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Alexander the Great (Blu-ray + DVD) (1956) (Region 2) (Import)

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074A21LU
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic comes to blu ray at last! 9 Jun 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Alexander The Great, like many of its 1950s CinemaScope contemporaries is an ideal subject for Blu ray treatment. These films were composed for the wide frame, not with one eye on a future TV release, and were made, for the most part, in glorious Technicolor or the more economical Eastmancolor.
Other reviewers have detailed the plot, or the various perceived shortcomings of Rosson's epic: overlong, talky, weak battle sequences, wooden performances etc. But none of this matters because this was very much a film of its time. If you are going to buy a pre 1960s costume picture on DVD or Blu ray, it will be much the same as Alexander The Great; this was how they made them then. Helen Of Troy has better battles and more spectacle, for example, but Alexander The Great has a better script and acting. Both films look terrific, however and should have been studied carefully by the makers of Alexander and Troy before they set work recreating ancient Greece with CGI.
Strangely, this Blu ray release comes from Denmark, with the Blu ray cover in Danish, though even more oddly, the menu page features a photograph of the same Blu ray cover which is entirely in English. The disc defaults to the original English soundtrack - which seems to be in stereo - and optional subtitles in a variety of languages, except English, can be selected. The print is clean and sharp and colours are bright and steady, though one scene has a brief cutaway that is so soft as to appear almost out of focus. That lasts only a few seconds, though. The original aspect ratio has been preserved at 2.35:1, anamorphically enhanced, though this is not stated on the cover.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Classic 9 Nov 2009
Sadly there are no films made like this now , the main criteria for a film today is "how much money will it gross?". I am not saying that money was not a factor when this film was been made but there were other considerations to be taken into account also, like the cast & the story line & a very professional approach to accuracy & quality acting.

Sadly in today's world of "Blockbuster" movies action & blood are the main reason for what constitutes a "Success"

Richard Burton was a great choice to be Alexander he had it every way Looks Charm & most of all acting ability which is 90% of any film, the use of light & colour which is a trade mark of the 1950's & 60's make it all the more enjoyable, " perhaps I am just nostalgic" but its films like this what make it as I call it a Golden era.

Lets be glad they existed & can still be enjoyed all those years after.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The world is my domain" 4 Mar 2005
One of the best things about this epic based on Alexander the Great is watching and listening to Richard Burton ply his magnificent craft. He was 29 at the time this film was made, and his resonant voice is remarkable, and one of the most unique sounds to be heard in the cinema. He is unfortunately wearing in a strawberry blonde wig that has so much spray on it, it could be made of plastic, but otherwise makes a marvelous Alexander, in one of his rare appearances in a "ancient costume epic", others being "The Robe" and the infamous "Cleopatra".
Written, directed and produced by Robert Rossen, it has some excellent dialogue, overall fine acting, and of course, battle sequences with 1001 extras. There is also quite a bit of "beefcake", but not many who are ready for the bare chest exposure, including Burton, whose abs are almost absent, and many of the extras are flabby and rotund, and hard to imagine are warriors.
Shot on location in Spain, the cinematography by Robert Krasner, in typical '50s vibrant Technicolor, is wonderful. Claire Bloom is beautiful as Barsine, a dark and hairy, savage and quite unrecognizable Frederick March is terrific as Philip of Macedon, Harry Andrews is a good Darius, and Danielle Darrieux is Alexander's crafty mother. Others of note in the cast are Stanley Baker as Attalus, and Peter Cushing as Memnon.
Though flawed, this is a film that can be viewed repeatedly, for its well written scenes, Burton's acting, and a smattering of history as well, which though condensed and altered to fit the Hollywood format, has some basis in truth; it is also fascinating to note that if one listens carefully, one will hear things reminiscent of recent news stories; history seems to be a wheel that is ever turning, and for the brief time that Alexander was in power, he would say "The world is my domain, and it is my mission is to rule it and rebuild it".
Total running time is 136 minutes, and the DVD extra is the original theatrical trailer.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Epic That Never Was 14 Aug 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Someday, someone is going to make a great film about Alexander. Writer/director Robert Rossen took a worthy stab at it in the mid-50's. The result was interesting but ultimately disappointing. Perhaps Rossen tried to squeeze too much into a standard running time. Some scenes, usually the historic ones, seem rushed and truncated while others, the fictionalised ones involving women, seem superfluous and drawn out. Visually, the film is quite good. In fact, it is one of those films where the stills are frequently more impressive than the actual movie. But Rossen obviously wanted to make an "intelligent" epic. Some of the script and casting reflect that. The supporting cast has a number of respected British thesps - Claire Bloom, Harry Andrews, Peter Cushing, Michael Hordern, Stanley Baker. But there are also a lot of Italians whose dialogue is dubbed by those same two guys who did all the film dubbing in the 1950's. One can only wonder who chose Fredric March (hammy as ever) as Philip of Macedon or Danielle Darrieux (who apparently had only one facial expression) as his mischievous queen. But the critical casting was Richard Burton as Alexander. He certainly looks the part. But he frequently suffers from his career-long inability to adapt his stage-acting technique to the more intimate demands of cinema. Or maybe that's how he thought a wannabe god should behave. For the rest, the many battle scenes tend to be more confusing than spectacular, the uncertain pace suggests a lot of pre-release cuts, and the music not only sounds primitive but seems to have been recorded in someone's cellar. Still, the film is an interesting failure and well worth seeing once. But you'll end up admiring its ambitions rather than the result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old
good old movie but the remake is better
Published 18 days ago by john king
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alexander the Great DVD 1956
This story of Alexander the Great has many very competent actors of classic background in British and American and French Theatre which gives the film a serious feel, together with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. C. B. Mclaglen
2.0 out of 5 stars Alexander The Underwhelming
In 1956, Robert Rossen was a hot potato, proving himself a powerhouse writer and director. Like many before and after, he decided to venture into the territory of grand spectacle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by a.diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars General
Considering the film is almost 50 years old, still a good watch. Classic Burton. One you could go back to and watch again.
Published 9 months ago by Robjn Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I had this film on the old vhs tapes but it detoriated so much,but as I love the film decided too go for dvd version as I very often fish my favourite dvds out and watch over again... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jackieanne
5.0 out of 5 stars re: alexandra the great
for smeone that enjoys old movies this is a must, throughly enjoyed it , one i will rewatch with pleasure
Published 10 months ago by maria whitehouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Alexander the Great
King Philip of Macedonia is at work with all the other Greek cities for control of Greece but with the help of his young and ambitious son Alexander he is able to bring Greece... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. J. Harrison
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