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Marco Polo

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This is the absorbing true story of Venetian explorer Marco Polo’s arduous trek to the East—and beyond. The story follows Marco (Ian Somerhalder) as he is enlisted to accompany a pair of priests to the court of Kublai Khan (Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy), Mongol conqueror of the East. Featuring Desiree Siahaan and BD Wong, Marco Polo is a gripping look at two of world history’s most enigmatic men and a sensuous vision of a legendary time and place. Now available for the first time on DVD in an extended version featuring all-new bonus features! Literally, it’s the adventure of a lifetime.

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Marco Polo was a 13th-century explorer whose epic journey from Venice to Asia and beyond has fascinated the world for centuries. This two-part, 176-minute miniseries is a realistic first-person retrospective based on the published journals of Marco Polo in which viewers are treated to Marco Polo's (Lost's Ian Somerhalder) reminiscing about his travels from Venice through what is now Russia and Iran to China and beyond. Considered a barbarian in China, Polo developed an unusual relationship with China's leader Kublai Kahn (Brian Dennehy), becoming a trusted advisor and explorer under the Kahn while simultaneously remaining under the constant suspicion of the court. Nonetheless, Kublai Kahn sent Polo to explore then-unknown places like (modern-day) Thailand, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, and the Spice Islands where he encountered countless wonders, a host of foreign concepts, and new and exciting peoples. Shot entirely in China, viewers are transported to 13th-century China where they experience first-hand Marco Polo's incredible drive to explore unseen lands, the physical and emotional hardships of his journey, and his sense of exhilaration and wonderment on traveling through new lands. Action and adventure abound throughout the production, balanced by a careful exploration of the intricacies of Polo's relationship with the Kahn, his servant Pedro (B.D. Wong), and the women of the court Temulun and Kensai (both played by Desiree Slahaan). Just as fascinating as the actual journey is the depiction of the man Marco Polo; his commitment to truth, openness to new concepts, unceasing quest for knowledge, sense of duty, and seemingly instinctive understanding of human nature. This is a gripping, timeless telling of a classic adventure that's sure to be a favorite with history buffs, adventure lovers, and anyone who loves a good story. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Somerhalder, B.D. Wong, Brian Dennehy, Mark Jax, Kee Thuan Chye
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rhi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000PE0GXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Marco Polo" on IMDb

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One lazy Sunday I drifted into watching this mini-series. My first impression was that it was a silly, romanticized Hollywood treatment of a classic historical account (admittedly, one that I hadn't personally read at the time).

And, yes, seeing Brian Dennehy cast as Kublai Khan made it especially hard to buy into the treatment! But the sets, costumes and storyline were all quite extraordinary. A lot of effort obviously went into the production , which was made in China with a substantial budget.

But many things just didn't sit right with me: the magnificence of Kublai Kahn's court, his cities, the military technology, and a romance between Marco and a Chinese princess? And then the Kahn charges Marco with delivering the princess to the other side of the planet???

I watched it to the end...and then ran to Amazon to find a book to get the facts. The book I found was The Travels of Marco Polo: Edited by Peter Harris (Everyman's Library (Cloth)).

Amazing news...this "sensationalized" mini-series barely scratches the surface of the astounding things Marco Polo reports in his 700 year old tale of travel!

His adventures, many of which are dramatized in this DVD, seemed absolutely unbelievable...until I found most of them proven true in the book... including the story about delivering the princess.

And the romance? Well, I suspect that Marco left quite a few personal facts out of his life in China. So kudos to the scriptwriters who wrote a little love between the lines of his historic journey.

Bottom line - a great film for couples or anyone with an interest in history.

If you just watch the film, marvel that there's more truth in this account than there is fiction! And if you want to know the truth, treat yourself to the book.
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The movie was a well made re telling of the story of Marco Polo. However such a story would take hours to tell on screen as much was left out ,however all in all i would recomend this movie .
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I enjoyed the colorful pageantry of this mini-series. Keeping in mind this is Hollywood and not a documentary, this romanticized version of Marco Polo's travels was most entertaining. Ian Somerhalder is well cast as the ever inquisitive adventurer as are the other members of the international cast. With one exception, Brian Dennehy as Kublai Khan? Though a fine actor in his own right, Mr. Dennehy has no business portraying the Mongol ruler. Not to mention the scores of Asians offended by such casting. However, the sets were most glamorous making this production a worthwhile adventure.
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This mini series is very close to the one in the early 80's that was the best ever made. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of history.
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I enjoyed the picture a lot. Great views, handsome and talented actors. Still I prefer the style where strong scenes are suggested, leaving some of the action to the imagination.
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Understanding that this person, Marco Polo, may never have seen China as he said he did, I fully enjoyed this story. It was very believable as well as interesting.
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There are several reviews that discuss the historical accuracy of this film, but my review of Hallmark's made for TV movie, Marco Polo is based mostly on its entertainment value.

The sets and costumes were very nice, but the story was very slow paced and became tedious to watch. Some of the fighting scenes were good and it was interesting to see B.D. Wong ("Pedro") performing martial arts.

Historically, Kublai Khan wished to meet with Marco Polo because he had never seen a European before. The casting of Brian Dennehy as Kublai Khan was a poor decision. It's offensive enough seeing a Caucasian actor in an Asian role, but on top of that, his acting was painfully bad.

I suppose seeing this movie might get some people interested in reading Marco Polo's book and learning more about that part of history. Probably more interesting than watching this made for TV movie.
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Loved it greatly! I believe he may have changed the thinking of the entire western world, and it has never yet been surpassed!
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