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Kingdom of Heaven [DVD] [2005]

Orlando Bloom , Liam Neeson , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Edward Norton, Eva Green
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A896J8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

It's hard to believe Ridley Scott's handsome epic won't become the cinematic touchstone of the Crusades for years to come. Kingdom of Heaven is greater than the sum of its parts, delivering a vital, mostly engrossing tale following Balian (Orlando Bloom), a lonely French blacksmith who discovers he's a noble heir and takes his father's (Liam Neeson) place in the center of the universe circa 1184: Jerusalem. Here, grand battles and backdoor politics are key as Scott and first-time screenwriter William Monahan fashion an excellent storyline to tackle the centuries-long conflict. Two forward-thinking kings, Baldwin (Edward Norton in an uncredited yet substantial role) and Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), hold an uneasy truce between Christians (who hold the city) and Muslims while factions champ at the bit for blood. There are good and evildoers on both sides, with the Knights Templar taking the brunt of the blame; Balian plans to find his soul while protecting Baldwin and the people.

The look of the film, as nearly everything is from Scott, is impressive: his CGI-infused battle scenes rival the LOTR series and, with cinematographer John Mathieson, create postcard beauty with snowy French forests and the vast desert (filmed in Morocco and Spain). An excellent supporting cast, including Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis, also help make the head and heart of the film work. Many critics pointed out that Bloom doesn't have the gravitas of Russell Crowe in the lead (then again, who does?), but it's the underdeveloped character and not the actor that hurts the film and impacts its power. Balian isn't given much more to do than be sullen and give an occasional big speech, alongside his perplexing abilities for warfare tactics and his wandering moral compass (whose sole purpose seems to be to put a love scene in the movie). Note: all the major characters except Neeson's are based on fact, but many are heavily fictionalized. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a butterfly from a chrysalis 21 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I have the US version of this. Kingdom of Heaven was a better film that people gave it credit for but it certainly had flaws. The Directors Cut is far, far better- making this into a great film in my opinion. At least as good as Gladiator (in fact, if it weren't for the class injected by the late Oliver Reed into Gladiator, I'd say that Kingdom of Heaven DC is a far better film). The longer cut of the film gives far more time for characterisation and fills in quite a few of the blanks from the theatrical version of the film. This isn't just a few dodgy deleted scenes put back into the film- it's a completely different film with whole new areas of plot development. It's a first class effort and I'd urge anyone who even half liked the original version to buy it.
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208 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A noble crusade... 18 Jun 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Kingdom of Heaven was probably my favorite film of last year, and the 194-minute director's cut gives the film more room to breathe, but it won't make converts of the unbelievers. Instead, it's a more leisurely paced version of the film for the faithful who liked the theatrical cut and want to revisit its world and characters in a little more detail. Closer in style and tone to sixties roadshows than Scott's Gladiator, and all the better for it, in many ways it's the richest and most ambitious of the recent batch of epics. It's more of a journey in the extended version, and a bloodier one (the added violence will please the gore hounds), although there are a few moments that tip over into self-indulgence and could have been tightened or omitted entirely.

The extended opening allows more character detail, but at the expense of more of Michael Sheen's caricatured greedy priest, now revealed as Balian's brother. Orlando Bloom's limitations are also given a little more room than they had in the theatrical cut, but he certainly never stoops to the lows of Gerard "I'm wonderful, me" Butler in Beowulf and Grendel, Colin Farrell's Alexander or Clive Owen's truly catastrophic non-performance in King Arthur that left that film with a void at its center. Edward Norton's performance as the Leper King suffers a little from using different takes than the theatrical version, and at least one of his expanded scenes is simply longer without really being any better than its equivalent in the shorter version. The real winner in the extra footage stakes is Eva Green, who I think I'm falling in love with and whose part is considerably expanded and much more complex, allowing her a mass of contradictory motives (few of them noble), impulses and emotions that were smoothed away in the theatrical version.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STICK WITH IT 6 April 2006
By grandma
Format:DVD
Quite slow to start but well worth you patience.Acting was superb, this film has never had the credit it deserves.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-Dropping 22 Aug 2007
By L. Otto VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
I'm not going to review the film in any detail here, I'm sure there are plenty of better reviews elsewhere so I'm just going to go over the blu-ray experience:

Visuals: Jaw dropping to say the least. It's almost sad to say a 2 year old film is about the best blu-ray film available but don't let this put you off, in fact you should get it!

