The American Revolution is more than the war of Washington and Jefferson, great issues and radical thought. It’s also a struggle of ordinary people, unlettered in combat, politics and government. Al Pacino stars as a rough-hewn trapper drawn into the conflict in this compelling adventure framed by the violent summer of 1776 and the bloody victory of Yorktown in 1781. Revising the theatrical release exclusively for home viewing, director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) depicts America’s birth in a visceral style unlike most period movies. The production design, cinematography, John Corigliano score and strong cast (Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski and Joan Plowright) combine for an effect revolutionary and powerful.