It seems a little strange to be celebrating a fifth anniversary, especially for a movie that was a box office disappointment and earned only a following so small that it could be barely called a cult. Strangely enough, a bigger cult formed around Randy Edelman's score, and that explains the release of Gettysburg: Special Fifth Anniversary Deluxe Commemorative Edition, a double-disc set packaged like a book that features new liner notes, unreleased photos, the Gettysburg Address as read by Jeff Daniels, and over an hour of unreleased music. For true fans of the score and film, this is absolutely essential, but for anyone curious about the music, the original single-disc remains the best way to become acquainted with this wonderful score.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine