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Product Details

  • Actors: Bogdan Stupka, Igor Petrenko, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Magdalena Mielcarz, Mikhail Boyarskiy
  • Directors: Vladimir Bortko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Polish, Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XC5LRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In the midst of a brutal war, Taras Bulba learns his farm has been destroyed, his eldest son captured and his wife murdered. Seeking vengeance, the fierce warrior sets off on an epic mission for retribution.

Customer Reviews

Actor performances, scenery, dialogs, and music are really outstanding.
Marek J. Sawula
One would have been tolerable but after the third it gets to be a bit wearisome, and not in the slightest bit believable.
Tommy Dooley
This topic of Russian hegemony versus Ukrainian autonomy was and is a very real social and political issue.
Tom

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Format: DVD
2009's "Taras Bulba" (renamed for U.S. DVD distribution to the more generic The Conqueror) is a film that has engendered quite a bit of controversy and has made its mark as a love it or hate it proposition. In truth, it's not so surprising given the nature of the film. Taking Nikolai Gogol's rousing adventure of a Ukrainian Cossack and the betrayal of his son, the movie focuses most intently on being a chest thumping paean to Mother Russia. Thus, the film comes across as unadulterated and unapologetic propaganda. An opportunity is never missed to sing the praises of Russia (although the tale is inherently Ukrainian). As this philosophy is espoused so explicitly and so repeatedly--I can see why some would be put-off by the one sided presentation and shift of historical perspective. Those that enjoy the film will no doubt gravitate to the epic nature of the story and a dynamic lead performance by Bogdan Stupka. To be honest, there are hundreds of films that employ this fervent national point-of-view from countries around the globe. It is unusual, however, for a modern film to be quite so in-your-face.

If you are looking for in-depth historical analysis, this is not the piece for you! Set in the mid 16th century, the tyrannical Polish state seeks to subjugate the noble Ukrainian country. That's as complex as the narrative delves into this particular conflict--Poland bad, Ukraine (and by extension Russia) good. I guess it works out well, as the Cossacks are depicted early in the film as spoiling for a fight. They are only looking for a worthy opponent! A full scale war in enacted, even as Taras Bulba's younger son is enchanted by a Polish princess. The movie is set mainly upon the battlefield with lots of bravado, camaraderie, and enthusiastic (and vocal) patriotism.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Ostrowski on January 31, 2010
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Bogdan Stupka is a brillant actor. I have seen him in two Polish Films (Stary Basn and With Fire and Sword). His portrayal of the fictitious Taras Bulba is up to full measure. The action sequences were great, although the portrayal of the nasty Poles (my ancesters, I suspect) was a mite too caricature. That said the film uses the history of the Ukraine as a backdrop for Russian nationalism. The Cossack rebellion against the Polish Throne and their greedy Polish, Lithuanian, and polonised Ruthenian rulers had nothing to do with Russia. Russia at that time had a peace treaty with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It is a shame that films like this, while well made, distort the rich histories of Central and East European nations, about which English speaking peoples know next to nothing.

Ron Ostrowski, Canberra Australia
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alpha on October 9, 2011
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Jigsaw puzzle of a plot line. Very primitive fight sceens and death blows. I felt like I was watching a remake of a movie made 50 years ago the was remade trying to be very simple and true to the original.

This movie is very simplistic and although interesting at times you will find yourself asking the question am I really still watching this.

If you want a movie depicting a Russian / Poland conflict buy the movie "1612". It is light years ahead of this movie in quality.

Bottom line is if you like period pieces with large scale battle scenes and war this movie is way down the list of must sees and will leave you wanting more out of the movie.
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2009's "Taras Bulba" (renamed for U.S. DVD distribution to the more generic The Conqueror) is a film that has engendered quite a bit of controversy and has made its mark as a love it or hate it proposition. In truth, it's not so surprising given the nature of the film. Taking Nikolai Gogol's rousing adventure of a Ukrainian Cossack and the betrayal of his son, the movie focuses most intently on being a chest thumping paean to Mother Russia. Thus, the film comes across as unadulterated and unapologetic propaganda. An opportunity is never missed to sing the praises of Russia (although the tale is inherently Ukrainian). As this philosophy is espoused so explicitly and so repeatedly--I can see why some would be put-off by the one sided presentation and shift of historical perspective. Those that enjoy the film will no doubt gravitate to the epic nature of the story and a dynamic lead performance by Bogdan Stupka. To be honest, there are hundreds of films that employ this fervent national point-of-view from countries around the globe. It is unusual, however, for a modern film to be quite so in-your-face.

If you are looking for in-depth historical analysis, this is not the piece for you! Set in the mid 16th century, the tyrannical Polish state seeks to subjugate the noble Ukrainian country. That's as complex as the narrative delves into this particular conflict--Poland bad, Ukraine (and by extension Russia) good. I guess it works out well, as the Cossacks are depicted early in the film as spoiling for a fight. They are only looking for a worthy opponent! A full scale war in enacted, even as Taras Bulba's younger son is enchanted by a Polish princess. The movie is set mainly upon the battlefield with lots of bravado, camaraderie, and enthusiastic (and vocal) patriotism.
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