet romances, political intrigue, and above all, Scottish patriotism! It is righteous and well intentioned in trying to convince viewers that Scottish should be a free and independent country separate from Great Britain after their centuries of tyranny. Gibson accomplishes entertaining the audience with the goriest war battles with swords, axes, lances, hammers, arrows, and horses clashing on the field. But what I continue to admire most about Braveheart is Gibson’s patriotic tone towards Scotland considering he himself is Australian.

Braveheart’s battles are truly impressive. Swords hack off limbs, lances thrust into the cavalry’s horses, axes penetrate skulls, hammers pound faces, arrows pierce armor and flesh alike, and scores of extras sprint full speed towards chaos. Gibson captures the insanely chaotic sphere of medieval combat. There are so many people fighting that it could be easy to lose focus, but Gibson keeps you exhilarated with finely focused blade combat. I think the 2 major battles within Braveheart remain some of the most visceral war sequences in any film.

Notably, Braveheart is notorious for Mel Gibson stretching the truth, getting facts wrong, and putting in historically inaccurate era items in Braveheart for the sake of entertaining audiences. I can forgive him this as Braveheart is still a finely directed film. I do feel the need to mention some of these points for the sake of honesty. William Wallace was apparently 6 feet and 5 inches tall at least, closer to 7 feet tall, whereas Mel Gibson is 5 feet and 10 inches tall.

Furthermore, the Scottish people did not wear that cool blue war paint at that point, nor did they have kelts yet. James Horner’s score is rising and sweeps you into the middle of the fray or across Scottish natural highlands. However, the bagpipes used in the score are not from the era depicted. There are several more significant changes in regards to historical figures, but this has been covered to death already, so I shall leave it at that. Again, Braveheart is amazing in nearly every other area other than accuracy.

Anyways, Mel Gibson is gripping as the Scottish folk hero and historical martyr William Wallace. His dramatic, romantic, and leadership acting give Wallace the respect and brave persona he earned in life. Brendan Gleeson is excellent and endearing as the massive and mighty Hamish. Catherine McCormack is lovely and sweet as Wallace’s wife Murron. Sophie Marceau is gorgeous and interesting as Princess Isabelle.

Likewise, Patrick McGoohan’s King Edward is one of cinema’s most fearsome and cruel villains. Angus Macfayden is fascinating as Robert the Bruce. Although he was William Wallace’s ally, Braveheart makes him the temporary traitor for narrative purposes. This is dishonest as well as inaccurate, but Macfayden is outstanding portraying this complex figure.

To conclude, Braveheart is rife with historical inaccuracies and mistakes, but Gibson’s acting and direction will keep you engaged for the entirety of Braveheart’s massive run-time.
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