Kingdom of Heaven (Blu-ray) (2005)
|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|
"Scott delivers rousing entertainment. Rolling Stone
"...courageously relevant to what's going on in the real world. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteDirector 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.
Cast & Crew
|Arthur Max - Production Designer|
|Dody Dorn - Editor|
|Harry Gregson-Williams, et. al. - Original Music By|
|John Mathieson - Cinematographer|
|Lisa Ellzey - Executive Producer|
|Ridley Scott - Director|
|Ridley Scott - Producer|
|William Monahan - Writer|
Customer Reviews of Kingdom of Heaven (Blu-ray)
A fabulous historical piece5/10/2012
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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