Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of history’s greatest military leaders.
The movie stars Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) in the titular role, as well as Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as his mother, Val Kilmer (Twixt), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Christopher Plummer (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).
Both the original version plus the longer Ultimate Cut of the film are included on the Blu-ray, plus one new special feature: “The Real Alexander and the World He Made.”
Other extras on the disc are:
- Ultimate Cut commentary with Oliver Stone
- theatrical version commentary with Stone and historical advisor Robin Lane Fox
- “Resurrecting Alexander”
- “Perfect Is the Enemy of Good”
- “The Death of Alexander”
- “Vangelis Scores Alexander“
- “Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone’s Alexander” by Sean Stone
- as well as download digitals via UltraViolet.
Buy or Rent Alexander: The Ultimate Cut