How the story of Camelot really got under way - before the magic and the fantasy got in there - this film is the best truth of that Dark Age. HISTORIANS need to READ Linda Malcor's book 'From Scythia to Camelot' to fully appreciate the director’s cut or his preference of the real King Arthur. Expect authentic graphic violence such as severed limbs, spattering blood, and arrows through heads. It is the brutal reality of what combat with sharp metal objects looks like. The longer version also gives us an ear of the young Arthur and his conversation between Lancelot and Guinevere. The extra 15 minutes of violence and the love scene is what the industry rates as R. The producer includes his political viewpoints as he draws parallels in this film with todays nation-building in Iraq. In 2013 minorities make up a disproportionate portion of the U.S. military. He also discusses his influences and why Guinevere wore a leather battle outfit. Bringing in the history of the Sarmatians makes the movie authentic. Various historians may argue the point, much evidence does point to the use of stirrups by about 8000 Sarmatian cavalry in the Roman army as early as 175 AD. Viewers should listen to Antoine Fuqua's narrative before they watch the film. His narration explains how they had to change things drastically to make the mandated PG 13 rating. His explanation regarding his version of Lancelot and Guinevere is quite a statement as well. The alternate ending was quite real but depressing. The sword religon was a Scythio-Sarmatian ritual of the sacred sword, blood, plunging it into the earth. John Matthews, Historical Advisor on the film asserts that historical accuracy is very close. The movie is a story, not a documentary. The story of Arthur is as close as you'll ever get to the truth about Arthur. Lucius Artorius Castus really did lead a band of Sarmatian warriors from a land roughly between the Black and Red seas today. About 5,500 soldiers were posted to Britain – The soldier tales repeated by the Brits were the seeds from which the Celtic later tell of King Arthur. Arthur was a Roman officer stationed on Hadrian's Wall, here in the United Kingdom. King Arthurs deeds and courage paved the way for all the later Arthurs. The Arthurian history began in the 11th century.