The clarity is incredible, as clear and sharp as can be. Breathtaking scenes in crisp high definition from start to finish (clocking in at just over 3 hours, that is a LOT of great detail!) I don't honestly know how to describe the visuals other than imagine how good a film should be able to look, and this is it. I couldn't imagine it much better at all!

For a great HD experience, Kingdom of Heaven is a great film to have in your collection. This is definitely the film I'll be using to show off Blu-Rays potential, and if that doesn't say something I don't know what will!!
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridly Scotts Reprieve 1 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
Last year Ridley Scott returned to the world of period epics with Kingdom of Heaven, his chronicle of Christian forces' defeat in Jerusalem at the hands of Muslims during the 12th Century. The original theatrical cut, was released May 2005 to underwhelming critical acclaim and disappointing box office returns. The end result was that Fox announced that Scott's Director's Cut, featuring at least 45 minutes of additional footage, will be released May 23, 2006, probably to compensate for the lost money.

I was particulary disturbed to hear the prospect of an even longer interpretation of William Monahan's screenplay. But after watching the full 4 disks of this Director's Cut revealed not only that my doubts were unwarranted, but that Scott has lost none of his talent for telling stories; because Kingdom of Heaven: The Director's Cut is not just a movie that has earned a few extra points in rating's, but one of Ridley Scott's best, and moreover, a film that deserves its place in cinema history.

Kingdom of Heaven's great strength is its intelligence, and these extra 45 minutes of film restore its IQ to genius levels after its predecessor drooled its way to a pitiful $47 million in bills.
If you haven't seen Kingdom of Heaven, make sure you rent or buy the 4-disc edition. If you've seen the old cut, let the movie redeem itself and buy this masterful 4-disc edition. Ridley Scott has created some fine films in the past, including Alien, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator -- with this new cut, Kingdom of Heaven can proudly join that group. I highly recommend this edition of the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate movie from Ridley Scott
A fine medieval romp from the 12th century roughly based on actual events and characters that set the scene for the third crusade in the latter half of the 12th century. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Tony Maund
5.0 out of 5 stars under rated epic
almost a cinimatic masterpiece, the acting is superb, the sets are superb, the story strong, the drama gripping, orlando bloom best film, supporting actors excellent, photoghraphy... Read more
Published 7 days ago by R. Parnaby
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Catholic..
It's a decent film, a bit too long and boring. Unfortunately it depicts the crusades as violent barbarians, which is sad as they are a very important part of our Church's history.
Published 9 days ago by Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Fans of Historical Drama
The item arrived within 48 hours of my order, well within date. Seller anxious to make sure we knew what we were getting, and described some fading I couldn't see! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Ridley Scott Classic
This is the Blur Director's Cut. I'd bought it a while ago and finally took it out of the wrapper one Saturday when I knew I'd have the time to watch it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Filthy Raider
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite dvd.
Have had the dvd for several years and have watched it many times, but what an eye opener this edition was! Read more
Published 2 months ago by wadey5
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with transaction !
Great film, and the Director's cut the best edition of all ! Great ebayer, item well packed and with rapid response !
Published 2 months ago by Ian Clegg
5.0 out of 5 stars monster spectacle
this story is up there with Ben Hur ,Barabbas, The Robe, ok there must be CGI as no one can afford huge amounts of extras and scenery they did in the 60's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jorn G. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific Directors Cut
When Ridley Scott put the first cut of Kingdom of Heaven together, the film was close to three hours long. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gatekeeper197
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you are looking for
This is not the director's cut version you may have searched for, find another seller and a different version rather then wasting your time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arthur Birling
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