Thankfully, FOX has chosen a title that few could argue, makes a splendid choice to excite film lovers and BLU-RAY enthusiasts, "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR'S CUT". While the original theatrical presentation was entertaining, it felt like it was missing something. It was!!! Director Ridley Scott has restored a substantial amount of footage for the "director's cut" and all of these restored scenes add greatly in making the complex story more accessible. There's much more depth to various themes in the film now, and "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT" now, could arguably be considered a masterpiece. Orlando Bloom stars as a Frenchman, Balian of Ebilin, recently widowed, and willing to travel with his estranged father, Godfrey(Liam Neeson) to the holy land during one of the may Crusades, on a spiritual journey of his own. The only thing wrong with the film involves a forced romantic subplot with Eva Green. (WHO IS BRAINWASHING Producers/Directors into thinking Green can either act or is pleasing to the eye?) The "Director's cut" includes about 45 minutes of new footage, making it an epic that never drags and truly takes the viewer into the type of historical drama that is rare. It's typically compelling, beautiful and seldom slow.
FOX has presented a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer on a BD-50 dual layer disc, with 2.35:1 aspect ratio intact. Scott uses a broader scope of colors in "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR'S CUT". That's not to say there aren't plenty of dark scenes. There are! And, these darker scenes are the only ones in which detail is sometimes compromised. However, during the typically brighter scenes, the colors are well-saturated without the image ever succumbing to noise. Even with filtered effects in scenes, similar to what Scott did in "GLADIATOR", the image is still sharp and detail is incredible! This is a great looking transfer and one of the best from FOX, thus far!
FOX has included a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix. Surprisingly, there's no Dolby Digital 5.1 "english" mix. This is an extremely aggressive mix. Surrounds are utilized with incredibly effective impact in scene after scene after scene! Seldom have battle scenes taken on such power, and the clashing of swords, chain-mail and pure adrenalin are amplified to create one of the most engulfing mixes we've ever heard. Dialogue is always intelligible, even within layers of sound and music effects.
None of the extras found on the recent "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: DIRECTOR'S CUT" 4 disc dvd set have been carried over.