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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

DVD Features:
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 .

Additional Features

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

Special Features

  • 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
  • "Vangelis Scores Alexander" featurette
  • Theatrical trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie, David Bedella
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis
  • Producers: Aslan Nadery, Fernando Sulichin, Gianni Nunnari, Hans de Weers
  • Format: Dolby, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (756 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PLLO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alexander (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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.
M. Nikolic
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.
Antoine D. Reid

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243 of 256 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Chugg on March 11, 2007
Format: DVD
I originally sat on the fence in my opinion of the theatre release of Alexander, but Alexander Revisited has won me over as admirer of the film. The new cut has a truly epic feel and the leading characters are portrayed with more breadth and depth. In particular, the climactic crises of Alexander's career are conveyed more intelligibly and convincingly than before. I am the author of both academic articles and non-fiction books on Alexander, so I feel I should comment particularly on the historical accuracy of the film. In my opinion Alexander Revisited is notably honest, daring and sincere in its pursuit of historical accuracy. Although Oliver has deliberately conflated events which actually occurred at different times and places into single scenes (I think he had to in order to tell the whole story in a single film), almost everything has some kind of historical basis in the group of 2000 year old accounts, which provide most of our knowledge of Alexander. For example, such details as Cleitus severing the arm of a Persian about to strike Alexander, the incident with the monkeys in India and Alexander's visit to the wounded after the battle are all in the sources. Even that eagle is mentioned by Curtius. Furthermore, many snippets of dialogue are based on words actually said to have been spoken by Alexander: e.g. "He too is Alexander", "So would I if I were Parmenion", "It is a lovely thing to live with courage..." Great attention to historical detail was also paid to the costumes and scenery. Babylon was particularly good - the ziggurat, the flowers and the caged big cats were all really there when Alexander drove into the city in a chariot. Overall, Alexander Revisited gives a more authentic sense of the real history than any other film about the ancient world that I can think of.Read more ›
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218 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Raymond F. Gillis on February 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Oliver Stone's Alexander Revisited is now something of a masterwork. He is given the chance to tell the story as he would have originally liked to have presented it. The 45 minutes of extra's are true extra's...spread out in short 2 to 5 second more lengthly exchanges that happily include Brian Blessed as the Physical Instructor, Christopher Plummer as Aristotle and quite a bit more voice over and character addition from Anthony Hopkins as the aged Ptolemy.

The action starts almost immediately with a longer, more graphic version of the Battle of Gaugemela (Wonderfully undertaken, Stone paying homage to the great Sergei Bondarchuk with those terrific panning shots) and then works backwards through Alexanders youth. The film moves forward and backwards from there yet the new subtitles give you the year and how long, before or after, from the previous scene. It is quite instructive to anyone the slighest bit confused and is a superb history lesson. Also good are longer dancing scenes with Roxanna's troupe and Bogoas' troupe...both superb, filmic scenes...beautifully done. The Bogoas character (Francisco Bosch) is also expanded and made far more sympathetic.

The Indian Battle (wonderfully filmed in Thailand) is also more graphic as are some of the more intimate scenes yet nothing is without merit. This is not 2007, it's 330BC and mores and the concept of battle, honor, fidelity etc were different for those times. I for one, praise Mr. Stone for a very accurate feel and presence...and even minor characters are explained in far greater detail...such as the young Guardsman who killed Philip (Kilmer) a flashback we see his motives. It is now far more beautifully edited...
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful By G. Tempany on March 31, 2007
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Having admired the initial theatrical cut i was disappointed with the directors cut released on DVD. To me this appeared to be a sell out by Oliver Stone to appease the negative reaction this film received on release and try and win over more people with extended battles and less homosexual overtones. The directors cut played out badly and missed important backstory and character development shown in the original version. Hearing a final uncut, full length version was to be released i purchased hoping Oliver had had a rethink and restored his film to its greater glory. Well i can happily say he did and more. This is the cut which despite its 3.5 hour running time should have been released at the beginning. Alexander and his relationships have been given greater attention here and it helps the audience gain a greater understanding of this flawed but valiant person. The battle scenes have been extended and include some new graphic additions (a person being squashed to a pulp by an elephant being a memorable one) really adding to the scope and brutality of warfare. Colin Farrell does a great job however i felt Val Kilmer to be slightly weak and unbelievable. Overall this is a fine film which makes a noble attempt at capturing the essence of one of history's most revered and mysterious figures. The elephant battle scene is one of the best ever committed to film. Oliver Stone confirmed he wanted to make a film like the old greats (Ben Hur) with the same large canas and epic vision. Whilst he has succeeded i cannot forgive him for taking three goes to get it right. I would of thought someone as gifted as him wouldn't have needed to do this and is very lucky Warner Bros have given him another chance. I have not heard of anyone being this lucky before.Read more ›
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Why do people hate this movie so much?
Homophobia. Cha-Cha-Cha!

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
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
Terrible film
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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