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Kingdom of Heaven

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (916 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BZXI8M

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263 of 277 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad it didn't do better at the box office April 10, 2006
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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223 of 236 people found the following review helpful
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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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265 of 308 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wait for it September 16, 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a must watch for a history guy!
"Kingdom of heaven" was an excellent movie, this movie was something that I haven't seen in a long time...a good warfare/action movie basing itself around medieval times. Read more
Published 1 day ago by kyle krolicki
4.0 out of 5 stars Some historical accuracy
Good solid movie with some historical accuracy and a few totally wrong. I still like it! I show the last battle scene in class every time I can. I do recommend it!
Published 2 days ago by Cecilia Porrua
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and nice to see big actors like Liam
Great movie and nice to see big actors like Liam, Orlando and Jeremy play strong roles with a biblical sense about them
Published 2 days ago by Tripp Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars you will just love this movie
what a wonderful movie I really enjoyed very bit of it.
Published 4 days ago by green bonnet
5.0 out of 5 stars much better then regular cut.
This version actually makes the movie make sense. Because "god wills it".
Published 4 days ago by dm
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Indeed
Director: Ridley Scott.

Writer: William Monahan.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irons, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson,... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Meatwad
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the definitive version
This is the definitive version, I have watched the theatrical version and its not even in the same ballpark as the directors cut. This version is an amazing film. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rxman1975
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I never get get tired of watching this movie again and again and again!
Published 8 days ago by nebulous14
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for
There are so many of the Kingdom of Heaven Blu Rays and DVDs, but I wanted the Director's Cut as it adds so much more to the movie if you watch that one. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kimberly Ann Langhammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Although not factual this one of my favorite films which I've seen several times and wanted my own copy. In general it gives a glimpse into the crusades and one man involved.
Published 14 days ago by Larry
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