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4.0 out of 5 stars Director's cut improves on the original...worth the $ 14.99 price tag!, September 24, 2007
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This review is from: Troy - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)
When I saw TROY in the theaters, I wasn't expecting much. After that first viewing, I knew there was something missing; the screenplay just didn't grab me, it failed to immerse me on the scenes. I am quite familiar with GREEK myths, also both Norse and Roman mythology. Well, I managed to purchase the director's cut of Troy, and although it is not as great as KINGDOM of HEAVEN Director's cut, it is a better cut of the film.

I presume that most of the folks who'll be interested in the director's cut are fans or at least the ones who saw it in theaters as I did. ONE OBVIOUS improvement this version has over the previous dvd is the PICTURE transfer. The Video this time out is more vibrant, sharper and cleaner. Another difference is the SOUNDTRACK on certain scenes; the training scene of Achilles and his cousin, the duel between Hector and Achilles. Also, the music is improved with added bass during the siege at the beach and on the gates of Troy. The music sounded more powerful.

The Director's cut has the same plotlines, characters and scenes. It does have added "meat" and do they make Troy a better cut of the film? Yes.

1: Opening scene with a dog going around the spoils of war. (Dead bodies)
2: Nudity in the scene between Paris and Helen. Their relationship is also a bit more fleshed out. Love scenes are extended, suffice it to say, the film is a bit more uninhibited when it comes to nudity.
3: Helen's husband is shown as unfaithful. It gives more motivation to Helen's actions.
4: Odysseus is developed as the humble King of Ithaca. He likes to be among the common folk. His character is also more fleshed out; the film also emphasizes how it is Achilles trusts his judgment.
5: Hector knew about Paris' affair with Helen even before they boarded the ship back to Troy. He warns him of the potential consequences.
6: Achilles' ego is more fleshed out. He has a confrontation with Agamemnon regarding the Priestess of Apollo. (Extended)
7: Extended battle sequences. More blood is shown. Heads get lopped off more often.
8: Funeral sequences are extended. It shows more emotion and emphasizes the combatants' sorrow with the lost of their comrades.
9: A dog licks off the "fake" disease after the Trojans took the wooden horse inside their city.
10: Agamemnon's obsession and arrogance is more fleshed out.
11: Extended final act sequence; last assault on the city of Troy. More blood and gore is shown. A tad more brutally graphic.

There may be more that I missed, it did contain an added 30+ minutes of footage. The film is contained in 2 discs (2 Dual layer DVDs) similar to the terrific extended cuts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Kingdom of Heaven Director's cut.

VIDEO/AUDIO: 2.35 Anamorphic widescreen. Exceptional transfer, an improvement over the previous dvd release; Near-flawless picture quality, nice colors, improved sharpness and contrast. Black levels are solid. 5.1 Dolby Digital English is very powerful. I'd had hoped that this cut would include DTS sound mix, it would have been better with DTS.

In closing: Is the director's cut worth a "double dip"? For me, for $ 14.99 2-disc edition director's cut, definitely yes! As for the other more "stylish" Ultimate Edition (includes photo book etc.)with the $ 25.99-$ 34.99 price tag, I'm not so sure. For fans of the film, or if you don't have the original release, this is a no-brainer. The lack of DTS track is a minus, but this new edition definitely has a bit more "grandeur" than the theatrical release.
However, if you hated the original cut, this new director's cut will NOT change your mind!
Recommended! (timidly) ( 3 ½ stars)
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Initial post: Sep 25, 2007 11:38:43 PM PDT
Razr Maxx says:
Totally agree with your review. Well, maybe with the exception of your last sentence about those who hated the film the first time through. I think this cut may indeed bring some of those over to the fan side.

When I first watched TROY, I had watched the network mini-series, "Helen of Troy" first which filled in some gaps that "Troy" left out. But this new DC fills in some of those gaps with the exception of the role of the Gods. But then Wolfgang Peterson said that it would have been ridiculous to include that part.

I've only watched the first disc of this new cut as of this writing, but already, I can tell that this indeed is a better cut. The extended and gorier battlescenes alone make this cut better. I still, however, can't get much out of the extended character development scenes. The new introduction of King Odyseus is nice though.

As for which version of the DC to get, I agree with you as well. I bought the cheap $15 one. I couldn't see spending $30 or whatever for the same disc content with just more memorabilia. Now if the deluxe set was a 3- or 4-disc set, like the Kingdom of Heaven DC, then I would have bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2007 12:36:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2007 12:37:49 PM PDT
Woopak says:
Thanks for your post and thank you for clarifying a few things.

I based my last comment "if you HATED the original cut, this new cut will not change your mind" on the basis of all the people whining in other reviews/comments under the "ultimate edition".
Some people do not have an open mind, so that comment is for them.
Again, thank you for your input. It is much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2007 12:40:15 PM PST
Arun says:
Wat I hate about the Extended Cut is that they totally destroyed the score. Key moments (Ruins where Achilles and Patroclus spar; the scene where the Gates of Troy are opened) had MUCH better music in the theatrical version.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2007 10:37:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2007 10:38:28 PM PST
Woopak says:
Griesmayer, True. I do somewhat agree with you about the soundtrack, the original track had more power on some scenes especially during the Achilles/Hector duel. I realized this when I recently saw the original version again on TV and you do bring up an interesting argument. I'll have to make time to watch the dvd again...
Thanks for the read.

Posted on May 13, 2012 10:26:15 AM PDT
This BluRay version has both Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 5.1. Could you tell me what is the difference and which is considered the better. Don't know why they would not have the DTS audio on a Directors Cut. Thanks for your time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:50:39 PM PDT
Woopak says:
Hi, Steve, this is an old review of the dvd release back then. Amazon unfortunately merges all reviews. You can check out www.bluray.com for more info on the bluray release

Posted on May 22, 2014 12:36:45 PM PDT
Lily says:
Woopak I'm not trying to be out of line here. Please don't take this question the wrong way, but is Brad Pitt naked?? Or is it what we see in the regular video? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 10:50:28 AM PDT
Woopak says:
well....as I remember that scene is a little more "fleshed out" and longer.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 2:12:17 AM PDT
Thank you for your time to write this review. I have watched the director's cut and it is really worth it especially on Blu ray even I have purchased the DVD when it first released.
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