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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 (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064MTYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,850 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H on 12 May 2014
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A good film, not actuate to history and more effort should of been made to recreate the facts. some great actors in this movie but not sure it's a good role for Kiera Knightly. Would she really of been fighting a war in leather bra and knickers? All the men have body armour and protection from the cold but she walks around in thin dresses or her skimpy leather outfit!!! One of ioan Gruffudds best performances as Lancelot. Clive Owen, Mads Mikkelsen, Ray Winston etc all great entertainment. Shame about the wardrobe department and the history lesson. But a good watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uther Doul on 6 Mar. 2013
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Unfortunately Clive Owen was terribly miscast for this film. He is wooden and utterly unbelievable as King Arthur, and there is zero chemistry between him and the unconvincing Keira Knightley. The supporting cast do the best they can, given the circumstances. The battle scenes are brutally visceral and enjoyable. This could have been so much better, but alas it fails to be the epic it aspires to be.
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I like very much Clive Owen and I like Keira Knightley even more, but I hardly managed to finish watching this movie. The story is simply boring, dialogues are dull, action scenes are ridiculous, and the description of Saxons and Britons could as well come from Asterix comic book.

The idea was actually quite good - recent findings confirm that some Sarmatians cavalrymen served in Britannia at the end of Roman empire and some of them probably stayed there, marrying local women, converting to Christianity and joining the fight against the Saxon invaders. Their fighting style and the custom of worshiping God by praying to the swords planted in the ground could really be one of the origins of the myth of Excalibur and the Knights of the Round Table. But the idea was completely wasted by the nonsensical screenplay.

Also, the presentation of early Christian church, as a bunch of slavers and thugs is simply demeaning. The mention of Pelagius and his heresy is interesting, but serves only to further Christian bashing.

After choosing to introduce Inquisition in the history SEVEN HUNDRED years before its real appearance, the director also presented V century Saxons like some kind of Nazis, obsessed with an ideal of Germanic racial purity, which considering the mores of the age is simply a total absurdity.

But all of this I could forgive, if at least the beauty of Arthurian England was shown, the action scenes were good, if there were some interesting dialogues and at least some humour, some drama and some romance - but all those elements are missing in action...

Frankly, do not waste your money and your time - this movie is simply worthless.
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Format: Blu-ray
'Arthur' and his 'Sarmatian' Knights have served their time, 15 years of
fighting for 'Rome'
however before freedom is finally granted they are ordered to complete one
further mission.
their task -- they are to travel north into the lands of the 'Woads' to
bring back the 'Pope's' favourite nephew who with his father lives in
an isolated outpost set deep inside 'Wode' territory.
the mission becomes even more dangerous because of a new threat posed by
invading Saxons.
at the outpost they find a compound walled up, among those left to perish
'Woad' 'Guinevere' ( who of course is freed by 'Arthur' )
the 'Saxon' army is not only a threat to 'Merlin's' people in the north.
it is also a threat to those south of Hadrian's Wall behind which the
'Roman' legions are withdrawing.
both those north and south of the Wall now have a common enemy........
the invading 'Saxon's'
perhaps there are one or two 'casting' issues on board however though a
a film of recent years it is an action-packed epic adventure surely well
worth revisiting.
if like myself you have interest in the legend of King Arthur and Camelot
perhaps the one film that closely follows the well known legend and well
worth seeing if you have not yet done so, is the movie 'Excalibur'
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I really like the UK version of this uniquely British legend, especially on Blu-Ray. The film has a slight green filter to it, I think it was intentionally added to mirror & honour the 1981 masterpiece of film: Excalibur.

This Director's Cut has some appeal to it, yet two things I didn't like were: the opening fight sequence where Arthur and his Knights save Bishop Germanis from certain doom at the hands of the Pict fighters, the fight was extended and seemed to lose some of it's kinetic energy when compared to the theatrical release of King Arthur. Also, in this version we see Coitus Interruptis as Arthur and Guinevere are prevented from having their love scene. Overall I liked the theatrical version better. I may get the SD theatrical version as a companion to this early BD transfer. Oh, and the visual quality is sub-par for what Blu-ray is capable of nowadays, but for a 2006 transfer this disc is not too shabby.

Wish I could find the theatrical version on HD-DVD or Superbit!
King Arthur was my favourite movie of 2004, and I watched it like a 100 times on the Encore Action channel in 2006...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Matthews on 2 April 2015
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It is a crying shame when the film industry try to make a film by shredding up the history papers. New historical findings? So they decide to tear a page out of the history book to create a film based on new historical findings? What a let down. Either way, the cast was great, but thats about it. I try not to give low stars unless i feel i really have to.
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