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  • Actors: Alexei Chadov, Artur Smolyaninov, Konstantin Kryukov
  • Directors: Fyodor Bondarchuk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OXSRVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on real-life events, 9th COMPANY recounts a year in the shared lives of a group of young soldiers drafted to serve in Afghanistan during the final year of the Soviet conflict. It is a poignant story of the unit s dedication to each other during their valiant defense of Height 3234...a futile battle that ravaged their forgotten company, who fought on, unaware that the war had ended.

Reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and The Big Red One, 9th COMPANY is credited as being the first real post-Soviet era war film.

The highest grossing film in Russia in 2005 at $27 million, 9th COMPANY also won a NIKA Award for Best Film and marks the feature directorial debut of Fyodor Bondarchuk, son of renowned director Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace, 1968.

Bonus Features Include
Making of the Movie
20 Years Later
Premiere
Theatrical Trailer
UK Trailer
US Trailer
TV Commercials

Review

9th COMPANY, Russia s domestic top-grosser of 2005, has been touted as the first major film to attempt to do for their Afghan war what Platoon and other pics did for Vietnam. --Variety

Customer Reviews

The action scenes were very good.
BernardZ
The movie starts off kind of slow but gets a little better as time goes.
billybop
Behind that rough and tough exterior, they're human beings.
SandyK

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Holland on December 12, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I felt that the 9th Company was a very good film and it portrays a none western view of the Soviet Afghan War. The film follows the service of several Soviet VDV(Airborne)troopers from their enlistment up to the end of the films final battle.The film covers events in 1987-88 which was during the final stages of the Soviet Afghan War. The first half of the movie focus on the at times very brutal training that the VDV troopers go through the instructor Warrant Officer Dygalo often resorts to brutal punishment of the men for making mistakes and the actor portraying Dygalo has an outstanding scene where he goes into a rage at the men when he learns that he will not be allowed to return to Afghanistan.Another very interesting scene is at the end of the basic training a VDV commander asks the men if any of them wish not to serve in Afghanistan that they should step forward and they will be assigned elsewhere this scene is notable as many westerners may not know that serving in Afghanistan was voluntary and every Soviet solider asked to serve there.

There are several good scenes when the new troopers arrive in Afghanistan and met the much more experienced men in the unit the 9th company which they have been assigned to.The rest of the movie develops well and you see how the young fresh naive men come to see the chaos of warfare.The battle scenes are very confusing and violent and you rarely see much of the enemy for very long which does a great job keeping you on the edge of your set and feeling out of control of what is happening.

The last 20 or so minutes of the film is the climatic final battle which occurs in early January 1988 and lasts almost three days.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shemp on September 9, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I liked this movie and there are other reviews of the story so I will confine my comments to the English track on the bluray version:

I tried to listen to the English version on the bluray and gave up after about 10 minutes. The English voice actors sound like they are sitting in a pub, reading each line between swigs of beer without any emphasis or inflection that would indicate that they are even aware of the context of that line in the movie. Only slightly better than the dubbing for Bruce Lee's movies, where a single voice actor played all characters.

Fortunately, you can listen to the Russian track and turn on the subtitles.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carlos E. Velasquez on September 9, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
It seems like yesterday when Russia invaded Afghanistan, with the so-called mission of "fulfilling our international duty, by assisting the brotherly people of Afghanistan in repulsing imperialist aggression." Well, we already know that this enterprise was a failure, and "9th Company" is a film that we really need in current times, when history seems to be forgotten very, very fast and repeated in an incredibly stupid manner. It is brutal and honest, a truly penetrating and unforgettable film.

The movie begins in 1988, when a group of Siberians which volunteered to join the army and fight in Afghanistan are about to depart for boot camp. We meet the young men whose life we will follow throughout the film. From Siberia they are transported to Ferghana, Uzbekistan, where they will spend three months of training before going to the front. The men in charge of breaking them in is drill sergeant Dygalo (Mikhail Porechenkov, in a superb performance) and Captain Bystov (Aleksey Kravchenko, in another amazing performance), who informs them that "the most important thing to remember is that Islam is not just another religion. It is another world, with its own laws, a different view of life and death. A true Muslim is not afraid to die in battle - killing an infidel is a heroic deed, a stairway to heaven." And off they go to Baghram, Afghanistan, where they are divided into two companies: 4th and 9th. As the name of the picture implies, we follow the 9th Company until the very end, and gradually witness their evolution in the war. This was one of the last companies to leave Afghanistan during the Russian final withdrawal on February 9, 1989, after almost ten years of engagement.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Shymkus Jr. on February 6, 2011
Format: DVD
This was an excellent war movie and should be on every war buff's collector's list. There is no pollitical message, no hidden love story, and best of all: no fake looking CGI crap that seems to be puked out of every high budget movie nowadays. The only way that this movie is flawed, is the Russian to English subtitle translation. Some of the humor and subtleties are lost unless you can speak or are familliar with the language. Otherwise this is a great war movie about the Soviet/Afghan war. It is unbiased and shows you the war from the Soviet soldier's perspective.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By c on January 25, 2011
Format: DVD
I don't know guys...it looked pretty damn authentic to me, but I'll defer to combat vets on that.

OK. This movie has been made many times before and will be made many times again. Green recruits, tough drill sarge, scared kids, hardened vets, horrible battle, band of brothers. It's an old formula. So what? So is war itself. Nonetheless this movie is of particular relevance; for all you and I know right now there's a company of our guys dug in the old Russian camp on that ridge fighting off another onslaught. Someday when this is over, maybe we'll make our own Afghanistan movie. Until then 9th Company is our story too.

Well, hopefully the aftermath won't be our story as well, but that's just one of the many things this movie gives us to ponder. And, yeah, I ended up rooting for the Russians. Sue me.

The only reason I can't give it 5-stars is because there are inherent language and cultural barriers for a non-Russian. The subtitles sounded stiff in places. The names were hard to remember. A short piece in the "extras" menu that gave an brief overview of the military situation for the Russians would have been helpful.
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