This is the longest featurette on the DVD of the 2004 version of The
Alamo, with a running time of 18 minutes. It consists of interviews,
behind the scenes footage and clips of the film.
While some of the actors get sit-downs, this focuses on the crew, and
the love-fest that's typical in special features of this sort, is
mercifully ditched in favor of talking about the work done on it, and
it is thus, quite informational.
We are told about production design, training(rifles, artillery,
marching - they even xeroxed the Mexican manual for soldiers out to all
of those extras, so they could really sink their teeth into it) the
elaborate costumes, and building no less than 125 acres of 1836 San
Antonio, "the largest set in North America". We also see that some
shots that you might think were done via FX were actually real! This
keeps to a nice pace, and it's well-edited.
It does sort of spoil some of the actual outcome, albeit most viewers
will already know the history before watching - and nothing specific to
this picture is given away.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the background
of creating this movie. 7/10
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