King Arthur - The Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition)
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Now, from the producer of PEARL HARBOR and the director of TRAINING DAY . . . experience the extended unrated director's cut of this hard-hitting action epic! Prepare for more thrills, more adventure, and more intensity as the heroic true story behind one of history's greatest legends explodes onto the screen! It is the valiant tale of Arthur (Clive Owen) and his bond of brotherhood with Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) and the loyalty of the Knights Of The Round Table as they fight for freedom and those they love. Also starring Keira Knightley as Guinevere, this never-before-seen KING ARTHUR is a longer, grittier, and more explicit motion picture -- don't miss it!
The 15 extra minutes of footage in the unrated extended cut of King Arthur mostly add more graphic violence such as severed limbs, spattering blood, and arrows through heads (instead of torsos in the theatrical version). It doesn't all seem necessary, but it probably is more realistic for depicting combat with sharp metal objects. There are also some new scenes, including a glimpse of the young Arthur and a conversation between Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) and Guinevere (Keira Knightley). The love scene is the same, but it's been moved just slightly to a more logical yet less satisfying spot in the film. Oddly, in his commentary track director Antoine Fuqua doesn't even break his various trains of thought to discuss these additions, other than to complain about how he had to edit his R-rated film to earn a PG-13 rating ("I wanted to slit my throat I was so depressed."). Fuqua is usually pretty interesting to listen to, partly because of his political viewpoints, and he draws parallels in his film with nation-building in Iraq and how minorities make up a disproportionate portion of the U.S. military. He also discusses his influences, provides more historical perspective (Knightley's leather battle outfit could actually be considered conservative), and heaps praise on his collaborators.
The making-of documentary and "round table" (ha ha) discussion among the principals (Fuqua, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Clive Owen, and Keira Knightley, and others) are worth watching for their behind-the-scenes info and historical background, respectively. There's also a grimmer alternate ending, a sporadic subtitled trivia track (low point: "An ambush is a sudden attack made from a concealed position"), and a demo for the hack 'n' slash Xbox game. --David HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
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Arthur movie. And I still think that, but after watching this again on my DVD I changed my mind about this one. I guess it was trying to make a more
realistic telling of the mythical King and his boys. Well, while much of this film is still fanciful and likely fictional, it is more gritty and bloody than
some similar films, and probably more accurately show how the ancient Brits fought the invading Anglos and Irish people. They probably fought
in Roman style uniforms and spoke latin; Britain was heavily Romanized at the time. Arthur may in fact be based on a Roman Brit named
Ambrosius who was a historical character. But there is an inscription that does mention a man named Arthur so who knows. Whether Merlin and
the other knights existed we probably will never know. But it is believed by some scientists that Camelot did actually exist but in what manner is
unknown. This movie combines realism and perhaps some accurate speculations and I find this movie very enjoyable now. I do recommend it
to those who find early British legends an myths fascinating. FIVE STARS for good story telling and production quality. I got my DVD from Amazon.
Live on forever, King Arthur!!
In the first century the Roman Empire conquered and subjugated all of southern Britain, but as they pushed north of modern day York they began to encounter unusually heavy resistance from a tribe known as the Picts. Every push north into Pictish territory met with heavy losses, which the Empire had difficulty sustaining so far from Rome. By the beginning of Hadrian's reign, the conquest of northern Britain had stalled into stalemate. The last straw was the destruction of the 9th legion, the most victorious legion in Rome's history. Ironically the 9th was sent north on a punitive/rescue mission after Pict raiders burned a frontier fort and the surrounding village, and took several Roman and Roman British hostages. Following the 9th's "disappearance", Hadrian order all aggressive action in Britain to halt, and ordered the legions in Britain to construct his wall, to keep the Picts out.
Now fast forward to the late 4th century, just after the Visigoths sacked Rome, the first time a non-Roman force had done so in about a thousand years. The Western Empire is an extreme state of disrepair, the product of political corruption, poor leadership, and endless raids from barbarian tribes. As a matter of strategic necessity, Rome began to abandon it's outermost holdings. At the close of the 5th, the phased withdrawal from Britain was well underway. As the legions were being recalled, the heavily Romanized Britons were simply abandoned. Without the legions to hold them back, Pict and Irish raiders had a field day, attacking every chance they got.
The Britons hadn't had to defend themselves in 400+ years, and decided on a very Roman solution, hiring barbarian mercenaries. Now enters a man whose name should be synonymous with blunder, Vortigern. He was king of Kent, and had the brilliant idea of inviting a formerly Roman employed tribe called the Saxons to fight off the Picts and Irish. At first the Saxons only brought a few hundred warriors, but the results were phenomenal. After only a few engagements, the Irish ceased aggressive action. As a reward, the Saxons demanded and received a considerable amount of gold and silver, and a portion of southern Kent. The next wave of Saxons counted in the thousands, and included women and children. By the time the Britains realized the their mercenaries were trying to settle, it was too late. After that, wave after wave after wave of Saxons landed, and there was no stopping them. Those Britons that could fled west, into what is now known as Wales. Welsh, as it turns out, is Saxon for "stranger."
By the Battle of Badon Hill, the Romans were long gone.