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District B13 [Blu-ray] (2006)

Cyril Raffaelli , David Belle , Pierre Morel  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri, Dany Verissimo
  • Directors: Pierre Morel
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7V48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "District B13 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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For eye-popping kinetic thrills, District B13 tops the class. In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris have been walled in and left to rot. When a neutron bomb gets stolen by a criminal kingpin in seedy District B13, Damien--a cop who specializes in deep cover assignments (Cyril Raffaelli, a stuntman turned actor)--has to team up with Leito (David Belle), who grew up in the district and has his own reason for going back: the kingpin kidnapped his sister (tough yet adorable gamine Dany Verissimo). The plot takes a few preposterous turns, but it's beside the point--every turn serves only to maintain the relentless flow of sheer physical prowess. Belle is one of the inventors of a sport called parkour, which treats a city's architecture like an obstacle course; while running from gun-toting thugs, Leito leaps, bounds, and scrambles up and down buildings with astonishing grace. The fight sequences are just as down-to-earth yet over-the-top as Damien whirls, kicks, and crunches through armies of bad guys. Just as important is the tongue-in-cheek tone that never turns smirky; the movie doesn't take itself seriously, but doesn't mock itself or its basic cinematic pleasures. Anyone looking for a break from the overbearing CGI and self-important pomp of Hollywood action movies should watch District B13. --Bret Fetzer

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Brought to you by the producer of Transporter, Transporter II, Ong-Bak, The Professional and La Femme Nikita. Paris, 2010. An isolation wall surrounds the ghetto cities of District B13. Within these walls, without effective law enforcement, gang rule is absolute. Damien is a member of an elite police squadron highly trained in martial arts. He goes undercover to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb and save District B13 from annihilation. Damien recruits the help of a criminal named Leïto-whose only goal is to save his sister from the clutches of the same gang. SPECIAL FEATURES * Making of District B13 * Deleted Scenes/Outtakes * Stunt Reel

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Set in the year of 2010, `Dictrict B13' features two no-nonsense fighters Damian and Leito in the titular crime-infested area near the city of Paris. They fight the drug-addicted kingpin and his thugs before finally saving the world too. The story of French action film `District B13' (written by Luc Besson) needs lots of suspense of disbelief even though in reality we recently witnessed the outbreak of riots in this country. Still the actions of are all first-rate, and the two leads of the film Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle are more impressive than any other famous names from the Hollywood products.

Part buddy-buddy movie features crime-fighting Damian (stunt-turned actor Cyril Raffaelli, `Kiss of the Dragon') and ex-thug Leito (David Belle), both of whom have to join forces to accomplish the missions of their own. Not much is original, I admit, as far as the script by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri (the latter also appears as the mobster) is concerned, but we are not watching this film for the story, and you should know it.

[EYE-POPPING STUNTS] The film will grab your attention from the opening section, where Leito runs away from the thugs sent from the gangster. For incredibly agile David Belle, jumping on the rooftops from one building to the other (like Jackie Chan in `Rumbles in Bronx') is not enough. Before doing these breath-taking stunts, he actually climbs down on the wall of the building, jumping from a balcony to the one below. And that's only the beginning of the eye-popping action sequences, in which like Buster Keaton he keeps running inside and outside of the buildings, and his rhythmical movements are often so beautiful that you might forget that he is really doing a death-defying actions.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Adernaline - Parkour Sport. beyond stunts July 13, 2007
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
One of the best action adventure movies I have ever seen. Good story, sufficient surprises and plot twists. Faced paced action and well edited. The IMDB.com reviews say it all.

The star actors are athletes displaying their abilities in the newest sport called, Parkour. It is a type of hybrid form of running and jumping in urban settings, inspired by the martial arts. All stunts were performed by the principal actors, themselves.

The English dub track is intended for a British audience, but that is not too distracting. Cool music soundtrack that adds to the suspense.

I bought this because I could not rent it. Glad I bought it. Worth the $30 or so.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, questionable release on Blu-ray January 4, 2010
By jml
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Those people who loved director Pierre Morel's surprise 2009 smash Taken [Blu-ray] would do well to check out his first movie DISTRICT B13, which is even more loaded with great action and stunts, plus is not as predictable. Unlike TAKEN, which takes about a third of its runtime to catch up to its title and is slow going until it does so, this film is a total rush from beginning to end and action fans will be pleased. Though the story is involving, you don't nessescarily need to understand all of the dialogue in order to understand what is going on because of its action-oriented nature, so people who are norally scared of forigen language movies shouldn't shy away from this particular title. If you do, you'll be missing a tremenously exciting romp which is refreshing because of its decided lack of much computer graphics in the action sequences.

