Have an Account? E-Mail Address Passcode
| Register Now
DVD Review: Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 10:30 AM

Front Cover ArtworkAlexander Revisited: The Final Cut
DVD - Two-Disc Special Edition
Warner Home Video 114351 - Region 1
214 minutes

List Price: $24.98 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

Available on DVD 2/27/2007

 TheatricalThis DVD
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1 2.35:1

Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital 5.1

Disc 1 Contents

  • Introduction by Oliver Stone
  • Movie (1st Part)

Disc 2 Contents

  • Movie (2nd Part)

About the Movie

Oliver Stone's version of the story of Alexander the Great came out in 2004 to a tepid response. It opened in sixth place and some people were not thrilled with the idea of Colin Farrell playing Alexander. One could argue that the subject is difficult to cover in such a way as to make it attractive to mainstream audiences and to satisfy the historical enthusiasts who would scream the loudest if any inconsistencies appear or liberties taken. The way it was, the movie opened to criticism about some of the scenes depicting Alexander's supposed sexuality issues.

Two versions of the movie were released on DVD the following year, the theatrical version with some extras on a 2-disc set, and a "director's cut" that was shorter than the theatrical version with the same extras as the theatrical version on the second disc.

Apparently, Stone wasn't happy with the job he'd done on the Director's Cut, and wanted to take one final shot at releasing the movie with "Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut." This is a 2-disc set that contains 45 minutes of additional footage in an unrated edition that spans both discs. Stone provides an introduction to explain his reasons for releasing the movie a third time, and the first disc ends with an intermission slide, evoking other epics which played theatrically with intermissions.

Included with the materials we received was a quote from Stone about this release of the movie:

"Over the last two years I have been able to sort out some of the unanswered questions about this highly complicated and passionate monarch -- questions I failed to answer dramatically enough. This film represents my complete and last version, as it will contain all the essential footage we shot. I don't know how many filmmakers have managed to make three versions of the same film, but I have been fortunate to have the opportunity because of the success of video and DVD sales in the world, and I felt if I didn't do it now, with the energy and memory I still have for the subject, it would never quite be the same again. For me, this is the complete Alexander, the clearest interpretation I can offer."

Not having seen either of the two previous versions, I didn't have any positive or negative feelings about this edition in advance. My biggest challenge was finding 3.5 hours to watch the movie, and I ended up having to break it up into more manageable chunks over the course of a few days.

How Does it Look?

Colin Farrell as Alexander surveying the battlefield of Gaugamela

The video quality was good, but short of spectacular. Given the subject matter, the muted tones through much of the movie are justified, and other scenes, especially those in India, are better.

However, there were never any "wow" moments of cinematography that reached out and grabbed me. Perhaps the upcoming HD DVD/Blu-ray editions will better convey the original material.

My Pioneer DVD player reported an average of a range of bit rates between 5.5-7.5 Mbps during several samples in the movie.

How Does it Sound?

There is plenty going in with this sound mix, especially during the battle scenes. Personally, I would have preferred a stronger surround mix for a more encompassing feeling, but that might have been a little too over the top and tiring, given how many battle scenes there are. Aside from that preference, no distracting problems were heard.


Save for Oliver Stone's introduction on Disc 1, you won't find anything on these two discs besides the movie. Perhaps that is what happens when revisiting a movie on DVD for the third time in two years, but not having seen either of the previous releases, some extras would have been nice.

When a director goes back and changes his original work, it would be nice to get some in-depth explanations of his reasons and the changes that were made. By providing us with that information, it allows the audience to better appreciate the new work and do our own comparisons to the preceding versions. George Lucas should have done this with this reworked versions of the Star Wars movies, as well.

At the very least, the theatrical trailer could have been included to properly frame how the original movie was advertised to audiences. If you're looking for behind-the-scenes materials and director commentary, you'll have to buy or rent one of the previous DVD releases.


I'm a big fan of movies, so I don't mind when a director wants to go back and revisit one of his past movies and tweak it a little. It's one of the advantages that the home video formats provide to them and to us.

Overall, I think the movie was a little hard to follow, and that Colin Farrell's depiction of Alexander was flawed. I'm not sure who could have played the part better, but the man playing "Alexander the Great" was upstaged by Angelina Jolie in every scene in which they were together, and he never exuded the greatness and charisma that could have convinced an army of thousands to follow him across the known world.

Recommended Reading

Don't just take our word for it, check out these resources for more reviews of the movie and of the DVD.

Netflix, Inc.
Check Prices on Amazon.com

Add Your Comments

Reader VoiceReader Comments

No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!

Add Your Comments

Warning: Please login
Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.

Please login or register a new account before continuing.

Already Registered?

Log in to retrieve your saved settings.

E-Mail Address:
BigScreen Passcode:

Forget Your Passcode?

Send My Passcode To Me

Not Registered? Create a New Account!

E-Mail Address
In case we need to contact you. A valid E-Mail address is required, profiles with invalid addresses will be removed.
Please Confirm Your E-Mail Address
ZIP Code
This helps us display theaters that are near you.

Our registered members enjoy more features, including:

Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!

Concerned About Privacy?

So are we! We won't sell, trade, or share your personal information with anyone unless required by law. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.

Home - About Us - Ad Info - Feedback
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service

The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2018, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.

'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Find Us on Facebook