Helen of Troy

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Overview

This made-for-cable historical drama has been given an above-average presentation for its release on DVD. Helen of Troy has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (the film was given a theatrical release in Europe, so it was shot in widescreen), and the audio has been mastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish. Bonus material includes a short documentary on the making of Helen of Troy, and production ...
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Overview

This made-for-cable historical drama has been given an above-average presentation for its release on DVD. Helen of Troy has been given a letterboxed transfer at its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (the film was given a theatrical release in Europe, so it was shot in widescreen), and the audio has been mastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish. Bonus material includes a short documentary on the making of Helen of Troy, and production notes on the cast and filmmakers.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Helen of Troy: Making the Epic, an exclusive 20-minute featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • UPC: 025192245725
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,877

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sienna Guillory Helen
Matthew Marsden Paris
Rufus Sewell Agamemnon
Stellan Skarsgård Theseus
John Rhys-Davies King Priam of Troy
Maryam D'Abo Queen Hecuba
Emilia Fox Cassandra
James Callis King Menelaus
Nigel Whitmey Odysseus
Katie Blake
Craig Kelly Pollux
Manuel Cauchi
Kristina Paris
Edward Mercieca
Daniel Lapaine Hector
Emily Kosloski Aphrodite
Joe Monatana Achilles
Technical Credits
John Kent Harrison Director
James Allen Production Designer
Ino Bonello Art Director
Bill Brownell Art Director
Joel Goldsmith Score Composer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Ronni Kern Co-producer, Screenwriter, Teleplay
Ted Kurdyla Producer
Sam Nicholson Cinematographer
Adam O'Neill Art Director
Michael Ornstein Editor
Edward J. Pei Cinematographer
Van Broughton Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Shapiro Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. The Real Story [1:40]
2. Vision of Doom [2:50]
3. The Goddesses' Offer [4:10]
4. An Untamed Child [7:31]
5. Kidnapped [2:09]
6. Theseus' Bride [5:04]
7. Daughter of Zeus [3:26]
8. Journey to Troy [4:53]
9. The Hero of Mount Ida [6:35]
10. Against Prince Hector [3:10]
11. The Prophecy Fulfilled [4:33]
12. Theseus' Last Stand [2:26]
13. Take This Cursed Woman [9:39]
14. Emissary to Sparta [1:53]
15. Proof of My Worth [3:26]
16. The Weight of a Crown [3:10]
17. Hope [5:18]
18. The High King's Desire [3:57]
19. Paris' Woman [6:08]
20. To Satisfy the Goddess [4:29]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. A Thousand Ships [3:39]
2. Paris' Case [3:29]
3. That Which Is Sparta's [3:42]
4. Two Questions [2:01]
5. Helen of Troy [1:13]
6. War [9:04]
7. Retreat [2:47]
8. Ten Years [4:50]
9. A Peace Proposal [4:29]
10. Duel [4:25]
11. Friendly Enemies [5:14]
12. Hector's Challenge [7:06]
13. Surrender [7:05]
14. To the Death [3:51]
15. The Agenda's Gift [9:48]
16. The Fall of Troy [4:18]
17. No Trade [1:26]
18. A Mother's Revenge [2:29]
19. The One True Gift [4:50]
20. End Titles [2:01]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Helen of Troy: Making the Epic
      Now Showing
         Monk: Premiere Episode
         Law & Order DVD Collection
         The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 DTS
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Language: English 5.1 DTS
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impressive character studies and production

