Alexander: The Ultimate Cut celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the film’s release, and this ambitious, Oliver Stone directed epic heads to Blu-ray on June 3. The new version clocks in at 3 hours and 26 minutes with an intermission. Ironically, the Ultimate Cut is 8 minutes shorter than Stone’s 2007 version and it also has a different 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,” said Stone. “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.”
I haven’t seen the 2007 cut, but I’ll definitely give it a look to see if Stone’s latest and “ultimate” version enhances my overall appreciation of the project. Although the original 2 hour and 55 minute version had its share of flaws, it’s hard not to fault the filmmaker for pushing his creativity to the limits.
A new documentary titled The Real Alexander and the World He Made, as well as an Ultimate Cutcommentary from Stone are among special features on the Blu-ray.
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