Because the film’s original 2004 theatrical release required a running time of less than 3 hours, within strictly defined codes for violence and sexuality, the director felt he was unable to achieve a vision that stretched beyond the boundaries of an ordinary film.
Stone now feels that by adhering to the outline of his original script, he is finally able to bring this improved Ultimate Cut, 31 minutes longer, to home viewing audiences.
Stone further explains, “Originally, I did my best to deliver a thrilling movie on a very brief post production schedule, but was frustrated in the end because I wanted the material to tell Alexander’s story with greater nuance and complexity.
The Theatrical Cut (2004) was 2 hours and 55 minutes. The Ultimate Cut (2014) is 3 hours and 26 minutes with an intermission. It is 8 minutes shorter than the Final Cut (2007) version and different in structure.
“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. Free from earlier constraints, 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.”
The release contains two versions of Alexander – the 2004 theatrical cut and the new Ultimate Cut. The Blu-ray will also include The Ultimate Cut on Digital HD with UltraViolet*.
Additionally, there will be a new documentary – The Real Alexander and the World He Made – revealing how Alexander the Great’s vision of uniting the East and West helped shape our modern world, and illuminating how different our lives might have been had his empire not fractured upon his untimely death at the age of 32.
- The Real Alexander and the World He Made NEW Documentary
- Ultimate Cut Commentary by Oliver Stone
- Theatrical Version Commentary by Oliver Stone and 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
Oliver Stone, one of cinema’s most prolific innovators, and the recipient of three Academy Awards®, has directed such unforgettable films as Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, Any Given Sunday, World Trade Center, W, Savages and his most recent project, a ten-part Showtime Original Series, “The Untold History of the United States.”
There was a great amount of extra scenes in the movie and of course the quality was excellent! There are also a few really cool extras that come with the pack.
Beside the in depth historical information about Alexander The Great there are copies of notes from Stone to the cast and the cast to Stone. These notes paint Stone as the type of director who genuinely cared for and about his cast and crew.
There is also a beautiful glossy what I describe as a photo-album from the set. There are gorgeous images of the actors, storyboards and much more in a very behind the scenes sort of way. So make your way out to your favorite video store and secure yourself a copy of this epic blu-ray re-release of Alexander!
Or you can order it directly from the Warner Bros. website.