The third release, and final version of Oliver Stone’s Alexander (already available on standard DVD) will be released in high definition on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut, stars Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, David Bedella and Rosario Dawson.
How can a director release three versions of one film? Well if your Oliver Stone you can. This film adds 45 minutes of unseen footage to total 3-1/2hrs viewing time. An intermission is included at the 2hr mark for those of you who need a bathroom break and couldn’t figure out how to press the “pause” button. Features include an introduction by the director, 85 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and a documentary film by Sean Stone.
Truth be told, I’ve watched the “Directors Cut” 3 times (twice in full and the third time only the battle scenes) so I wasn’t really that excited to watch the film again, even in high definition. But the extra footage has got me anticipating this release. Was I tempted to watch it “prematurely” in standard definition? Yes, but once you go hi def you can’t compromise. Fellow HDTV owners know this feeling. The hi def quality is worth waiting for.
The Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD versions of Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut are scheduled for release on Sept. 18. The suggested retail price will be $28.99. Order Alexander, Revisited – The Final Cut on Blu-ray Disc from Amazon.