Alexander (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Oliver Stone Starring: Angelina Jolie Colin Farrell

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Awful fabricated bio of Alexander

by George Sarant on 1/4/2009

The blu-ray "final" version doesn't really add anything to this turkey and is not worth the purchase. It is poorly plotted, emphasizes peculiar things while leaving out important events like Alexander in Egypt. The acting and direction are pedestrian, and the film makes stupid assumptions for which there is no historical evidence, portraying Alexander as gay. A far better version was made in the 50s starring Richard Burton that was narratively coherent and made some historical sense. It was called "Alexander the Great." Read More

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Academy award winning director oliver stone presents a breathtaking new cut of his sweeping epic film, alexander, the true story of the world's greatest warrior. Using new footage and dramatically reshaping dozens of scenes, he brings to life the overpowering forces and fierce personalities.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 205130122
UPC 085391143536
UPC 14 00085391143536
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating NR
Keywords
Action
Battles
Epic
Historic Figures
Historical
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note Director Oliver Stone chalks up an ambitious entry on his biopic résumé (past entries include films about Jim Morrison, Richard Nixon, and JFK, among others) with this cinematic treatise on the life of the mighty Alexander the Great. Despite his early death at 32, Alexander packed some unimaginable conquests into his limited years, ruling over a huge chunk of the globe. Stone draws on a voice-over narration provided by Anthony Hopkins, in the character of Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals, to describe some of the battles. Thus, Stone shifts the weight of the film to focus on the personality of Alexander (Colin Farrell), a man who is stricken by overwhelming personal insecurities that contrast with his bold achievements. Complex dealings with his mother (Angelina Jolie) and father (Val Kilmer) plague him, as does his turbulent relationship with his wife, Roxane (Rosario Dawson). His connection with his best friend, Hephaestion (Jared Leto), is ambiguous, with Stone touching on their vaunted homosexuality via some shared tender moments. As these personal battles are played out, Ptolemy fills the historic gaps in the narrative by charting the conflicts that raged at Alexander's behest. Eventually, Stone lets loose with an epic on-screen battle, which sees Alexander's troops rumble across India in another country-conquering quest. But while his minions struggle, and Alexander demands success, it becomes clear that he is his own worst enemy, with his only real threat coming from a tempestuous struggle with his own ego. Stone's summation of the great leader paints a picture of an embittered and solitary figure who was able to rule everyone but himself.^This extended version of Stone's movie includes an additional 45 minutes of footage, all restored by the director himself.
Directors
Oliver Stone
Actors
Angelina Jolie
Colin Farrell
Cast & Crew
Angelina Jolie - Actor
Anthony Hopkins - Actor
Christopher Plummer - Actor
Colin Farrell - Actor
Desmond Crowe, et. al. - Art Director
Jared Leto - Actor
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Actor
Matthias Deyle - Executive Producer
Oliver Stone - Producer
Oliver Stone - Director
Oliver Stone, et. al. - Writer
Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Rosario Dawson - Actor
Val Kilmer - Actor
Vangelis - Original Music By
Yann Herve, et. al. - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 114353
UPC 00085391143536
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 213 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "To sum up Alexander in three words, I would choose the following: three-hour miscalculation. Although some aspects of Oliver Stone's sword-and-sandals epic are worthy of mention (and even praise), they are dwarfed by the missteps and examples of bad judgment. Instead of delivering a mainstream tale of battle and glory along the lines of Gladiator, Stone decided to re-imagine the great Alexander as a Hamlet-like figure. Rather than developing the title character as a larger-than-life individual whose flaws give him a more rounded personality, Stone turns Alexander into a character who is defined by those flaws. He is weak, indecisive, plagued by self-doubt, and obsessed. It's not credible that a man of this nature could conquer 90% of the known world by the age of 32, and therein lies Alexander's conundrum."
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "When the mighty fall, it is from a greater height. So it was with Alexander the Great, and so it is with Oliver Stone's ""Alexander."" Here is an ambitious and sincere film that fails to find a focus for its elusive subject. Stone is fascinated by two aspects of Alexander: his pan-nationalism and his pan-sexualism. He shows him trying to unite many peoples under one throne while remaining equally inclusive with his choices of lovers...I have always admired Oliver Stone's courage in taking on big, challenging films, and his gift for marrying action and ideas. ""Alexander"" is not a success, but it is ambitious and risky, and incapable of the inanities of ""Troy."""
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
Unrated, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Ken Fox, TV Guide ...stunning battle sequences!
Ken Tucker, New York Magazine ...a damn good date movie.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Vast, riveting, madly audacious movie biography.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe ...full of brilliant highlights...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...boldly acted, absorbing and satisfying...chock-full of extravagantly brutal battle sequences.
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