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STUDIO: Warner Home Video
RUNNING TIME: 196 Minutes
• Troy in Focus
• In the Thick of Battle
• From Ruins to Reality
• Troy: an Effects Odyssey
• Attacking Troy
• Greek Ship Towing
• Theatrical Trailer
It’s a meatier, beefier, boobier, chunkier, gooier, grosser version of 2004’s epic battle film.
See? It’s a flying spleen!
Brad Pitt, Eric Bana,
King Priam’s most prized possession was his Janet Jackson statue. He made monthly requests to the city elders to change the name of Troy to "Rhythm Nation".
Wolfgang Petersen introduces the director’s cut of his 2004 film
When Bob asked the director to have his role more "fleshed out" for the directors cut, this wasn’t exactly what he had in mind.
There’s little doubt that
Wolfgang’s revisitation of this film is a great example of DVD done right. Many of us suspected that there was a better movie lurking within the one that played to theaters in 2004, and we were right; while the director’s cut doesn’t fix all of the problems of the theatrical cut (Orlando Bloom is still in it), it makes the film more interesting, brutal, colorful, and dramatic.
Existing characters are expanded and new ones are introduced, giving us a better and perhaps more accurate vision of Homer’s ancient poem-come-to-life. Sean Bean’s Odysseus goes from near-background to near-foreground, as the director’s cut gives him several brand new scenes in which to shine. We watch Agamemnon’s emissaries attempt to convince the Ithacan king to join him in battle, giving Petersen a chance to show us the friendly, funny side of Odysseus. It adds a much needed element of warmth to the Greek half of the story, letting us relate even better to Achilles and his comrades. It’s great that
Also given an expanded role is Tyler Mane’s
“LOOK AT HIM, HOGGING ALL OF THE GLORY!”
Yep. That should have stayed on the cutting room floor, but what can you do. Mane’s role is only slightly expanded, with the primary benefit being that his battle with Hector is more important and dramatic. I’m glad that
Troy is rife with historical inaccuracy. In the film, the Greeks attack Troy not because of the love affair between Helen and Paris, but because of a dispute over who was the better Star Trek captain: Picard, or Kirk.
There are additional scenes with Paris and Helen, and Bana’s relationship to his brother is better depicted, too. Our attachment to Bana’s Hector makes his defeat at the hands of Achilles even more poignant, and adds a new bit of tragic depth to
One of the biggest improvements to this cut is the re-mastered, re-edited score. If you were like me, you loathed
The other major, noticeable difference is how much gorier the battles are. Chunks of flesh and bits of organ fly wildly from spears and swords. It’s a little like watching a Gwar beach concert. The violence is much more brutal, and in some spots it even feels over-the-top, although the historical, almost storybook-ish setting goes a long way to distance the viewer from the brutality. It won’t turn your stomach, but it’s much more violent than the theatrical cut.
While a spear to the face was usually a death sentence for most ancient warriors, Brian "Spearface" Johnson was a survivor. After recovering from his attack, he wrote a series of self help books entitled "Hole Face, Whole Soul," and was a very popular figure on the morning talk show circuit and a major proponent of spear safety.
The theatrical version was like a beautiful but slightly poo-stained jigsaw puzzle with several pieces missing. The director’s cut fills in most of the missing pieces, and even manages to wipe off some of the poo. If you enjoyed the theatrical cut, I’d whole-heartedly recommend the director’s cut, as it’s far more than just another double dip. If you didn’t like
Oh yeah, this Trojan Horse idea is a real gem. If only we’d thought of it back in Mordor, it would have made our lives sooooooooo much easier. Here’s some free advice, Aggie- never work with midgets.
It’s a very well-stacked DVD- there’s a rich assortment of documentaries, my favorite being In the Thick of Battle, which details the stunt work and training needed to get the battle scenes from script to set. There’s an entire evening’s worth of stuff here, and it’s nearly all great. The picture and sound are stellar. The colors are rich and deep, and the Dolby track is near-perfect. Arrows and sword slashings, especially during the Hector/Achilles fight, are brought to vivid life thanks to excellent sound editing and remastering. The box art is a sprinting Pitt, which is actually a bit of a letdown. It isn’t creative, colorful, or interesting. Still, Pitt looks quite scary, which is a feat in and of itself.
8.3 out of 10