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Alexander: The Ultimate Cut [DVD] [2004]

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  • Release Date: 06/03/2014
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    76% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 25)

    Special Features


    • The ultimate cut commentary by Oliver Stone

    Synopsis


    Alexander
    The fourth film to chronicle the life of fourth-century B.C. ruler Alexander the Great, Oliver Stone's Alexander stars Colin Farrell as the titular Macedonian conqueror. The film follows the young king as he leads his forces on a bloody empirical conquest across the known world, taking large parts of Asia and the Middle East to amass a giant empire, all by the time he turned 25. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Ptolemy I along with Rosario Dawson as Roxane, Angelina Jolie as Olympias, Jared Leto as Hephaistion, Val Kilmer as King Philip II, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Cassander. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Colin Farrell
      Colin Farrell - Alexander
    • Angelina Jolie
      Angelina Jolie - Olympias
    • Val Kilmer
      Val Kilmer - King Philip II
    • Jared Leto
      Jared Leto - Hephaistion
    • Anthony Hopkins
      Anthony Hopkins - Old Ptolemy



    Customer rating

    Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews

    76%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This Is How It Should Be Done

      Posted
      DDunnDatBoi
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      I originally sat on the fence in my opinion of the theatre release of Alexander, but Alexander Revisited has won me over as admirer of the film. The new cut has a truly epic feel and the leading characters are portrayed with more breadth and depth. In particular, the climactic crises of Alexander's career are conveyed more intelligibly and convincingly than before. I am the author of both academic articles and non-fiction books on Alexander, so I feel I should comment particularly on the historical accuracy of the film. In my opinion Alexander Revisited is notably honest, daring and sincere in its pursuit of historical accuracy. Although Oliver has deliberately conflated events which actually occurred at different times and places into single scenes (I think he had to in order to tell the whole story in a single film), almost everything has some kind of historical basis in the group of 2000 year old accounts, which provide most of our knowledge of Alexander. For example, such details as Cleitus severing the arm of a Persian about to strike Alexander, the incident with the monkeys in India and Alexander's visit to the wounded after the battle are all in the sources. Even that eagle is mentioned by Curtius. Furthermore, many snippets of dialogue are based on words actually said to have been spoken by Alexander: e.g. "He too is Alexander", "So would I if I were Parmenion", "It is a lovely thing to live with courage..." Great attention to historical detail was also paid to the costumes and scenery. Babylon was particularly good - the ziggurat, the flowers and the caged big cats were all really there when Alexander drove into the city in a chariot. Overall, Alexander Revisited gives a more authentic sense of the real history than any other film about the ancient world that I can think of. Gladiator was a great film, but its greatness owed more to Marvel comic strip principles of action and violence than to its setting in ancient Rome. Alexander Revisited is a great film because it tells one of the most compelling human stories in all of history with faithfulness, drama and pathos.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      EXCELLENT!!!A MUST SEE OLIVER STONE MOVIE

      Posted
      GREATEDRN

      I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A OLIVER STONE FAN AND THIS WAS GREAT. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT WAS NOT WELL RECIEVED AT THE THEATERS. THE LENGTH OF THE MOVIE MAY BE LONG FOR SOME, BUT TO TELL THIS STORY AS HE DID - THE TIME IS GOOD. THIS MOVIE SHOWS A TRUTH, THAT THERE WAS FEAR BEFORE BATTLES AND THAT ALEXANDER DID GO TO BATTLE WITH HIS TROOPS AND NOT JUST TELL THEM WHAT TO DO - HE WAS WOUNDED SEVERAL TIMES DURING BATTLE. THIS IS A WONDERRFUL WAY TO LEARN MORE OF HISTORY THAN JUST READING. THE HISTORY COMES ALIVE AND FOLLOWS WELL. ALEXANDER'S VISION OF EXPANDING TO THE EAST AND SEARCHING TO THE GREAT OUTER SEA IS SHOWN WITH ALL THE HARDSHIPS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENDURED. THE PORTRAYAL OF ALEXANDER IS SHOWN AS TRUE TO HISTORY - HIS HUMANITY WHERE HE GAVE TO HIS MEN AND WOMEN, AND TO THE CULTURES THAT HE OVER TOOK; HIS PERSONNAL RELATIONSHIPS (LOVE INTEREST) BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. THIS MOVIE FOLLOWS HIS LIFE FROM A YOUNG BOY TILL HIS DEATH, IN A REMEMBERANCE FORM AND GIVES A REASON TO THE HOW'S AND WHY'S OF HIS ACTIONS THROUGHOUT HIS SHORT LIFE (33 Y/O). THE PERFORMANCES BY COLIN FARRELL AS ALEXANDER AND JARED LETO AS HEPHAESTION ARE UNPARALLELED.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie!!!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is a great depiction of the life and times of Alexander the Great, my wife and I love it! It's brilliantly directed by Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell is outstanding as Alexander. It has a great cast including Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, and Anthony Hopkins. Oliver Stone does a great job of making his true story films as accurate as possible, (just like JFK, The Doors, Nixon, etc.) This version of the film is the best and most complete. I highly recommend this film! Also, some other great films that are similar are Gladiator, Troy, and Kingdom of Heaven.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You HAVE to see this movie!!!

      Posted
      RWBennett
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      Complex history and a very complex man. The writers and director do an excellent job of tackling a very difficult, larger-than-life historical mover and shaker. You will be spellbound by the scenes, cinematography, and CGA sets. Almost all of the actors are first rate and infuse life, humanity, and pathos into their character. You will not be disappointed with this tour de force. Some nudity so keep it away from the kids - this is real life!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      decent film

      Posted
      slepin

      The ---uality in this movie is over the top. I am by no way a prude but it seems Alexander's ---ual relations are thrust on the audience, and I am not just speaking of his relations with men. His ---ual relationship with Roxana is unnecessary and overdone imo. What happened to Alexander the brilliant tactician and general? Oliver Stone does an excellent job at the battle of Gaugamela (besides corny music). I would have like to have seen more of that.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      worst movie

      Posted
      Ironlung

      sorry to say it but this movie didnt do it for and im really being nice by giving this movie 2 stars horrible story horrible acting this movie just didnt do it for me i thought the directors cut would help but no it didnt and i know they just rerelased a new version and i wont be surprised that that version is any worse then the directors cut

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible

      Posted
      lithophysa1

      Horrible movie. Ollie Stone re-writing history again. Overlong and terrible acting by Colin who is usually much better than this. Val Kilmer is the only good thing in the movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Indepth look into Alexander

      Posted
      omonasty
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      This was a great movie. Love the extended version. Makes a lot of the movie make sense where in the original leaves out many details that this one fills in.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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