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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
Much of the chronology in the film is accurate (though Stone's flashbacks will confuse those with limited knowledge of Alexander's life).
So Oliver Stone decides to focus on his relationship with males rather than showing us WHY Alexander is the greatest military commander of all time.
Something else I found a bit distracting is that you have to get up in the middle of the movie just to change discs to see the entire film.
round 3 love you the delivery is great the dvd is in great shape thank youPublished 4 days ago by Tonimith-Call
While the movie was filmed beautifully, the plot was weak and the dialog was boring and mundane. How you could take someone as innately thrilling as Alexander the Great, and have a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susie Port Angeles
We lovers of ancient western history will take what we can get. At first viewing several years ago, I hated it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Joanie B. Adams
I had not seen this film before and based on the reviews on Amazon and other sites I purchased the Final Cut and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Massachusetts Cinephile
If you hate everything about this movie you'll at least be redeemed of your time by an uplifting and beautiful score by Vangelis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EvB
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|Why do people hate this movie so much?||
Read "Persian Boy" book, and this movie will be so much more interesting. I saw it. Yeah, it is kinda long, and gets people tired. If you please, one should watch it in two seatings, but the scenery and the way plot flows is grand. I love it!
Dec 29, 2006 by WD | See all 5 posts
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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
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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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