Compared are the Theatrical Version
and the Director's Cut
, both released by Warner Home Video.
In Gettysburg, screenplay writer and director Ronald F. Maxwell describes the process during the battle of Gettysburg. The movie is based on the novel The Killer Angels
written by Michael Shaara
Basically, the Director's Cut contains extended scenes removed possibly for pace reasons - if one could still call it that because the Theatrical Version has nevertheless a running time of 4 hrs.
In addition to that, the aspect ratio is different in several scenes.
Theatrical Version/Director's Cut: 00:00
The DC contains an extended black screen in the beginning.
Theatrical Version: 00:34:02
Director's Cut: 00:35:30
Before General Buford and his men reach Gettysburg, he sends a spy to sweep the area.
Buford: „Keep the patrols out. Scout this bunch in front of us. Also scout up north. They'll be coming over that way from Carlisle. I think Lee's turned the whole army headed this way, trying to get around us get between Meade and Washington. If I'm right, there'll be a lot of troops up this road and down that northern road too, so hop to it.“
Some people in town are looking at a notice warning against the approaching hostiles.
Man: „By God, I can't believe they're coming this far north.“
When arriving in town, Buford and his men are being approached by a man and a woman plus one of the kids would like to be taken along.
Child: „ Can I have a ride on your pony?“
Man: „There's Johnny Rebs everywhere.“
Woman: „ Sure am glad to see you fellas.“
Buford: „Your servant, ma'am.“
Woman: „Is there going to be a disturbance in our town?“
Devin: „Nothing the cavalry can't handle.“
Buford and his minion are jerking each others chain. They keep riding and encounter the mayor.
Buford: „Never knew you were such a cavalier.“
Devin: „I'm just not as shy and reserved as you, sir. Beg your pardon.“
Buford: „Yeah, I'm about as shy as a regiment at full gallop.“
Mayor: „Rebel raiding parties have been here for days. Peeled the land of every cow, chicken and hog. Can't chew a plow horse with what they didn't take.“
Buford: „Bobby Lee's up this road a piece. Got the whole army of Northern Virginia with him. I recommend you good folks get back to your homes and stay indoors.“
Mayor: „Yeah, for how long?“
Buford: „Till the shooting stops.“
The soldiers keep riding and the General comments the mayor's statements.
Buford: „Something about the mayor and politicians and dignitaries that troubles me a bit. They're too fat and they talk too much. And they never think twice about asking a man to die for them.“
total difference: 119 sec
Theatrical Version: 00:34:05
Director's Cut: 00:37:33
The info Lutheran Theological Seminary
has been removed.
Theatrical Version: 00:41:27
Director's Cut: 00:45:14
General Lee's conversation with Major Taylor on the first day of fighting is longer. After greeting, Lee asks for General Stuart and Taylor delivers a message from General Hill.
Taylor: „How are you this morning, sir? How you feeling, sir?“
Lee: „Is there any word from General Stuart?“
Taylor: „No, sir. I would have wakened you, sir, if....There was no report at all, sir. “
Lee: „If I don't hear from General Stuart by this evening, I'm gonna send word out to him.“
Taylor: „Yes, sir. I have a message from General Hill, sir.“
Taylor: „General Hill wishes to inform you that he is going to Gettysburg this morning with his lead division general, Heth.“
Lee: „For what purpose?“
Taylor: „He advises me that there is a supply of shoes in the town, and he intends to requisition some footgear.“
Lee: „General Hill knows I want no fight till this army is concentrated?“
Taylor: „General Hill expects no opposition except for some local militia with shotguns and such.“
Lee: „Very well.“
Theatrical Version: 00:41:40
Director's Cut: 00:46:09
Subsequent to the previous cut, either of the versions continue with Taylor's explanations about a substantial breakfast. Followed by that, Lee wants to know if there were any problems with the locals.
Lee: „Has there been any trouble from the local population?“
Taylor: „Oh, no, sir. No trouble with them. The men are behaving very well. But there are some local women who claim we have taken all their food. And though they don't complain of our having paid for it in the good dear coin of mighty Virginia, well, sir, they do object to starving.“
Lee: „We must be charitable to these people, major. We have enough enemies.“
Taylor: „Yes, sir. The men have their strict orders. But I must admit those orders would be easier to follow had the Yankees showed charity when they were in Virginia.“
Lee: „Major, this army will conduct itself properly and with respect to all civilian population at all times. And you will personally report to me any infraction, no matter how minor or trivial they may appear.“
Taylor: „Yes, sir.“
Lee: „Very well.“
Theatrical Version: 00:52:21
Director's Cut: 00:58:04
After welcoming General Reynolds, the Director's Cut continues with the General giving orders to his soldiers. He also speaks with Buford for a second. At first, he sends a soldier to General Meade and a further one into town.
