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Redbelt (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Chiwetel Ejiofor , Tim Allen , David Mamet  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini, Matt Cable
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: Chrisann Verges
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C5LLL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redbelt (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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David Mamet writes and directs this film starring Tim Allen, Joe Mantegna, Emily Mortimer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Randy Couture star. Extras include commentary, behind-the-scenes inside Mixed Martial Arts, Q&A with David Mamet, interview with UFC's Dana Wh

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAMET'S LATEST KNOCK-OUT PUNCH July 22, 2008
You can hardly go wrong with someone who has given us the insouciant variety of Glengarry Glen Ross or Wag the Dog. Redbelt is a classic of the same cadre, hands-down the best martial arts movie you have seen in a decade, if not the very best of all time.

Without any flying dragons or crouching whatchamaycallits, mind you. Without even the guttaral shrieks of your standard issue kung-fu flick. So don't be going seeing it expecting your typical jumping jacks and shenanigans from Hong Kong.

It starts in what looks like your average ramshackle dojo teaching Brazilian Judo tricks. The authenticity of the maneuvers is instructive, and gripping. But this soon builds into a thrilling rumination of our common human tussle between staying true to our integrity and giving in to the practical conveniences of the moment.

The screenplay is vintage Mamet. We get a steady dose of one-liners ("I don't teach people to fight. I teach them to prevail.") The narrative offers some unexpected twists but exhibits a gentle unaffected beauty, an austerity that seems almost effortless. You'll watch it in one swoop.

For some inadequately explored reason Amazon and various other sources insist on billing this as a Tim Allen starrer, which is puzzling. He fritters a guest appearance at best (what happened--not enough dates?) and is basically quickly forgotten.

See it instead for the irrepressible tenacity of Ejiofor. He's one of those actors you have seen in strident supporting gigs before, but handed his first meaningful protagonist role here, he brings quite a spine to the film.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Tour de Force May 12, 2008
REDBELT is a mesmerizing tour de force. There are so many story elements intricately tied together. Causal action relationships bump up against arbitrary chance events. The honor code of the Samurai warrior meets up and does battle with the criminal scams of a greedy Hollywood film and sports culture. Mamet frames his film with the world of martial arts and yet it is at the same time the classic Greek warrior's noble struggle, "arête", which thus becomes a fascinating fusion of Eastern and Western cultural traditions. The jiu-jitsu instructor's (Mike Terry) caveats to his students in the opening scene in how to marshal their forces and extricate themselves from entrapment by their opponent ("There is always a way out, you just have to find it") all return to test him as the movie unfolds and he becomes ensnared in the dishonorable world which surrounds him. The acting throughout is marvelous with a cast that reflects Mamet's refined sense of individual characters. Chiwetel Ejiofor is superb. While he dominates the film, the other members of the cast are more than impressive, especially Ricky Jay who plays a scumbag fight promoter. If I were to have any criticism, it would be that Mamet sometimes moves too quickly in the exposition of his "magnificent puzzle" and at times during the film, I felt a bit frustrated and confused. But that is a small price to pay for such a challenging artistic experience. The camera work is fascinating. Mamet uses lots of unusual close-up shots, not just of faces but also segments of the landscape in which significant action is occurring. It's a very painterly approach to film. This is a film that stimulates one to see it several more times, hopefully on the big screen. I've not elaborated on any specific scenes, as I don't wish to spoil the challenging denouement of the film. REDBELT is brilliant filmmaking.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More a Riveting Character Study than an Action film September 2, 2008
Mixed Martial Arts have been in the spotlight ever since the emergence of UFC and some Hollywood films such as the Karate Kid clone "Never Back Down" (which I have also reviewed) have attempted to capitalize on its popularity. Writer/director David Mamet's "REDBELT" may well be the best U.S. filmmakers have come up with in regards to the world of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. The film is about honor and integrity, it cleverly blends the Japanese "code of the Samurai" into the dark side of the world of corruption in competitive sports. The film offers something to think about and for martial artists, it can get under your skin.

Mike Terry (Cheitel Ejiofor) is a well-respected but struggling teacher of Jiu-Jitsu. Terry has his own code of honor and would rather be poor than to compromise his integrity, much to the dismay of his wife Sondra (Alice Braga). His life intertwines with a student/policeman, a fragile young attorney (Emily Mortimer) and a hotshot actor named Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Frank becomes a witness to Terry's fighting skills when he assists him resolve a barroom brawl, and offers him and his wife a business arrangement. However, things go from bad to worst, his ideas are stolen and certain things may well force Terry to compete for money--something he does not believe in.

Rather than focusing on dynamic, jaw-dropping action sequences, "Redbelt" is more a riveting character study of one man. The film may be simple in terms of plot and some key elements may be a little unoriginal, but the storytelling is structured well and the script does provide the necessary emotions to add to its effectiveness. The old adage; "Good Guys finish last..." may come to mind, but what that phrase doesn't complete is that "..but good guys also guarantees their soul..
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Mamet--betrayal of course
Simple and powerful, elegant and gritty. Very good acting [especially Chiwetel Ejiofor and Emily Mortimer, but the entire cast is excellent] and the writing and directing by Mamet... Read more
Published 27 days ago by J Pattillo PhD
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
This is one of those movies you first watch not expecting anything, but then after watching it you wonder how you never herd of it!
Published 1 month ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My husband ordered this movie. I wasn't going to watch it, but I was glued to the screen. He really enjoyed it as well. Definitely worth watching
Published 1 month ago by Ashley M Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars redbelt
action packed
fast paced.
i enjoy this movie very much.
a simple man that deals with life's difficulties.
staying true to his morals.
thank you
Published 1 month ago by Sarah P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Fantastic martial arts film with shades of Rocky, The Last Dragon and a bit of a Kurosawa thrown in. Great acting. Serious martial arts movie for a change albeit with a weird plot.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome integrity ,
I thought the movie was decent with excellent display of integrity and discipline. We need more movies that display or show good examples of character.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Cox Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars redbelt
this is a great story and excellent action. main actor is fantastic. this is a definite DVD keeper in my library.
Published 3 months ago by lance ramrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Martial Arts movie
Wow, every time I watch this movie it reminds me why people will always pursue the martial arts as an "art form" rather than a mode for self-defense. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. C. Stamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I bought this movie because I had seen it before and wanted to have it for my movie collection it is a very good movie, not going to tell you what its about you have to watch and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by James A. McElroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
You don't have to be into martial arts to enjoy this film, but the fight scenes are well done. The twisting storyline and unique casting really carry it.
Published 10 months ago by S.D.
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