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Troy (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD] [2004]

Brad Pitt , Eric Bana    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TR7OG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,969 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There are many reasons to recommend Troy as a good ol' fashioned Hollywood epic, especially if you've never read Homer's The Iliad. Dispensing with Greek gods altogether, this earnestly massive production (budgeted at upwards of $200 million) will surely offend historians and devoted students of the classics. But there's politics aplenty in the grand-scale war that erupts when Trojan prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) makes off with Helen (blandly beautiful German model Diane Kruger), wife of Spartan ruler Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), whose brother, the Greek king Agamemnon (Brian Cox) prods him into enraged retaliation. Greek warrior Achilles (Brad Pitt) brings lethal force to his battles (and there are many of them, mostly impressive), and his Trojan counterpart, Paris's brother Hector (Eric Bana), adds even more buffed-up beefcake to a film so chock-full o' hunks that there's barely room for Peter O'Toole (doing fine work as Trojan king Priam) and even less for Julie Christie, appearing ever-so-briefly as Achilles's melancholy mother. The drama is nearly as arid as the sun-baked locations (Mexico and Malta) that stand in for the Aegean coast, and many critics suggested that Pitt (who valiantly tries to give Achilles some tormented dimension) was simply miscast. But when you consider that Wolfgang Petersen also made The Perfect Storm, there's nothing wrong with enjoying Troy as a semi-guilty pleasure with a touch of ancient class. --Jeff Shannon

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Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover, Brian Cox
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Manufacturer: Warner

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better then before 25 Mar 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Troy (Director's Cut) is so much better than the theatrical version that it is almost hard to believe that they are in essence the same movie. That is not to say that this new version is perfect, it isn't. As with the Theatrical version, the acting is in some instances passable at best and it takes quite a few liberties with the accepted version of events according to Homer. However, what it does do is make the film run far more smoothly than it did before. Considering over 30 minutes of footage has been restored it actually seems to make the film a lot tighter than it was before. The rather disjointed, lacking in focus theatrical version is now replaced with a movie that always keeps you engrossed. Not just in the battle scenes which are really quite brilliant but also in the political intrigues and infighting amongst both the Greeks and the Trojans. Brad Pitt always seems to divide people as to his worth as an actor. I happen to think he is actually quite good. In Troy he is the leading man and he does a good job of holding the film together. According to Homer, Achilles was the most beautiful and the deadliest warrior of his age. Pitt is undoubtedly in excellent physical condition but he also manages to convey Achilles coldness and mastery of arms. His Achilles is a killing machine who cares for almost nothing but his own personal glory. He knows what his alternative futures are before he sails to Troy, but he would rather die young covered in glory than live to be old surrounded by love. There is a vacant look in Achilles eyes almost as though he is aware of everything that is happening around him but doesn't really care as long as it does not seem to personally affect him. However, in war, every action has a knock on effect and Achilles discovers this to his own personal loss. Read more ›
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed no more 15 Oct 2007
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Format:DVD
What a let down the original movie was,slow, ponderous,shallow and completely forgettable.
I'm very much a fan of historical epics and my expectations of troy were high,particularly with the cast and crew they had on board.It was however a complete let down and seemed a view shared by many people i spoke to who had watched the movie.The score was dreadful,the characters were lacking in exposition and cause,the mtv style editing,particularly of the battle scenes was a mess ,i could go on and on but now i don't need to.

This new version is terrific,its like watching a new movie,the additional 30 minutes have added so much more to the film,character development is improved,the film feels epic,the new musical score fits in like a dream and the extended fight scenes of which there are many,all do justice to wolfgang petersen's desire to produce this new cut.

I can't praise it enough and if you had doubts over the original movie,then buy this,it really is worth having.
A 5 star recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lavish and well-made but not wholly satisfying 4 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
This could have been really great, and they made plenty of effort, but sadly the film doesn't quite achieve the epic status they set out for. Oh, and there are different versions, so be careful which one you choose to watch. More on that later.

Based on classical Greek literature in the form of Homer's famous Iliad, the story of Troy has been filmed a few times down the years. With all literary classics that get turned into movies, some adaptations stay closer than others to what went before - and as movie watchers we've grown accustomed to that. In this case we get quite a lot of re-interpretation and change; but of course that often doesn't matter if the final movie still stands successfully on its own feet. This particular film managed to annoy plenty of critics, but still achieved good box-office figures.

The filming was hampered by delays, including a hurricane destroying the massive set which needed to be entirely re-built; and an injury to lead actor Brad Pitt which prevented the shooting of a key fight scene for several weeks until he had sufficiently recovered. As a result, its theatrical release was rushed through without the director getting chance to complete the edits and full post-production that he would have preferred. But he did go back and do all those edits while the film was being shown cinematically - so on the video/DVD releases we get both available (sold separately, not all in one package unfortunately). In the Director's Cut there were lots of tiny changes of just a couple of seconds or so, or a different camera angle used, or a character was able to say an extra few words - but across the whole film it adds up to about an extra half hour of material that makes the story much more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better, but still... 16 Nov 2007
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I enjoyed the pop-corned theatrical cut of "Troy", but not enough to buy the DVD. I especially appreciated the effort to create an accurate, rather than an spectacular, environment. This cut is much, much better. Not so much better as "Alexander revisited", but has dealt with many of the flaws of the original cut, such as poor development of characters and the softness in battles. All actors (but one, guess who) are great, especially Eric Bana. But I do not give it all five stars for one reason: its two huge inaccuracies that make the plot in the movie, and its pace, resent: one, the war at Troy was told to last for many years, adding great depth and intensity to the drama; two, Patroclus was actually Achilles' lover, and only that can explain his getting so mad when the boy was killed. It is a very good movie in this cut, but, too bad, should have been better to start with.
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