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Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this spectacular retelling of The Iliad. Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who plunge the world into war, Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles, and Peter O'Toole rules Troy as King Priam. Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.
Despite a second disc, the initial DVD release of Troy contains only 45 minutes of extras. The best of the three featurettes deals with the impressive battle sequences and the training behind them (yes, that's Brad Pitt and Eric Bana doing the entire one-on-one fight). The history of Troy and the changing production schedule (including a last-minute move to another continent, a hurricane, and Pitt's injury, coincidentally to his Achilles) certainly are rich enough sources for more in-depth features than what is on this disc. The histories of the Greek Gods are given the once-over in a ho-hum interactive feature, but the Easter egg (think Trojan horse) is a hoot. --Doug Thomas
- Three Featurettes:
- "In The Thick of the Battle" (battle sequences)
- "From Ruins to Reality" (historical perspective)
- "Troy: An Effects Odyssey"
- Gallery of the Gods (3-D tour of Mount Olympus and Gods of Ancient Greece)
- Easter Eggs
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I thought the acting was excellent although Brad Pitt seemed out of place sometimes. He just isn't a rough and tough dude like Achilles must have been. Otherwise, the characters were cast almost perfectly.
The unfolding story had some interesting twists and turns that kept me involved and waiting for the next situation to occur. I enjoyed the back and forth nature of the battles and strategies, especially the ending when Troy finally gets sacked. VERY cool stuff.
The battle scenes were as well done as you could possibly do them with great choreography, violence to show the bloodiness of war, and also the magnitude of it all. The huge number of boats in the sea on their way to Troy was a breathtaking shot. So are the shots of the huge armies just waiting to go at it.
Overall, this film came out pretty well, not perfect, but very much worth seeing. The DVD quality and the sound quality are as good as you can get!
The flaws are as follows:
- Brad Pitt tried to play Achilles the best he could but just seemed out of place and was probably miscast here.
- The movie/plot deviated quite a bit from the actual events/legend/myths. I have no problem with this though, it was an entertaining movie not a history lesson. Still, they could have stayed true to the "Iliad".
- The extra features on the second disc are pretty weak and not very good.
If you can get it at a sale price, I'd buy it. It's worth watching a few times and this alone justifies purchase since rentals are pretty costly anyways.
It was also interesting to see how they made the movie and all of the trouble they had with locations and the hurricane destroying the set. Very talented people make those sets as well. Cool stuff to observe!