Nominated for seven Academy Awards, "Cold Mountain" is a Civil War story about the women left behind as the men in their lives go to war to defend their way of life.
The just released two-disc DVD ($29.99, VHS $22.99) has bonus features that include 11 deleted scenes and a special celebrating the film's music.
The tale centers around Inman (Jude Law), a young soldier who soon realizes the war conflicts with his personal beliefs. After he is injured, he abandons his post and begins the dangerous and long journey home, where Ada (Nicole Kidman) awaits.
Ada has struggled to maintain their land and be faithful and optimistic, but her letters to Inman remain unanswered, and she wonders whether he will ever return.
In the meantime, she takes in Ruby (Renee Zellweger), a lively and independent neighbor whose father is on the run from vigilantes.
Post movie critic Desson Thomson wrote that Kidman and Law's performances were lacking.
"They shuffle through this handsome adaptation of Charles Frazier's celebrated novel like romantic living dead in period costume. You wonder if this is an epic romance or a ghost story."
Zellweger won an Oscar for her supporting role in the R-rated film, which also stars Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Kathy Baker and Donald Sutherland.
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