Alexander: Warrior King

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Great-ly improved! (Pun intended)

I'm not sure what Oliver Stone was thinking with his (bi-)sexually charged, incest-laden take on Alexander the Great, but this cuts out all that bullsh*t and makes it about the enlightened ass-kicking that Asiatic kingdoms got from our Macedonian golden boy.

Battle scenes are greatly improved and there's no skin-crawling "romances" between Alex and his mommy, nor any of his childhood friends.

I think this is near the best anyone could do with this otherwise bizarre film.

Great work!

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The amount of film removed here is insane; 123 min in total. That’s unusual and there was a high change the final version would become a much different film compared to the original.
And it did; I hated the original but I loved this edit. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest improvements to a film I’ve seen on a fanedit.

The ridiculous love triangles are gone, and good riddance. I don’t think the original authors knew that ancient Greece and Macedon societies were actually more complex than just polyamorous/ polygamic relations.
Also, no more narration. That’s always a plus to me.

I fully agree with the removal of (almost) all of the Dutch angles; although they have a function in cinematography, their use should be sparce and parsimonious, or the intended effect easily becomes diluted and futile.

The heavily edited battle sections are one of the highlights here. So many things were improved, with a special mention to the 180-degree rule. Just that one made the chaotic fights much more comprehensible to the viewers.

The new time / location transitions were well executed. With one exception: the Babylon shots from Marvel's "Eternals"; those felt really out of place, in particular because the size of this Babylon is much different than the one we see in the rest of the film (much bigger and extravagant).

The 4K quality is a treat.

The replaced score sounded great to me, but of course, in this regard, it will depend on each one’s taste of music. I thought the score made the film much more epic and grandiose. In a curious way, the score works even better in this film than it does in the original “Conquest of Paradise”. The arrival to Babylon is epic because of the new score.

My only issue was that in a few sections with the new audio, the dialogue became a bit less perceptible. I could still hear the voices, but that change was noticeable.

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Really well done edit - technically great and narritatively better than the original. If you're looking for a movie about Alexander the Great, this is the cut you need, and not the theatrical cut.

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What an absolute masterpiece of an edit by KMartKid! How in the world was this edit even in the same universe of the horrific theatrical edition? I cannot even fathom it. Easily one of the best narrative and enjoyment improvements done to a movie.

The edit from beginning to end was a great and enjoyable watch. I never cringed or wanted to give up like I did a long time ago when I watched the movie. I was highly engaged throughout the whole movie. This edit is easily one of the best transformations from a terrible movie to an engaging and entertaining one. From beginning until the end, we are given a strong and well-structured narrative. Everything cut was an absolute necessity, particularly all the distracting love stories that detract from the war narrative.

The 4K visual quality was stunning and even some of the visual corrections made enhanced the movie as was shown in the forum thread. For a movie that was chopped up into several pieces, you would be lucky to find any noticeable or awkward cuts anywhere in this movie. This was excellently put together - including new footage and CGI shots.

The new musical score incorporated fit in very nicely throughout this movie. I do think the song chosen for the closing credits was not the best fit for a movie that was set in the prior time period. I also noticed that in the opening childhood scenes the musical score often swallowed the dialogue of some of the characters. It gave me a hard time hearing what people were saying. These are my only critiques.

Overall, I want to thank the editor for sharing the edit with me. This is a definite must-watch for those who like history movies like I do. For those on the fence, you will not regret watching this. I will certainly hang on to this and rewatch in the future.

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Oliver Stone's Alexander was a perplexing and absolute disaster of a movie. It had so much potential but was done a great disservice by Oliver Stone's massive ego and incoherent writing. He's always been great about coming up with cool ideas but the execution of those ideas always leaves something to be desired. Horrible script? Check. Egregious miscasting? Check. Movie that's way too long. Check. Not even revisiting the film by the director three times in order to create newer cuts could save this massive turkey of a film.

Thank goodness for fan editors though. There are two others out there that bear mentioning. One is The A to B Cut by PeterScene which does an admirable job of re-editing the extremely long film into something chronological and more cohesive. The other is Spence's Alexander Cut which heavily trims the film into something far more viewable and more easy to follow. But while I enjoy both of these fan edits, Alexander - Warrior King by KmartKid is by far my favorite reworking of Oliver Stone's ultimate disaster.

KmartKid took an axe to this behemoth and was absolutely brutal in excising huge portions of this abomination. He then took a scalpel to the rest of the footage and did an absolutely amazing job restructuring it into an hour and a half lean, mean, fighting machine. The sheer madness of carving out a cohesive story out of the monstrous heaping pile of garbage that is Alexander is absolutely astonishing. Close to 500 individual edits, a new soundtrack, and almost all new sound effects makes this movie a worthwhile viewing. Alexander - Warrior King is now my go to when I get an itch to revisit Alexander. It's a literal masterpiece when compared to the dumpster fire Oliver Stone created.

I can't recommend this fan edit enough. Get it as soon as possible and watch it repeatedly. You won't be sorry.

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