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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.
It is ridiculous to force our own paradigms onto Alexander. He was complex, noble to many, justifiably hated by others. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Paul D. Roy
I know this movie was an expensive flop but personally I thought it was terrific and it's one of my favorite films of 2004. Read morePublished 22 days ago by PoodleMommy
I like this movie but felt a flaw in the graphic nature of some of the scenes. It reverses the momentum of the film. Epic thoughPublished 24 days ago by JQ16
I like this movie. It really gave my students at http://thelighthousechristianacademy.com a grasp of the greatness of Alexander the Great.Published 1 month ago by Michael
Great sets, costumes, battle scenes. Some of worst scriptwriting ever presented. And it's endless...Keep your remote with you at all times, set on fast forward.Published 1 month ago by chavany
Great battle scenes, good story but dwelt too much on his alternative lifestyle; still it beat the 'Burton' fiasco.Published 2 months ago by Blackadder
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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
|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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