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  • Directors: Helen Fitzwilliam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7U2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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More than 2,000 years after he conquered the known world, Alexander the Great continues to fascinate. But what personal demons fueled Alexander's unquenchable thirst for danger, fame, and conquest? Discover the astonishing truth in Beyond the Movie: Alexa

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sagacitas on June 25, 2005
First I'd like to reply to the previous reviewer: The quote simply means that Alexander was complex--from what we know of him, he encompassed all these things, but a *lot* of what we know about him is built-up myth, hence "and perhaps none." It's an obvious statement, but it's a good segue for people who don't know about Alexander.

Secondly, yes, this film reeks of "cheesy" historical documentary, but it's entertaining and informative. The intent was to give people a "true" (from what we know) history behind the Hollywood-driven movie (which flopped anyway--I'll be interested to see Baz Luhrman's movie if he's still going to do it), and it did that. It explores psychological motives, military strategy, and even major characters influenced by Alexander as late as George Patton. There's also a decent short on the influence of the Iliad on Alexander. That one's not quite as interesting, in that it's basically an overview of the Iliad. It's also clear that they were targeting the movie-going audience by referring to "Troy" rather than Homer's Iliad.

All in all, I enjoyed this video. Alexander comes through in all his complexity here, and this is only a tiny scratch in the scholarship on him.

Those interested in Robin Lane Fox's work might want to take a look, as he is interviewed in this video. Other scholars interviewed are: Paul Cartledge, John Maxwell O'Brien, Joseph Scholten, Colonel Lance Betros, David Byers Millers, Partha Bose, and Andrew Chugg.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anne Gillingham on July 24, 2005
I am no specialist in anything about antiquity. I am also not a military history buff. I often pick up random documentaries about historical topics, to supplement my lack of background in western civ.

I study comparative literature, so historical references, especially those of the classics, constantly come up all the time.

I would fully recommend this documentary to the wide audience it is meant for.

It is too basic for you if you are one of those guys whose mind is like a file-cabinet of historical data, both useful and otherwise.

However, it is great for the non-expert who doesn't have the luxury of time and concentration to dedicate to Alexander the Great. This documentary is more than informative.
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By Mr. N. B. Hodson on November 10, 2006
Excellent programme, smartly produced holding one's attention throughout. Another first for National Geographic. Quickly despatched.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on March 13, 2011
Although I did not watch Oliver Stone's Flop(what Stone or "stoned" movie does not flop?)I found myself fascinated by this(even Though Nat.Geo And History are not always Right when it comes to Some Histories),Overall However I don't know what To make Of the So-called "Alexander The Great" and what was so great?Yes He Conquered,was revered by Most People,The Romans,and even Made a Pharaoh and went as Far as Persia(Can't stand those Persians) And India,But I believe he like most in Pre-Jesus Christ Years Had such Egos thinking they were Gods much less Gods or King of Kings or Princes on Earth that most met unpleasant Downfalls anyway.(Of course a Counter Argument Can be made that the Pagans were Before Jesus,etcera and so fourth and the contributions made by the Greeks,etc.)An interesting Look at a Flawed Egotistical and Fruity(like most of the Era sadly,hence the end of such Immoral Civilizations)Leader,Good in Battle but nothing else.
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