Troy 2004

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(260) IMDb 7.2/10
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This action-adventure epic tells the story of the battle fought over Helen, queen of Sparta, who's been kidnapped by her lover Paris, the Prince of Troy. Her husband decides to invade Troy and kill Helen, so recruits Achilles, the Greek warrior, but he must first settle a score with Hector, Paris's brother.

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom
Runtime:
2 hours 36 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Wolfgang Petersen
Starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom
Supporting actors Eric Bana, Peter O'Toole, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Brenden Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Saffron Burrows, Rose Bryne, Julie Christie, Wolfgang Petersen, Brendan Gleeson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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76 of 80 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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34 of 36 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ry on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If like myself, you avidly read reviews before buying any blu-ray disc, you will want to know about the quality of the blu-ray transfer. With regards to this particular blu-ray, I must say 'Troy' was superb. I would recommend this blu-ray to anyone who wants to experience the very best in high definition picture quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Random Tandem on 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2008
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The new director's cut of Troy might at over 3 hours be rather long to have been sitting in a cinema, but for home theatre, this is now finally the movie punters wished it could be when it first came out. The extra scenes - a mixture of character moments and action scenes, truly change it from a bit of a muddle, to something approaching classic status.
The battle scenes add little, but the character scenes change and explain the dynamics of the characters, in particular Sean Bean's Odysseus, and the tension between King Agamemnon and Achilles.
There is still a problem with the casting... no-one really looks that comfortable in their roles, neither Eric Bana, Brad Pitt and certainly not Orlando Bloom. Only Peter O'Toole really fits the part, at least as much of a part as he is given. Diane Kruger looks pretty, but whether it is the script, or her acting, it is difficult to say - but she never quite seems worth putting a thousand ships to sea for.
That aside, the battle scenes are visceral, and if this movie added anything new, it was the mano-a-mano battles with Achilles, which are terrifically well choreographed to make you really believe in his invincibility.
Extras are prolific - I gave up before I managed to exhaust all the topics, which are conveniently arranged in segments a few minutes long, so you can either watch all together or search for just the parts which interest.
A worthy package which goes some way to restoring the reputation of this previously maligned movie.
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