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I really like this film but if to be honest the director's cut is much weaker than the theatrical in my opinion. First of all the film's pacing is not that efficient anymore, some extended battle scenes got new portion of the score which does not sound that well to me anymore (I personally think they just don't fit that well as in the original release and every film enthusiast will tell you that music plays an important part in the film). I don't think the extended version brings anything new to me it even makes it worse because if the changed score so if you want to buy it look for the original theatrical release.
I was very disappointed with the movie when I saw it in the cinema. I finally watched it again on DVD and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I usually enjoy this genre of movie even if the history gets fiddled about with(like it normally does), but I can't help feeling something is lacking still. I was always of the opinion the focus on the character of Achilles was the wrong take(with possibly the wrong actor playing him), and in terms of performance, Eric Bana as Hector was the star. None of that can be changed however, and viewing the movie as it is, it has good elements of ideas and action and provides a very enjoyable 156 minutes. The extras in this 2-disc set are very good, so for a little extra money it's worth it. The 2nd disc has behind the scenes featurettes and an animated guide to the Greek Myths explored in the movie...for those that don't know their Greek Mythology. In my opinion, the movie still has that epic feel to it and translates to DVD nicely, it just lacks the epic substance in the script and some of the acting...can't have everything! Still worth 4 stars!
As with all films, it entirely depends on what you are looking for: If you just want a film that purely entertains you...a film that is just good fun to watch, a film that keeps you pretty much transfixed and gives you some element of plot, with a demonstration of a whole raft of emotions and effects, within a historical context without demanding too much in terms of accuracy, purity and award winning acting, then this is a great film. Ok, some of the acting is a little weak and clearly some actors were cast to bring in the big dollars at the box office because of their sex appeal, rather than their passionate ability to make a character real. Equally, some of the finishing touches to the effects do look a little rushed but if you look past that, here is a film that broadly does what it says on the tin. The pace of the movie does chop and change quite a bit, but really only in the way you would expect (ie. the romance parts are quite drawn out sequences, whilst some of the superb action sequences happen at a frenetic pace. In my view, a movie of this type is there to entertain and not to win awards for historical accuracy, so on that basis, this is an entirely credible film that is definitely worth seeing.
I didnt really like the original cut of Troy, but when I watched this after pre-ordering it I realised how much more exciting and epic it could get, and how err 2D it was before.
You get the whole package really with the additional scenes not just four minutes here and there and a couple at the end like some other directors cuts. The extra scenes come to about half hour, and consist of extra depth into the the love of Hector and Andromache, Paris and Helen and of course extended battle scenes which are awesome and couldn't be better.
I really think even if you didnt like the original cut you should get this because it does feel like a more rounded, polished film which goes further into making this a sort of classic and a great film.
This is just not the Iliad but quite another story, so why call it Troy? Why not simply make another movie? And i could have done with a lot less of the spirit of the time ... OUR time, not that of Troy. And there is a curious mixture of battle logic and ahistoric glitches. Brad Pitt, whom I'd have cast as Alexander, but never as Achill, nevertheless does deliver glimpses of Achill. That took some acting ability, not to mention a sound classical education, with this script to work against. Orlando Bloom is not afraid to play Paris as the unwarlike dandy he was, trying to go through motions he was in no way equipped for. Hector does fine, so do Menelaos and Agamemnon. The female cast is as usual in such productions just too streamlined to be in any way convincing.
When I saw this movie in the cinema I liked it. I liked the grand shots and the broad camera sweeps that are used throughout. And although this is not Orlando Bloom's best performance, it is not bad and is compensated for by great work from Eric Bana, Sean Bean and the brilliant Peter O'Toole. One thing I dislike about this movie is the soundtrack. At some points it is fantastic with a heart warming score to accompany the beautiful images. But when something bad happens or at other times, the score is ruined by what can only be described as a moaning woman. Apart from that the film is very good with brilliant special effects which are convincing and not obvious. So when I place the second disc in my DVD player, I was hoping for some in depth documentary detailing how the film was made. Unfortunately I didn't get that. Instead on the second disc there are three mini documentaries which barely cover the basics. The first one does include some interesting information on the action sequences and the effects doc. has some good stuff on the sweeping camera scenes, but if you are used to the feature length documentaries from The Lord of the Rings or the new Gladiator DVD, then you will be disappointed. Also on the second disc is a 'Galler of the Gods' an interactive museum where you click on a god and get info on them. Also included is the trailer. Thats it on the special features front, which is slightly disappointing and may well have some fans feeling a little ripped off. All in all, the film is brilliant and the 156 mins fly by, but if you are not really bothered with special features, go for the one disc edition, you aren't missing anything.
this extended cut really IS alot better than the original release! Half an hour longer, it fleshes out the characters much more, and the battle scenes are ALOT more bloody and graphic! If you like the movie, this version is well worth buying
An ultimately disappointing retelling of Homer's The Iliad. Troy does, however, have its fair share of highlights that make it worth a look. Visually the film is an outstanding triumph - the sets and costumes are superb (if un-historical) and the visual effects are spot on. The cast is mostly excellent (especially Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole who steal the film with their excellent portrayals of Hektor and Priam) though Brian Cox's Agamemnon is far too much of a pantomime villain to be truly convincing in the role. The fight scenes, especially the fight between Achilles and Hektor, are also very well handled and there are some truly beautiful visual shots. The downsides of this film are the script - the dialogue is appalling and really hampers the actors in places. Also the removal of the gods from the story has completely gutted the heart out of it, and stripped away most of the depth and meaning, leaving a film that while visually stunning, is only a hollow shell of what it should be. Homer was a master storyteller and Hollywood, it seems, has yet to learn that. Also the changed fates of some of the main characters is infuriating, especially the re-worked fates of Menelaus and Agamemnon. The invention of the 'sword of Troy' is also a bizarre addition, and the tip of the hat to the Aeneid falls on it's face with a version of Aeneas that looks barely old enough to start shaving! The real tragedy of Troy is that the parts that have been well done are absolutely spot-on, and give a clear indication of what the film could have been had they done it all properly; whilst the bad parts of this film are so far from the mark, it really is best just to skip past them and pretend they didn't happen. Certainly well worth a look, but not the amazing film it should (and could so easily) have been.
When I first bought this film,there was half an hour of it cut out.I recently bought the two disc edition,and found that the restored extra half an hour made more sense of it.If you enjoy epics,then I would recommend this one.The battle scenes were very good.I am not a Brad Pitt fan as such, but he was very good in the role of Achilles. Some people may not like the running time of the movie,but personally I like to watch a good epic and dont mind sitting through a three hour film.A spectacular film like this looks good on a big flat screen TV.