Oliver Stone recreates the towering, true story of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), who in the 4th Century BC conquered Greece, Persia, Afghanistan and India- 90% of the known world. Against massive armies of chariots and elephants, he never lost a battle. Visionary, explorer, dreamer- he was also a tender son, torn by his mother's (Angelina Jolie) burning love and ambition and desperate for his father's (Val Kilmer) approval. His dream shaped the world we live in today
Audio Commentary:Oliver Stone and historian Robin Lane Fox.
Documentaries:Resurrecting Alexander, explores the filming of Alexander. Perfect is the Enemy of God, provides an in depth look at the details that go into the filming of an epic.
Featurette:Soundtrack featurette: Vangelis Scores Alexander .
While the director's cut
is sure to garner the most attention, Alexander
has also been released in its original theatrical version for those who want the version they saw in theaters. One drawback, however, is that the movie is split over two discs. On the director's cut, the film is complete on one disc. Presumably the theatrical cut is beyond the capacity of one disc because it's eight minutes longer (175 to 167). The commentary is a combination of tracks by director Oliver Stone and by film consultant and Alexander biographer Robin Lane Fox, who provides praise for the production and further historical details. Some of Stone's remarks are the same as on the commentary for the director's cut, but some are unique to this version.
Other extra features are the same as on the director's cut. Three documentaries (80 minutes total) collect behind-the-scenes footage, interviews (mostly with the crew), and some effects notes. They're rather indistinguishable from each other and might have been edited into a shorter, tighter single unit. There's also a four-minute featurette of composer Vangelis at his keyboard discussing his craft. --David Horiuchi