A reluctant South Carolina farmer (Mel Gibson) is forced to fight the British in this adventure epic set during the time of the American Revolution. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards® (2000) – including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Sound – The Patriot is a gripping tale of war and family, now fully remastered in 4K.

thepatriot4kStudio: Sony Pictures
Year: 2018
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Run time: 126 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD/Digital Copy
Region: A

Released in 2000 and directed by Roland Emmerich, “The Patriot” is stars Mel Gibson as peaceful South Carolina farmer Benjamin Martin who is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution after a wicked British colonel (Jason Isaacs) murders his son. The late Heath Ledger plays the older son with cutie Lisa Brenner playing his wannabe girlfriend. Rene Auberjonois is on hand as a pastor-soldier for the Militia while Tchéky Karyo appears as a French officer on the side of the Americans. Joely Richardson plays the sister of Martin’s late wife, and potential love-interest.

The basic plot was taken from 1965’s “Shenandoah,” but there’s more than enough difference for “The Patriot” to stand on its own. As my title blurb points out, the movie successfully brings the Revolutionary War to life, focusing on the Carolina campaign. Speaking of which, the South Carolina locations are excellent, particularly the Old Spanish Mission swamp encampment, shot at Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner. The only part shot outside South Carolina was the British Headquarters, filmed at Stratford Hall Plantation, Virginia.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘The Patriot’ is a very beautiful looking film on 4K UHD Blu-ray and will really show off your home theater due to the explosion of colors that are used throughout. The film is set in the 1700’s and the set pieces really look good in 4K. For a period piece, everything shines here which was never the case in the previous Blu-ray releases. The color palette really pops off the screen, and never disappoints one bit. Black levels provide some excellent depth. Scenes up close and when the camera pans away show provide stunning details.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. ‘The Patriot’ will shake the walls off the foundation of your house the soundfield is so aggressive during the action scenes. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. For a 18 year old film, I was literally amazed with the amount of action panning from each speaker in the rears. It sounded as if there were all kinds of objects ricocheting off of the walls in the room. Bass was punchy as it shows with the amount of gunfire and explosions. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear.

Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin
  • The Art of War [HD]
  • Visual Effects Featurette [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Conceptual Art to Film Comparison [HD]
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

‘The Patriot’ is one of Mel Gibson’s best films behind ‘Braveheart’ and ‘We Were Soldiers’, the acting was great, the story and atmosphere is very well done, and the battle scenes are portrayed quite realistically. Sony outdoes itself here with the restoration to 4K UHD. If you own this on Blu-ray, and own a 4K BD, this is a worthy upgrade.
Overall Rating: 9/10