SONY has released the extended cut of "THE PATRIOT" on blu-ray. While it's nice to find studios electing to at least offer more than just the standard cut of films, if there are other versions available, it's just a shame that they can't take full advantage of the hyped up extra space and offer all versions!
Fans of gore will appreciate the nearly ten minutes that have been added, emphasizing the violent nature of the revolution. Mel Gibson stars in this "loosely" based version of "the swamp fox." Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Robert Rodat, "THE PATRIOT" fails to achieve the energetic pace of Emmerich's superior "INDEPENDENCE DAY," or the thoughtful insight of Rodat's "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN." "THE PATRIOT" also plays very loose with historical facts, a reason a traitor like Oliver North, who escaped a well deserved prison sentence on a technicality, probably loved the film so much.
That said, "THE PATRIOT" will certainly be a guilty pleasure for many. It's about as serious as "MANDINGO," and even though it's not as fun as that one was, there are plenty of fun moments, and teens not too keenly aware of history, will probably enjoy it the most.
SONY has provided a 1080p transfer with an aspect ratio approximating 2.40:1, slightly wider than the dvd version. Colors are rich in every scene. Contrast is flawless, allowing for stellar detail in even the darkest of scenes. There is some grain briefly present in select scenes, but not intrusive enough to diminish the overall outstanding quality of what's otherwise been achieved here. Really, really impressive!
SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, with virtually non-stop surround involvement and sensational panning effects. While the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is outstanding, the PCM mix is notably sharper with greater dynamic range and bass.
Two featurettes have been included.