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I finished watching it....finally. Played on my A2 v1.2 perfectly. Optical out. 720p
I felt the audio left something to be desired. My biggest gripe was the lack of surround material. In the beginning of the second disc, when they were in India, I was waiting for the rainstorm to engulf me, but never did. I waited for the elephants to give my subs a work out, but it never did. Anyone that knows me here, knows I'm not even a bass fanatic. The battles in Gaugamela and India sounded decent, but nothing noteworthy. The only saving grace was that it wasn't harsh or bright sounding.
Transformers was light years better. So were Cars and Ratatouille. Heck, even the opening fire scene in Chuck and Larry was better.
As for the movie:
I liked the Director's Cut when it first came out on DVD. The final cut just seem to ramble on, especially Hopkins' monologue at the end. I wanted to like it more. I knew Stone wanted to expose Alexander's flaws more; make him more vunerable. I also wanted to see more of what was driving him east, other than pride. (maybe his mother?!) He's an interesting character, and has huge potential for a great movie. But either Stone had good intentions and missed the mark or I'm not smart enough to put it all together yet. I'm definitely gonna check out Stone's commentary. Maybe he has some insight for me.
The added gore didn't do anything to make the battles any better. Distracting if anything. Dawson's boobies didn't add anything to her scenes either. Jolie's accent was embarrassing. Only Val Kilmer, Vangelis, and the production designer showed up to work.