Reynolds: „Captain, ride as fast as you can to General Meade. Tell him the enemy is advancing in strong force. I'm afraid they'll get to the heights beyond the town before we will. We'll fight them here, inch by inch, through the town if necessary.“
Captain: „Yes, sir.“
Reynolds: „Lieutenant, Go into town, tell the people to stay in off of the streets, especially children. There's liable to be a fair-sized dispute here today.“
He asks a third soldier how he was capable of seeing sth. through the filthy glasses. The soldiers takes off the glasses and starts cleaning them.
Reynolds: „Joe, how can you see anything with those things on?“
Reynolds keeps riding and talks to Buford.
Buford: „General. Damn glad to see you.“
total difference: 100.5 sec
Reynolds: „First corps is coming up. The 11th is right behind it. Good job, John.“
Buford: „Thank you. I don't think they knew until now what they were up against. Now that you're here, they still don't know.“
Reynolds: „Well, they'll be coming back. Very good. Heth'll come in here thinking he's up against two tired cavalry brigades. Instead he'll be hitting two corps of fresh Union infantry.“
Buford: „Yes, sir. Poor Harry.“
Reynolds: „You can pull your boys out as soon as we set up. Put them out on my flanks. Good cavalry on both flanks.“
Buford: „Yes, sir. Well, John, most of my life, I've been leery...about the appearance of high command. But, John, I sure am glad to see you.“
Buford geht zu seinem Pferd und Reynolds sagt noch etwas in Richtung seiner Soldaten.
Reynolds: „Gentlemen, place the troops.“
Theatrical Version: 01:00:21
Director's Cut: 01:08:05
Subsequent to the elaborations about the own brigade's signal sounds, Tom Chamberlain is permitted to sing them in front of the soldier. The soldier doubts he could recall the different signals in combat.
Tom: „See, the call's like "Dan Butterfield."“
Soldier: „In the middle of a fight, I'm supposed to remember that?“
Tom: „You can remember that. That's easy to remember. Butterfield, he wrote a lot of bugle calls. You ever hear "Butterfield's Lullaby"?“
Soldier: „Butterfield's what?“
Theatrical Version: 01:13:58
Director's Cut: 01:22:50
The welcoming scene after Pickett's arrival in Longstreet's camp is longer. Two further soldiers, Jim Kemper and Richard Brooke Garnett (called Dick), welcome Longstreet and Pickett points at Lt. Colonel Arthur Fremantle's group. With the introduction of the latter one, the Theatrical Version is back on the field.
Kemper: „How are you, general?“
Longstreet: „Good, Jim, good. How are you?“
Kemper: „Real good.“
Longstreet: „Dick, how's it going?“
Garnett: „Fine, John, just fine.“
Longstreet: „Good. Oh, listen, I am sorry to assign you to old smelly George here but I hear tell you have a strong stomach.“
Garnett: „General, I want you to know how much I appreciate this opportunity to be back in action again, sir.“
Longstreet: „Let it go, Dick. Let it go. I consider it a damn fine piece of luck to have a man of your caliber attached to this command. I do.“
Pickett: „Uh, general, sir. Just exactly what do we have here?“
Theatrical Version: 01:15:49
Director's Cut: 01:25:20
After the introduction of Pickett's commanders, the Theatrical Version cuts to the conversation between Longstreet and Armistead right after Jim Kemper's question for Fremantle (when the Brits are going to do sth. against naval blockade). New in the Director's Cut is a longer conversation between Pickett and Longstreet and some dialog between Kemper and Fremantle.
The shot of Jim posing his question is four frames
longer in the Theatrical Version.
A consternated-looking Fremantle, who gets slapped on the shoulder by Armostead, breaks ground.
Armistead: „Time for some branch water. Come on.“
Pickett asks if he could talk to the General for a second. The General agrees and both of them are strolling around in the camp.
Pickett: „General? Sir. Might I have a few words?“
Longstreet: „Sure, George. Come on.“
Fremantle doesn't respond to Kemper's question and talks about Longstreet instead. Garnett approaches and passes them sth. to drink. He also explains the General's three kids had died of scarlet fever last winter.
