I have received a lot of emails and messages (plus 13 comments, which I think is the most I have ever gotten on an article) since posting this story yesterday, telling of the official news of the Director’s Cut releases of both Gods and Generals and Gettysburg. A lot of people have been asking why G & G is only 280 minutes, when it seemed like it would be much longer. All I can say is, I have no idea. I have been very lucky to be able to break a lot of the news surrounding these releases, but I do not work for Warner Brothers, and I only publish the information I get from other websites. Granted, I too was a little upset at seeing only 280 minutes, because the more G & G, the better, at least in my eyes. However, if you click on the picture below so it enlarges to its full capacity, and focus on the bottom of disc one (the Confederate Flag one), where it says the running time, it appears that the disc reads 323 minutes:
After doing a zoom-in on Photo-Shop, I cannot confirm that is exactly what it says, because it got really fuzzy, but I can say that it does not look like the numbers read 280. If this is the case, then someone working for Warner Brothers made a monumental mistake, because the official press release and every other website says 280. The 323 minute time, if it is not my mind playing tricks on me, would fit in with the rumors we have heard, because 5 hours and 23 minutes seems in tune with what the original piece was. Even WB’s own advertisement says that only “1 hour” as been added:
I would like anyone involved with the production of this film to come forward, if possible, and let me know if I am just imagining things when I say I see 323 minutes. Brian Mallon told me that Ronald Maxwell has been on my site (he read our interview), and I know others involved with the film have been on as well. At the risk of sounding like Robert Stack from Unsolved Mysteries, if YOU have any information, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, running time aside, this “Blu Ray Book Packaging” as it is called looks absolutely awesome. It will be 48 pages long, hardcover, with the two discs located on the back cover. You can click here to see the Gettysburg one as well.