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on 9 June 2012
Alexander The Great, like many of its 1950s CinemaScope contemporaries is an ideal subject for Blu ray treatment. These films were composed for the wide frame, not with one eye on a future TV release, and were made, for the most part, in glorious Technicolor or the more economical Eastmancolor.
Other reviewers have detailed the plot, or the various perceived shortcomings of Rosson's epic: overlong, talky, weak battle sequences, wooden performances etc. But none of this matters because this was very much a film of its time. If you are going to buy a pre 1960s costume picture on DVD or Blu ray, it will be much the same as Alexander The Great; this was how they made them then. Helen Of Troy has better battles and more spectacle, for example, but Alexander The Great has a better script and acting. Both films look terrific, however and should have been studied carefully by the makers of Alexander and Troy before they set work recreating ancient Greece with CGI.
Strangely, this Blu ray release comes from Denmark, with the Blu ray cover in Danish, though even more oddly, the menu page features a photograph of the same Blu ray cover which is entirely in English. The disc defaults to the original English soundtrack - which seems to be in stereo - and optional subtitles in a variety of languages, except English, can be selected. The print is clean and sharp and colours are bright and steady, though one scene has a brief cutaway that is so soft as to appear almost out of focus. That lasts only a few seconds, though. The original aspect ratio has been preserved at 2.35:1, anamorphically enhanced, though this is not stated on the cover. The sound is clear, too, with all dialogue clearly audible (unlike most of today's films), but the downside of this, of course, is that Mario Nascimbene's dull and plodding music is also clearly audible, too. However, he would redeem himself a few short years later with magnificent scores for The Vikings, Barabbas, Room At The Top, Doctor Faustus and One Million Years B.C.
Overall, Alexander The Great has never looked or sounded better since it was first released in 1955 and this comes as a two-disc set (a DVD version is included) making this Blu ray release a must-buy for fans of the genre.
More of these films on Blu ray, please!
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on 8 January 2018
Bought used, arrived on time and in the condition advertised.

My teen kids have taken a liking to the old Hollywood 'epics' ever since I told them the numbers of human actors/extras that were used in the big scenes - it came as a surprise to them it wasn't CGI - so they watch the large scenes in awe.

Alexander is, of course, a classic epic movie. I'm not overly bothered about buying DVD rather than the higher resolution Bluray due to the age of the movie .... we have more DVD players than Bluray payers and the lower DVD cost, plus all the extras (no pun intended) that the special edition DVDs have, often make the DVDs a better choice for us.
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on 23 March 2014
This story of Alexander the Great has many very competent actors of classic background in British and American and French Theatre which gives the film a serious feel, together with lavish adventurous battle scenes. The main characters of Phillip of Macedonia, Alexander's father, played well by Frederick March in good form, and Alexander played by Richard Burton showing the determination required of leadership and anguish used up in the many trials and tribulations of the task ahead. Alexander not only gathers together the whole of the clashing Greek tribes into a whole, but sets out to conquer the world. All the actors are very good in their roles from the cowardly Persian king, whom Alexander gives respect, to the Mother of this world leader in her reckless belief in magic and in Alexander's god-qualities. This film was criticised when it first came out, but I think it is better than the latest "Alexander the Great" film, and shows the whole of the story with all the characters, even the leader's teacher, Aristotle the great philosopher, as well as the tragedies.
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on 7 October 2013
King Philip of Macedonia is at work with all the other Greek cities for control of Greece but with the help of his young and ambitious son Alexander he is able to bring Greece under the control of one ruler. After his murder Alexander, decides to extend their control and invade their powerful neighbours the Persians lead by King Darius.

Richard Burton may seem like a odd choice to play Alexander the famous military commander who never lost a single battle, but I actually thought he was really good in the role, even if he is alittle over the top at times, I read that Charlton Heston was approached first but I'm glad Burton got it in the end. Fredric March always makes a mark as his head strong father King Philip, other cast members include British talents such as Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing, Niall MacGinnis and Harry Andrews as King Darius.

It was directed by Robert Rossen and he makes the most of his budget with lavish scenery, costumes and sets. The battle scenes looks impressive with casts of thousands and they are for the most part well staged even if they are alittle brief, the final battle of Gaugamela seems like its over in seconds. He does however keep the film interesting from the start but the ending in my opinion looked rushed and ended suddenly.

The film is given even more of a epic feel due to the powerful score by Mario Nascimbene

Overall a well made and enjoyable epic that isn't high on historical fact but worth seeing.
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on 26 April 2012
This dramatic epic story of Alexander the Great has many flaws, but still manages to entertain and inform. It is in some ways more succesful than the modern version by Oliver Stone (while the latter wins through on breadth and period detail, it fails in its odd approach and inability to focus on the main story). Richard Burton gives a powerhouse performance and most others turn in good supporting roles, but some elements look a little hokey. But the film is well written and always enjoyable and exciting.
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on 10 November 2017
to long winded. ok i suppose if you are a history buff.
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on 3 November 2014
This film has a young Richard Burton playing the role of the great one. Burton is the only redeeming feature in it .Burton in a short toga! This flick was made in 1956. It gets bogged down in the early life of Alexander and skims over the last seven years..This film is enjoyable but very old Hollywood. Watch Oliver Stones Alexander-directors cut to get a fairly detailed account of this historical giant.
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on 13 February 2018
Enjoyed. Acting was excellent.
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on 27 April 2017
all ready done a feedback its great but its got a diferant front cover
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on 21 November 2013
I had this film on the old vhs tapes but it detoriated so much,but as I love the film decided too go for dvd version as I very often fish my favourite dvds out and watch over again super film, wonderful acting from the great Richard burton, love it highly recommend.
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