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From Mel Gibson, director of the Academy Award(R)-winning BRAVEHEART (Best Director, Best Picture, 1995), comes APOCALYPTO, the thrilling historical epic that will shock and awe you as never before on Blu-ray Disc. Dubbed "totally mesmerizing" by "Dark Horizons," this adrenaline-drenched action-adventure reaches new levels of intensity in this extraordinary format. In the twilight of the mysterious Mayan culture, young Jaguar Paw is captured and faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his family, he makes a heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Experience both the pristine beauty and the unparalleled savagery of this ancient world in eye-popping clarity. Hear the rustle of every leaf and the cries of fierce warriors with spectacularly advanced audio technology. Embark on this mind-bending, gut-wrenching journey back in time with Blu-ray High Definition!

Special Features

Feature Commentary By Writer/Director/Producer Mel Gibson And Writer/Co-Producer Farhad Safinia

Product Details

  • Actors: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Writers: Mel Gibson & Farhad Safinia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (891 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQQ4ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apocalypto [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Great movie.... great story ........well directed !
John B.
Whether you have heard good things or bad things about this movie, I can assure you of one thing, it WILL hold your interest from beginning to very end.
I. Jaime
It brings a Meso American civilization to life into understanding that way of living and it's cultural beliefs!
Nancy Cruz

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318 of 348 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 6, 2007
Format: DVD
Even with all the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson last year (and doesn't it seem as if each new week brings another celebrity meltdown?), I still looked forward to seeing "Apocalypto." Why? If for no other reason--the subject matter, subtitles, and lack of star power made it a bold choice for a major studio release. Films of this nature generally go into limited distribution to develop an audience and critical word of mouth before expanding, if they ever do. But with Gibson at the helm, "Apocalypto" debuted with much fanfare and backing just in time to be considered for 2006's Academy Awards. For some reason, though, I still missed "Apocalypto" at the theaters. I have heard every description imaginable from those that have seen the film--from the "best movie ever" to "excessively violent and disturbing." And while I wouldn't go to either of those extremes, "Apocalypto" is certainly an accomplished adventure picture.

Set in ancient Mayan times, "Apocalypto" is essentially the harrowing journey of one man, a youth named Jaguar Paw (a convincing Rudy Youngblood). Living a simple and isolated existence, his tribe are very at home within the forest. One day, the unthinkable happens. They are attacked by another group with apparent intentions of enslaving whomever they don't kill. Youngblood's wife and son are stranded in an underground well, many others are murdered, and Youngblood is among a dozen or so who are rounded up and marched out in bondage. The subsequent journey leads to a fantastical temple sequence, where it becomes clear that the prisoners are not to become slaves--but sacrifices. The remainder of the film deals with how Youngblood can escape this situation.
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267 of 302 people found the following review helpful By GeValero on February 24, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A welcome change of pace for us who feel Hollywood keeps making the same picture over and over again. The first part of this film is the most unconventional but also hard to endure as only bad things seem to happen to the characters but once Act II arrives and the chase begins, grab on !. I can't remmember the last time a film had my stomach in knotts like this one.
Some people here in Mexico have complained about the film's historical accuracy since by the time the Spanish arrived in America, the Mayan civilization had already been taken over by other groups. In any case, Hollywood films are not the best way to learn about history.
When Braveheart came out over 10 years ago I remmember a friend telling me: "who would have thought Mel Gibson was a real director", 2 films later he keeps surprising me with his directing skills. It's too bad the public has let themselves be convinced by the media that he's the most evil person to ever come out of Hollywood which is absurd. I guess they feel the more they discredit him the more they discredit "The Passion of the Christ".
Great work Mel !
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Scrutinizing Consumer VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Apocalypto is a story about a Mayan man's, Jaguar Paw, epic journey. His peaceful, content village is attacked by a superior tribe and his people are slaughtered and enslaved. He escapes and has to deal with great obstacles while trying to race back to save his wife and child.

When I first heard what this was about and saw the trailer I feared that Mr. Gibson was losing his touch. The movie looked plain boring.

I can't remember the last time I have been so wrong.

I work for a production company that made a film with Mr. Gibson in the past and decided to write him to share how I felt about his work. Below is a copy of the letter I sent him:

"Dear Mr. Gibson,

I am writing to tell you how beautiful and powerful I think Apocalypto is. I first saw it one month ago and have seen it four more times since. I believe it is one of the best films ever made.

The story was magnificently crafted with characters and emotions I found I could easily relate to. It triggered emotions within me as I watched. I laughed hard with the characters. And I felt their fear, pain, hatred, love and desire. The gaps (between expectation and reality) were opened wider than in any movie I've seen in a very long time. My mind throbbed with contemplation when the old story teller told his people of how man took until the Earth had nothing left to give. I grew uneasy as I realized the similarities between the Mayan narcissism and that of great civilizations since, especially our (America's) own.

The epic chase was powerful and cerebral. Jaguar Paw's exhaustion and need was palpable. It is the greatest chase ever - better than The Fugitive.

The cinematography was bold and vibrant.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hinkle Goldfarb on February 2, 2008
Format: DVD
The Mayan Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) gets caught up in a late pre-Columbian (or early Columbian, depending on whose ships those are at the end of the movie) political, religious and social conflict that requires him to survive his village being sacked, being carried away captive, almost sacrificed to a false god, and run for his life while fighting a pack of bloodthirsty warriors in a cross-country obstacle course that combines the best of "The Most Dangerous Game" and First Blood.

There's lots of Braveheart-type directing in this movie, which means people yelling and waving blunt weapons as they run, slow-mo, directly toward the camera. There's lots of hand-to-hand combat that doesn't spare the viewer any gory details. If you happen to like that type of directing and action -- I know *I* do -- then this is a great movie for you. Cinematography is superb, sets are lavish, and everyone is in top form. It's just a well-crafted picture, top to bottom.

One other thing. For me, the subtext of this movie was not so much about the ending of one world -- an apocalypse -- by invasion from another. The subtext is also not about how morally decayed civilizations are ripe for destruction from outside. No, for me it's much more personal. This is something I would've missed when I was younger but is obvious now. The most important subtext of this movie is "What would you do for your family"? The answer is, of course, Anything.
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Finally, motion picture with an accurate portrayal of historic FACT !
"the arrival of the Spanish signalled the best news the Indians throughout the Americas could have possibly had - even if the Indians themselves had no idea of it for several hundred years afterward"

cause without that, how could they have Indian casinos?

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Dec 20, 2007 by Hung Yu Ting |  See all 18 posts
spanish subtitles
According to the description, it has subtitles in English, Spanish and French.
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Hallo Jarrod The Good news Apocalypto will play on zone B players and playstations despite the zone A on the cover.It is obviosly zone free and one of the best Blu-ray film´s from picture quality I have seen to date .Andrew Tyler munich germany.
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