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Red Cliff (Theatrical Version) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Tony Leung , Takeshi Kaneshiro , John Woo  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A6I80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Cliff (Theatrical Version) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The Making of Red Cliff: The Long Road
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Filmmaker John Woo brings RED CLIFF, the epic historical drama based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty, to life in this action-packed U.S. theatrical version. A power-hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao seeks permission from the Han Dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords who stand in his way, Liu Bei and Sun Quan. Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao's brutal, fastapproaching army, the warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign - unrivaled in history - that changes the face of China forever.

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425 of 438 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the full version, a powerful, accomplished epic... February 14, 2010
Format:DVD
This 'international version' of John Woo's RED CLIFF is the preferred edition over the previously released (and shorter) US theatrical version. Woo worked hard to shoot this epic adaption of a famous Chinese historical novel, and the final version of the movie was so long (closer to 5 hours than 4) that in Asian markets the film was released in two parts, each playing in cinemas at opposite ends of a near 12 month period. In the US, the UK and Australia, Woo tentatively gave approval for a cut-down version to play in cinemas, with both parts condensed by 50% down to a single movie. Australian critic David Stratton (a frequent reviewer for VARIETY) gave the condensed version a good, not great review, but then noted that he felt the full, uncut edition of RED CLIFF was one of the great cinema epics. And so it is.

Woo's career seemed to take a gradual downturn in the US after the peak of FACE/OFF, and it would be hard for fans of the director's earlier HARD-BOILED or BULLET IN THE HEAD (both great films) to share the same sense of enthusiasm for works like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 or the aptly titled PAYCHECK. Woo reportedly wasn't that happy with things either, so when he announced he would return to Asia to shoot the biggest historical epic in Chinese film history, it was welcome news. (RED CLIFF is based on the same story that was adapted for THREE KINGDOMS, filmed not too long ago with Andy Lau and the lithe, hypnotically sexy Maggie Q). Woo regular Chow Yun Fat was in RED CLIFF, then out. Another Woo regular, Tony Leung, was in, then out, then back in (long story). Once the casting issues were resolved, Woo took his good time to shoot the movie that had apparently tantalized him for decades.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Cliff directed by John Woo, the Chinese Iliad December 6, 2009
Throughout the centuries, every Chinese schoolboy is familiar with the stories from Luo Guanzhong's Romance of The Three kingdoms. And those who cannot read listen intently to the tales of battles and wily stratagems recounted by storytellers in the market place or on stage performed by traveling troops of regional operas. The moment, Cao Cao, the villain, with a white painted face steps on stage, he is booed. However, when Liu Bei of Shu, the hero, and his sworn brothers, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, and Zhuge Liang, and appear, cheers are heard. Often, after a particular favorite incident is recited, the storyteller says, "that's enough now; come back tomorrow." And then, the young and the old linger a little longer in case the storyteller has changed his mind.

In his Asian blockbuster movie that is presently in the theaters of southern California, Red Cliff, the modern storyteller, John Woo, recounts the same historical tale, the battle of the Red Cliff in 208 CE, taken place toward the end of a long and illustrious dynasty, the Han Dynasty, but with a new twist and perspective from that of the traditional ones. He is the grand master of storytellers with the help of cinematography, great actors, and visceral depiction of action that has dance- like qualities.

Red Cliff begins with Cao Cao, the prime minister of the last emperor of Han dynasty, a brilliant ruler, strategist, and warrior having asserted his rule over northern China. Cao Cao is confident that his military campaign of 800,000 men can subjugate the two kingdoms of Wu and Shu in the south. These two kingdoms jointly have a military force of 50,000 men. It is another story of mythical proportion like that of David and Goliath.
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156 of 179 people found the following review helpful
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After watching the entirety of it, one thinks, 'It is as if Sun Tzu had written it: This is a kind of illustration of what he meant when he wrote in his ART OF WAR [500 BC]' -- "All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable, when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe that we are away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and cush him."

