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9th Company (Original and English Language) [Blu-ray] (2005)

Alexei Chadov , Artur Smolyaninov , Fyodor Bondarchuk  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alexei Chadov, Artur Smolyaninov, Konstantin Kryukov
  • Directors: Fyodor Bondarchuk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OXSRVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "9th Company (Original and English Language) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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.

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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

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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, horrible English dubbing September 9, 2010
By Shemp
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
5.0 out of 5 stars 9th Company 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 9th Company 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it. Now it's our skin in that game. January 25, 2011
By c
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie!!!
A great movie! I've watched it several times. I only watch it in Russian with English subtitles. Watching it in English destroys the movie.
Published 22 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy
Published 1 month ago by mike morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good account of the Russian point of view
Published 1 month ago by Paul Chastain
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really good
Published 1 month ago by Cristobal R. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Film that has Merits
This movie provides an interesting portray of the Russian war in Afghanistan. Rather long coming in around 2 hours and 15 minutes, it's still an entertaining film with an epic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best war films I have seen.
This film appears to be one of the most realistic and absorbing war films, I have ever seen. Possibly, it was too long and could be shortened but the story kept me interested... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BernardZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Love this Russian movie ,I have rented it before I decided to buy.It is the Russian version of Full Metal Jacket.. I Think this the best Russian movie so far.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry E. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie may last in my memory forever
I borrowed 9th Company, a movie about the Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan from the library, and was surprised to find that it is one of the best war movies I have ever... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Schell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not much to say but good film and is the Russian version of Platoon.
Published 3 months ago by Jonnyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars 9th company
Very good movie with lots of unbelievable action and guirrilla warfare.these soldiers were very brave in what they had to do to face an unbeaten enemy.
Published 3 months ago by Herbert
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