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I own both the two-disc, Special Collector’s Edition of this film, and two copies of the Widescreen Collection DVD. The main differences between the two versions are the addition, to the two-disc version, of an interview with the Writer, Randall Wallace, and a documentary about the historic William Wallace, as well as interviews with the following members of the cast:James Robinson (Young William Wallace)Brendan Gleeson (Hamish)Catherine McCormack (Murron, William’s wife)James Cosmo (Campbell, Hamish’ father)David O’Hara (Stephen)Angus Macfadyen (Robert the Bruce)Patrick McGoohan (King Edward I, a.k.a., Longshanks)Peter Hanly (Prince Edward)Sophie Marceau (Princess Isabelle)Both versions have a commentary track by the Director, Mel Gibson, recorded about four years after this film’s release. I gathered this, because he mentions that Ian Bannen, who played Robert the Bruce’s father, died "this year," and Ian’s biography on the Internet Movie Database indicates that he died in 1999; this film was released in 1995. Both versions have a making-of documentary, but they are different. I enjoyed Mel Gibson’s commentaries in his commentary track, as well as the documentaries. He seems very respectful of those who helped him produce this award-winnning film, from Directors, such as Clint Eastwood, whom he learned from, down to the background extras. Mel also indicates unabashedly the scenes which are not historically accurate, but which he inserted for cinematic and literary effect. This version is worth buying for those who, like me, already owned a previous version, but just can’t get enough of Braveheart! Check it out!
Braveheart is a tumultuous tapestry of history come alive
Braveheart [VHS] Review
A tad overwrought at times, but a true adventure classic. This one has it all. Beautiful Scottish landscapes, larger than life (though not TOO much larger) heroes and villains, and a classic struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors. Then there’s Mel Gibson in his prime for the ladies to gaze longingly at in his role as the legendary Scottish Freedom Fighter William Wallace, Sophie Marceau as the beautiful queen whose aching heart he steals and for the men to envy Wallace over, and a mad Irishman to add comic relieve when things get a bit melodramatic. The climatic scene of torture and the hero’s defiant cry of "FREEDOM!" with his final breath punctuates this timeless tale’s themes of honor, patriotism, love and valor. What’s not to like?The gore you say?Well . .. perhaps, but it does add to the realism of the period . .. war is, and always has been, hell after all. -Read Reviews-
There is no doubt that Braveheart has become a classical of American cinema. Every aspect was carefully worked to keep the audience interest. It has good acting, story line, background and props. From a Historical point of view the movie missed some terribly important facts (or bridges). I still show scenes in my class to illustrate the times in the Middle Age England. I recommend it.