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Video game, CD tied to 'Gods' release

December 31, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - As the Feb. 21 release date for the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals" approaches, several movie tie-in products, including a video game, a compact disc and books are scheduled to come out, Director Ronald Maxwell said Monday.

Meanwhile, the film continues to undergo slight alterations, Maxwell said.

He is not going to deliver the movie to Warner Brothers until Jan. 24 because he is still making last-minute changes, he said.

One question left unresolved is whether to cut or keep scenes in the movie portraying the Battle of Antietam, he said. Antietam scenes were cut, and later restored, when Maxwell pared down his original six-hour version of the movie to about 31/2 hours for theater audiences.

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The movie is rated PG-13 because of extended battle scenes.

In a PC computer game, players decide whether they want to be Union or Confederate soldiers and then fight in battles, including Antietam. He said the game is not bloody like some fighting games but is instead "classy" and "high-quality," he said.

"Gods and Generals," a prequel to "Gettysburg," follows the life of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

TNT, the cable channel owned by "Gods and Generals" and "Gettysburg" financier Ted Turner, is rebroadcasting "Gettysburg" in late January, Maxwell said. For that showing, the channel will also debut music videos for songs written for "Gods and Generals" by Bob Dylan and Mary Fahl, Maxwell said.

Sony is releasing the compact disc of the movie's soundtrack Feb. 1. The disc contains the two songs. People who buy the soundtrack will also receive a DVD with the Dylan and Fahl videos.

Books about the movie, including a coffee-table book about the making of the movie, will also be published in the next few months, he said.

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