Alexander

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No stranger to controversy, filmmaker Oliver Stone got some people all fired up with this opulent, stirring historical epic about the charismatic warrior king who had conquered 90 percent of the known world by the time he was 25. At first glance, Irish actor and offscreen bad boy Colin Farrell might seem an odd choice to play the fourth-century B.C. Macedonian conqueror, but he grows into the role before one’s eyes, even commanding ...
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Commentary by Oliver Stone; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Resurrecting Alexander; Perfect is the Enemy of Good; The Death of Alexander; Vangelis Scores Alexander; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM PC web link to the online world of Alexander the Great
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
No stranger to controversy, filmmaker Oliver Stone got some people all fired up with this opulent, stirring historical epic about the charismatic warrior king who had conquered 90 percent of the known world by the time he was 25. At first glance, Irish actor and offscreen bad boy Colin Farrell might seem an odd choice to play the fourth-century B.C. Macedonian conqueror, but he grows into the role before one’s eyes, even commanding attention during the large-scale battle sequences. The most controversial aspects of the film are Alexander’s relationships with his boyhood friend Hephaistian Jared Leto and his mother, Olympias Angelina Jolie, a ravishing presence, yet curiously channeling the accent of Maria Ouspenskaya, the Gypsy woman of Universal’s old Wolf Man movies. Stone’s references to Alexander’s alleged bisexuality enraged some scholars -- just as his diminishing of those sequences in the Director’s Cut available on DVD enraged some gay activists. The Alexander-Hephaistian subplot aside, the film’s drama highlight is in the king’s marriage to tempestuous Roxane Rosario Dawson, and the duo’s steamy sex scene ranks with the most erotically charged in Stone’s oeuvre. Undeniably ambitious and generally successful in conveying the true scope of its subject’s accomplishments, Alexander shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand for Stone’s supposed transgressions. It’s a fascinating movie -- lavishly mounted, brilliantly staged, and vividly photographed. Whether things happened as the writer-director claims is debatable, but his version of the facts makes for compelling viewing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • UPC: 012569704565
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Director's Cut
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Alexander, Disc 1
1. Falling Ring [3:17]
2. Empire of the Mind [2:32]
3. My Little Achilles [3:28]
4. Never Yours [1:32]
5. Our Greek Dream [5:29]
6. Bucephalas [4:55]
7. Kings are Made [4:19]
8. On Alexander's Terms [3:57]
9. Conquer Your Fear [5:46]
10. Battle of Gaugamela [6:03]
11. Driving Darius Back [4:57]
12. Joining the Myth Wall [3:23]
13. Entering Babylon [3:52]
14. Royal Request [3:50]
15. Mother's Letters [2:12]
16. With You Always [3:38]
17. Fate of Darius [2:23]
18. Personal Desires [5:17]
19. Wedding Vows [1:40]
20. Different Ways to Love [6:27]
21. Love Vs. Duty [6:12]
22. Conspirators [:05]
23. Banished [4:08]
24. Across the Hindu Kush [5:00]
25. Mired in India [4:10]
26. Clash With Cleitus [5:29]
27. Go on Your Way, Father [5:02]
28. Assassination [3:40]
29. Rebellion in the Ranks [3:14]
30. Elephant Attack [6:58]
31. Brought Down [5:33]
32. The World is Yours [5:54]
33. Home to Babylon [5:04]
34. Hephaistion's Farewell [3:56]
35. Roxane's Revelation [4:03]
36. One Last Toast [1:20]
37. Taking Flight [1:42]
38. Greatest of Them All [4:52]
39. End Credits [2:59]
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Side #1 -- Alexander, Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Oliver Stone
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
      Web Info
Side #2 -- Alexander, Disc 2
   Special Features
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      Resurrecting Alexander
      Perfect is the Enemy of Good
      The Death of Alexander
      Vangelis Scores Alexander
      Teaser Trailer
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
      Web Info
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stone’s biggest problem is that he made this film for me

