Kingdom of Heaven [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7320883
  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (446 out of 463)

Special Features


  • "The Pilgrim's Guide" text commentary incorporating historical and production notes while you watch the film
  • Interactive production grid - lets you control the moviemaking experience from the perspective of the director, cast or crew
  • "Movie Real: Kingdom of Heaven" as seen on the A&E network
  • "History vs. Hollywood: Kingdom of Heaven" as seen on The History Channel
  • 4 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Kingdom of Heaven
Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a humble French blacksmith who is searching for a reason to go on after the death of his wife and children. Balian is approached by Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a fabled knight who has briefly returned home after serving in the East. Godfrey informs Balian that he is his true father, and urges the blacksmith to join him as he and his forces journey to Jerusalem to help defend the holy city. Balian accepts, and he and Godfrey arrive during the lull between the Second and Third Crusades, in which the city is enjoying a fragile peace. Both Christian and Muslim forces are temporarily in retreat, thanks to the wisdom of the Christian monarch King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), his second-in-command Tiberias (Jeremy Irons), and Muslim potentate Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). Violent agitators on both sides are foolishly eager to end the peace in a bid for greater power, and Saladin bows to pressures from Muslim factions; Godfrey is one of a handful of brave knights who has thrown his allegiance behind Baldwin IV and his community of diversity, and Balian joins him as they use their skills as warriors in a bid to build a lasting peace. Kingdom of Heaven also stars Eva Green as the princess Sibylla, David Thewlis as Hospitaler the priest, and Brendan Gleeson as Reynald. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Orlando Bloom
    Orlando Bloom - Balian
  • Eva Green
    Eva Green - Sibylla
  • Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons - Tiberias
  • David Thewlis
    David Thewlis - Hospitaler
  • Brendan Gleeson
    Brendan Gleeson - Reynald



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 462 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Director's Cut is a Must See

    Posted
    slepin

    Overall I felt that the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven added a lot more depth and characterization to the film. It did play a little bit slower, and there was a scene or two that a I think might not have been necessary. The theatrical version was a lot more streamlined in comparison. However, if you enjoyed that one, you should probably watch this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DVD of the year material

    Posted
    AntoNEO
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    The theatrical release of Kingdom of Heaven was an entertaining historical blockbuster, but not much more than that. If Ridley Scott hadn't been at the helm, it probably would have been on about the same level as the theatrical cut of Troy. Seeing this director's cut DVD is a revelation, as it adds over an hour of footage back into the film that elevates it from run of the mill historical blockbuster to Best Picture material. It's amazing what a Hollywood chop job can do to a great film. Scenes that originally presented the bare essentials necessary to the storyline have had the meat and potatoes put back in. Entire characters have been reinstated into the film, as well as intriguing subplots. Historical and political context has a lot more emphasis in this version of the film. And lastly, Orlando Bloom's performance has been put back in as well. After seeing the theatrical cut, I was convinced that he couldn't carry a two and a half hour film as the leading man. After seeing the director's cut, I realize he is actually very capable of carrying a film that's an hour longer than that. In the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven, Orlando Bloom is no longer depending on his boyish charm for success, but has become a full-fledged actor in his own right. As if the Director's Cut of the film weren't enough, WB has given this DVD release the royal treatment. It's quite comparable to the extended editions of Lord of the Rings in extras quantity and quality. From four feature length commentaries (that's nearly 16 hours of commentaries!) to documentaries and featurettes on every aspect of the filmmaking process, this release has it all. I don't think they could have included more stuff if they'd tried. I'm convinced that if the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven had been released in theaters it would have been eligable for a best picture nomination. Although it's a shame it didn't get that chance, we should all be very happy to have the definitive version of this film on DVD in a feature packed collector's edition that could very well be the best DVD of the year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie!!!

    Posted
    EagleShot

    Now I liked the regular version of this movie A LOT. But when you play this one, there are sooo many extra scenes this becomes an entirely different movie!!! And way better too! I definitely prefer the Director's Cut to the regular edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long But worth the wait

    Posted
    Acpta45

    well its a slow moving movie you will think to turn it off but wait till the end and the action kicks up Hardcore

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific video and audio

    Posted
    moviefan
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    the Director's Cut is the way to go with this film. The supplemental package is the real deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The director's Cut is a must watch!

    Posted
    Lordfett
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    This movie makes much more sense with the inclusion of the extra scenes and whole new story arcs for some of the characters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

    Posted
    WorkingSlaveUSA

    Maybe the best movie I've watched in the past 10 years or so. Definitely a must-have for any collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing! :D

    Posted
    jbkingjr

    One of my favorite movies of all time - just well done!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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