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An epic marvel that's as beautifully acted as it is visually awesome, Kingdom of Heaven stars Orlando Bloom as Balian, a Jerusalem blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Liam Neeson) shows him his destiny, Balian vows to defend his country, and in the process, falls in love, becomes a formidable leader, and steps forever into history
On the DVD
The Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut is truly a DVD set of biblical proportions. If you are familiar with Ridley Scott's excellent, albeit massive, extended DVD sets for Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, you have a pretty good idea of what you are in for with this set. The biggest difference--unlike the Gladiator Director's Cut, which had some nice new scenes that really didn't add much to the film--is that this cut of Kingdom of Heaven is a drastic improvement over the theatrical release. This extensive 194-minute version brings the film back to Scott's original vision, maintaining an impressive balance of history, plot, and believable period reenactments and battle scenes. The best way to describe the improvements on the extended version is the film is now able to breathe a bit more, it's less choppy, and it has stronger character development. In addition to the extended scenes (which now span two discs in a clunky Road Show presentation), there is an exhaustive three-hour, six-part documentary detailing every aspect of filmmaking from the development of the "idea" through post-production and release. Also included are three feature-length commentary tracks, the best being the first with Ridley Scott, writer William Monahan, and actor Orlando Bloom. Included on the original release but missing from this set are the A&E/History Channel documentaries, the theatrical cut of the film, and "The Pilgrim's Guide," the fantastic text commentary which pointed out the historical anecdotes as the film played. Fans of the film and completists will probably want to hold onto both versions. However, those picking up Kingdom of Heaven for the first time need only to look to this definitive version. --Rob Bracco
This was pretty well acted movie with good characters and character development.
I think this film is the only film ever to be honest for both Christians and Muslims in terms of faithful presentation of historical facts.
You might feel that even though the movie is a good 2 hours and 25 minutes that it felt like something was missing.
Great Movie I got to see finally, missed it when it was out somehow.Published 2 days ago by Wheatgerm
A serious deep adventure in the Holy Land. Needed to watch it a few times before was able to understand what was going on.Published 8 days ago by RIMANTAS PAULIUKONIS
Best thing Orlando Bloom has done. Scott is a genius and the director's cut is the only way to watch this. The Eva Green role finally makes sense in this version. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dan Booher
In yet another action packed adventure from superb Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator), comes a new epic film that is nothing short of magnificent! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nina
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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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