Search - National Geographic - Beyond the Movie - Alexander on DVD

National Geographic - Beyond the Movie - Alexander
National Geographic - Beyond the Movie - Alexander
Director: Helen Fitzwilliam
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2004     1hr 0min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/24/2005


Larger Image

Movie Details

Director: Helen Fitzwilliam
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Educational, History, Military & War
Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/02/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Similar Movies

The True Story of Alexander the Great
History Channel
   NR   2005   2hr 30min
Decisive Battles of the Ancient World
History Channel
   NR   2006   6hr 20min
Alexander Revisited - The Final Cut
Two-Disc Special Edition
   UR   2007   3hr 34min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Director: David Fincher
   R   1997   2hr 7min
Director: Joel Schumacher
   R   1999   2hr 3min
The 13th Warrior
Directors: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton
   R   2000   1hr 42min
Roman Holiday
Special Collector's Edition
Director: William Wyler
   NR   2002   1hr 58min
National Treasure
Widescreen Edition
Director: Jon Turteltaub
   PG   2005   2hr 11min
The Island
Director: Michael Bay
   PG-13   2005   2hr 16min
Alexander Revisited - The Final Cut
Two-Disc Special Edition
   UR   2007   3hr 34min
Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer
   PG   2007   1hr 32min
Single-Disc Edition
   PG-13   2008   2hr 3min

Movie Reviews

Understanding Alexander
Sagacitas | USA | 06/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First I'd like to reply to the previous reviewer: The quote simply means that Alexander was complex--from what we know of him, he encompassed all these things, but a *lot* of what we know about him is built-up myth, hence "and perhaps none." It's an obvious statement, but it's a good segue for people who don't know about Alexander.

Secondly, yes, this film reeks of "cheesy" historical documentary, but it's entertaining and informative. The intent was to give people a "true" (from what we know) history behind the Hollywood-driven movie (which flopped anyway--I'll be interested to see Baz Luhrman's movie if he's still going to do it), and it did that. It explores psychological motives, military strategy, and even major characters influenced by Alexander as late as George Patton. There's also a decent short on the influence of the Iliad on Alexander. That one's not quite as interesting, in that it's basically an overview of the Iliad. It's also clear that they were targeting the movie-going audience by referring to "Troy" rather than Homer's Iliad.

All in all, I enjoyed this video. Alexander comes through in all his complexity here, and this is only a tiny scratch in the scholarship on him.

Those interested in Robin Lane Fox's work might want to take a look, as he is interviewed in this video. Other scholars interviewed are: Paul Cartledge, John Maxwell O'Brien, Joseph Scholten, Colonel Lance Betros, David Byers Millers, Partha Bose, and Andrew Chugg."
Very good
Anne Gillingham | 07/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am no specialist in anything about antiquity. I am also not a military history buff. I often pick up random documentaries about historical topics, to supplement my lack of background in western civ.

I study comparative literature, so historical references, especially those of the classics, constantly come up all the time.

I would fully recommend this documentary to the wide audience it is meant for.

It is too basic for you if you are one of those guys whose mind is like a file-cabinet of historical data, both useful and otherwise.

However, it is great for the non-expert who doesn't have the luxury of time and concentration to dedicate to Alexander the Great. This documentary is more than informative."