Oliver Stone: Fourth cut of Alexander is right version

Oliver Stone says the fourth cut of 2004 epic historical drama 'Alexander' was the "right version" after the initial release was slammed by critics

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Oliver Stone says the fourth of 2004's 'Alexander' is the "right version."

The director's epic historical film 'Alexander' - which starred Colin Farrell - was savaged by film critics and failed at the United States box office, and despite three previous attempts at re-editing the film, Stone says his latest version is the story he should have told the first time.

He told ScreenDaily.com: "It's the right version."

The filmmaker went on to criticise the original theatrical release, branding it a "failed birth", but hopes people will give the new version a chance when it arrives on DVD later this year.

He scoffed: "It was a caesarean birth... No, it was a failed birth and I know that.

"But certain people take a hatred to things I do, often beyond reason. I would say simply be kind enough to watch it again and reassess the complexity of the story, which I had failed to deliver."

Stone previously released a director's cut of 'Alexander' in 2005 and two years later made 'Alexander Revisited: The Final Unrated Cut', however, that version ran for three-and-a-half and he was asked by movie studio Warner Bros. to re-cut it a fourth time.

The film - which also stars Angelina Jolie - tells the story of Greek king Alexander the Great.

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