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Heaven Enjoys DVD Sales

Published October 21, 2005 in DVD News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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After somewhat disappointing reviews and a very disappointing domestic box office, Kingdom of Heaven had to keep swinging to stay alive. Luckily, the film was appreciated overseas and has now earned its ample, and just, reward with the release of this epic film to DVD.

Kingdom of Heaven DVD Sales

According to THR, Kingdom of Heaven topped both the DVD sales and rental charts its first week out, after making just $47.4 million at the domestic box office.

After finally viewing the film on DVD, I almost posted an 'after-market' review on the film, as I now feel that the critics may have been a little too hard on Kingdom of Heaven. Actually, this film is a perfect example of how moviegoers and critics may be straight-up sick of epic films of this caliber; or of movie theatres in general. Kingdom of Heaven may have a couple of flaws [mentioned below], but this film is far from flawed. I actually caught myself watching the film for a second time only a few days after my initial viewing. Yes, I will say it, Kingdom of Heaven is a GOOD film.

There were only a few issues I had with the entire film; some of which you have probably already heard before. First, films that cover a factual event always get criticized on their accuracy. I dare you to look up a 'fact vs fiction' on Braveheart and see what comes up there. Epics such as these are known to miss in certain points, but do the best job they can to educate while sticking to the primary goal of entertainment.

Second, there were various moments in the film where I felt like Ridley Scott was purposely pissing on his own film. You know when bands end a great song on a bad note, such as with screaming or a recorded discussion? Well, Ridley Scott decided he would use the most awkward slow-motion sequences at the worst of times. After the main battle is finally over, Scott throws in one last, and pointless, slow-motion shot [jerky slow motion] that has absolutely no use for the film. Every time Scott fell back on this sort of technique, I couldn't help but feel a bit uncomfortable. Fortunately, Scott does keep this style of cinematography to a minimum.

Third, the story of Balian was a tough one to completely believe. How does a blacksmith with no previous connection to any noble roots step up and become one of the greatest knights of his time overnight? Well, I couldn't figure that part out, but I still appreciated the film for the story it wanted to tell.

In closing, Orlando Bloom received a bit of criticism when Kingdom of Heaven entered theatres. This criticism claimed that the young actor might not be ready for the spotlight yet or that he just doesn't fit the masculine role required to be a noble knight of this period. I say bullshit to that, Orlando Bloom played a solid role [except for his retard phase at the beginning] and, hence, convinced me to watch the film a second time within a week.

If you want to learn more of the historical accuracy of Kingdom of Heaven, check out our own Fact vs Fiction.

For the other trailers, movie clips, review, movie stills, and synopsis, go to the Kingdom of Heaven Movie Page

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