Search - Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray on DVD

Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue & Gray
Gettysburg The Boys in Blue Gray
Actors: Andy Redmond, Nicholas J. Coleman, Christopher McFarland, Matthew O'Neill, J. David Petruzzi
Director: Robert Child
Genres: Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 17min

The sweeping epic of the largest battle ever fought on American soil emerges in GETTYSBURG: THE BOYS IN BLUE & GRAY. In mid-July 1863, Union Lt. Frank A. Haskell wrote a vivid account in a letter to his brother. The compel...  more »


Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Andy Redmond, Nicholas J. Coleman, Christopher McFarland, Matthew O'Neill, J. David Petruzzi
Director: Robert Child
Creator: Robert Child
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography, Civil War
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/11/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Similar Movies

The Battle of Gettysburg
   NR   2007   0hr 55min
Ellis Island
   NR   2003   2hr 30min
Gettysburg Three Days of Destiny
   NR   2004   1hr 30min
Widescreen Edition
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
   PG   2004   4hr 21min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married
Widescreen Edition
Director: Tyler Perry
   PG-13   2008   1hr 53min
310 to Yuma
Widescreen Edition
Director: James Mangold
   R   2008   2hr 2min
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Director: Sergio Leone
   R   1998   2hr 41min
Saving Private Ryan
Special Limited Edition
Director: Steven Spielberg
   R   1999   2hr 49min
Children of Men
Widescreen Edition
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
   R   2007   1hr 49min
Red Dawn
Director: John Milius
   PG-13   1998   1hr 54min
A Fistful of Dollars
Directors: Monte Hellman, Sergio Leone
   R   1999   1hr 39min
The Departed
Widescreen Edition
Director: Martin Scorsese
   R   2007   2hr 31min
The Pursuit of Happyness
Widescreen Edition
Director: Gabriele Muccino
   PG-13   2007   1hr 57min
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Director: Grant Heslov
   R   2010   1hr 34min

Movie Reviews

By Re-enactors, For Re-enactors
pinxet | USA | 09/02/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

I wondered through the entirety of this documentary for whom it was created:

Anyone unfamiliar with the battle will find a pathetically acted, incoherent chain of events narrated in an archaic style of english which can be understood only with difficulty.

Anyone familiar with the battle will find a painful, if brave, attempt at acting glossed-over summaries of events, with narration policed from overly-familiar footnotes found in any two or three books on the subject.

Had I seen this documentary at any other time, I would have found it enormously frustrating to watch. But by coincidence, I began reading Stephen Sears' "Gettysburg" this week -- an excellent book which, like most detailed military historical writing, presents only clouded imagery for the mind's eye beyond the arrows and rectangles drawn on the maps.
I found this film a good complementary visual supplement to that reading. Here you can traverse the ground within the landscape and within the main formations. I find no other usefulness to this documentary.

Placed into uniform upon their terrain, the re-enactors do what they do best -- To *show* what these events looked like. If the film does little more than that, it also does nothing less.
In the end, the most appreciative audience for this film will be other re-enactors.

Good history, horrible acting
Joe Schwarz | Illinois, USA | 03/01/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It is a good summary of the battle at Gettysburg, with a description of each day's major events and some aftermath. However, the acting was horrible. PBS used historians who I would guess had never acted before. I give amateurs credit for having the guts to put on period costumes and attempt to portray historical figures but most of them were simply bad at it. However, a nice touch was a great-great-great-etc nephew of Confederate General George Pickett played Pickett in the movie. I also felt the battle scenes were well done although on a limited scale."