King Arthur-Extended Unrated Directors Cut (Blu-ray)

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Great movie, but too many trailers

on 4/23/2007

The movie itself is good with plenty of action and epic battles. The video and audio quality of this Blu-ray release are superb. My only complaint is that there are too many trailers that you must wade through before being able to play the disc. One or two are okay, but it probably took me five minutes just to chapter skip all of the trailers that Buena Vista put on here (the menu buttons will not allow you to skip straight to the menu on this title). This is annoying when you pay a lot of money for these discs, and you are forcefully subjected to their advertising. Read More

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Directors cut so much better than that mess of a t

by cusman on 9/26/2007

I don't know why they butcher movies to get from the R to the PG-13 category for the theatrical releases of some movies. I don't know any movie that was shot as an R movie to ever have been successful as a PG-13 movie. This directors cut version on Blu-Ray is pretty good movie. One caution when your buying from buy.com The type of security stickers they use don't come off without leaving behind sticky residue which really defeats the purpose of buying a DVD, Blu-Ray, etc for me. So if you want to get this movie... do it from some place that is smart about the type of stupid stickers they use on the cases. Read More

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Product Overview

Now, from the producer of Pearl Harbor and the director of Training Day...experience the Extended Unrated Director's Cut of this hard-hitting action epic! Prepare for more thrills, more adventure and more intensity, as the heroic true story behind one of history's greatest legends explodes onto the screen! It is the valiant tale of Arthur (Clive Owen) and his bond of brotherhood with Lancelot (Ioan Grufford), and the loyalty of the Knights of The Round Table as they fight for freedom and those they love. Also starring Keira Knightley, this never-before-seen King Arthur is a longer, grittier and more explicit motion picture - don't miss it!

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 204035613
UPC 786936726473
UPC 14 00786936726473
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/27/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
British
Celtic
England
Heroes
Legends
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
War
Editors Note
Note Combining the historical appeal and epic sequences of films like GLADIATOR and BRAVEHEART, director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer provide a sleek twist on the King Arthur legend. Arthur (Clive Owen), a brave Roman/British Christian warrior who leads his band of pagan knights on missions for the Empire, must complete one final mission before the knights can earn their freedom from servitude and Arthur can return to Rome. Along the way, however, Arthur realizes that the pullout of the Romans will open the door for a crushing invasion of Britain by the Saxons, and he takes it upon himself to fight with Merlin (Stephen Dillane) and Guinevere (Keira Knightley) for the freedom of the British people.^Stunning battle scenes with extensive attention to historical detail rely very little on computer graphics and instead use intricately realistic props, costumes, and scenery. Featuring the largest film set ever built in Ireland, KING ARTHUR features a scale replica of Hadrian's Wall and two complete villages. Haunting music by composer Hans Zimmer completes this story of unselfish heroism, which ultimately provides a satisfying completion to the legend of Arthur and his knights.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[Knightley] advances her sylph-of-the-moment winning streak..." 07/16/2004 p.52-3
Directors
Antoine Fuqua
Actors
Stellan Skarsgaard
Clive Owen
Keira Knightley
Cast & Crew
Antoine Fuqua - Director
Clive Owen - Actor
Conrad Buff, IV - Editor
David Franzoni - Writer
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Hugh Dancy - Actor
Ioan Gruffudd - Actor
Jamie Pearson - Editor
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Joel Edgerton - Actor
Keira Knightley - Actor
Mads Mikkelsen - Actor
Maire Brennan - Original Music By
Ned Dowd - Executive Producer
Ray Winstone - Actor
Slawomir Idziak - Cinematographer
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Yann Biquand, et. al. - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 5366803
UPC 00786936726473
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This new "King Arthur" tells a story with uncanny parallels to current events in Iraq. The imperialists from Rome enter England intent on overthrowing the tyrannical Saxons, and find allies in the brave Woads. "You -- all of you -- were free from your first breath!" Arthur informs his charges and future subjects, anticipating by a millennium or so the notion that all men are born free, and overlooking the detail that his knights have been pressed into involuntary servitude...The movie is darker and the weather chillier than in the usual Arthurian movie. There is a round table, but the knights scarcely find time to sit down at it. Guinevere is not a damsel in potential distress, but seems to have been cloned from Brigitte Nielsen in "Red Sonja"...That the movie works is because of the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review What's with all the revisionist mythology at the movies these days? First, Wolfgang Petersen strips the gods from Troy, his lumbering adaptation of Homer's The Iliad. Now, director Antoine Fuqua and Gladiator screenwriter David Franzioni remove the magic--both literally and cinematically--from King Arthur, their dramatically turgid and visually drab version of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte de Arthur. Although Fuqua (Training Day) stages the battle scenes fairly well, this ponderous and exposition-heavy would-be epic never fully engages you, either emotionally or viscerally, like John Boorman's vastly superior Excalibur (1981). While that film is a trifle overwrought, Boorman's extravagantly imagined version of the Arthurian legend has the narrative sweep and romantic pathos sorely lacking from King Arthur.
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Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Actor Owen,Clive
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Kirk Honeycut, The Hollywood Reporter An engrossing, highly intelligent reimagining of the legend of Arthur.
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian An action film without a completely empty head, and these days, that's as rare as Excalibur itself.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...a large-scale...engrossing tale of valiant knights doing valiant deeds.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...boasts all the hallmarks of the '50s historic epic...
Todd McCarthy, Variety Impressively made and well acted by an exceedingly attractive cast...

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