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Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut (Four-Disc Special Edition)

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Among the best directors of our time, Ridley Scott (Gladiator), contributes generously to this extraordinary Collector?s Edition of Kingdom of Heaven. Featuring his Director?s Cut of the film and hours of fascinating extras including a six-part tour from conception to completion of filmmaking this definitive set makes what Variety called a "genuinely spectacular" film even more so!

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

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

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

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Introduction by Sir Ridley Scott
  • Commentaries featuring director Ridley Scott, writer William Monahan, actor Orlando Bloom, executive producer Lisa Ellzey, film editor Dody Dorn, visual effects supervisor Wes Sewell and first assistant director Adam Somner
  • "The Engineer's Guide" subtitle track with production notes and trivia
  • Disc 2:
  • Commentaries featuring director Ridley Scott, writer William Monahan, actor Orlando Bloom, executive producer Lisa Ellzey, film editor Dody Dorn, visual effects supervisor Wes Sewell and first assistant director Adam Somner (Continued)
  • "The Engineer's Guide" subtitle track with production notes and trivia (Cont'd)
  • Story Notes (Text & Images)
  • Disc 3:
  • Part I: Good Intentions (Featurette)
  • "Tripoli" Overview & Gallery (Text & Images)
  • First Draft Screenplay by William Monahan (Text)
  • Location Scout Gallery (Images)
  • Part II: Faith and Courage (Featurette)
  • Screen Tests (Video and Commentary)
  • Cast Rehearsals (Video)
  • Costume & Weapon Design Featurette (Video)
  • Production Design / Conceptual Art / Costume Galleries (Text & Images)
  • Part III: The Pilgrimage Begins (Featurette)
  • Creative Accuracy: The Scholars Speak (Video)
  • Storyboard Comparisons (Multi-Angle Video & Images)
  • Photo Galleries (Text & Images)
  • Disc 4:
  • Part IV: Into The Promised Land (Featurette)
  • Unholy War: Mounting The Siege (Video)
  • Part V: The Burning Bush (Featurette)
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes (Video & Commentary)
  • Sound Design Suite (Video & Audio)
  • Visual Effects Breakdowns (Video & Commentary)
  • Part VI: Sins and Absolution (Featurette)
  • Trailers & TV Spots (Video & Commentary)
  • ShoWest Presentation (Video)
  • Press Junket Walkthrough (Video)
  • Japanese & London Premieres (Video)
  • Poster Explorations: Domestic & International (Images)
  • The Director's Cut & DVD Campaign (Video & Images)

Product Details

  • Actors: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock, Michael Sheen
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: William Monahan
  • Producers: Branko Lustig, Bruce Devan, Denise O'Dell, Henning Molfenter, José Luis Escolar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut (Four-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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I really enjoyed the theatrical cut, and now, get ready for all the nice storylines that were deleted. What you'll see on the director's cut (referenced from AICN) SPOILERS AHEAD!!:

- did you realize that the priest at the beginning is actually the half-brother of Balian (Orlando Bloom)? Their relationship is much more complicated and unpleasant in this version, and we learn that Balian is in jail following his wife's death, thanks to his brother's claim that he is possessed by the devil.

- We also learn that Balian was an engineer before he became a blacksmith, that he built war machines when he was part of an army, and he's released from prison because the local lord needs Balian's help. So much more work is put into the establishment of Balian's character that by the time we actually meet him in the film now, we have a sense of who he is.

- The lord that Balian works for? Turns out, he's Neeson's brother, and when Godfrey shows up in the village, he's coming home. There's an entire scene that takes place at the castle where it's clear that his absence made it possible for his brother to take over, something that his brother doesn't want to see change. Since Godfrey has no heir, if he dies, then his new lands also become the property of the brother, something that makes more sense of the battle scenes involving Neeson and his group of soldiers.

- When Neeson goes to talk to Balian the first time, he stops at the door to the smith's shop, looking out at a particular spot. He flashes back to when he was younger, to when he was with Balian's mother, and that one moment says all we need to know about the particular paradise that Godfrey seeks and that he knows he'll never find again.
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(Please note: This is for the 4 disc director's cut--for some reason this is combined with ALL versions of the movie including the Blu-ray. The Blu-ray features ONLY the first two discs of this set on one Blu-ray disc. None of the discs with extras are included as part of the package).

Sometimes longer is better particularly when you have a complex story. The theatrical version of "Kingdom of Heaven" was flawed from the beginning with significant narrative gaps that undermine the character development and the smooth momentum of the story. That's because Fox had Scott cut the film by nearly an hour deleted significant and important character development at the expense of trying to fit in more showings per theater. The result was a sprawling ambitious project that had the epic scope of "Lawrence of Arabia" without the narrative strength. Thank God for DVD. "Kingdom of Heaven: The Director's Cut" restores the material demonstrating that the original 3 hour cut was a brilliant film that played theatrical late last year after the film had bombed at the box office. The reason the film bombed was the idiotic decision to cut the film and make it shorter reducing the film's impact. While it might not have made a huge amount of money it would have done well at the box office as a prestige film AND would have deservedly been nominated for Oscars. Much of the background story is fleshed out and the relationships between the various characters are more clearly defined. "Kingdom of Heaven" is a magnificent epic film that recalls the power of David Lean's epics and allows Scott's historical drama to breath. If you've seen the theatrical cut you owe it to yourself to see this major film from a major talent.
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UPDATE: I originally wrote the following because of the notice that there would be an eventual extended edition of the movie. The update is that now has a listing for said extended edition that comes in at 191 minutes and is to be released on 23 May 2006.

I wrote a review for the theatrical release of this film which I will post below if you are curious what I think. I really wanted to just point out that if you enjoyed this film, you might not want to purchase this version. Back when the movie was first released in theatres, Ridley Scott was interviewed and stated that there was almost an hour taken from the movie. He also said there would be a director's cut that would have that material restored. Its not being released now, presumably, so that the studios can get their double dip. Look at Sin City (the "longer extended cut" comes out in December 3 months from its original release date) or Saw which is coming unrated this month to support the sequel. It happens all the time.

Overall, I think the film is decent and I am curious to see what was cut out. I just don't want people who are interested to waste their hard-earned dollars because the studio wants to double dip. Take what I'm saying as a grain of salt because things can change and I'm no "insider" so I can't say for absolute certainty that they will release the director's cut, but there is an interview out there with Scott about the director's cut. So, my recommendation (take it for what you will)?
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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.
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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...
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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
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