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Alexander The Great – Footsteps In The Sand (Delta)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: C+



Oliver Stone’s film about the life of Alexander The Great, 2004’s Alexander, is not as absolutely awful as many said.  It has problems and is uneven, but it does have some fine battle scenes, some good (and interestingly odd) casting and goes out of its way to bring history to life.  I realized that it might even be a notch better after watching Delta’s DVD documentary release Alexander The Great – Footsteps In The Sand.  It is yet another installment in their long docu-series with the same British-accented narrator that we have been covering as they have been released.


Minus Stone’s mistakes, mishandling of anyone’s sexuality and with far too much digital background work, it was like watching the film all over again going through all the events and facts which happen in both programs in chronological order.  This is a documentary running 90 minutes, or about half the length of Stone’s work, but that is not meant to demean Stone.  If his film was too long, this work may be considered too short.  You will have to encounter both and decide for yourself, but both seem to leave out history somehow by their similar pace, so think of both as starting points.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image once again originates on video, likely PAL, though this DVD is NTSC.  It uses the usual re-enactors, stills, and taped shots of cities and historical artifacts.  It is clean.  The PCM 16bit/48kHz 2.0 CD-type Stereo sound is not bad, but is mostly filled with lite music as the narrator explains the history.  There are no types of surrounds and no extras, but it does make for an interesting comparison to the Stone film, because it touches on many of the same events.  Both did their research, at least.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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