From Ridley Scott, the visionary director of Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, comes this spectacular epic of courage, honor and adventure. Orlando Bloom stars as Balian, a young Frenchman in Medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, who, having lost everything, finds redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight.
**Widescreen Film / Pan & Scan Film
**Inside Look: Tristan & Isolde
**The Pilgrim's Guide - A text commentary stream consisting of both production and historical notes, synchronous with film.
**Interactive Production Grid - A simple to use navigation portal will ask viewers to choose the desired perspective and timeframe allowing them to tailor the "Making Of" material to their liking. There are no less than 16 different ways to experience The Grid. (approx 125 minutes)
**A&E Movie Real: "Kingdom of Heaven" (approx 45 min)
**The History Chanel's "History vs Hollywood" "Kingdom of Heaven" (appox 48 min)
**Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes: Ridley Scott - "Creating Worlds", Production Featurette, Wardrobe Featurette
**Orlando Bloom "The Adventure of a Lifetime"
Cast & Crew
Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.
To say that Scott did a beautiful job directing Kingdom of Heaven would be true, but it wouldn't convey the nature of the achievement.
Scott's battles are ferocious things of grim beauty -- bloody, personal and deafening crashes of armored men and horses colliding at full gallop.
The battle sequences here are actually worth the cost of admission, and there is exemplary supporting work by Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Edward Norton and especially Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud as the legendary Muslim leader Saladin.
If the picture isn't as engaging as it should have been, Scott's images still make it entrancing.
A $130 million epic with much to marvel at and great battle scenes, but it dazzles the senses while barely touching the heart.
Scott's interesting but uneven effort doesn't disappoint when it comes to the siege of Jerusalem, which has scale and a truly frightening quality.