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Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]

Martin Hancock , Michael Sheen , Ridley Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Hancock, Michael Sheen, Nathalie Cox, Eriq Ebouaney, Jouko Ahola
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Ridley Scott
  • Format: Director's Cut, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K14LTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 939 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

Product Description

Ridley Scott's extended cut of an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. Orlando Bloom plays a humble blacksmith who discovers that he is the son of a knght, and travels to the Holy Land to fight in the crusades. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed King, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden Queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces, while striving to keep a fragile peace.


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89 of 92 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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210 of 219 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
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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68 of 73 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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This Extended Ridley Scott Approved Cut of his movie is far better than the released version and is now re-issued out of its 4DVD Card Box (30 or more) and into this collector's metal tin. This "Definitive Edition" places all discs (4 in this case) in a shiny metallic embossed tin (later issues are in a card wrap) and at 10 or under - is an absolute steal. Unfortunately there's no booklet - a shame that.

The film itself is split across Discs 1 and 2, beginning with an Overture and continued on Disc 2 with an Interval - like an old style epic. In some places it's way more uncomfortable in the bloody department. When Brendan Gleeson (part mad, part catalyst for other people's evil) is unleashed on the Muslim King's village and family - it's not pretty. It's a ruse to deliberately goad him and his armies into war - and it works. There is a superb extension of the Eva Green scenes which fleshes out the story so much more (speaking of flesh - hers is quite lovely!). And right from the opening shot of men around the suicide grave of Orlando's wife, as it's a RS movie, every shot is lovingly framed. There are snowflakes wafting through the air, engrained dirt on hands and under fingernails, sweaty horses heaving under blood-stained chainmail above, swords dripping red stuff like it was the Meat Counter at Tescos. The attention to detail is fabulous. The battle sequences are awesome - thousands of extras - war machines, flaming balls smashing through turrets - unbelievable stuff. The cast - especially Liam Neeson, David Thewlis, Eva Green, Martin Csokas and Jeremy Irons - all surround Orlando with superb back-up. Liam Neeson in particular is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
kids loved it
Published 7 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars this is far better. bargain
I have the original.this is far better.bargain.
Published 9 days ago by Bf Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
An excellent film - great casting and plot (based on historical events) a fantastic rendering from the Scott Brothers. The extras are also brilliant.
Published 11 days ago by P R Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product
Published 14 days ago by jon sweeney
2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing
This is a standard, and fairly predictable blood and guts epic which is fine if you like this sort of thing.
Published 1 month ago by R. H. Yule
5.0 out of 5 stars kingdom of heaven (directors cut) blue-ray
a must see film one to watch again, I can only wonder what hell has changed, they are still fighting over the holy land over a thousand years later.
Published 1 month ago by t.c. hellier-woods
5.0 out of 5 stars 'BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM'
The time:- the 12th century, the plot :- the Crusades ( so called Holy war )
A group of crusader's pass through a french town/village on the their way to the holy land, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
3.0 out of 5 stars No special features!?! None at all...
This is about Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]. This is the firs DVD/Blu Ray that I have that has no special features at all... Actually: it does not even has a menu! Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Koprivica
5.0 out of 5 stars FLAWED BUT FABULOUS EPIC
Kingdom Of Heaven is a far better film than its ratings would have us believe. The directors cut raises it from a slash and cut medieval romp into the realms of a classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anthony M. Bennett
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