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March 2007

DVD REVIEW: ALEXANDER REVISTED THE FINAL CUT -Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

By Wilson Morales

DVD REVIEW: ALEXANDER REVISTED THE FINAL CUT -Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Actors: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, David Bedella, Jessie Kamm, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto
Director: Oliver Stone
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1:
Number of discs: 2:
Rating: UNRATED
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
Run Time: 214 minutes

Synopsis: Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great (Farrell) led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia, Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest.

DVD Features:
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
The final cut: over 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage
Free movie pass to see 300
All-new introduction by Oliver Stone

 

   
 

When Oliver Stone released his “Director’s Cut” of the film, you have wonder now why did he leave more footage out of that DVD. After all, most Director’s Cut DVD are supposed to incorporate the director’s final version of the film, as if he had no control the first time around. Unlike Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut of “Kingdom of Heaven”, which is far superior and more explainable than the original, there really isn’t anything of importance in Stone’s final version. All we get in more fight scenes, an extended lovemaking scene between Alexander (Farrell) and his wife, and more extended scenes.

One would have to be a total Stone fan and a really admirer of the film to be willing to pony more money to see the same thing plus more. By the time you have seen this version as well as the others, you will have an incomplete and inaccurate version of the truth behind Alexander the Great.