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From Ridley Scott, the visionary director of Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, comes this spectacular epic of courage, honor and adventure. Orlando Bloom stars as Balian, a young Frenchman in Medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, who, having lost everything, finds redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight.
It's hard to believe Ridley Scott's handsome epic won't become the cinematic touchstone of the Crusades for years to come. Kingdom of Heaven is greater than the sum of its parts, delivering a vital, mostly engrossing tale following Balian (Orlando Bloom), a lonely French blacksmith who discovers he's a noble heir and takes his father's (Liam Neeson) place in the center of the universe circa 1184: Jerusalem. Here, grand battles and backdoor politics are key as Scott and first-time screenwriter William Monahan fashion an excellent storyline to tackle the centuries-long conflict. Two forward-thinking kings, Baldwin (Edward Norton in an uncredited yet substantial role) and Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), hold an uneasy truce between Christians (who hold the city) and Muslims while factions champ at the bit for blood. There are good and evildoers on both sides, with the Knights Templar taking the brunt of the blame; Balian plans to find his soul while protecting Baldwin and the people. The look of the film, as nearly everything is from Scott, is impressive: his CGI-infused battle scenes rival the LOTR series and, with cinematographer John Mathieson, create postcard beauty with snowy French forests and the vast desert (filmed in Morocco and Spain). An excellent supporting cast, including Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis, also help make the head and heart of the film work. Many critics pointed out that Bloom doesn't have the gravitas of Russell Crowe in the lead (then again, who does?), but it's the underdeveloped character and not the actor that hurts the film and impacts its power. Balian isn't given much more to do than be sullen and give an occasional big speech, alongside his perplexing abilities for warfare tactics and his wandering moral compass (whose sole purpose seems to be to put a love scene in the movie). Note: all the major characters except Neeson's are based on fact, but many are heavily fictionalized. --Doug Thomas
I first saw this movie on Netflix and absolutely loved it. A Ridley Scott epic masterpiece. I loved it so much I rented it on Netflix again and it was...horrible. It was short. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mr Stark
It was a little confusing in the beginning, trying to fugure out exactly what was going on but it all came together later. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kirk B.
It's crazy how good the extended cut is compared to the theatrical version is for this movie. It feels like Ridley Scott was able to better convey what story he wanted to tell with... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jon Brown
Full of action and some history review if you are interested in the Crusades.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Originally watched it in a history class and loved it so much that I had to buy it. Plenty of action with a long story detailing the crusades and the battle for Jerusalem.Published 11 days ago by Joshua B.
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|4 Disk Set doesn't have the theatrical cut!?!?!?||
I was a big fan if the theatrical cut... I saw the flaws in it, but I still enjoyed it. I just got a chance yesterday to see the Director's cut and please believe me when I tell you that after you see the new cut of the film, you will never again want to watch the theatrical cut! The Director's... Read More
May 21, 2006 by Christopher Johnson | See all 17 posts
|Does the blu-ray Director's cut have all the special features...||
No, it only has a trailer.
Apr 30, 2009 by Elliot Cross | See all 5 posts
|Very Objective Movie||
What's up? I'd just like to say that Christianity and Islam, while they can be a bit misguided at times, are not entirely repulsive. They do have some good things to their credit, and the point of the movie that this board concerns is that most of these good things are things the... Read More
Jan 5, 2008 by Sumer Suri | See all 23 posts
|Is the "instant video" the theatrical version or the director's cut?||
Years ago I ordered online and it was theatrical. I got my money back. Maybe it changed since then though...
Dec 14, 2013 by Keith G. Boshell | See all 3 posts
|Kingdom of Heaven: The same version as on DVD?||
This is the same director's cut as offered on standard DVD format. It contains the Overture, Intermission, and Entr'acte just as Ridley Scott intended. It is a two-disc film, so the intermission occurs during the disc-change moment of the film. The musical moments weren't added as a special... Read More
Aug 4, 2009 by Nate Bachamp | See all 5 posts
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