WASHINGTON (Oct. 27, 2004)–For centuries, Alexander the Great has been widely considered the greatest military strategist of all time. Long before such dynamic military leaders as Frederick II, Napoleon and General Patton, Alexander conquered a vast territory so ferociously that Julius Caesar hundreds of years later wept in frustration at the Macedonian’s accomplishments. Leaders today continue to draw from Alexander’s military expertise. A hero to many, a tyrant to others, and a courageous force to all, few of Alexander’s followers saw past his façade. Was he a blood-thirsty warrior, an idealist eager to spread his Greek culture to the rest of the world, or simply an overshadowed son trying to outdo his father?
National Geographic explores Alexander’s many facets in the new DVD “Beyond the Movie Alexander the Great,” providing factual context for the upcoming Oliver Stone film “Alexander,” starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Available for pre-order immediately and at retailers Nov. 2 for $19.98 SRP, the DVD offers theatergoers a special movie cash offer redeemable for $12 off admission to the feature film opening Nov. 24 at theaters nationwide. Consumers can buy the DVD at most retailers where videos are sold, order the film in DVD or VHS directly by calling (800) 627-5162, or buy it online at shopngvideos.com. Special DVD features include timelines and maps that provide a framework for Alexander’s life and conquests.
Featuring insights from historians, psychologists, and professors from the United States Military Academy at West Point who continue to employ Alexander’s military strategies in their classroom teachings, “Beyond the Movie Alexander the Great” follows the legendary conqueror from his early childhood to his untimely death, outlining the people, places and events that influenced his life.
As the prodigy of an austere, powerful father, Philip, King of Macedon, and a mystical, ethereal mother, Olympias, a princess from Eprius, Alexander was torn between two conflicting identities. To his father, he was a son who could never live up to his own accomplishments; to his mother, he was a beloved child, destined for great things.
The mysterious assassination of his father sealed Alexander’s way to the throne, and he was crowned king at age 20 in 336 B.C. Like his father, Alexander proved to be a fearless warrior, leading his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges in eight short years. Bringing East and West together in the mightiest clash of cultures the world has ever known, Alexander’s eventual rule stretched from Greece to Persia and the distant Himalayas by the time he was 30.
At his peak, Alexander was unmatched in terms of brilliance, strength and courage, but an overwhelming lust for power, a raging ego and deep-seated fears, historians reveal, may have contributed to his eventual demise. Join National Geographic on a quest to uncover the many mysteries surrounding the life of Alexander the Great and examine what inspired him to push onward and ensure his legacy as the most brilliant military leader of all time.
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The DVD will be distributed internationally through National Geographic’s international partners, to tie in with the theatrical release.
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“Beyond the Movie Alexander the Great”
Street Date: Nov. 2, 2004
Pre-Order Date: Sept. 28, 2004
Suggested Retail Price: $24.98 (DVD)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes