Kingdom of Heaven

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An epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of jerusalem from overwhelming forces.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40721553
UPC 024543206408
UPC 14 00024543206408
Format DVD
Release Date 9/15/2015
Rating NR
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
Dody Dorn - Editor
Eva G Green - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams, et. al. - Original Music By
Jeremy Irons - Actor
John Mathieson - Cinematographer
Liam Neeson - Actor
Lisa Ellzey - Executive Producer
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Ridley Scott - Producer
Ridley Scott - Director
William Monahan - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 2230640
UPC 00024543206408
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 144 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Kingdom of Heaven remains a hugely enjoyable experience. The battle scenes, especially the 1187 siege of Jerusalem, are handled expertly. There's plenty of the same "wow!" factor that was evident in The Two Towers, when hundreds of thousands of orcs assaulted Helm's Deep. Scott keeps the action tightly concentrated on Balian, never losing focus the way Oliver Stone did in Alexander. Kingdom of Heaven runs nearly 2 1/2 hours, but is tautly paced so as to not seem nearly that long.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The first thing to be said for Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven is that Scott knows how to direct a historical epic. I might have been kinder to his Gladiator had I known that Troy and Alexander were in my future, but Kingdom of Heaven is better than Gladiator -- deeper, more thoughtful, more about human motivation and less about action.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Review Kingdom of Heaven navigates through the minefield of the Crusades and, by extension, the contentious background of Christian-Muslim relations in ways both shrewd and calculated. Genuinely spectacular and historically quite respectable, Ridley Scott's latest epic is at its strongest in conveying the savagery spawned by fanaticism, as well as in creating a convincing view of a late 12th century when East and West co-existed, then came to blows for neither the first nor last time. Dramatically, however, there is a vaguely programmatic feel to the drastic upward mobility of a simple French blacksmith to the ruling echelon of the Latin Kingdom.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Bloom,Orlando
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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.
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up.
Larry King The action is non-stop.
Access Hollywood A spectacular epic adventure!

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