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Kingdom of War Part 1 and Part 2 [Blu-ray]

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As a follow up to Chatreechalerm Yukol's THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI, KINGDOM OF WAR is an epic historical action film about King Naresuan the Great, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma, changing the destiny of a nation. Part 1 introduces Naresuan as a child prince captured by the Burmese King Bayinnaung in order to keep the province of Ayudhya subservient. Naresuan spends almost seven years away from home studying as a novice Buddhist monk. Part 2 depicts Naresuan's life as the heir-presumptive to Ayudhya. Over the next decade, he matures in military capability and gains an enemy in Bayinnaung's successor, Nandabayin. Nandabayin orders Naresuan on an ambushed mission, for which Naresuan discovers and retaliates by strengthening Ayudhya's borders. Soon after being crowned king, the Burmese resume attacks, but it is Naresuan who reigns victor and turns the tables of war for the first time in 30 years.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sarunyu Wongkrachang
  • Directors: Chatrichalerm Yukol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Thai
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 332 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFTE68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was an excellent movie. Very good story line, actors, costumes and scenery were superb. This is one of the best Thai movies I have seen and I've had seen a good number of them. The fighting scenes were very intense and the weapons were authentic.
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Seven years ago I saw THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI, directed and/or produced by a cousin of the Thai Royal Family. I thought it was truly awful. Yet hope sprung eternal and when KINGDOM OF WAR came out I got it to see if/how far Thai film making had progressed.

Oops, the first disk of this two-disk Blu-ray was awkward, talky; a mush of cute kids and glum,
sour generals discussing their problems (maybe a set-up history lesson?) Radically boring. But thankfully mercifully short.

BUT THE SECOND DISK CAME ALIVE! Great in every respect. Writing, design, production,
characterizations, acting, battle action; it's long too; over two and a half hours.
I was amazed and delighted.

Disk Two's action historic drama doesn't have boring discussions as in that first
disk. Suddenly it seems nepotism is out and 21st-Century Thai film-making is in.

For Amazon's great two-disk Blu-ray price of $17.99, in Disk one you'll see Thailand's lush scenery, stunning temples, historically-accurate costumes and weaponry. (I spent seven years in Thailand, learning about this incredible country) Disk One is a true-to-life history drama of Thai wars with Burma (now renamed 'Miramar')

The real cinema treat is in the second DVD, which is much longer. And SUPERB in every aspect.

I collect Asian films (mostly Japanese and Chinese). They're having a real renaissance,
blowing Hollywood and Bollywood away). If this surprise film is typical of new Thai films,
then there goes my movie budget.

In the last decade Chinese and Japanese films have made giant leaps. For more welcome-to-a-new-age entertaining Thai films, see Chocolate.
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A very touching film of Siam empire history in blu-ray 1 & 2. I am longing for the 3rd part of this soon ...
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When a movie is reviewed you often hear "Good but details missing" or "Informative but anticlimactic". Making a movie entertaining yet thorough enough to explore conflict and characters is one of the biggest challenges in film. So what approach do we see here? We get the history of a region split in virtually 2 different films.

Part 1 deals with the power structure of the region and fleshing out how important figures became who they were. Honestly at times it even feels like a made-for-tv historical movie. It can be a tad bit boring at times but the thoroughness of it keeps you from having to pause the movie and run to Google for elaboration. Part 2 on the other hand feels like a war epic. Everything is different from the musical score down to the cinematography - It just has a different feel. Having gotten all the ground work out of the way leaves the movie free to jump right into war. Albeit slow, I must admit the backstory of Part 1 was completely necessary for me. Although movies commonly use Indochina as a setting they almost never go into the history of the region or give them identity beyond stereotypical Southeast Asian jungle scenes. There is an entire history of culture and conflict that's very interesting and completely untapped. If you go into the first disk looking for a history lesson you'll find it much more bearable. Once you get through it you can relax and enjoy Part 2 without trying to understand the who's or why's. Granted it's probably not 100% accurate, but what movie is? The important part is the movie was informative enough to at least pique your interest in the history of the region.

So what you end up with is a movie that's both historical re-enactment and war epic. In total it's about 5.5 hours long but honestly when you purchase a film like this you shouldn't be expecting a popcorn flick.
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I started going to Siam (Thailand) some seven years ago and discovered a wonderful people and historical country which I was instantly drawn to. Have many Thai movies but my first love was The Legend of Suriyothai {Her name appears in the royal chronicles as "Phra Suriyothai."} the story of a young queen who sacrificed her life for her country, Siam, and her King. The movie came in three different versions with different lengths, I have all three. Her story is best told in the five, yes five, hours long version however no English subtitles so watch with my Thai friends who explain additional scenes to me. Most informative movie about this time (1491-1548) in Siam's history.

Kingdom at War is known in Thailand as King Naresuan: Episodes 1 through 4 of which we have Episodes 1 and 2 on this Blu-ray DVD. King Naresuan The Great is one of the great kings of Siam and this series is the story of his life and all the good he did for his people and the Kingdom. I bought Episodes 1 through 4 from ethaicd.com in Bangkok but they do not come with English subtitles, even though the movie is shown in Thai theaters with them. Have seen Episodes 1 and 2 in Thai movie houses and love them and now nice to be able to watch in my home here.

On one of my trips to Thailand I went to the back lot, movie set, where Episode 1 of the movie was shot, outside of Kanchanaburi, and saw the actual site where it was made and explored the whole area and looked at the props which were used and interacted with some of the elephants who took part in the movie. This was a most interesting trip.

In conclusion, I would urge you to take some time and learn about the history of Siam and her people.
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