Fremantle: „I must confess I'm rather curious about General Longstreet. Up until tonight, he never seemed to fraternize all that much. Almost dour, one would have to suggest.“
Kemper: „Well, if I were you, colonel, I'd count myself among the lucky. He just happens to be about the best damn poker player in this here man's army.“
Garnett: „There was a time you'd have to fight to keep him out of a game. Scarlet fever hit Richmond last winter, right at Christmastime. General lost all three of his children to it. The youngest was 10. Hasn't been quite the same since.“
Garnett schaut in seinen Becher und prostet auf die Queen.
Garnett: „Um.... The queen.“
Kemper: „To the queen.“
Fremantle: „Her majesty.“
Back to Longstreet and Pickett. Pickett makes it very clean that he's tremendously uncomfortable about the way his soldiers are being assigned.
Pickett: „Well, see, you are looking fine.“
Longstreet: „Looking lovely yourself, George.“
Pickett: „General. No reflection on you, sir, but you know, my division, my Virginia boys, we haven't seen all that much action for a long time. I mean, well, we weren't that engaged at Fredericksburg. We missed Chancellorsville altogether. Off on some piddling affair. Now they took two of my brigades, Corson, Jenkins, and sent them off to guard Richmond. I mean, Richmond of all places? And now, sir, do you know where I've been placed in the line of March? Last, sir. That's where I am, exactly last. I'm bringing up the damn rear. Beg pardon, sir. You see, my boys are beginning to feel a trifle disgusted at this attitude towards them as fighting men, sir. My boys...“
Pickett: „I sure don't mean to imply you, sir. No. Hell no, sir. No, it's just, uh....Well, the bureaucrats. See, I was just…I was hoping, sir, that perhaps you could talk to somebody about this arrangement of the troops.“
Longstreet: „Would you like me to move the whole army to the side so you can go first?“
Pickett: „Sir? Now that you mention it....“
Longstreet: „There is no plot, George. It's just the way things fell out. I mean, hell, look at it this way. If the army has to turn around, fight its way back well, you'll be first in line.“
Pickett: „Yes, I suppose that is true, isn't it? You understand, sir. That this whole damn war might be over after one more battle and my Virginia boys will have missed most of it.“
Longstreet: „Yeah, I know. How far back are they?“
Pickett: „Chambersburg, a hard day's march, sir.“
Longstreet: „Mm-hm. I know I can count on you, George, when the time comes and it will come. It will come.“
Armistead interrupts, Pickett is being expected at the poker game.
Armistead: „Sorry to butt in, but they're calling for George over at the poker table.“
Theatrical Version: 0.5 sec
total difference Director's Cut: 3 min 26.5 sec
Longstreet: „Your fame, sir, has preceded you.“
Pickett: „Well, thank you, general. Well, cheerio, fellas.“
Armistead: „Don't forget to bring your money.“
Theatrical Version: 01:29:56
Director's Cut: 01:43:28
Subsequent to General Meade's arrival, a briefing in the Confederation camp is missing.
General Lee expresses regret that the hill in front of Gettysburg couldn't be conquered. The Generals Ewell and Early make an attempt to justify their actions.
Lee: „General Ewell, I had hoped that after moving through the town you would've taken that hill.“
Ewell: „I didn't think it was practical. Well, for many reasons. We marched all day, and we'd fought. And your orders were to caution against bringing on a general engagement.“
Early: „There were reports of Federal troops in the north, sir. We couldn't bring sufficient artillery to bear on that hill. We decided it was best to wait for another of our divisions, Johnson's.“
Ewell: „Yes, sir. Johnson didn't arrive till after dark, just a while ago. He's out there now, looking over the terrain.“
Lee: „General Early, do you think you can attack on your flank in the morning?“
Early: „That hill will be a very strong position once it's fortified which is what they're doing right now, sir.“
Lee: „I am very much aware of that, general.“
Early: „Have you looked over the ground yourself, sir?“
Lee: „From a distance only.“
Early: „I do not think we should attack this point. This will be the strong point. Our troops have marched hard and fought hard today. I suggest we hold here while the rest of the army attacks the other flank.“
Lee: „Do you think an attack on your flank will succeed?“
Early: „I think it would be very costly.“
Ewell: „Very costly, sir.“
Lee: „General Rodes?“
Rodes: „We, uh, could attack of course, general but the boys have had a good fight and that will be a strong position. General, I am sorry we didn't take that hill today.“
Lee: „Well, this day is done. You know, General Longstreet proposes that we move our army around to the right and flank the Federal army and interpose between Meade and Washington.“
Ewell: „And to vacate this position? To leave this town we've just captured, sir?“
Lee: „This town is of no military significance whatsoever, general.“
Early: „To move this entire corps in the face of a fortified enemy?“
Lee: „And yet you tell me that you cannot attack in the morning? Gentlemen, if we do not withdraw and if we do not maneuver in the face of the enemy then we must attack. Is there any other alternative? General Hill?“
Hill: „No, sir.“
Lee: „Very well. I do thank you gentlemen.“
While the others leave, Ewell sticks around and talks to Lee one more time.
