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Format: DVD
Sku: 202169156
UPC: 024543230274
UPC 14: 00024543230274
Category Keywords: Battles  Christianity  Epic  Historical  Military  Romance  Romances
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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

"[Kingdom] Explodes with adventure.  Chicago Tribune
"[Anna] ...filled with grandeur, excitement and deep, uplifting romance!  NBC-TV
"[Anna] A new spin on a timeless story that is lush, lavish and completely captivating.  Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"[Kingdom] Scott delivers rousing entertainment.  Rolling Stone
"[Kingdom] ...courageously relevant to what's going on in the real world.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/14/2006
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2233027
Video UPC UPC: 00024543230274
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Chow Yun-Fat
Video Cast Info Eva G Green
Video Cast Info Jeremy Irons
Video Cast Info Jodie Foster
Video Cast Info Liam Neeson
Video Cast Info Ling Bai
Video Cast Info Orlando Bloom
Video Cast Info Tom Felton
Video Cast Info Andy Tennant - [Anna] Director
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - [Kingdom] Director

Awards


Nominee (2000)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, George Fenton, [Anna] Best Original Score - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, "Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, George Fenton, Robert Kraft", [Anna] Best Original Song - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, "Luciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker", [Anna] Best Art Direction/Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jenny Beavan, [Anna] Best Costume Design

Professional Reviews

Reel Views 8 of 10
[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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
[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. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeActor:   Hancock,Martin
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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