    I've read many comments here and elsewhere about inaccuracies and other perceived problems in this film and I have some comments. The events covered in this movie span several ancient texts and being a movie, time and events are necessarily compressed and brought together. There are inaccuracies and missing events: Helen gets Laocoon's 'Beware of Greek gifts' statement; Priam begging for Hector's body and the argument between Agememnon and Achilles that consumes the beginning of Homer's Illiad are missing as is Patroclus fighting in Achilles' stead. I found later that both Iphigenia and Helen were both much older than portrayed and Helen had children, for example. There are comments that the actress, Sienna Guillory, is not right for the role of most beautiful woman in the world where legions of men would die for her. I disagree. I was flipping channels and saw her on the parapet and stopped to watch the remaining movie and later taped the entire movie to watch. I saw a special on research where 10,000 men around the world were given facial recognition software to create the most beautiful female face and researchers found the subjects came up with the same placement of eyes, nose, mouth, cheekbones, and full lips. Differing variations could be created by adding different skin color, hair color and style over the basic structure. As an example, a transparent overlay of Halle Berry's face fit perfectly. I believe Sienna's face would similarly match. As for the character's behavior, I believe a beautiful, spirited woman could prove more powerfully attractive than a beautiful, more reserved woman. The production values are stunning. Costumes, jewelry, armor, ships, and the Trojan horse are all perfect. The color and design of the walls of Troy remind me of ancient sites in Greece and Crete. The interactions between the characters and the decisions made by the leaders and main players are completely believable. For example, Priam's initial decision on the Trojan horse being changed by an advisor and a Greek spy, Agememnon's ruthlessness, Achilles' lust for glory, etc. all rang true. How the Trojan's brought the horse inside the city reminded me that the Great Wall of China was never breached but was defeated by bribing the guards. Similarly, computer security is often defeated by such social engineering. I believe this movie is far more faithful than Brad Pitt's movie Troy, although Sean Bean's Odysseus was perfect. The actors playing Priam in both movies were great. Also, after seeing the movie, I wanted to read the Illiad and the Odyssey and do further research as I found myself saying at several points, 'Wait a minute. Is that right?' The movie's official Web site has many links for educators. The film had great characterizations as well as action. It's done its job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sit back and enjoy this film

    Although this movie may leave out some details of the legendary epic, it is a beautiful and enjoyable film. If you want the real story, curl up with the book. But if you want to explore the epic through fine cinematography and worthy acting, watch this film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome i loved it

    i loved this movie is was so sad and poor little girl(u will get it if u watch the movie) and forget what the other people say about not liking the movie srew them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Add Sofa, Popcorn and Blanket

    Okay, this is not high art. Achilles is unrecognizable, and the myth has been altered, but, it is an entertaining at-home-date or home-alone movie. Rufus Sewell gives an intriguing performance as Agememnon and the story of Paris is certainly more interesting than that given to Orlando (not his fault).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Helen of Troy

    I love this movie. I love how it portrayed the heros and the villans. They were either truly good or truly bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homer is rolling over in his grave

    I hope no one ever views this mockery of Greek mythology as if the movie based itself on the Iliad. The details left out by the filmmakers are too numerous to count, not to mention all of the ways in which the movie simply gets the story wrong. The casting was terribly poor, as was the characterization. I'm an historian who greatly appreciates accuracy in portraying historical fact, and I also appreciate movies that accurately depict the great works of fiction that they represent. I can handle certain things being left out of the story, such as the ghostly Halloween party in The Chamber of Secrets and the houses of healing left out of The Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King. A movie cannot possibly capture everything, but this movie takes that liberty to a new extreme. The amount of bad and incorrect story telling in this movie made it difficult to watch. I could go on about the true story, but instead just read the Iliad and Edith Hamilton's 'Mythology' to get an accurate depicition of true Greek myth. I hated even giving it one star, because it does not deserve even that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Honestly BreathTaking

    This Mini-Series was honestly something to see. The epic proportions of it, and the grandeaur that everything is done is perfect. The performances are breath taking and wonderful. This story is perfect whether you know the Greek legend or if you have never stepped foot into Latin or Greek myths. Perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was disappointing

    This altered version of Helen was very disappointing. Although the filming and music were wonderful, I didn't enjoy the plot of the movie. Expecting to see a movie on the legend of Helen of Troy, I was disappointed to note that many of the facts in the myth were either altered or left out altogether, while some invented events were added in, probably to make the story more ''appealing'' to modern standards of society. For instance: in the movie, Helen knows from the beginning that her true love is Paris, but in the many versions of the myth, Paris always appears in the story well after Helen is already married. Rather than sympathizing with Helen, who presents an air of apathy, viewers are more likely to pity Menelaos, the tragic hero of the story, who bestows many kindnesses on Helen, while she in turn never shows him an inkling of gratitude or friendship. The actress who plays Helen herself manages to make the legendary heroine appear ungraceful, reckless, and callous at every turn, unworthy of the praise of being the most beautiful woman in the world. All true admirers of the Helen of Troy myth will agree that this movie greatly detracts from the poignancy of the original legend and warps a monumental epic into a twisted, trashy romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

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