Ewell: „General, I believe I may have been too slow today. I regret that very much. I was trying to be careful. May have been too careful.“
Lee: „You won a victory this day, general. It was not a large victory. It could have been larger. Perhaps we could've pushed harder. But it was a victory nonetheless. And your people fought valiantly. This was your first campaign commanding a corps. Now you know it's not always as simple as it sometimes appears. Go and rest now for tomorrow.“
When Ewell has left, the General looks at his watch. With the entrance of Major Taylor, the Theatrical Version is back in the saddle.
total difference: 4 min 6.5 sec
Theatrical Version: 01:39:07
Director's Cut: 01:57:08
Extended conversation between Fremantle and Longstreet (following to the comment about women and preacher men). While talking, they're strolling around the camp.
Fremantle: „If I may be so bold what's to prevent the Yankees from attacking us here? I notice you haven't bothered to entrench or build a fortified perimeter.“
Longstreet: „Ohh. We were alert today. But old George Meade ain't gonna do us any favors. What we must do is we must make him attack us. And in order to do that, we have to occupy dangerous ground between him and Washington. Then---Then the politicians will press him to attack us. Which he will most certainly do, given time.“
Fremantle: „Oh, I see. Very clever. Very clever. So Lee doesn't dig in knowing with certainty that Meade will not attack him here. Meade will expect him to swing around to the south in an attempt to cut him off from the capital, his supplies and reserves. So while Meade ponders his own position, for fear he'll be flanked, Lee will actually attack him here, where he least suspects it. Lulled as he is by his own false feeling of security derived by his holding the seemingly superior topographical battlefield position in short, the higher ground. Brilliant. Sheer military brilliance. General Lee is the ultimate strategist, a master deceiver. Sir, it is exhilarating to be upon this field.“
Longstreet: „Well, I will pass on your complimentary sentiments to the general. Good morning, Colonel Freemantle.“
Theatrical Version: 00:00:00
Director's Cut: 02:37:35
With repositioning Chamberlain from the small to the bigger hill, side A of the DVD ends. Side B starts with a longer black screen.
Theatrical Version: 1.5 sec
Theatrical Version: 00:04:06
Director's Cut: 02:41:51
Before former avtor Harrison hits the trail to spy on the union's positions, he describes the character he's going to play to Longstreet.
Harrison: „This current creation is marvelous. I'm a poor half-witted farmer, do you see terrified of soldiers. And my lovely young wife has run off with a corporal. And I'm out scouring the countryside for her. Sorrowful, pitiful sight I am. People looking down their noses grinning behind me back. And the whole time telling me exactly what I wanna know about who's where, how many, how long ago. And them not even knowing they're doing it. Too busy feeling contemptuous. There are many people, general, don't give a damn for a human soul, you know that? Strange thing is after playing this poor fool farmer for a while; I can't help but feel sorry for him because no one cares. No one cares.“
Longstreet: „Well, we all have our sacrifices to make, don't we?“
Harrison: „Indeed we do, sir.“
Longstreet: „All right, Harrison, on your horse, get going. And, Harrison...“
Longstreet: „...you be real careful, you hear?“
Harrison: „Thank you, sir.“
Longstreet: „Go on.“
The Theatrical Version only contain the „Go on.“
, followed ny an alternate shot of Harrison putting on his hat.
Theatrical Version: 01:15:41
Director's Cut: 03:57:40
In the battle, Trimble sends a messenger to the General.
Trimble: „Tell him. General, Trimble sends his compliments and says that if the troops he had the honor to command this day cannot take that position, all hell can't take it.“