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Day of the Falcon [Blu-ray] (2011)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW8OYYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • The Making of Day of the Flacon: A 40-minute Documentary
  • Transforming the Desert: The Visual Effects of Day of the Falcon
  • From Storyboard-to-Screen

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    To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil. Now, the kings are at war again and it is up to a young prince to find a way to bring peace, and prosperity, to the land.

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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Epic! March 22, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    This review does contain spoilers!

    I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this film to review. Day of the Falcon is a "well-oiled machine" that moves along fairly fast given the 130 minute run time. Within this movie, you can expect to see some romance, action, betrayal, and violence. This movie pretty much gives you all the drama you crave and can handle.

    Day of the Falcon takes place in the early 20th Century in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, which are divided by feuding tribes and where there is basically no loyalty. It starts out with a meeting between two tribe leaders, Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas) and Sultan Amar (Mark Strong) making peace after a battle between the two, which Nesib won. Nesib has Sultan hand over his two sons, Auda and Saleh, to make sure he will not battle against him again and they both promised the area of that land would not be claimed by either tribe.

    The film then progresses in time and an American named, Thurkettle, shows up on an airplane. Thurkettle works for Texan Oil and he meets with Nesib to tell him there could be a lot of oil on the unclaimed land and this could make him rich. Nesib thinks about it and let's them drill and, sure enough, they find oil on the land. After finding oil, they make an oil field in that area and Nesib gets rich. Sultan objects to this because Nesib is basically breaking the truce they made at the beginning of the film. As Nesib is getting rich, he starts to improve his tribe, or kingdom, by making schools, a library, and even bringing electricity to the area. Prince Auda, who was raised by Nesib and not his real father, was forced to marry Nesib's daughter, Princess Leyla (Freida Pinto).
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    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... ambitious but uneven movie March 4, 2013
    Format:DVD
    Imagine my surprise when this past weekend, out of the blue, this movie appeared (on a single screen) in the theatre here in Cincinnati, almost a year and a half after it was first released in Europe. I figured this would not be playing very long, and went ahead and saw it.

    "Day of the Falcon" (2011 release from France/Qatar; 130 min.) is also known as "Black Gold" in certain markets. The epic desert-and-oil story is set in the 1930s in a fictional Middle East area where two tribes are dealing differently with the unexpected windfalls of crude oil discoveries. As the movie opens, we see how, in order to preserve peace, the Amar tribe leader sends off his two young sons to live with the rival Nesib tribe leader, with an additional agreed "no-man's land" area called the Yellow Belt between the two tribes. Skip 15 years forward and we now see the sons are grown men, and a Texas oil company strikes it big in the Yellow Belt and approaches the two rivaling tribes. The Nesib tribe decides to work with Big Oil while the Amar tribe rejects it out of ideological/religious considerations. Will the two tribes fight it out? Will the two sons eventually return to their original tribe? To tell you much more of this plot-heavy movie would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

    Several comments: first and foremost, the main reason I was interested in seeing the movie is because of its director Jean-Jacques Annaud, veteran of a number of great movies (none more so than "Quest of Fire" from the 1980s). Second, this movie is a French-Qatar co-production, with most of the financing from the Doha Film Institute. Why is this releveant?
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Old-Fashioned Action/Adventure Epic March 20, 2013
    Format:DVD
    DAY OF THE FALCON is an old-fashioned action/adventure epic that evokes memories of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

    Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film is set in the Middle East during the early part of the twentieth century when oil is discovered in a "no man's land" that divides two warring tribes. The forward-thinking ruler of one tribe (Antonio Banderas) embraces the finding, realizing that the accompanying wealth can help his people, while the other sultan (Mark Strong) despises any influence from the outside, modern world, claiming that such amenities are against the Koran. War is re-ignited, and the principal player in the conflict turns out to be the studious son of Strong (Tahar Rahim), who is now also the son-in-law of Banderas, having married his daughter, played by Freida Pinto.

    DAY OF THE FALCON is a handsome, well-directed picture, filled with exciting action sequences and beautifully photographed desert vistas. The story is certainly involving, and the actors are more than equal to their roles. It is a movie well worth seeing.

    Question: If this picture is so good, why did it not get any sort of meaningful release in the United States where it virtually went direct-to-video?

    Possibly for two reasons:

    First, the producers, in an effort not to offend anybody, took a middle-of-the-road approach to the material. Are we, as an audience, supposed to be cheering for Bandaras, who wants to bring his people into the modern world, or should our sympathies lie with the more traditional Strong? Even when Rahim starts leading his father's military, we are not sure as to where his true loyalties lie.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Big, Lush Production
    A feast for the eyes, good story line which showcases many belief-sets embedded in the desert sand...and ANTONIO! What more do you want? Read more
    Published 2 days ago by El Nelson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
    I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it. I did think it was a little "disjointed" and somewhat hard to follow. But still, an enjoyable experience.
    Published 2 days ago by Larry Poffenberger
    4.0 out of 5 stars All things considered, this is a really good movie.
    It has big screen action, romance, adventure, politics, and even excellent battle sequences.

    But subtly it also reveals the brutal side of the desert: poverty, disease... Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Hollywood Child
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good to watch
    Good cast and dialogues are apt. All actors have done well. The screen play looses grip lot many times and does not keep the momentum.
    Published 22 days ago by SivaChennai
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational
    Loved the history of the beginning of the oil boom in Saudi Arabia..and of course Antonio Bandaras!
    Also lots of insight into the Muslim religion and culture.. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by N. Pierce
    5.0 out of 5 stars clash of changing times
    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It is a great picture of how changing times and changing cultures collide. I would definitely recommend it.
    Published 26 days ago by Debra C.
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SEQUENCES
    We chose it primarily because of the superb actor Antonio Banderas. For us who are unfamiliar with the Middle East, it gives us an understanding of how it may have developed into... Read more
    Published 29 days ago by F. Olivera
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very GOOD
    This DVD of " Day of the Falcon " was first class, It was very good to look at.. Roberts
    Published 1 month ago by Walter V. Roberts
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
    If you want to learn how an Arab (or religious-book-centered individuals) thinks, this will be revealing. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by George Herman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great set and actors
    I choose the movie because of the cover and the Actors. The scenery was amazing and story line was great. Good Movie!
    Published 1 month ago by David W. Birdsall
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