Kingdom of Heaven (Blu-ray)

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A fabulous historical piece

on 5/10/2012

Spectacular! Marvelous! Bravo! I watched it once-then twice, and I'll be watching it again and again. If you're interested in the Crusades, medieval life, Saladin, battlement, and the history of Jerusalem, you need to buy this movie. I was greatly impressed with each character. Each one of them brought a special link to the movie to form the perfect chain of characters. Orlando Bloom was fabulous as Balian. Well done.

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Among the best directors of our time, Ridley Scott (Gladiator), contributes generously to this extraordinary Collector s Edition of Kingdom of Heaven. Featuring his Director s Cut of the film and hours of fascinating extras including a six-part tour from conception to completion of filmmaking this definitive set makes what Variety called a genuinely spectacular film even more so!An epic marvel that s as beautifully acted as it is visually awesome, Kingdom of Heaven stars Orlando Bloom as Balian, a Jerusalem blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Liam Neeson) shows him his destiny, Balian vows to defend his country, and in the process, falls in love, becomes a formidable leader, and steps forever into historySystem Requirements:Running Time 191 Mins.Format: BLU-RAY DISC


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203030205
UPC 024543396109
UPC 14 00024543396109
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/14/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Ridley Scott confronts hundreds of years of religious conflict in KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. An epic film set in Europe and the Middle East, the story follows one man's struggle to better himself and the world around him. Orlando Bloom stars as Balian, a French blacksmith who is mourning the deaths of his wife and baby when his estranged nobleman father (Liam Neeson) arrives and asks him to join the Crusades in Jerusalem. Mindful that conducting the Lord's work will help him atone for his sins, Balian agrees, and embarks on the perilous journey. Along the way, he reveals his gifts of inherent goodness and fair treatment of all human beings. Upon reaching Jerusalem, a city where his meager beginnings no longer matter, Balian earns respect and fealty, while the evil Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas) looks down his aristocratic nose at the former laborer.^As he did in GLADIATOR, Scott explores the theme of a man who chooses his fate, instead of accepting the fate given to him at birth. Balian comes to life in Jerusalem, protecting the weak and defenseless as his father told him he must, and catching the eye of the beautiful Princess Sibylla (Eva Green), unhappily married to de Lusignan. Scott paints a stirring portrait of the struggle over Jerusalem among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. In doing so, he also shows the passionate fight for religious freedom. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ably handles these delicate issues, effectively treating characters from all factions as individuals and not as stereotypes. By placing a virtuous man at the center of this conflict, Scott creates a powerful, universal story.
New York Times "Mr. Scott is a virtuoso of movie violence and he does not disappoint on that count here....Filled with scene after scene of choreographed mayhem." 05/06/2005 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "Working from a strong script by William Monahan and making full use of that solid cast and his own impeccable skill with imagery, Scott has fashioned an impressive film that resonates with lessons..." 05/06/2005 p.E1
Rolling Stone "Scott delivers rousing entertainment layered with provocation." 05/19/2005 p.84
Entertainment Weekly "It's all very teeming and hordelike and impressive." 05/13/2005 p.60
Film Comment "[The film] stirs up powerful half-buried aesthetic energies simply by venturing into the chosen terrain....Best of all perhaps is Orlando Bloom's first glimpse of Jerusalem, an instant of digitized splendor that reawakens the occult dream that cinema can somehow literally transport us into the past." 05/01/2005 p.71-72
Uncut "Where Scott scores is in the cinematography and set-pieces, with vast armies surging across sun-baked sand in almost Kurosawa-like ballets of light and colour." 07/01/2005 p.129
Sight and Sound "There's a wealth of charisma among the supporting cast..." 12/01/2005 p.90
Ridley Scott
Jeremy Irons
Orlando Bloom
Eva Green
Liam Neeson
Cast & Crew
Arthur Max - Production Designer
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
David Thewlis - Actor
Dody Dorn - Editor
Edward Norton - Actor
Eva Green - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams, et. al. - Original Music By
Jeremy Irons - Actor
John Mathieson - Cinematographer
Liam Neeson - Actor
Lisa Ellzey - Executive Producer
Nathalie Cox - Actor
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Ridley Scott - Director
Ridley Scott - Producer
William Monahan - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 2239610
UPC 00024543396109
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 194 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review One could argue that this is Orlando Bloom's first dramatically heavy role, as there's more heft to the part than to his other well-known characters (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy). His performance is better than adequate, but a step below eye opening. He's a solid fit for the part, and, while there are times when he seems out of his league opposite Liam Neeson or Jeremy Irons, for the most part he holds his own...compared to Troy, the battle-soaked disappointment that started last year's summer season, it's an improvement. Kingdom of Heaven may have problems, but it delivers. You may not leave the theater feeling better educated about history or enlightened about the Crusades, but you will leave satisfied that the filmmakers have delivered 145 minutes of exciting, visceral cinema.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review While it's certainly no stretch to draw parallels between the events depicted onscreen and the volatile situation in contemporary Iraq, Kingdom of Heaven is no political allegory, but a literate and culturally sensitive popcorn movie that transports viewers to an ancient world, thanks to the wonders of CGI and Scott's gift for staging action scenes a la Gladiator...As always, Scott remains a consummate visual stylist, and Kingdom of Heaven is often stunning to behold...Sweeping images of ancient Jerusalem and desert warfare aside, Kingdom of Heaven is often quite dull - a fatal flaw for a big-budget extravaganza in the Kingdom of Hollywood, where the bean counters worship the bottom line. Once word of mouth spreads at the multiplex, it's doubtful that Scott's latest crusade for box office gold will succeed.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Director's Cut, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bloom,Orlando
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Chicago Tribune Explodes with adventure.
Rolling Stone Scott delivers rousing entertainment.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...courageously relevant to what's going on in the real world.

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