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Apocalypto [Blu-ray] (2006)

Rudy Youngblood , Dalia Hernandez , Mel Gibson  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Writers: Mel Gibson & Farhad Safinia
  • Format: 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 (710 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQQ4ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apocalypto [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

From Mel Gibson, director of The Passion Of The Christ and the Academy Award® winning Braveheart (Best Director, Best Picture, 1995) comes the thrilling historical epic Apocalypto. This intense, nonstop action-adventure transports you to an ancient South American civilization, for an experience unlike anything you’ve ever known. In the twilight of the mysterious Mayan culture, young Jaguar Paw is captured and taken to the great Mayan city where he faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his wife and son, he makes an adrenaline-soaked, heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Filled with unrelenting action and stunning cinematography, Apocalypto is an enthralling and unforgettable film experience.

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305 of 333 people found the following review helpful
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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255 of 289 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY SOMETHING ORIGINAL ! February 24, 2007
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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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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Motion Picture Masterpiece January 3, 2008
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run for your life April 23, 2007
Apocalypto `s main merit resides in the original treatment which received this story placed in the Maya era. The film was planned according the classic patterns of a symphony of just three movements. The First one is the warmth Adagio where the viewer realizes the rituals and customs of a pacific tribe, and a casual encounter with a foreign tribe, the second movement has to do with the violent scenes of fight and defeat of the pacific tribe, whose leader: "Jaguar paw" will undertake the epic challenge to survive along the dynamic final movement And through the first two movements everything is OK, but the febrile human chase along the last third of movie is what it deserves the jewel of the crown. Shocking sequences and chilling fact will happen that will hold fixed to your seat. Gibson recreates the hero's journey with absolute realism with some commercial concessions here and there, that don't avoid the spectacular dynamic of the movie.

Go for this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery, good quality.
Fast delivery, good quality and good price. It was everything I was looking for, the product met all my expectations.
Published 6 days ago by Maria E Azagra
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Thumbs Up!!!
Great movie. I thought the acting was extremely good and it was very suspenseful. I thought about the story and movie for several days after. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brad Romans
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
This movie is insanely good and definitely makes it into my top five of all time. It was so much better than I expected it to be. Read more
Published 13 days ago by tbd2010
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I buy this DVD because I have just see these movie in the past a I love it its a good film and I want to have it so I can watch any time the only bad thing its that it just have... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Maria R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie-Great service
This arrived really quick and it is just a great movie in general. I love it! Blu Ray is the way to go for this movie.
Published 24 days ago by rhedahlia
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent But Still Good
I could have done without all the graphic violence, but the modern world is very much removed from raising or hunting food, dealing with predators, and religious sacrifices so if... Read more
Published 25 days ago by taaj
4.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypto
A very well made movie! Mel Gibson did a great job making this film. Only the slight amount of voodoo in this film kept me from rating it a full five stars. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Wayoutthere
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional
I have seen this movie several times and decided to purchase it for my library. It is very violent, so be warned. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top FIve Movie
Mel Gibson creates one of the most stunning visual movies ever. Most great movies have one great villain. This movie gives us TWO great counterparts to Rudy Youngblood's hero. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Breen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
This movie looks so real that you forget it is just a movie, I though it was like a documentary about real people the makeup was so well made and the story.
Published 1 month ago by miami5510
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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.
Aug 21, 2008 by bcpinguino |  See all 6 posts
Region Unknown?
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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