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Ironclad [Blu-ray] (2011)

Paul Giamatti , Brian Cox , Jonathan English  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, 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: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z0QYY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A ragtag group of Knights Templar hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country. Judging from James Purefoy's bloody sword, the movie Ironclad is going to be a bloody feast!

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Note, some spoilers follow.

Ironclad is your typical formulaic medieval movie; a motley band of brave warriors makes last stand against overwhelming forces led by evil, despotic ruler. Warriors are slowly whittled down to just a few, with the hero and the cleavage-baring princess sharing smoldering glances.

Ironclad is unique in the strength of its cast, despite its small budget. You have Brian Cox, James Purefoy (how far he has fallen since Rome!), Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng, Paul Giamatti, Charles Dance (plays Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones), Kate Mara (who replaced Megan Fox), and one of the pirates of the Caribbean who plays a Legolas-type role. Paul Giamatti is entertaining in his over-the-top role as the murderous King John, bent on killing all who forced him to sign the Magna Carta. However, even with the star-studded cast, the storyline is insufficient to keep the movie together. We're left with brutal action sequences, but even the action sequences were only average. They used too much "shaky-cam" footage, leaving this viewer with a slight headache.

It's clear that Ironclad takes liberties with historical events, but I do have to give them credit for at least alluding to those historical events. For example, historically, the Rochester Castle keep was undermined with fat from 40 pigs. However, in the movie, whole pigs were burned to undermine the keep (which would have made a delicious barbecue). Historically, King John did cut off the hands and feet of surrendering rebels, and we certainly see that here in rather gory detail. Historically, King John starved the rebels into submission, and in the movie, we do see some effects of starvation.

Ironclad isn't an Oscar-winning picture by any stretch, but it's an entertaining movie.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Potent Small Scale 'Braveheart' August 4, 2011
By MadMacs
Format:DVD
Potent Small Scale 'Braveheart'

One of the better Medieval period-films I've seen. Accurate to the point of being disgusting and I'm more the pleased for it. Bloody, savage and brutal. No singing, no ridiculous troupes of dancing fools, no Renaissance Faires. This is what it was like: Gray, dingy and grim for a vast majority of people.

I'm always amazed at the folks who populate these reenactment camps - happily deceiving themselves by completely ignoring the truth. I want to see a Medieval Festival where urine and feces are randomly dropped onto people, to see streets of mud filled with the same. I want to know that the people there have no dental hygiene as we know it - not even a tooth brush. So how bad do you want to hug someone now? I want to smell insane amounts of perfume in an attempt to cover up rank body odor. I want to know the dry foodstuffs are infested with mites and grubs, and that the wet foods may or may not be rancid and/or infected with bacterial viruses. Clothes and bodies infested with fleas, skin covered in acne pustules, and a general brutality against the weak.

That's partly why I enjoyed 'Ironclad' - it didn't paint a rosy picture. <g>

The other reason: Ever since the cancellation of my much-lamented 'Rome', I've been hoping to see James Purefoy again. The guy is serious kick-ass. If there really were a comet-striking-the-earth-event, Purefoy is the dude I'd want to be around. I honestly see him clawing his way to the top of any primitive heap.

Particularly enjoyed the story, a good one for once, about the righteousness of the Knights Templar.
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71 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a true story July 10, 2011
By Saracen
Format:DVD
I have been waiting for this movie to be released ever since I first heard about it back in 2009. Back then it was supposed to star Megan Fox, but for one reason or another she did not end up making the movie. Also, it was originally supposed to be a theatrical release, not a direct to video release. Despite what the Editorial review says, "Ironclad" is NOT a true story. It is a fictional movie based on historical events. "Ironclad" is based upon the siege of Rochester Castle during the First Baron's War (1215-1217). The war began when King John, having recently signed the Magna Carta, reneged on his promise to abide by the provisions of the documents which would significantly limit his power, and give the nobles the right to override the King at any time using the right of Distraint, and the tenets of The Law of The Land versus the will of the King. In return for his agreement to the Magna Carta, the Baron's had renewed their oaths of fealty to the King. When King John refused to honour the document, the Barons went to war against him. In the movie, the rebels are portrayed as Knights Templar, and King John recruits Scandinavian mercenaries to fight them. This is pure fiction. King John conducted the war himself along with Hubert de Burgh, the Earl of Kent; William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke; and loyal English knights, no Scandinavians. The rebels were English Barons led by Robert Fitzwalter with support from Prince Louis of France, who subsequently invaded England and was declared King of England by the rebels. Also, King John relied upon starvation rather than combat to force the rebels to surrender Rochester Castle after a siege from October 15, 1215 to November 30, 1215, but two months of starvation would make for a very dull movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of history
One of my favorite movies about the struggle for freedom! Right up there with Braveheart!
Highly recommended!
-Ryan Christopher Naymik
Published 2 days ago by Ryan Christopher Naymik
4.0 out of 5 stars Hail to King Giamatti!
Paul Giamatti was awesome as King John. A bit on the bloody side but that was the way life was then. Would recommend very highly.
Published 16 days ago by Bradford Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B Movie had to buy it!
Not the best movie ever, but it is GOOD and I love James Purfoy! He is a way understated actor! Good movies with him: first Resident Evil and Soloman Kane!!
Published 20 days ago by Jared Crugnale
4.0 out of 5 stars very dark
This is a well made movie. James Purefoy and Giamatti are great. The battles were exciting and realistically executed with convincing choreography in the hand-to-hand sequences. Read more
Published 24 days ago by The Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval Castle Siege - A Few Issues
Mix together the Seven Samurai and Gladiator, toss in actors from The Game of Thrones and Brother Cadfael, and set it in medieval times, and you've got Ironclad, a... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars saw on netflix before
once is aw this movie was on blu ray I was all over it. easily my favorite Netflix movie and just all around a great movie. if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by john kuser
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, brutal, with a few surprises
I knew nothing about the film before purchasing it except I like period films and it was on sale cheap. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ray Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOYABLE
GOOD MOVIE-ACTORS DID AN OTSTANDING JOB IN THE MOVIE-WIFE LOVED THE MOVIE-I WOULD BUY MORE MOVIES OF THIS TYPE-PRICE WAS GOOD
Published 1 month ago by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Misleading Marketing
This film is not exciting and not really fun. Sure the battle scenes were well done. The sets and dialogue feels authentic but the film itself just feels dull and I found myself... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I actually expected much less of this film when I dropped it in the player, but I was pleasantly surprised. Mostly because it is actually pretty historically accurate. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Högvall
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