However, this Blu-ray release is extremely questionable because the only form of subtitles on this French film are closed captions for the hearing impared, which contain unintentionally hillarious descriptions of every sound effect and physical action in the movie in addition to a translation of the dialogue. This is doubtlessly helpful for customers who are hearing impared and should be included, but should not be the only option available because it gets fairly annoying very quickly for viewers who don't need that kind of description. Because the limited theatrical release featured a perfectly normal subtitle track, its exclusion here is both puzzling and highly bothrsome. The only other option for viewing the film is a poor English dub which serves as the default soundtrack (unless you are fluent in French and can leave the subtitles completely off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for fans of Parkour and French Urban Culture October 5, 2006
Format:DVD
This film features the guru of Parkour (or "free running" as it's commonly called in the U.S.), David Belle. The athleticism, grace, and excitement of parkour really can not be overstated. The physical prowess of Belle and the "runners" (term for those who practice parkour) is inspirational, amazing to watch, and totally enjoyable.

In addition to the eye-popping parkour, this movie is also a very interesting look into contemporary French politics and urban culture. France has its own social problems regarding racism, classism, and the condition of the ghettos just bordering Paris proper (the riots that took place in these housing projects in the Summer of 2005 could have been taken directly from B13's script).

The storyline is mostly about a detective who finds himself on the inside of the ghetto gang wars, only to find that the government has a secret plot to blow up the ghettos. He and David Belle go through a series of instances where they learn to trust one another and find the true villains behind the problems in B13. David Belle plays the good guy. He's a local who enjoys a more or less nuetral role due to his level-headedness (save for when his sexy lilttle sister gets kidnapped, catapulting him into the thick of the ghetto underworld). He's a convincing and exciting actor who feels totally natural in this role. His physique and athleticism will provide many points of pleasure for those inclined to observe such things.

Keywords for this film include: french hiphop, gangs, street fashion, parkour, underworld, drugs, pimped rides, sex, violence, corruption, politics, underworld, hiphop, urban, class warfare, terrorism, France, ghetto, arab, black, white, racism, free running
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Movie
This is a great action movie. The dubbed English did not detract from this first-rate action movie set in a French ghetto.
Published 1 day ago by Michael C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my style of movie.
Chose this because it was in the sci-fi section, sounded OK, but it turned out not to my taste.I thought it to be a B movie.
Published 1 day ago by Terry W. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This movie was filled with nonstop action. I will definitely watch it one more time before the new one comes out.
Published 5 days ago by Ronald S Curtis SR
4.0 out of 5 stars I saw this
Great action. Parlour before it was hip after "casino Royal." Only beef is the dub is kinda chop socket. Don't forget the sequel. Not as strong story wise but fun.
Published 11 days ago by Mark Wooden
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an entertaining flick.
Poorly done. Not a very interesting movie. Acting not good. Generally disliked movie. I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
Published 12 days ago by Miles F. Bintz
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, BUT....conversion caused an issue
The action was ok, but the French to English conversion wrecked it. Over all not that great of a movie.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action movie - best seen in original French language
Raffaelli and Belle are extraordinary athletes and fine actors. District B13 and its sequel are mesmerizing to watch. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kurt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Luc Besson classic.
Some of the best action scenes ever. Dany Verissimo as the feisty sister is a cutie. Cyril Raffaelli has some awesome fight scenes in the mobster's casino. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jeff Whitman
4.0 out of 5 stars Best french action film since "Brotherhood of the Wolf"
Ignore the plot holes, forget about the bizarre leaps in “detective work”, and pay no attention to the implausibly fast recovery of the heroin addicted/PTSD damsel in distress…... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Stephen Denoms
3.0 out of 5 stars Really needs some audio/subtitle options
Movie was fine, with some really creative action sequences. I just wish the audio wasn't dubbed over in English. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russell K. Jensen
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B13 Soundtrack?
Here is all the music from the movie District B13 in MP3 format.

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OPERA
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drugs and guns and what america calls hood depicted in a pos way to the chaos
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BluRay Transfer?
Don't know if this is helpful this long after you made your original post, but there is a review on high def digest.

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/549/districtb13.html
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