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Alexander Revisited - The Final Cut [HD DVD]
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For better or worse (and in this case, it's mostly for better), Oliver Stone's Alexander Revisited should stand as the definitive version of Stone's much-maligned epic about the great Asian conqueror. Following the DVD release of his previous Director's Cut, Stone offers a video introduction here, explaining why he felt a third and final attempt at refining his film was necessary. Essentially, he's using this opportunity to re-create the "road show" format of the Biblical epics of the 1950s and '60s, with a three-and-a-half-hour running time (with an intermission at the two-hour mark) including 45 minutes of previously unseen footage. Stone has also significantly restructured the film, resulting in substantial (if not exactly redemptive) improvements in its narrative flow. Alexander (played in a torrent of emotions by Colin Farrell) is dying as the film opens, his final moments serving to bookend the film's epic story, which incorporates flashback sequences to flesh out the Macedonian king's back-story involving the turbulent battle of fate between his father, King Philip (Val Kilmer) and his scheming sorceress mother Olympia (Angelina Jolie, ridiculous accent and all), who insists that Alexander is literally a child of the gods.
In Stone's final cut, epic battles remain chaotic (although Alexander's strategy is somewhat easier to follow, with on-screen titles indicating left, right, and center during his army's greatest maneuvers) and the ultra-violent battles are more graphically gory than ever (hence their "unrated" status). The animalistic lovemaking of Alexander and his barbarian bride Roxana (Rosario Dawson) is slightly extended (with Dawson as ravishing as ever), and Stone's additional footage also improves the overall arc of Alexander's relationship with his closest generals and male companions, although his most intimate homosexual encounters remain mostly discreet. As Alexander Revisited makes clear, the film's weaknesses remain unavoidable, but Stone deserves credit for recognizing how a longer running time, and more disciplined narrative structure, would bring Alexander closer to the respect it never earned from critics and filmgoers alike. This is unquestionably a better film than it used to be, leaving us to wonder why it took three separate efforts to shape Alexander into its best possible presentation. --Jeff Shannon
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The action starts almost immediately with a longer, more graphic version of the Battle of Gaugemela (Wonderfully undertaken, Stone paying homage to the great Sergei Bondarchuk with those terrific panning shots) and then works backwards through Alexanders youth. The film moves forward and backwards from there yet the new subtitles give you the year and how long, before or after, from the previous scene. It is quite instructive to anyone the slighest bit confused and is a superb history lesson. Also good are longer dancing scenes with Roxanna's troupe and Bogoas' troupe...both superb, filmic scenes...beautifully done. The Bogoas character (Francisco Bosch) is also expanded and made far more sympathetic.
The Indian Battle (wonderfully filmed in Thailand) is also more graphic as are some of the more intimate scenes yet nothing is without merit. This is not 2007, it's 330BC and mores and the concept of battle, honor, fidelity etc were different for those times. I for one, praise Mr. Stone for a very accurate feel and presence...and even minor characters are explained in far greater detail...such as the young Guardsman who killed Philip (Kilmer)...in a flashback we see his motives. It is now far more beautifully edited...Read more ›
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I liked this much-criticized movie enough to buy the dvd, after watching library copies. I loved the battle scenes; and felt that Val Kilmer performed very well as Philip of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by P. Floss
If I had not read so much about Alexander already, I might have gotten confused. Sometimes the script writers are writing speeches instead of following Alexander's life. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Penina Spinka
Such a disappointing movie! I ended up taking two breaks to finish this and even fast forwarded toward the end. Way too much sniveling by Colin Ferrell, it really got on my nerves. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rhett & Leo Mom
It's a protracted mess. Every character has a different foreign accent. Motivations aren't elucidated, relationships are muddled. Poor Colin Farrell. Read morePublished 12 days ago by D. Douglas
I've enjoyed watching this film several times. I find this history fascinating, and this fictionalized depiction is epic! Read morePublished 27 days ago by William Mortensen Vaughan
Let's take a moment to appreciate Jared Leto's hotness (no Homo). Great film!Published 1 month ago by Hector
This version of the movie is 6 minutes shorter than the one available since 2007, which is "Alexander Revisited - The Final Cut", which you can also find on blu ray, so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arun
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