Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union’s greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • All-new introduction by executive producer Ted Turner
  • Feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Ronald F. Maxwell and 2 of the film’s historical advisors, Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.
  • 3 insightful making-of documentaries: Journey to the Past, the African-American slave experience in the film’s era; The Life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a closeup look at this complex military man; and The Authenticities of the Film, about the movie’s painstaking recreations of actual events
  • 2 music videos: Bob Dylan’s “Cross the Green Mountain” and Mary Fahl’s “Going Home”
  • Interactive menus
Specs: Details:
Format DVD
Studio Warner Home Video
Product Title Gods & Generals [WS]
Language English
Program Type Movie
Release Date 07/15/2003
Screen Format Enhanced Widescreen for 16×9 TV
Region Code 1
Sound Features Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Rating PG-13  (Adult Language, Adult Situations, War Violence)
Run Time 225
Year of Release 2003
Genre Drama
Sub Genre Historical Epic, War Epic
Countries Produced United States
Themes Great Battles, Military Life, Life on the Homefront
Tones Earnest, Sweeping, Lavish, Stirring
Moods For Love of Country