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Alexander Revisited: (Unrated) Final Cut, The (Dbl DVD)
For better or worse (and in this case, it's mostly for better), Oliver Stone's Alexander Revisited should stand as the definitive version of Stone's much-maligned epic about the great Asian conqueror. Following the DVD release of his previous Director's Cut, Stone offers a video introduction here, explaining why he felt a third and final attempt at refining his film was necessary. Essentially, he's using this opportunity to re-create the "road show" format of the Biblical epics of the 1950s and '60s, with a three-and-a-half-hour running time (with an intermission at the two-hour mark) including 45 minutes of previously unseen footage. Stone has also significantly restructured the film, resulting in substantial (if not exactly redemptive) improvements in its narrative flow. Alexander (played in a torrent of emotions by Colin Farrell) is dying as the film opens, his final moments serving to bookend the film's epic story, which incorporates flashback sequences to flesh out the Macedonian king's back-story involving the turbulent battle of fate between his father, King Philip (Val Kilmer) and his scheming sorceress mother Olympia (Angelina Jolie, ridiculous accent and all), who insists that Alexander is literally a child of the gods.
In Stone's final cut, epic battles remain chaotic (although Alexander's strategy is somewhat easier to follow, with on-screen titles indicating left, right, and center during his army's greatest maneuvers) and the ultra-violent battles are more graphically gory than ever (hence their "unrated" status). The animalistic lovemaking of Alexander and his barbarian bride Roxana (Rosario Dawson) is slightly extended (with Dawson as ravishing as ever), and Stone's additional footage also improves the overall arc of Alexander's relationship with his closest generals and male companions, although his most intimate homosexual encounters remain mostly discreet. As Alexander Revisited makes clear, the film's weaknesses remain unavoidable, but Stone deserves credit for recognizing how a longer running time, and more disciplined narrative structure, would bring Alexander closer to the respect it never earned from critics and filmgoers alike. This is unquestionably a better film than it used to be, leaving us to wonder why it took three separate efforts to shape Alexander into its best possible presentation. --Jeff Shannon
It's a RIP OFF!!!! NO BLU-RAY! JUST A STANDARD DVD BUT SOLD AS A BLU-RAY!!!Published 10 days ago by tommy500us
Excellent movie, with more depth to the characters than the original release. Battle scenes much better. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Al A
Have been on a Colin Farrell binge since True Detectives, and thought an Oliver Stone directed movie might be a plus. I was wrong.Published 19 days ago by Melanee Lane
Too bad one of the longer cuts wasn't one in the theatre. In my opinion a masterpiece was left on the cutting room floor so that people wouldn't be offended. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Micropops
This was a better movie and more historically accurate than I had expected given the poor reviews when it was released in theaters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Athene Five
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|Why do people hate this movie so much?||
Actually boys kissing boys was the best part! :P
May 21, 2007 by WD | See all 5 posts
|Question about this version.||
the version you saw in theater WAS the original DVD release.
The other version initially released on DVD under the name "director's cut" was indeed shorter than the theatrical version, but Oliver Stone wanted to make the pace tighter and more consistent.
On second thoughts (third... Read More
Mar 21, 2007 by J Muz | See all 5 posts
Some people like the film. Yes, people who are not idiots like the film. It's possible for slow moving movies, flawed movies and misunderstood movies to actually be good. Alexander is one example. It's wasn't the homophobia of America that made this film flop as much as the cynical a.d.d. riddled... Read More
Jan 25, 2007 by charlieheston | See all 2 posts
|Is This Better Than Any Other Version?||
Forget the Director's Cut and just go straight to Revisited: The Final Cut. its the definitive version, bar none.
Apr 6, 2009 by Istvan Kolnhofer | See all 3 posts
|HD versions contains extra features, standard DVD does not||
you are right and it S*CKS. i bought the original, then the extended. sean stone's documentary "fight against time" is only on HD/BR. not fair. i know it's a marketing ploy but it's elitist.
Aug 21, 2008 by LadyofArgonne | See all 4 posts
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