With the release of Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut, fans and non-fans alike must be wondering why Warner Bros. and director Oliver Stone feel the need to release a third version of the film. What normally might seem like another cash grab by both director and studio actually goes a lot deeper.
It is apparent in interviews with the director that Alexander is a film that is very close to the director's heart. It was a massive undertaking and one that didn't seem to fully capture the director's complete vision. Well, in what might considered a DVD first, Oliver Stone has written a letter to the public explaining why he felt compelled to put together Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut. Here is the letter in it's entire form:
Why a third version of Alexander? The best answer I can manage is, I couldn't get it out of my system. It's a film that's been haunting me since the theatrical version first appeared in November 2004 in the U.S., followed by a Director's Cut on DVD in July 2005.
But neither version was complete. It wasn't an issue of right or wrong, or good or bad, but, like an experiment, one of trial and error. I believe this version now (3 ½ hours) is my clearest interpretation of Alexander's incredible life.
For those who didn't appreciate the original, rest assured this is my last pass, as there is no more footage to be found. And for those of you who did like it, please share with me my passion for Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut, every sublime and awkward pixel of it.
I welcome your feedback and comments below. And I still believe -- "Fortune favors the bold".
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