WARNER BROS has released the "Director's cut" of "TROY" on blu-ray. While the theatrical version of "TROY" had been available on HD-DVD only, this new version is the first time "TROY" in any version, has been available on blu-ray. Director Wolfgang Petersen has added roughly 30 minutes of new footage, adding more depth to character and plot. "TROY" was a fine film in its theatrical version, but the new footage does make it better. Still, at nearly 3 1/2 hours long, it does feel slow in a few instances, and it would've benefited the film had a few minutes of exposition been edited.
While fans of "THE ILLIAD" will still take issue with the script leaving out major plot-points from the story, "TROY" is an admirable attempt at capturing the essential story and one feels the weight of one brother willing to die for another in a particularly powerful scene.
WARNER BROS. has provided a 1080p/VC-1 image with 2.35:1 aspect ratio. While a few scenes are so bright, as in the previous hd-dvd version, that they can have a washed out, flat appearance, most of the transfer is notably better than the previous hd-dvd image, and that one was pretty darned good! Colors are vibrant and their reproduction is flawless. The majority of the film has stunning three-dimensional depth, placing "TROY: DIRECTOR'S CUT" up there with the best blu-rays available.
WARNER BROS. has provided a PCM 5.1 mix for the blu-ray. The HD-DVD version offers a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, and this PCM mix is on par with it. The dynamic range is impressive from beginning to end. Surrounds, discrete and panning effects all culminate in a terrific listening experience. Bass effects kick in at just the right moment and the terrific James Horner score is perfectly balanced with the film's dialogue.
There are several featurettes included, with two of them brand new!