Kingdom of Heaven | Why the Director's Cut is Better

Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven had all the right pieces in place—a stellar ensemble, proven director, gorgeous cinematography and art direction, all primed to convey a rich and meaningful script to audiences. So why did it bomb at the box office and fail to inspire critics? In this video essay, Dan discusses how a film that has all the workings of a masterpiece can be ruined by studio interference in the edit and why the Director’s Cut is so much better than the theatrical release.


Ridley Scott

Kingdom of Heaven