King Arthur Director's Cut
After the Romans conquered the Samartians, this nomad people had to enlist each generation of their children in the Roman army for 15 years. Lucius Artorius Crastor (Clive Owen) aka Arthur is the head of a Roman outpost in Britain. Together with his Samartian friends Lancelot, Gawain, Galahad, Bors, Tristan and Dagonet he’s been fighting the English Woad people for years and now their tour has almost ended. While his friends plan to go back to their home country, Arthur (who’s part British and part Roman) wants to go to Rome. The day they are supposed to receive their letters of freedom however, the Roman bishop tells them they need to do one last mission: head over the great wall and rescue a Roman colonist family that is located there from the gruesome Saxons that are lead by Cedric (Stellan Skarsgård) and plan to conquer the whole of Britain again. Arthur and his “knights” have no other choice than to perform this last suicide mission and immediately head off.
Once arrived at the colonists, Arthur finds out that the Roman is keeping slaves and he decides to release those. They barely escape from the Saxons and arrive safely at their station where they receive their release papers. While his friends are preparing to depart Britain, Arthur however decides to stay and protect Britain from the terror of the Saxons. Together with the Woads he will face Cedric and his troops in an ultimate battle to the end…
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is overall pretty good but some scenes do tend to suffer from some interlacing which results in less sharp image. For the rest we really can’t complain. The colors are dark and the together with the contrast you get a very raw image that nicely reflects the atmosphere.
The DTS soundtrack is really great. During the many fightscenes you’ll feel yourself in the middle of the battle, arrows nicely fly around your ears, and the good use of split-surround only heightens the action. Especially the scene on the ice is remarkable; your living room sounds like it’s on the ice itself 🙂
As we’re used from Buena Vista, before we get to the menu, a lot of trailers have to be watched. Luckily the Fast Forward button saves us from about 15 to 20 minutes of commercial information.
Blood On The Land: The Making Of A King is the only documentary on the disc. It’s pretty short and gives some interview fragments with some of the cast and crew aswell as how they got involved with the production. Also, some of the special effects get highlighted and a historian comes around to shed some light on the myth of King Arthur. Of course, nothing goes really in-depth as the whole feature only lasts for about 17 minutes. Last up we get a small photo gallery and an alternative ending.
This movie is supposedly based on the true story of the Roman Lucius Artorius Crastor who defended Britain against the tyranny of the Saxons together with the Samartian knights, the story that would create the myth of King Arthur and his knights of the round table that brought peace to Britain. No romantic escapades, no magic from Merlin (who in this movie is the leader of the Woads), and no middle-ages. In fact, the movie is based in the time right before the Roman empire collapsed and both the round table as well as excalibur are more attributes than really part of the film’s storyline.
Does that make King Arthur bad? Not at all. This is a movie filled with plenty of action, some great scenery and decent acting. The only thing you need to do is make sure you don’t watch it with the prejudice of that it will be a movie about the myth that is very well-know.
King Arthur is released in two versions. This Director’s cut and also the “theatrical cut”. What’s the difference you may ask: simple, the Director’s cut contains a DTS track and 14 minutes more movie. Still, both are priced the same and it isn’t that the Theatrical cut has additional extras. Therefore the choice is easy: get the Director’s cut.