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King Arthur (Director's Cut) [DVD] [2004]

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: David Franzoni
  • Producers: Bruce Moriarty, Chad Oman, James Flynn, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov. 2004
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064MTYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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More blood, more guts, more glory! See the film how it was meant to be seen before the censors got to it, with an extra 17 minutes of never seen before footage added to the film.

This is the first time a director's cut has been launched the same time as the theatrical version, and it's exclusive to DVD.

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It's got a round table, some knights, and a noble warrior who rises to become King Arthur, but everything else about this revisionist legend is pure Hollywood. That's not such a bad thing if you enjoyed Rob Roy, Braveheart, Gladiator and Troy, and there's some intriguing potential in presenting the "real" Arthur (played by Clive Owen) as a 5th-century soldier of Rome, assigned to defend Roman-imperial England against a hoard of invading Saxons (led by Stellan Skarsgard in hairy villain mode). As revamped history and "archaeological findings" would have us believe, Guinevere (Keira Knightley) is a warrior babe in face-paint and Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) is a nonentity who fades into the woodwork. Never mind. Best to enjoy the harsh, gloomy atmosphere of Irish locations, the ruggedness of Owen and his hearty supporting cast, and the entertaining nonsense of a Jerry Bruckheimer production that strips battle-ready Guinevere down to leather-strap S&M gear while all the men sport full-body armor. Hail to the queen, indeed! --Jeff Shannon

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
A very different portrayal of King Arthur, it aims to be the `true' his
torical portrayal. With all said and done it simply a different perspective, but fans of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table should be open to a different take on the story.

There was some things I liked about this and some things that I did not. The original story of King Arthur was indeed set before the Saxon invaders from Germany and Denmark succeeded in conquering Great Britain, and the Celtic peoples inhabited the island. As such the knights in shining armor often portrayed in Arthuric legend came considerably later in history. So I liked the idea of the costumes and weapons being closer to the age under portrayal.
I am not sure that I liked the idea of the Knights being `Samartians', men imported by the Romans as mercenaries from somewhere around the Ukraine. I don't believe there is any evidence for King Arthur and his men as being anything other than indigenous to Britain. I did however like the idea of Guinevere being a Pictish Princess - played by the dark and gorgeous Kiera Knightley. Though I thought it was silly not to have Merlin at Arthur's side as his trusted friend and adviser, and to rather have him as a sort of enemy of Arthur's.

The setting where brilliantly done, it came together well, and the caste was good. I think that Clive Owen added some force to the role of Arthur, and Iiked the casting of his knights especially Ray Winston as the rough and ready Bors.
The movie is entertaining and thrilling and comes together well, even if I did not like all of the way the story was written.

It was better than First Knight , in my opinion, but not as good as Excalibur or Merlin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stokie Dave on 25 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
I viewed the extended Director's Cut, and enjoyed it. When _King Arthur_ first came out on ordinary DVD I ignored it, due to dire press reviews. But what I now find is an excellent, surprisingly thoughtful, and well-filmed medium-budget movie. It left me wondering about the motivations of some of the original reviewers. Certainly this is not the expected (and drearily familiar) medieval version. Nor is it much like Boorman's fine magic-imbued 1981 _Excalibur_ film version of the legend (similarly hated by reviewers when first released, I remember). Instead it's something much grittier and much more plausibly rooted in ancient British history.

The acting seems to have been the main butt of press criticism. I found the acting generally workmanlike rather than stellar, and it all worked for me. There was very little "hamming it up", which was welcome. I suspect the director told the actors that ham was strictly off the menu. Everything else was first-rate: cinematography; costuming; sound; music; dialogue; the pacing; the battles, etc. There's very little to fault.

And then... there's the history. I'm pretty well read on ancient British history and archaeology. So I read right through the quibbling pedantry of the Arthur obsessives (all camped out on the movie's Wikipedia page, spears bristling and axes grinding...) with a critical eye. I came to realise that not _too_ many historical liberties were taken by the movie, given the haziness of the earliest sources. Dates are moved around a little; places combined; one of the knights gets a different name; the Lancelot and Guinevere sub-plot was cut for the cinemas (but is very neatly restored in this expanded release).
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I'm slightly surprised at the disdain this movie has received from some reviewers. Much like The Coens' The Ladykillers, the only thing it really gets wrong is the title. If this had been called The Last Legion or Eagle in the North it would surely have garnered more positive reviews.

As it is, probably for purely commercial reasons, it's been saddled with tinges of Arthurian legend which does take a bit of wind out of the sails. Like finding out Big Daddy is called Shirley. Step aside from that however and it's a great man on a mission movie; full of camaraderie, macho dialogue and gritty fights and some pretty good set pieces. The emergent dominance of Christianity is handled well with both sides of belief represented surprisingly adroitly and no disdain levelled at Merlin and his Pagans.

The story itself is quite gripping, too. Not original, but still well told. The last remnants of Britannia's indentured cavalry have their freedom revoked for one last mission, to rescue a child of the Emperor boarding in the far North and under threat from invading Saxon hordes. The sense of an Empire fast on its way to ruin, of stout men for whom duty comes first and of a people caught between changing worlds is captured vividly. This is a dark and dirty world and the film echoes that: The Knights on a suicide mission in a bleak winter land of very little beauty or hope at all.

Yes, it is overtly Hollywood: the ending is hateful and the voiceover just proves how dumb a studio can be (and how stupid they must assume their audiences to be.
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