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

  • SKU: 7320883
  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (478 out of 495)

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



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DVD of the year material

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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good man saves many from religious corruption

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    MovieMongo
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    Balien is an honorable blacksmith in a European village drawn out by circumstances to fight corrupted religious leaders as he struggles to save many peaceful people from persecution and murder during one of the 12th century crusades. Orlando Bloom leads many well cast and performed roles portraying various cultures and social classes in one of the more realistic period piece movies made. This movie could be used in classrooms to explore the clash of civilizations where so-called leaders exploit widespread ignorance through fear of authority and spread violence pretending it is sanctioned or even desired by the source of all Love. Some characters demonstrate how honorable people may honor free-will choices to be loving and honest, while other characters choose violence to deny the free-will choices of others. Some learn that there is no true love or true faith without individual free-will choice. You may enjoy the realistic depiction of daily life of the powerful versus the poor and how the poor pay the immeasurably painful price of the power greedy leaders whom they did not even get to elect. The warfare is realistic and epic in scale while the friendships and romance are thoughtful and heart touching. Much more can be written about it as this is one of the best movies made.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Directors Cut + all the bonus features

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    enemy2k
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    First off, Kingdom of Heaven the Directors Cut is an amazing film which you likely already know and many of you reading this have probably seen the movie many times and are wondering how this re-release fares. Many people have written great reviews regarding the content of the movie and they are much better writers than I so I am going to mainly comment on other things about the Blu-ray. For many years, the majority of the behind the scenes features and bonuses were not available on Blu-ray. They were only available on the DvD 4 disc special edition (which I own and its an amazing collectors edition). Well with this Ultimate/Anniversary Edition (my cover art says Ultimate edition rather then Anniversary), you get the original cut of the film, a roadshow version (which adds a short introduction by Ridley Scott and some intermission breaks like old school films had) and all of the previously released special features from the Director's Cut DVD and the Theatrical Cut DVDs. There is a huge amount of behind the scenes stuff regarding all aspects of the film which they made into a 2.5 hour long documentary and there is even more than that. It is very interesting if you are into that type of thing. The movie looks and sounds amazing in 1080p and 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio. The documentary and other special features are in SD quality unfortunately, though they do look a bit better here than they did on the DVD version.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally, a comprehensive "Ultimate" Edition

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    Jagjaguwar
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    Where to begin. The original theatrical release of Kingdom of Heaven was a bit of a train wreck, with too much happening in too short a span of time to really flesh out any of the plot lines. The Director's Cut that was released on DVD years ago was a revelation: finally the film was released in the way director Ridley Scott intended. The DVD box set I bought had a wealth of bonus features, in addition to the extended cut of the film (think Lord of the Rings Extended Editions as far as amount of content added, and then some), was separated on to two discs, and bookended with a really nice inclusion of "Overture," "Intermission," and Exit music a la old-fashioned film epics of years ago. When the Director's Cut was first released on Blu-Ray, however, it was a single disc release with no bonus features and no musical interludes. This release includes all of the bonus features from the DVD box set, as well as all the different versions of the film in a branching format (including my favorite, the Director's Cut with musical bookends, called the Roadshow Version. Great movie, pick this one up.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ridley Scott's best work since 'Gladiator'

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    CaptMans
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    This film is absolutely one of, if not the best historical epics of the 21st century. The scale is massive, the production design is lavish, the story is an intriguing and still very relevant chapter in world history. The film did not do well in its initial run due to a butchered theatrical cut and the somewhat volatile political/religious climate in 2005. The movie deals with deeper themes of faith and how that informs one's actions. The film shows how in both Islam and Christianity there are selfish, evil individuals as well as tolerant, loving individuals who strive to coexist with their fellow man instead of seeking to destroy them, an idea that many people in 2005 (and still to this day) weren't willing to accept.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movie, A MUST Have

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    TheSpartan117

    This movie has excellent fight sequences worthy of Troy or Lord of the Rings and even Braveheart for that matter. The music was well done and intense. Orlando Bloom plays a very different character than that of the one in Troy. Being that this movie was released shortly after Troy, and a subsequently less than popular performance in that film, many panned this wonderful film. This is a must have film, and the biggest disadvantage was the marketing for this film's theatrical release, which was hardly fair to the film itself. This film tells the story of the crusades, maybe not historically, but as any movie should, it gives you a window to look and see what that world was like. Buy this, you won't be dissappointed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Director's Cut is the ONLY cut!!!

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    TheComedian
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    I saw the theatrical release of this film when it first came out and I thought it was a pretty sloppy movie. The Director's Cut has over an hour of footage that was originally supposed to be in the movie but was cut for time. What a mistake that was cause the two cuts are night and day and the directors cut fills in plot holes and puts things into context. Not to mention Edward Norton is fantastic as King Baldwin and he has more screeb time in this cut. Definitely get your hands on a copy and add this one to your collection. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Rating Pending Director's Cut

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    Rittemano
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    I saw this way back in theaters to check out Ed Norton's performance (turns out he is barely in the theatrical cut). Movie at that time, with that version, was pretty mediocre but not quite as bad as reviews. I have since heard that the Director's Cut is amazing, and puts this up there with some of Ridley Scott's best films. Due to that praise, I picked this up on the cheap to check it out - based on what I've heard, I'd recommend newcomers watch the Dir. Cut first, and those who may be turned off from the Theat. Cut to check out the Dir. Cut like I plan to!

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