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Director: Oliver Stone     Starring: Angelina Jolie Colin Farrell
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Product Details:

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 205130122
UPC: 085391143536
UPC 14: 00085391143536
Category Keywords: Action  Battles  Epic  Historic Figures  Historical  Period Piece
Rating: NR
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An Oliver Stone Film.
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.

"...stunning battle sequences!  Ken Fox, TV Guide
"...a damn good date movie.  Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"Vast, riveting, madly audacious movie biography.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"...full of brilliant highlights...  Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"...boldly acted, absorbing and satisfying...chock-full of extravagantly brutal battle sequences.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features Unrated, Widescreen
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/24/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 213 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 114353
Video UPC UPC: 00085391143536
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Angelina Jolie
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins
Video Cast Info Christopher Plummer
Video Cast Info Colin Farrell
Video Cast Info Jared Leto
Video Cast Info Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Video Cast Info Rosario Dawson
Video Cast Info Val Kilmer
Video Cast Info Desmond Crowe, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Matthias Deyle - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Director
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Vangelis - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Yann Herve, et. al. - Editor

Professional Reviews

ReelViews 6 of 10
"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." - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
"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.""" - Roger Ebert

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