Kingdom of Heaven-P and S/Anna and the King-P and S 2pk

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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: 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.ANNA AND THE KING: Based on the diary writings of English widow Anna Leonowens, who journeyed to Siam in 1862 to tutor the children of King Mongkut, this is a grand, epic motion picture that recalls the Hollywood days of yore (see 1946's ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM and 1956's THE KING AND I for earlier screen adaptations). Yun Fat delivers a heartwarming performance that should finally earn him star status in America, and Foster is, as always, a magnetic screen presence. Their relationship, which is sparked by a just-beneath-the-surface romantic undercurrent, propels the story forward and provides it with its emotional core. As the film builds to its exciting climax, the relationship between the two is tested even further.Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202169156
UPC 024543230274
UPC 14 00024543230274
Format DVD
Release Date 3/14/2006
Keywords
Battles
Christianity
Epic
Historical
Military
Romance
Romances
Editors Note
Note KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: 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.^ANNA AND THE KING: Based on the diary writings of English widow Anna Leonowens, who journeyed to Siam in 1862 to tutor the children of King Mongkut, this is a grand, epic motion picture that recalls the Hollywood days of yore (see 1946's ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM and 1956's THE KING AND I for earlier screen adaptations). Yun Fat delivers a heartwarming performance that should finally earn him star status in America, and Foster is, as always, a magnetic screen presence. Their relationship, which is sparked by a just-beneath-the-surface romantic undercurrent, propels the story forward and provides it with its emotional core. As the film builds to its exciting climax, the relationship between the two is tested even further.
Directors
Ridley Scott
Andy Tennant
Actors
Orlando Bloom
Jeremy Irons
Jodie Foster
Yun-Fat Chow
Cast & Crew
Andy Tennant - [Anna] Director
Chow Yun-Fat - [Anna] Actor
Eva G Green - [Kingdom] Actor
Jeremy Irons - [Kingdom] Actor
Jodie Foster - [Anna] Actor
Liam Neeson - [Kingdom] Actor
Ling Bai - [Anna] Actor
Orlando Bloom - [Kingdom] Actor
Ridley Scott - [Kingdom] Director
Tom Felton - [Anna] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 2233027
UPC 00024543230274
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (2000) Golden Globe, George Fenton, [Anna] Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, "Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, George Fenton, Robert Kraft", [Anna] Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Oscar, "Luciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker", [Anna] Best Art Direction/Set Decoration,Oscar, Jenny Beavan, [Anna] Best Costume Design
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel Views
Review [Kingdom] 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Kingdom] 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Hancock,Martin
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Quotes
Chicago Tribune [Kingdom] Explodes with adventure.
NBC-TV [Anna] ...filled with grandeur, excitement and deep, uplifting romance!
Rex Reed, The New York Observer [Anna] A new spin on a timeless story that is lush, lavish and completely captivating.
Rolling Stone [Kingdom] Scott delivers rousing entertainment.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer [Kingdom] ...courageously relevant to what's going on in the real world.
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