Still from Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals (2003)

What editions are available?

  • Theatrical (229 min.)
  • Director’s Cut (280 min.)

The epic American Civil War movie Gods and Generals was released on Blu-ray in a extended director’s cut. The theatrical was also released on DVD and Blu-ray. In an introduction on the Blu-ray director, producer and screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell talks about the extended director’s cut:

“Back in 2002 we shot about a 230-page script so we knew we were gonna have a film of epic proportions and when we cut it together, it was about five hours. We had to cut it down for theatrical release and we released three hours and 40 minutes. That, plus an intermission, made it a four-hour experience. Well, in this version, we have restored the hour that we had to take out. So this version is now four hours and 40 minutes and we divided it into five parts to suggest how the viewer could look at it…. And there are moments like that all through the film which are maybe not whole sequences the way that Antietam is but restored to the film, they bring the film back to the film that we intended. Originally scripted, shot and intended on making which fleshes out the more complete story…”

Source: Introduction by Ronald F. Maxwell and Ted Turner

The director’s preferred edition: Extended Director’s Cut

Comparison of the editions with courtesy of

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