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King Arthur

The Director's Cut, Director's Cut

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4.4 out of 5 stars 952 customer reviews

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Product Description

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!

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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 Horiuchi

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Special features

Alternate Ending "Badon Hill," With Optional Director Commentary|Blood On The Land: Forging KING ARTHUR|Cast And Filmmaker Round Table|Director Commentary|"Knight Vision" Trivia Track|Producer's Photo Gallery|Konami's KING ARTHUR Playable Xbox(R) Demo -- Bring the King Arthur legend to life with this intense video game from Konami! [Xbox and the XBOX logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.]

Product details

  • Actors: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Stellan Skarsg-rd, Stephen Dillane
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: David Franzoni
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 952 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002YLCG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,980 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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