Civil War Film Updates: “Copperhead” Blu-Ray Coming April 15; “To Appomattox” on the Way?

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It has been a quiet last few months for me, but finally, thanks to recent history related media projects, including AMC’s Turn, I have found some things to write about:

  • It seems like forever, but Ron Maxwell’s Copperhead is finally getting released on Blu-Ray and DVD, next week, April 15. While the film did not do as well in theaters as I had hoped, this project will likely be an immense home video success, much like Gettysburg and Gods and Generals both were. Given the outstanding cinematography, I am expecting a great HD transfer that will be a feast for the eyes. Also, it is worthy to note that because the film garnered a PG-13 rating (and in my view, probably could have gotten just PG), the hope we can have is that this film will make its way into schools for use as an educational tool. The running time, family themes, and accessibility to people of all ages definitely makes this something that can be shown in a variety of settings, from trying to teach life on the homefront to middle schoolers, all the way up to high school and college with its dialogue about politics, anti-war sentiment, and states’ rights.
  • In other news, could it be that the highly anticipated Civil War mini-series To Appomattox is finally going to be filmed? For years, empty promises from the production staff via their Facebook page have left many die-hards wondering if this project would ever come to fruition. After some recent postings, though, it appears that the Kickstarter campaign (which was first discussed here) will be underway shortly to gain funding, and then production will officially begin. It is not exactly concrete, but I suppose it is the best news we have heard regarding something major in quite some time. I will reach out to a member of production sometime this week to see if I can get any more information to pass on to you.
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