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Troy - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Disc 1 contains the first two hours of Troy: The Director's Cut (specifically 1:57:18), with the remaining 78 minutes on disc 2. The film looks better than ever even on a standard-definition DVD. Disc 2 also contain just over 80 minutes of bonus features, with five major sections broken down into shorter sub-sections, all drawn from the same interviews with primary cast & crew and behind-the-scenes publicity footage. "Troy in Focus" (23 minutes total) provides an overview of epic-scale filmmaking. The film's elaborate battles and stunt sequences are explored in "In the Thick of the Battle" (17 min.), while "From Ruins to Reality" (14 min.) examines the historical facts about Troy and the film's show-biz approach (more for the eyes, less for history) to grand-scale production design with varying degrees of historical accuracy. "Troy: An Effects Odyssey" (10 min.) examines the film's elaborate use of CGI and other digital enhancements; and "Attacking Troy" (15 min.) is a production overview of the film's impressive nighttime siege on Troy, complete with a massive Trojan Horse that was later re-assembled for the film's international publicity campaign. Finally, "Greek Ship Towing" (1:20) is an amusing compilation of digitally generated practical jokes and "bloopers" designed, just for fun, by the film's digital effects animators. The original theatrical trailer for Troy is also included. --Jeff Shannon
- New cut of the movie with 30 minutes of previously unseen footage
- Troy Revisited: An introduction by Wolfgang Petersen
- Troy in Focus: The talent and resources an epic movie requires
- In the Thick of Battle: The film's thrilling action sequences
- From Ruins to Reality: The history behind the production design
- Troy: An Effects Odyssey
- Attacking Troy: gearing up for an on-screen siege
- Greek Ship Towing
- Theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
First the most important question is whether or not this double dip is worth it? Absolutely because the additional footage only enhances the film giving it additional depth. The transfer is striking (regardless of which format)as well. In many respects this isn't a double dip because we get a film that is superior to the original version.
Unlike "The Illiad" Wolfgang Petersen's film "Troy" seemed too short and for good reason; Petersen had to trim the film down to a shorter length for its theatrical release. Luckily Warner gave Petersen the opportunity to revisit this epic film and add more meat to the bones of a film that had the look of an epic but was missing much of the emotional depth.
Petersen restores roughly 32 minutes to the film giving additional depth to the various relationships in the film. While "Troy" isn't a perfect epic, it's much improved. James Horner's score is still occasionally obtrusive but the overall impact of Petersen's film with its marvelous performances from Brian Cox (who steals almost every scene he's in), the quiet power of Eric Bana and even the gravity of Pitt as Achilles is far more effective than the previous version.
Image quality is superb for both the DVD and Blu Ray verisons of the film (the Blu Ray, of course, gets the nod because the images are much sharper, crisper with better definition but the DVD isn't too shabby either). Audio for the Blu Ray is presented lossless while the DVD's audio sounds terrific given the limitations of the format. Colors are a bit bolder here than on the previous version to my eyes.Read more ›
I have no problem with the idea that Homer and the other ancients have to be adapted in making a modern motion picture about the Trojan War. The decision to eliminate the gods is appropriate, getting away from the idea that this was a ten year war makes sense, and if the alliance of the Greeks is now political rather than as part of an oath sworn by the princes who were suitors for Helen's hand, I consider that to be legitimate. I do not understand why Iphigenia, Cassandra, and Hecuba are all eliminated but there are not fatal omissions. But when you start rewriting who gets killed that is going a bit too far, especially when one premature death starts a chain effect that means Athens will never develop the jury system, which means we probably lose out on it too. David Benioff's screenplay was "inspired" by Homer's "Iliad," which at least is an honest way to characterize what he did in this script, but I still do not have to like it or endorse it.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Are you a big fan of Bradd Pitt Movies and you want to see him in his full manliness and that bad ass warrior character, then this is the best movie for you.Published 11 days ago by bess02
Hector and his younger brother, Paris, are princes of Troy (Trojans). They are in Greece celebrating peace with Sparta. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald H.
This film is a catch especially its casts from Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Joe Manganiello.Published 1 month ago by Robert Smiths
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