I saw the DC and didn't consider it any major improvement. I did like seeing more Sean Bean, but all in all, I didn't think the extra material added that much. And what they did with the music--some of it original score, some of it recognizable temp track taken from films like the Burton PLANET OF THE APES--bugged me a bit, especially when they had a pretty decent, unused Gabriel Yared score to rely on.
Yeah, the Yared score was a nice throwback to the era of classic epic film scores. Funny; I think Troy was the first movie in which I was distracted by how much James Horner borrowed from himself, and after that couldn't sit through any movie he scored without listening for the same melodies.
A movie that I love that is not loved by everyone else is Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, which I think is probably my favourite of his films since BLADE RUNNER. Granted, it grew on me. I didn't rave about it when I first saw it, but repeat viewing has raised it in my estimation. I doubt many have given it much repeat attention.
I love the Director's Cut of this film, warts and all. I think it comes close to being the most personal film Scott has ever made, particularly in how Balian's agnosticism reflect's Scott's own views (or at least did at the time of making and release).