Alexander: Revisited - Preview and clips
Preview by Jack Foley
SOME may feel that Oliver Stone is flogging a dead horse when it comes to Alexander – but the tireless director is now giving cinema fans the chance to see his epic as it was always meant to be seen…
Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut is finally being released on 2-disc DVD on August 6, featuring more than 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
The new introduction to the film reflects Stone’s passion and attention to detail in getting this film exactly the way he envisioned.
Explains Stone: “Over the past two years I’ve been able to sort out some of the unanswered questions about this highly complicated and passionate monarch – questions I failed to answer dramatically enough.
“This film represents my complete and last version, as it will contain all the essential footage we shot. I don’t know how many filmmakers have managed to make three versions of the same film, but I have been fortunate to have the opportunity because of the success of video and DVD sales in the world, and I felt if I didn’t do it now, with the energy and memory I still have for the subject, it would never quite be the same again. For me, this is the complete Alexander, the clearest interpretation I can offer.”
Now restructured into two acts with an intermission, Alexander: Revisited is an epic of filmmaking in the manner of such cinema classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Gone With The Wind.
It takes a bolder, more in-depth look at Alexander’s (Colin Farrell) life and his relationships with his mother, Olympias (Angelina Jolie), his father Philip (Val Kilmer), his lifelong friend and battle commander Hephaistion (Jared Leto), Roxane, his ambitious and beautiful Bactrian wife (Rosario Dawson), and his trusted general and confidant Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins).
The new film intensifies the beauty and unbelievable brutality of Alexander’s pre-Christian world of social customs and morals so different from todays. The superb cast also boasts Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and many more.
Torn by the war between his parents (Jolie and Kilmer), Alexander left Greece to face massive armies in Persia, Afghanistan and India – and was never defeated.
Watch 3 clips from the film…