The Patriot – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The Patriot

When The Patriot first came out, everyone thought that this would be another American version of Braveheart. After all, Mel Gibson fighting the British to gain freedom from them is basically Braveheart. Unfortunately, The Patriot doesn’t come close to the same quality as Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning film.

Yes, the film is historically inaccurate. However, the film never tells you that it’s based on a true story. The sole purpose of this film is to entertain audiences. Nothing more, nothing less. What it does really well is showing the ugly and brutal side of wars. It’s not just the battles but the despicable actions of officers as well. The actions of some characters may seem inaccurate but there’s always that possibility that a military officer can be this dastardly.

It’s just a shame that the characters are so one-dimensional. There’s not a lot of character development that occurs in the film. They all feel so cliched and generic that there’s nothing fresh about them. Not to mention, the characters themselves are so poorly conceived that it borderlines on silly. It’s a cheap tactic by Robert Rodat to get audiences to hate and love certain characters.

Roland Emmerich does bring the action and spectacle to The Patriot, though. He certainly has the resumé to pull off these scenes. The battle scenes are savage and shot so well too. Thus, bringing a lot of the entertainment value to the film.

On the other hand, the film tries very hard to be emotional and dramatic with some of the deaths in the film. Unfortunately, everything just seems so forced. Not only are these deaths not impactful at all but they all die so idiotically too. The dialogue is just as bad too. There’s plenty of dialogue that’s just so cringeworthy and totally cliche.

It doesn’t really help that the ensemble is bad as well. Most of the cast went through this film delivering garden-variety performances. Jason Isaacs is normally a good actor but he hams it up big time as Colonel William Tavington. Also, Heath Ledger looked like a nervous wreck throughout the entire film.

The only saving grace comes from Mel Gibson. He seemed like the only one who tried in this film. Gibson displays a wide array of emotions through his thinly written character. He essentially gave his character more depth than what the script may imply. That alone shows you what kind of an actor Mel Gibson is.

Overall, The Patriot has major issues but it’s still an entertaining film about a subject that Hollywood rarely covers. As a matter of fact, The Patriot is one of a very few films that depict the American Revolution. Just don’t watch the film thinking that it’s a historically accurate film.

Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Video
The Patriot - Heath Ledger & Mel Gibson

The Patriot hits 4K Ultra HD with an HDR10 4K transfer and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Considering the source material is in native 4K, this transfer is gorgeous. The HDR vastly improves upon the overly bright and sharp transfer. Now, the film looks like a theatrical release rather than an over-processed transfer. The brightness is even and the black levels are inky deep. The nighttime scenes stay dark and everything is still visible on the screen. In addition, there’s no crushing whatsoever in any shadow details. The film isn’t colorful but the rustic and primary colors don’t necessarily pop from the screen. However, that’s mostly due to the film itself instead of the actual transfer. Not to mention, the skin tones look natural too. Overall, this is a major improvement over the 1080p Blu-ray.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Audio
The Patriot - Jason Isaacs

The Patriot hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. The review will reflect The Patriot‘s core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. There is a good deal of action and immersion in this audio mix. The mix makes good use of the surround channels during the battle and action sequences. Not to mention, the sound effects pan dynamically through the soundstage. Impressively the mix even creates a wave of sound effects when cannonballs are involved.

Also, John Williams’ memorable score plays nicely throughout the entire soundstage. The dialogue is crisp and can clearly be heard throughout. Also, amazingly, the music, dialogue, and booming sound effects never overpower each other either. Overall, this is an excellent audio mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
The Patriot - Mel Gibson
The Patriot‘s 4K Ultra HD disc has the following special features:

  • Director & Producer Commentary
  • The Art of War
  • The True Patriots
  • Visual Effects Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
    • The Creek
    • The Aftermath
    • Birth of the Ghost/The Funeral
    • The Butcher
    • The Heart of a Villain
    • Wait for My Order
  • Conceptual Art to Film Comparisons
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

First of all, “The Art of War” featurette is a bit of a mess. Not only are some of the scenes pixelated but the interviews are a bit blurry too. From the look of it, it seems that the interviews were blown up to fit the screen dimensions. Unfortunately, the content matter isn’t that interesting either. The featurette begins on an interesting note but ends up becoming EPK fluff. “The True Patriots” is easily the most insightful featurette on this release. Unfortunately, the film is in a 4:3 format. Nevertheless, you’ll learn a thing or two about the real-life historical inspiration for the film.

The “Visual Effects Featurette” suffers from the same problems as “The Art of War.” The scenes that they have on repeat throughout this dull featurette are pixellated. As a result, seeing low-resolution scenes on repeat will get old real fast. The deleted scenes are no good and boring while the “Conceptual Art to Film” piece is uninteresting as well.

Special Features Rating: 1.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Patriot is a decent attempt to create a film set during the American Revolution. Believe it or not, films set during this time period are a rarity. Unfortunately, the film tries too hard to become the next Braveheart that it forgets to be its own thing. The video and audio presentations are both amazing. Unfortunately, the legacy special features are so poorly made that it would’ve been fine if they left most of them off this release.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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