While literature "purists" were angered with David Benioff's "adaptation of Homer's "THE ILIAD" for "TROY", it's unfair. Even the best adaptation of Homer's "THE ODYSSEY", though filled with detail, due to the expanded opportunity in running time from being produced as a mini-series, was in no way concise. And, yes, there have been various liberties taken here, however, some of the most powerful aspects of this legendary work have been faithfully represented here and with maximum effect. "TROY" reminds the viewers that today's best writers, as well as the best of yesteryear, including Shakespeare, don't come close to achieving the originality found in the original text. Few scenes ring as true or as poignant as Orlando Bloom's portrayal as the young, dumb Paris, falling to his knees in fear of entering into a fight he's started, and sure to end in his death, and grabbing onto his older brother's legs, pleading for help. There are many scenes with gut-wrenching truthfulness throughout this film. Director Wolfgang Petersen has done some amazing work in creating the living, breathing atmosphere of an ancient world. Although there are scenes created with CGI effects, massive armada of ships heading to Troy, never feels fake. The fight-to-the-death scenes showcasing the power and skill of Achilles are unforgettable! Peter O' Toole's poignant plea for the return of his dead son's body proves that he's been considered a great actor for a great reason!
Sure, there are flaws within the film. The ending is a bit too anti-climatic and perhaps a bit too disconnected from the original story, but it's far less sugar-coated than most of Hollywood's "epic" films of this same period, and it never feels long during its 163 minute running time.
WARNER BROS has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image quality, while noticeably better than dvd, can be problematic. There are a number of scenes in which the depth and color help provide a three-dimensional feel, showcasing the capabilities of High Definition at its best. But, there are even more scenes wherein the contrast is so overdone, that the image appears flat. This problem is most noticeable during exterior scenes. The rest of the film offers depth that is typically wonderful to experience. Colors are rich and blacks are deep. There are several action scenes in which motion tended to blur on an LCD flatscreen that typically doesn't have these problems.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's awsome!!! This is a mix that helps raise the film's environment to "epic" status. The fight scenes and clanking of armor help create an engaging atmosphere, but even the whisper of the wind, while leaders await a fight to come, or the sound of waves, are all instrumental in creating one of the finest soundmixes found on any video format thus far. James Horner's score is spectacular and well balanced within layer upon layer of effects and dialogue. In terms of its audio capabilities for the HD-DVD format, "TROY" is a demonstration quality disc!!!
In addition to the extras carried over from the 2 disc dvd, WARNER BROS has provided an "IN-MOVIE" experience! There are plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and more, all put together within a linear documentary, available to view alongside the actual film, or at the click of a button!