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Kingdom of Heaven (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)

Action & Adventure movie directed by Ridley Scott

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10 Stars - another Masterpiece!!!

  • May 30, 2006
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Finally the 194 minute version is out!
I don't know about you but when I left the theatre after having seen the earlier one, I felt so disappointed. Not because of Ridley's (marvellous) work but because it was so obvious people cut about a third of the film.
I don't want to go into details about the acting - everyone is doing a terrific job here (although Eva Green is slightly disappointing - I think her very pretty, but for the acting part, she just doesn't touch me as deeply as the rest - and I'm not an Orlando fan!!!!)
What is new here is that finally the film flows and takes the time it needs to tell the story. After all this is about a crusade and as everybody knows these took quite a long time.
In the earlier version there was a bit of drama in the beginning, then suddenly wooops, there they were in Jerusalem.
This time around, characters are introduced with more depth and the tensions are being let grow(as if they have been set free, terrific!), because of additional time and storyline. Of course I wouldn't have expected any less from Ridley, but when I come to think of all his other movies, this one is definately my favorite.
Sure, it is part fiction, part truth, but a commercial movie cannot depend on history alone.
In Kingdom of Heaven Ridley uses filmmaterial, color, setting, simply everything to paint a perfect picture (sometimes, I think, to a greater extent and with better results than in his other movies). Every scene, no matter if it's a still or right in the middle of an action sequence, is built like a painting.
On top of that comes a story with characters that stay with you for days, weeks, months even. Love and honor, loyalty and faith - isn't that what keeps us going? No matter what color, race or religion?
A beautiful movie and as such a must-have for every film fan.

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review by . April 29, 2009
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review by . November 17, 2008
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review by . June 23, 2007
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Pros: Scenery and cinematography      Cons: Incredibly long speeches that amount to nothing but a yawn or three      The Bottom Line: Battles are good, the rest, which makes up 75% of the movie is often VERY borning.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      Old Jerusalem had a siege, ee-ei-ee-ei-oh; with a fight fight here and a speech speech there, her a speech here …
review by . March 01, 2007
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review by . December 11, 2006
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review by . November 10, 2006
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review by . July 30, 2006
The film isn't incredibly memorable; it won't go into the annals of filmdom like `Lawrence of Arabia,' `Lord of the Rings' or `Gladiator.' To me this film can be viewed on a rainy day. `Kingdom of Heaven' has the action, excitement, and interest. The story, the cinematography, and the acting are fine as well but I think the film misses its attempt to have an emotional core. It's primary focus is on the politics of the situation between the Christians and Muslims and the kings of both sides. But …
review by . May 31, 2006
While I enjoyed the original theater release of "Kingdom of Heaven", I was unsatisfied that the characters were only marginally developed.    After seeing Ridley Scott's Director's Cut of the movie, I feel like the studio was absolutely crazy to "gut" the theatrical release in the wholesale fashion they did. At last, the great casting was allowed to flesh out their roles and create characters -- good and bad -- that compel you to care about them.    In this …
review by . November 28, 2005
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review by . October 15, 2005
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It's hard to believe Ridley Scott's handsome epic won't become the cinematic touchstone of the Crusades for years to come.Kingdom of Heavenis greater than the sum of its parts, delivering a vital, mostly engrossing tale following Balian (Orlando Bloom), a lonely French blacksmith who discovers he's a noble heir and takes his father's (Liam Neeson) place in the center of the universe circa 1184: Jerusalem. Here, grand battles and backdoor politics are key as Scott and first-time screenwriter William Monahan fashion an excellent storyline to tackle the centuries-long conflict. Two forward-thinking kings, Baldwin (Edward Norton in an uncredited yet substantial role) and Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), hold an uneasy truce between Christians (who hold the city) and Muslims while factions champ at the bit for blood. There are good and evildoers on both sides, with the Knights Templar taking the brunt of the blame; Balian plans to find his soul while protecting Baldwin and the people. The look of the film, as nearly everything is from Scott, is impressive: his CGI-infused battle scenes rival theLOTRseries and, with cinematographer John Mathieson, create postcard beauty with snowy French forests and the vast desert (filmed in Morocco and Spain). An excellent supporting cast, including Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis, also help make the head and heart of the film work. Many critics pointed out that Bloom doesn't have the gravitas of Russell Crowe ...
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Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Action, Adventure
Screen Writer: William Monahan
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
Runtime: 144 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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