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Kingdom of Heaven [DVD] [2005]

Orlando Bloom , Liam Neeson , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A896J8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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213 of 223 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 100 REVIEWER
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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Director's Cut 20 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Kingdom of Heaven is a 5 star film trapped in a 'cinema screening-friendly' movie. Its' proper run time of 3 hours has been butchered to just over 2 and a bit. The results are self evident if you watch this release. It's uneven, it's choppy, the characters aren't developed enough and many parts simply don't make any sense.
Some put that down to Ridley Scott, harshly claiming that he's only concerned with visuals - but that's not the case in Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut. Apparently recent screenings of the proper version were met with universal acclaim, some saying that it should be nominated for Best Picture! All the problems stated have been addressed, with the result being a truly epic piece of work.
It was clear from the first reviews of KoH that a Director's Cut of this film was more necessary than any other movie released in a long time. My advice is; save your money, don't worry about DTS (it'll be on the DC as well), and look forward to the 4 disk edition which has Kingdom of Heaven - as it was meant ot be seen - and 2 further disks of quality extras. If you haven't seen KoH at all, stay away until the Director's Cut is released.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit preachy for my liking 21 July 2006
Format:DVD
Despite the title, I did enjoy this film. Some of the skirmishes are stunning, as is the seige of Jerusalem near the end. The story is well told, and it is a cracking yarn about courage, and religious zeal. There are some great performances, though I felt Orlando was a bit wooden, however Jeremy Irons and the chap who plays Guy de Lousignon were both superb, the latter especially considering he is something of an unknown (Lord of the Rings fans may recognise him as Celeborn).

Historically, it is close to the truth, but I think Mr Scott has been a victim of the OTT political correctness that afflicts us these days, where the true history cannot be told for fear of offending and provoking. That in itself, is an indictment of the whole thinking of our society these days.

Knowing something of the history, it is evident that both factions committed attrocites of their own, however, Scott seems to adopt the stance that it was almost solely the fault of Christians, a factual innacuracy. But, living in this crazy world, I am sure you can all appreciate his reasoning. It seems this was out of a misplaced desire to appease those who may take offence (the pc crowd), and dampen down what could easily have been controversial. We all know what becomes of people who make any perceived slight, no matter how incongruous, to a minority religion these days.

And if you listen to some of the narrative, it can be very preachy, a few subtle comments of the danger of religion and fanatics, the value of human life above relics such as the city of Jerusalem, and a number of parallels covertly packed in between the two religions.
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