The Alamo
Disney / Buena Vista (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, War, Western
In Collection
Seen ItNo
IMDB   6.0
137 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG-13
Dennis Quaid Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton Davy Crockett
Jason Patric James Bowie
Patrick Wilson William Travis
Emilio Echevarría Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Jordi Mollà Juan Seguin
Leon Rippy Sgt. William Ward
Tom Davidson Colonel Green Jameson
Marc Blucas James Bonham
Robert Prentiss Albert Grimes
Kevin Page Micajah Autry
Joe Stevens Mial Scurlock
Stephen Bruton Captain Almeron Dickinson
Laura Clifton Susanna Dickinson
Ricardo Chavira Private Gregorio Esparza
John Lee Hancock
Producer Ron Howard
Mark Johnson
Todd Hallowell
K.C. Hodenfield
Writer Leslie Bohem
Stephen Gaghan
John Lee Hancock
Cinematography John O'Connor
Musician Carter Burwell

Re-teaming Dennis Quaid with John Lee Hancock, the director of 2002's The Rookie, The Alamo retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence. Facing 4,000 Mexican troops, 186 Texan soldiers and volunteers — including William Travis (Patrick Wilson), Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), and Jim Bowie (Jason Patric) — retreat within the walls of the Alamo, a Franciscan mission that was converted into a military fort. Once inside, the men prepare themselves for what will be a bloody battle to the death, as General Sam Houston (Quaid) leads the charge from the outside. Emilio Echevarria and Jordi Molla co-star. — Matthew Tobey
Edition Details
Distributor Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Chapters 18
Release Date 9/28/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 12/22/2013
Owner Thomas Eisenmann
Store WalMart
Purchase Price $14.99
Condition Excellent
Current Value $2.50
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Special features include an 18-minute Return Of The Legend: The Making Of The Alamo, a six-minute Deep In The Heart Of Texans highlight on the passion of the people in the Lone Star State, a 12-minute Walking In The Footsteps Of Heroes, five deleted scenes with optional commentary, and a feature-length audio commentary track by historians Alan Huffins and Stephen Hardin. There are also up-front ads and a THX® Optimizer™.
User Defined
Anamophic Yes
Reviewed Widescreen Review
Bit Rate 448 KB
Digital UV Not eligable
Digital Copy Claimed No
VUDU Purchase Price 17.99
Disk Type DVD
VUDU Export No

High-Def Review
Story Synopsis:
With 4,000 Mexican troops closing in, fewer than 200 Texan soldiers, led by General Sam Houston (Quaid), and a group of volunteers-including William Travis (Wilson), Davy Crockett (Thornton), and Jim Bowie (Patric)-defend The Alamo. Their sacrifice for freedom would become one of the most significant events in American history and would decide the fate of Texas in 1836. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a beautiful color palette that is complementary to the setting of the film. With rich, warm yellows and bold reds, lots of dirty browns typically found in western settings, as well as natural fleshtones, and deep blacks, colors are nicely saturated throughout. The picture is sharp and detailed, with satisfying textures and definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are also nicely presented. Occasionally the picture has a slight “pasty” appearance, and edge enhancement and pixelization are also noticed at times. Still, overall this is a very pleasing picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The overall performance of this Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is much quieter than originally expected. Even in Chapter 15 when the actual battle at The Alamo takes place, the sounds of battle and those of war never really jump out and immerse you into the on-screen action. It’s a well-mixed battle sequence, but it didn’t have the in-your-face aggression or sonic impact of the more successful soundtracks on DVD. All the ingredients are present for a very effective soundtrack, but the overall performance was somewhat muted without any sort of emotional bond with the soundtrack that would propel it to greatness, just mediocrity. Dialogue is naturally reproduced with good overall soundstaging, especially across the front three screen channels, but as previously mentioned, the overall impact of the soundtrack is basically underachieving. (Jeffrey Kern)