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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, Diana Rathbun, Colin Wilson
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2008
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019FLTHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,256 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Swords and sandals abound in this epic tale of love and war starring Brad Pitt as the muscle-bound Achilles. Set in 1193 BC, the film is based on Homer's sprawling epic poem 'The Iliad'. It tells the story of Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), who falls in love with the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta (Brendan Gleeson), the beautiful Helen (Diane Kruger). He persuades her to leave her husband and go back with him to Troy, sparking a war between the Mycenaeans, led by Menelaus's brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), and the armies of Troy, led by Prince Hector (Eric Bana). The City of Troy, governed by King Priam (Peter O'Toole) has never before succumbed to seige or battle, but Agamemnon and the Mycenae Greeks have a formidable ally: the great and seemingly indomitable Achilles. Political intrigue, passionate love trysts and one-on-one fight sequences take place against a background of sweeping battle scenes as the armies of ancient Greece and the city of Troy engage in their epic and bloody war.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By adanield on 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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Homer on 15 Oct. 2007
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 By Anamaf on 19 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
.. ok so the film does not have the best storyline in the world. But the battle scenes were well done, there were some great performances and I thoroughly agree with another reviewer from Amazon who stated that this is one the most beautiful male casts ever assembled for one film. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ALL the reviews of the DVD from Amazon film-watchers and would like to comment on the fact that a lot of people thought that some of the accents were innapropriate. My question is this: why is a posh English accent more acceptable than an American or regional UK one? After all, these people were Greeks and spoke, well.....Greek. So what does Greek sound like in English? I for one, enjoyed the movie and didn't take it too seriously. After all, movies are supposed to be entertainment and this film certainly was that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Simpson on 20 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
I will agree that this film is filled with inaccuracies. The fact that the Trojan war lasted 10 years and was mostly a siege seemed to have been skipped, as well as the Paris and Helen relationship created by Aphrodite, including Achilles' son was in the war also. But, you can't fit all of this into a 2 hour slot, in which I feel, you can't recreate Homer's story, introducing all characters and give it a poetic flamboyance. What it does give you is a sweeping spectacle of the invasion, just speeded up somewhat. Brad Pitt brings anger and mood to the character Achilles, performing well, but my hat was off to Eric Bana, for his rather correct portrayal of Hector of Troy, commander of the armies, loving family man and a fierce warrior, eldest son of King Priam, who it was said to have 50 sons and 50 daughters. Busy Man!!!

All the characteristics were integrated in Eric Bana's portrayal of Hector, which sounds rather a cold description for a fine act. Just watch how the emotions can be read in Bana's face as Hector, excellent.

Yes its lavish, Yes it alittle rushed and alittle clean, but in the same hand, its thoroughly enjoyable, which, when the titles appear, listen out for the haunting song called 'Remember'.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Black Tent on 22 Feb. 2007
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Criticisms of the script and acting apart, many objections to Wolfgang Peterson's epic centre around its supposed lack of faithfulness to Homer's Iliad. Menelaus wsn't killed by Hector, Achilles never entered Troy and Agamemnon wasn't killed there...etc. etc. etc. Excuse me? The Iliad doesn't cover the fate of Achilles, and it doesn't even describe the famous Trojan Horse. In fact, it ends with Priam beseeching Achilles to return the body of Hector. The rest of the story as we know it comes from later Greek and Roman storytellers. So any story about Troy which includes the Horse couldn't exactly be faithful to Homer, could it? And any film-maker who omitted the Horse would have been accused of missing out one of the key themes of the Trojan war. Homer's epic may or may not have been inspired by events which really took place, but it certainly wasn't supposed to be regarded as factual history, and there are many variations in Greek and Roman myth about some of the key characters and events of the Trojan War. So let's stop being so damned precious about it all. For me, the plot lines which saw Menelaus killed by Hector ( a very fine performance by Eric Bana), and Achilles and Agamemnon dying in Troy itself, was much more dramatically satisfying than seeing Achilles killed before the sack of Troy and Agamemnon just toddling off back to Mycenae (where according to Greek myth, he got his come-uppance anyway as he was killed by his wife's lover).

To be honest, I had read so many negative reports about Troy that I wasn't especially interested in seeing it; but when I did eventually watch it I was pleasantly surprised.
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