    I loved Alexander, but then I’m a classical Greek and Roman history nut. Three years ago, I decided to work my way through history from the Bronze Age to the present. I haven’t been able to get past the Greeks and Romans. Every time I read something like Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides or Xenophon, I’m lead somewhere else that’s equally worthy of my time. Without question, Alexander the Great is one of the most fascinating figures in history. The only one I can think of to rival him is Julius Caesar, who, ironically, shared both his voracious appetite for power and his sexual ambiguity. I found Stone’s biopic to be very true to the Alexander I read about in history. He was a man capable of both great compassion and great rage. He very much wore his heart on his sleeve, which is why he could murder a close friend over an insult and then wail with grief after the friend died. In many ways, Alexander was too big for this world. How could one country, one lover or one sexual orientation satisfy him? I think mainstream movie goers weren’t ready for Alexander. When they go to a sandal and sword epic, they want to see Mel Gibson, Russell Crow or Tom Cruise wade into a nice ordered battle with his sword swinging. They want to see the opposing army die easily and not leave a scratch, like they are supposed to. Then they want to see their hero come back home to the waiting arms of his female partner where they can have passionate but civilized sex. I’m afraid that’s not the way it was. Battles were, and are, chaotic messes where the dust, noise and action made it difficult to tell what’s going on. Bisexuality was commonplace in Ancient Greece, in fact it was state-sanctioned in Sparta. It makes me laugh when people criticize films for being too formulaic. Then a film like this comes along and everybody complains that it lacks cohesion. In other words, it doesn’t follow the formula. The film seems disjointed and complicated because Alexander’s life was disjointed and complicated. Stone is clearly a fellow student of history and has a particular affinity for Alexander. This comes across in the wondrous battle sequences. Stone brought the Battle of Gaugamela to life and did it right! The infantry is in phalanx formation, the dust is flying and one flank of the army has absolutely no idea what the other flank is doing. This is exactly the way it happened. If I have any criticism for this film it is that Stone didn’t give the whole story. Clearly, if the film is to have any value in the future then it will be among people like me who share his passion for history. I think he might have been better served to do a miniseries for cable where he could have taken his time and shown the razing of Thebes and some of the other important events that happened in Alexander’s life. He probably wouldn’t have gotten the budget he did but I don’t think he needed all of the A-list stars he had. This story is good enough to tell itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Action packed movie with a heart warming love story

    You can't go wrong with Alexander. It holds your attention from the high paced action beginning until the climatic tragic ending. If you liked Troy or Kindom of Heaven, then you will love Alexander. This is a must to add to your movie collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alexander the Fag?

    A stinker from beginning to end. Disjointed, pretentious and ultimately boring. You blew it big time, Ollie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    It's been a while since an Oliver Stone movie impressed me. Alexander certainly achieved that. This flick deserved more praise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alexander

    If only it were possible to have a producer pay you for the time wasted in seeing junk. This has to be one of the worse movies of all time. Forget the homosexual issues that the promoters tried to use to get some attention. The acting is bad, the historical setting is bad, Alexander cries most of the movie (unlikely even if Greeks are strange), the dialogue sucks, in short I feel violated for even being in the same room while this is playing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alexander

    Have you ever seen a movie and wished that you could sue the producer for such a bad experience?? Well that is Alexander. The homosexual aspect was played up in the press so it would be difficult to critize this flick and to produce press. Every thing about the film is bad, bad actors, bad dialogue, poor historical references, etc. When you walk away from a film, two or three things seem to linger in your mind a a impression or reference. In this film the one thing I remember is Alexander constantly crying. Greeks (Macedonians) are somewhat emotional but the conqueror of the world and a ruthless killer always sobbing is a little too much Hollywood and liberal input. If only we could initiate a class action like the attorneys do on everything else!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Revisionist history at its most absurd

    What can I say about a filmmaker that created such an awful movie,worse than his last. If you listen to Mr. Stone's blather about his film you will realize that this awful movie was his "vision". He admits he was recreating the life and times of a great military hero without use of a great deal of historical fact. And as far as sexual ambiguity,if certain half baked film producers had their way,every historical figure would be either homosexual or bi. Who intimated Alexander's bisexuality? And why is Angelina Jolie's accurate accent funny while Colin Farrel's Deep Irish accent is spot on? As for Sparta,children were raised in a communal environment and taught women were equal to men in war. That is not State sanctioned bisexuality. Come down to earth and smell the trash-Oliver Stone's Alexander. Oh. yes. The ending-Stone's idea of how Alexander truly died-this is not fact.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Underrated Movie of 2004

    This movie directed by the great Oliver Stone got absolutely slammed by almost every critic in America. I saw it even after I heard all of these reviews just because I had enough faith in Stone's ability to make movies. I examined the movie thoroughly, paying particular attention to the acting and so called "excessively boring" story line. The film that I saw did not reflect any of this negativity. It was epic, well made, and well acted by just about everybody involved. Oliver Stone has often been known for his controversal films and this is no exception. There is significant mystery surrounding the life and death of Alexander the Great, which is played out very well here. While I will concede some minor problems, such as the inexplicable time jump that occurs about forty minutes into the movie, what I saw made me feel that I got my money's worth. Don't shy away from this film, just sit back and enjoy it for what it is.

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