Kingdom of Heaven
4 Disc Director's Cut
Sir Ridley Scott is a director who’s no stranger to studio interference. Two of his better known films, Blade Runner, and Legend were victimized during their original release, Blade Runner’s original intentions were all but destroyed by meddling producers who had fired Ridley and locked him out of the editing room, while Legend was severely cut by Scott’s own hand when he caved to self doubt and studio pressure. In the interceding years, Scott’s stock in Hollywood would rise, both films would be revisited, in their original forms, Ridley would father the term “Director’s Cut” as we envision it today, and with critically acclaimed work like Gladiator and Black Hawk Down to his credit, one would think he would be left to freely create without studio interference. Yet, in 2004, 20th Century Fox delivered a mandate, Ridley’s latest work, Kingdom of Heaven, was to be no longer than 2 and a half hours. Fearing the backlash that had hit longer “pseudo-epics” like
What screenwriter William Monahan does so brilliantly, and part of what makes
On the production side of things, the film is absolutely gorgeous. Arthur Max brings his considerable talents as a production designer to bear, and outdoes the splendid work he had done on Gladiator. Very few directors, living or dead have shown the ability to create a completely self contained and ultimately believable world within the confines of a specific film to the degree that Ridley Scott has throughout his career, and
Scott Free, in collaboration with Charles De Lauzirika, have been responsible for some of the finest DVD sets around.
Film 5 (out of 5)
DVD 5 (out of 5)