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


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Product Details

  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VMFX1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,328 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.

    Customer Reviews

    I couldn't wait for the movie to end.
    alanSJ
    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.
    Elyon
    The film simply looks astounding, the colors and way it is shot is truly amazing.
    Woopak

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    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 By Elyon on April 5, 2008
    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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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul Scott on 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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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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