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Legend of the Black Scorpion (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] (2006)

Zhang Ziyi  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zhang Ziyi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VMFX1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Commentary track from Bey Logan
  • Master Of Ceremonies: An interview with the film's director, Feng Xiaogang
  • Warrior Prince: An interview with leading man Daniel Wu
  • A Dynasty Uncovered: Behind The Scenes On Legend Of The Black Scorpion
  • Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    A cross between Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tarantino’s Kill Bill, scheming royals and other officials attempt to consolidate power in a empire in chaos. Packed with deadly plots, sweeping camerawork, and elaborate fight choreography.

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    58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    LEGEND OF THE BLACK SCORPION (a.k.a. The BANQUET) is the Chinese rendition of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Directed by Mainland China's own acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang, joined with the lush cinematography by Tim Yip (Croaching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and the action choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping( Fearless); the film is set to bring Chinese Wuxia epic to new heights. Feng even acquired the services of one of China's most renowned international actresses; Zhang Ziyi.
    The film was released in Asia in 2006( before "Curse of the Golden Flower"), set for the American market but for reasons unknown, "Curse of the Golden Flower" was marketed instead to U.S. shores.

    Synopsis loosely derived from Media Asia DVD back cover:
    The story is set in ancient China during the period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. Against this backdrop of internal turmoil and external threat poised by the neighboring Khitan Empires, lives Empress Wan (Zhang Ziyi). As beautiful as she is limber, she harbors forbidden desires for her stepson Crown Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu). When the Emperor dies of reasons undetermined and his younger brother Li takes the throne, Wan marries Li to protect Wu Luan and seal her own position in the ruling body. But Li is not a fool and dispatches assassins that ultimately fail to kill Wu Luan. When Emperor Li proclaims a big banquet, Wu Luan and Wan realize it is time to strike.

    The Banquet (I prefer to call it by its original title) is a beautiful film; elaborate costumes and set designs are the main draw of the film. Frankly, I liked this film's cinematography, atmosphere and set designs more than "Curse of the Golden Flower". The film simply looks astounding, the colors and way it is shot is truly amazing. However, beauty and cinematography can only carry a film so far.
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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars On Par With The Best of Yimou Zhang April 5, 2008
    By Elyon
    Format:DVD
    How this film missed the American theater circuits is inexplicable! One of the most visually sumptuous portrayals of court life and intrigue since Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, and on par, if not surpassing, the historical martial arts epics of Yimou Zhang. This is a must for anyone that enjoys or appreciates this genre of Chinese cinema, and is the best cinematic adaptation of Hamlet that I can recall. It also is accompanied by an excellent critical commentary (which may aid those who find the film "cold" or the ending incomprehensible).
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE August 11, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    LEGEND OF THE BLACK SCORPION (a.k.a. The BANQUET) is the Chinese rendition of Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Directed by Mainland China's own acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang, joined with the lush cinematography by Tim Yip (Croaching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and the action choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping( Fearless); the film is set to bring Chinese Wuxia epic to new heights. Feng even acquired the services of one of China's most renowned international actresses; Zhang Ziyi.
    The film was released in Asia in 2006( before "Curse of the Golden Flower"), set for the American market but for reasons unknown, "Curse of the Golden Flower" was marketed instead to U.S. shores.

    Synopsis loosely derived from Media Asia DVD back cover:
    The story is set in ancient China during the period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. Against this backdrop of internal turmoil and external threat poised by the neighboring Khitan Empires, lives Empress Wan (Zhang Ziyi). As beautiful as she is limber, she harbors forbidden desires for her stepson Crown Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu). When the Emperor dies of reasons undetermined and his younger brother Li takes the throne, Wan marries Li to protect Wu Luan and seal her own position in the ruling body. But Li is not a fool and dispatches assassins that ultimately fail to kill Wu Luan. When Emperor Li proclaims a big banquet, Wu Luan and Wan realize it is time to strike.

    The Banquet (I prefer to call it by its original title) is a beautiful film; elaborate costumes and set designs are the main draw of the film. Frankly, I liked this film's cinematography, atmosphere and set designs more than "Curse of the Golden Flower". The film simply looks astounding, the colors and way it is shot is truly amazing. However, beauty and cinematography can only carry a film so far.
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    15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars It tried to be more... March 12, 2008
    Format:DVD
    My husband ordered this DVD so I had no expectations on quality or any knowledge of the story. It didn't take me long to figure out it was based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Unfortunately, it didn't do justice to that classic, tragic story.

    This film is a good example of what has almost become a genre - films that attempt to duplicate the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." We've bought and seen "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers," and "Curse of the Golden Flower." They all have the near-flying martial arts, expertly choreographed fights and gorgeous costumes. We enjoyed them all, but where these films fall short, including Black Scorpion, is the stories lack the magic of CTHD. That tale of unattainable love, wrapped in a mystery was original, with superb acting and a new take on action. This one would have been better served to follow Hamlet more closely as the changes they made did NOT improve the story. They slowed the movie down, or caused confusion. And the movie was very slowly paced to begin with.

    The story is focused on the empress' point of view, rather than the prince as in Hamlet. That works just fine, as Ziyi Zhang is captivating in the role. She gives life to what could have been an awful movie rather than just a disappointing one. The old emperor dies from a Scorpion bite and his brother usurps the throne from the prince and steals the empress, who had already been stolen from the crown prince by the last emperor. Familiar characters appear, from Polonius, to Ophelia (who is the best represented character in the film) to Laertes and the royal family. We have the mousetrap play, wherein the prince does indeed catch the conscience of a king and the kill all the lawyers ending.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Nice action movie. Enjoyed it very much and will watch again.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good movie
    Published 1 month ago by Tommy E.
    4.0 out of 5 stars The story isn't bad
    Exciting and Highly Stylized. The fight scenes are superb in the fact that they look so dynamic and the choreography is sensational. The story isn't bad either
    Published 5 months ago by Bruce Lauton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Black Scorpion DVD
    Got this in a timely manner and in good shape. The music by Tan Dun is superior and the actors at their best. Recommended.
    Published 5 months ago by Eileen Evenson
    4.0 out of 5 stars a Asian "Hamlet"
    Loosely based on "Hamlet" with characters that can be identified with those of the play it is a darker video... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by RCMP
    4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
    GOOD STUFF. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
    Published 7 months ago by Fidel Montalvan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
    This movie pretty much has it all if you want a top notch Chinese production, the sets are amazing, the costumes, the imaginative fantasy martial arts sequences, the cinematography... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Fred
    3.0 out of 5 stars a story with open end
    I did not feel closure with this movie. script was a little disappointing and the characters not fully fleshed out...
    Published 11 months ago by Mary Ann Van Car
    5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC DRAMA SPICED WITH KUNG FU
    Just finished watching LOTBS today and I must admit that this is now one of my favorites. I have always been a fan of asian cinema because of it's penchant for delivering authentic... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by J. Battle
    2.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie, borderline boring
    Bought this movie thinking it was gonna be an epic war movie or martial art. It was neither. It was more drama than action. Terrible plot, lousy script. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by alanSJ
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