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Alexander (Two Disc Edition) [DVD]

Anthony Hopkins , David Bedella , Christopher Plummer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, David Bedella, Jessie Kamm, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
  • Directors: Christopher Plummer
  • Producers: Vangelis, Moritz Borman, Jon Kilik, Thomas Schuhly, Iain Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00099BJ7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you're determined to spend three hours with Oliver Stone's take on the personal and military struggles of ancient Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great, you should know that Alexander (Colin Farrell, in blonde disarray) is not half so much fun as mom Olympias (Angelina Jolie) or his future wild bride Roxane (Rosario Dawson). Indeed, it's the women in Alex's life who provide the movie's most satisfying action: Jolie, sporting some kind of Russian accent, wraps herself in snakes while hissing promises of Farrell's destiny; Dawson disrobes and threatens to cut Farrell's throat before shtupping his brains out. The rest is leaden history, supposedly novel because it showcases epic battle sequences and addresses Alexander's great love for his buddy Hephaistion (Jared Leto). But the man-on-man romance is limited to teary hugs, and the battles are indecipherable messes-you have to wait for Anthony Hopkins' narration to tell you what happened (in fact, you have to wait for Hopkins' narration to tell you everything that happens). There's some spectacle on display but, alas, not much that is truly spectacular. --Steve Wiecking,

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DVD Warner Home Video, 7321900389365, 2004 Special Edition PAL Region 2

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 10 Aug 2007
Oliver Stone hints at studio problems in the newly recorded introduction, citing that this version is the film he was able to finally put together with 'total creative freedom'. And it's magnificent. The first 45 minutes are breathtaking and almost an epic in themselves as we plunge headfirst into the (extended) battle of Gaugamela before slipping back into Alexander's past. The film is stronger for it's total re-edit as well as the inclusion of many scenes that add shades of character to the once faceless soldiers and generals in Alexander's army. Unlike previous versions of the film, the bond between Alexander and his men is palpable. Being allowed to breathe, the film is genuinely affecting in places (the soldier's death after Gaugemela and the last few moments between Phillip and Alexander) where as before it felt hurried, as though we had to get to the next big scene. The big moments are all there, in fact they are even stronger here, but the pacing greatly improves the emotional impact and allows a deeper understanding of the character development and motivation. It also feels as if you are watching an intelligent film taking the viewer on a journey that is both provocative and fascinating.

The India sequences are also extended, and again the battle scene is emotionally involving, creating a genuine moment where we intercut between Alexander the man and the boy, as he talks to Bucephalus before his last charge. The violence in the India sequence is also extremely graphic.

As in any version, Vangelis's score is a bonus and the film looks amazing. The performances are strong and Anthony Hopkins provides, I think, a new voice over for the duration of the film. It works in providing an anchor as the film is very non-linear.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLY IMPROVED! 8 Aug 2007
By Samedi
I was always a fan of the original theatrical cut of Alexander; I found it to be a brave, dashing film which looked and sounded exquisite and had a genuine emotional kick to it. However, as much as I loved it, I could concede that certain parts detracted from the overall effect; namely certain dialogue, too much clunky exposition, perhaps not enough of Stone's Alexander showing himself to be 'great' on the battlefield and perhaps too much of Alexander weeping and sulking. With this new double disc DVD Im am very glad to say all of my personal reservations seem to have been addressed amd rectified!

We now get the sense of epic-ness through a greater spectrum of drama: the family scenes at Pella with Kilmer and Jolie are less distracting and domineering, both battles at Gaugamela and Multan benefit from added gore (sorry if that sounds childish but if a battle is to be horrifying and realistic then we should be allowed to watch the suffering. There isn't much more insulting to an audience than a film editor who robs us of emotional impact!) and tactical explanation, to a generally more lyrical and emotionally resonant narrative. All of the craziness is present and correct: the elephants, the infra-red battle, the Persian eunuchs, the dancing girls, Kilmer and Jolie CHEWING up scenery with their entertainingly demented performances, the larger than life (and achingly beautiful) Vangelis score...everything an epic movie should be is represented here with style, swagger and verve.

Homophopics will not be pleased (who cares?)to learn that the male on male relationaships are given more time and space to develop: for me, this serves to make the characters more sensitive and human; besides, the heteosexual relationaships are shown in far more graphic detail.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Bawno
Before I begin to compare both the Theatrical DVD Version (2 Discs) and the Alexander Directors Cut Edition (1 Disc) I would just like to inform everyone that this film is actually very very good. I believe that the critics basically had fun in panning Oliver Stones picture and I urge everyone not to watch this film due to those reviews.
Alexander is brilliant. It is historically accurate in many ways and tells a near on complete and interesting story of his life (as the film is three hours long).
Oliver Stone shows his directorial talent by creating many unforgetable images and excellent scenery and backdrops. And the BATTLE SCENES, well, they are just superb. Both the sandy battle at Gualamela and the huge invasion of India at the end of the film are both excellent with some quality cinematography and a great musical soundtrack to back them up. If you are going to watch Alexander just for the battle scenes then believe me, you will not be dissapointed!
Now I come to comparing the DVDs.
As most DVD Talk forums would agree with me, this version, the two disc theatrical version is so much better than the directors cut. I have seen both and would tell anyone to purcahse this version instead. The directors cut is shorter and has way too many flashbacks (nine years before, ten years after, nine years on, 2 years later) making the direcots cut DVD a mess/shambles which could esialy confuse anyone. If you are buying this DVD for the action then it doesn't matter what version you buy because there are no alterations in the action sequences at all, both are the same.
Overall, the Direcotrs Cut DVD is in a huge mess and is actually shorter than the original film which really is a bad thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone at his best.
Firstly, if you're not a fan of Oliver Stones' movies then you wont like this one, as I am I rate this as one of his best, 3 1/2 hours of pure entertainment. Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A very good movie with brilliant actors. The film deviates from the real story of Alexander and mixes up events a little bit, but the movie is awesome overall.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Aldred
3.0 out of 5 stars Alexander
The battle scenes make this film worth buying. Otherwise it is unremarkable. Angelina Jolie smothered in snakes is a bit repulsive. Colin Farrell is not convincing as Alexander.
Published 5 months ago by Graham L. Laws
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic because of its flaws.
I think this film is fantastic despite its flaws. In many ways, the film is fantastic because of its flaws as flaws are a sign of unbridled passion. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alexander J. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Best fillm of it's type
Historically pretty accurate and recreates the locations in a fantastically realistic way. Performances are top class, Colin Farrell and Angelina Joliie particularly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Waggsie
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Oliver Stone did a good job in transfering the historical facts into a movie! It is not a bad movie overall but:

There is too much focus on Alexander's bysexuality... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Aspa Kandili
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
I see all these 1 star's tosh reviews on this page, I'm here to sort things out.
This film is excellent, beautiful scenes and great actors. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough but the volume was a bit low for me
It was okay but it is rather disconcerting seeing Colin Farrell in a blond wig and hearing several Irish accents on screen - that just got in the way for me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Classics Beginner
4.0 out of 5 stars Alexander Revisited - Brave attempt to portray Alexander the great
Hard to know if it would have being better with a different Actor like Brad Pitt but Colin Farrel played him in his own unique way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mmoore
4.0 out of 5 stars ....
i know that this movie got very bad reviews from movie critics but i love despite angalina jolies terrible acsent. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C.M.Miller
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