Alexander

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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. This DVD Giftset features the Troy DVD and the book Golf: 101 Essential Tips!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40717451
UPC 012569712706
UPC 14 00012569712706
Format DVD
Release Date 8/2/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Battles
Epic
Historical
War
Editors Note
Note Two epic historical tales are contained on this collection of movies. ^ALEXANDER: DIRECTOR'S CUT: Director Oliver Stone chalks up an ambitious entry on his biopic resume (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 young death at 32, Alexander packed some unimaginable conquests into his limited years by ruling over a huge chunk of the globe. Stone draws on a voice-over narration provided by Anthony Hopkins, whose character is named Ptolemy, to aurally depict 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 come in direct contrast to 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 incredible 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 the only real threat to Alexander coming from a tempestuous struggle with his own ego, Stone's summation of the great historical leader paints a picture of an embittered and solitary figure who was able to rule everyone apart from himself.^TROY: With soaring photography that circles from above then swoops in for the action, TROY is Wolfgang Petersen's majestic presentation of the classic Greek legend. It tells the story of an epic battle over Helen (Diane Kruger), the queen of Sparta, who is kidnapped by her lover Paris (Orlando Bloom), the prince of Troy. This infuriates Helen's husband Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), whose brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox) convinces him to invade Troy and kill Helen. They recruit Achilles (Brad Pitt), the best warrior in Greece, whose bravery, quick feet, and remarkable swordsmanship (not to mention tan biceps, short kilts, and blond locks) have earned him a reputation that is almost as impressive as his ego. Achilles agrees to fight for Sparta, if only for the fame it will bring him. Even Achilles' mother, in a touching scene, advises him to forget mortal achievements and become a hero who will be remembered throughout history. Along with the invasion of Troy, a series of duals must also be fought: Paris, who is heartbreaking in his lovestruck naivety, must go up against the enraged Menelaus; and Achilles must settle a score with Hector (Eric Bana), who is fiercely dedicated to protecting his brother Paris and their father, the frail king Priam (Peter O'Toole). When the war finally ignites in its massive proportions, the action is awesome. And as the increasingly dramatic events play out, TROY earns its own timeless reputation among other action-adventure epics such as GLADIATOR and SPARTACUS.
Directors
Wolfgang Petersen
Oliver Stone
Actors
Rosario Dawson
Brad Pitt
Eric Bana
Colin Farrell
Cast & Crew
Angelina Jolie - [Alexander] Actor
Anthony Hopkins - [Alexander] Actor
Brad Pitt - [Troy] Actor
Colin Farrell - [Alexander] Actor
Oliver Stone - [Alexander] Director
Orlando Bloom - [Troy] Actor
Peter O'Toole - [Troy] Actor
Sean Bean - [Troy] Actor
Val Kilmer - [Alexander] Actor
Wolfgang Petersen - [Troy] Director
Barbara Huber - Producer
Brad Pitt - Actor
David Benioff - Screenplay
Eric Bana - Actor
Homer - Based On Poem By
James Horner - Original Music By
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Paul Bond - Cinematographer
Peter Honess - Editor
Peter O'Toole - Actor
Roger Pratt - Cinematographer
Winston Azzopardi - Producer
Wolfgang Petersen - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 71270
UPC 00012569712706
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (2005) Bob Ringwood, Nominee, Best Achievement in Costume Design
MTV Award (2005) Brad Pitt, Nominee, Best Male Performance,Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Nominee, Best Fight
Reviews
ReviewSource New York Daily News
Review A "Ben-Hur"-size epic with beefcake, beauty, outsize heroes, flashy duels and epic battles. There are breathtaking vistas, taut political intrigues, dangerous romantic liaisons and one of the greatest wardrobes ever assembled for a costume drama.
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Reviewer Jack Mathews
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review [Alexander] 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. By de-mythologizing Alexander, Stone has turned him into an unbelievable individual. We accept great deeds from great people, not from sniveling whiners.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 4
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review [Alexander] Alexander, Oliver Stone's three-hour screen biography of Alexander the Great, is epic in scale but not epic in spirit, a wallow in carnage that fails to demonstrate what was so great about this conqueror, after all. It intersperses scenes of slaughter with scenes of Alexander, either exhorting his troops to kill yet more people or sulking because he's misunderstood. It becomes monotonous.
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Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Alexander] 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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Premiere
Review Wolfgang Petersen's Troy recalls an age when Hollywood not only gambled on but flourished with grandiose epics and casts of thousands, and brings megawatt star power to what is, at root, a brilliantly told story.
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Reviewer Sara Brady
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, 2 Pack, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today A gripping, well-told adaptation of one of the oldest human dramas.
Ken Fox, TV Guide [Alexander] ...stunning battle sequences!
Rex Reed, New York Observer An action spectacle of weight, splendor and vast entertainment value.
Thelma Adams, US Weekly Brad Pitt scores in a visually astonishing epic.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe [Alexander] ...full of brilliant highlights...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer [Alexander] ...Farrell projects an appealing blend of weakness, strength, charisma, idealism and political shrewdness.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Stunning. Raging excitement, visual grandeur and dramatic intelligence.

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