When you deal in superlatives it's difficult to make good comparisons. How many of us have seen BIRTH OF A NATION in a good print? That was the film that set the standard for sweeping battlefield drama interwoven with the stories of its participants, moving in scale from intimacy to immensity, back and forth as the story developped, fulfilled itself, then ended. Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, with its portraits of historical figures interwoven within the threads of political and religious frenzy as Jerusalem falls to the armies of Saladin. I've seen many films of historical battles, and these two, RED CLIFF and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, are the only ones that reach BIRTH OF A NATION's high mark. In recent years we've seen TROY and ALEXANDER, and although both have been noble attempts to reach and to justify the scale appropriate to their historical subjects, neither effort managed to fulfill the expectation.

The Casting of RED CLIFF is brilliant. The many thousands of performers, from the battlefield extras and foot-soldiers, to the supporting roles, and even to the leading characters in the story, they all express and in a way never before seen, not only the ancient hegemony of China, but the enormous diversity of human appearance that hegemony must express.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised it was edited from original version
This movie, the actual unedited version, should get 4 or 4.5 stars. However, this version cuts out scenes that are in the original version. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rachel Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to have in your collection!
Watched the other two versions of Red Cliff, the Theatrical version which wasn't as good or detailed as the other version but still 5 stars, all in all watched 4 times between... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Moanakai
3.0 out of 5 stars story about rival ruling families
This was very violent and almost 95% battle scenes between two rival family battling for control of territory. The story line was weak and hard to follow.
Published 10 days ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites .
It kept you tuned to the TV... A lot longer then the average movie , but so worth watching indeed.
Published 11 days ago by Sil
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good martial arts movie. If you like action movies and especially martial arts you would enjoy this movie. It's good!
Published 14 days ago by Sarah Driver
3.0 out of 5 stars Action pact but confusing
Too much gore, though full of action. I wouldn't recommend it for good entertainment. The story at times gets confusing.
Published 16 days ago by R. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars this is star star
star star star, what a great movie, what a great plot, this is my second copy, whoever I sent it to is best
Published 18 days ago by Honey Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
This is THE MUST HAVE version of this movie. This is an indepth rich epic filled with grand sweeping battlefield scenes that not only depict the fighting of the individual... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Chris Montana
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly typical action movie
I enjoy this type of movie and it was well done. The subtitles are not in the way and recommend it when you have spare time.
Published 23 days ago by Craig J Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see film
Well done; entertaining film with a strong story line. The character were strong and the action non stop. The costume design was excellent.
Published 23 days ago by Richard A. Roberts
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Red Cliff.... international vs US theatrical.
I noticed that for the longer International version, the subtitles are in Spanish only whereas for the shorter US version, the subtitles are in Spanish and English. Is there a way I can get the longer 288-min version but with English subtitles?
Dec 28, 2009 by Digg Dugg |  See all 19 posts
Is this the 5 hour asian version?
Can anyone tell me if this version has an English soundtrack(dubbed of course) it is so beautiful,(only watched the first 45 mins but sadly I find it nearly impossible to enjoy the magnificence looking down for the subtittles) also if anyone knows does the English audio have full dolby or DTS HQ... Read more
Feb 9, 2011 by D.M. Archer |  See all 3 posts
uncut version?
Yes, this is the uncut version at a runtime of 288 minutes!
It is a region 1 disc, so it will play in US and Canadian machines.
Aug 22, 2010 by Steven |  See all 2 posts
red cliff international version blu ray
My package arrived sealed, but Part II would not play. I tried it on both my Sony PS3 and Panasonic BDT100. Has anyone experienced this problem?
Feb 13, 2011 by Charles Otutu |  See all 3 posts
What is the difference between the "Red Cliff's"?
it's not very easy to answer your question briefly. Basically, the movie was released in China in its full version. It was then edited into the shorter version for its worldwide theatrical release. To give you a better idea of some of the things that have been lost, you can read the following... Read more
Mar 17, 2010 by Joen |  See all 2 posts
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