The disc also comes with a French Dolby Digital 5.1 track... which also flags up as EX encoded, albeit at the lower 384kbps bitrate. Comparing the two soundtracks reveals a marked difference, with the English mix standing head and shoulders above its French counterpart. Not only that but the French track's rear speaker is thoroughly underused - making me wonder if it is in fact EX encoded at all!
PS Don't forget to use the THX Optimiser mode to check your picture and audio settings - it really can make a difference!
Deep In The Heart Of Texans and Walking In The Footsteps Of Heroes are little pieces of Texan “holiday-type” propaganda, purporting to characterise the Texan people by virtue of their ancestor's struggle at the battle of the Alamo. Hmmm... Me? I'm from East London, mate - don't know nuffin' about that!
There are a total of five deleted scenes - all have commentary by Director John Lee Hancock, and as seems to so frequently be the case with deleted scenes, their exclusion from the movie makes perfect sense once you've seen them!
I couldn't understand why the Audio Commentary was missing from the list of “Extensive DVD Extras” detailed on the case's rear cover. Indeed, I didn't even know it existed until I saw it listed in the menu... and even then it comes up last. Having listened to the commentary all is now clear - it comprises two Historians, Alan Huffins and Stephen Hardin - and whilst their discussions are insightful and informative, I think you'd have to be quite interested in the whole Alamo era to get the most out of this. It's quite a dry, heavy going affair.
The movie itself can drag at times. Visually it's clean and sharp, but doesn't quite have that “epic” feel. Audio is reference quality and ultimately sways me to give The Alamo a recommended tag. This DVD will find its place in my collection simply because I find myself wanting to keep going back to those fight scenes just to test my equipment! If you can find it cheap... buy it.
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