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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 (97 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C5LLL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redbelt (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Set on the westside of the Los Angeles fight world, a scene inhabited by bouncers, cagefighters, cops and special forces types REDBELT is the story of Mike Terry(Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai's code. Terry and his wife Sondra (Sonia Braga) struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night, between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught laywer (Emily Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). In order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAMET'S LATEST KNOCK-OUT PUNCH July 22, 2008
Format:DVD
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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16 of 19 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mamet At His Best August 28, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
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I own every Mamet play and dvd and I found Redbelt thrilling. Mostly because he was able to craft a killer story structure. A protagonist with a noble pursuit, in the shadowy underworld of the MMA.

But like most Mamet films, this is not an action movie, it's suspense-drama.

The dialogue is brutal, and the subtext is deep. This movie hits the viewer on a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual level. It's a demanding film. If you watch and you only half pay attention, when the plot twists happen, you'll be struggling to understand.

I watched this with a group of seven, half Mamet fans, half virgins. We all watched the same movie, together, and three people just didn't get it... One fan, two virgins. The other four loved it.

The video and audio quality make this one of the best looking Blu-rays. It's razor sharp, deep black, rich color. Everything looks better and sounds better in HD, and, at least for me, Mamet in HD is wicked sweet.

I highly recommend Redbelt on Blu-ray.
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Redbelt is a the best martial arts movie I've seen in quite a long time. There's not a great deal of action in it, but it explores the philosophy and principles behind the main character's (Mike Terry) Jiu Jitsu training/teaching. He's a man who lives by a warrior code, and tries to uphold such principles as honor, loyalty, and integrity inside and outside his gym. In the end, the movie is not about Terry's physical fighting, but about his personal struggle to survive and succeed in a modern world that does not seem to share or reward his values.

Be warned that any casual fan of action flicks who goes into this film expecting a lot of over the top butt kicking and spectacular Jackie Chan-esque fight sequences will be sorely disappointed. There are no acrobatic stunts or flying tornado kicks here. The few fight sequences there are in the film mostly involve Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And even in a choreographed fight scene, real Jiu Jitsu technique is not the prettiest thing to look at from the perspective of a casual observer. However, those who have some knowledge and appreciation of martial arts will greatly appreciate the realism and expertise demonstrated in Redbelt's fight scenes. Another treat for martial artists and MMA fans is that many small roles in the film are played by world reknowned fighters and masters such as Randy Couture, Enson Inoue, the Machados, Ray Mancini, and Dan Inosanto.

Redbelt is not perfect by any means. Similar to other Mamet works such as Spartan, the film does suffer from some convoluted storytelling and ridiculous plot twists that defy any sensible logic. The ending seems like a lazy cop out, and offers no resolution for all the issues that Mamet confusingly brought up earlier in the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The rubber meets the road when your ideals meet adversity. Do you...
A man of ideals who lives by them. There is a hidden beauty of this film that most people pass by. Most people want to be entertained, but this inspires it's audience, or so I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark T Witmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good!
Published 2 months ago by Alphonso
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow but has a strong finish.
Slow, long and plodding with a strong finish. Chiwetel Ejiofor is annoying and way too damn serious in this film. Alice Braga was not a very likeable character. Strange movie.
Published 3 months ago by Ismail
4.0 out of 5 stars Redbelt
Good movie...kinda left you hanging at the end, I wanted more and it was over. Kinda hope for a part 2.
Published 4 months ago by GREEK
5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss this movie
This is truly a thinking man's action movie kind of like the visual companion to the art of war with demonstrations
Published 4 months ago by Scott Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Martial arts movie with heart
The best martial arts movie, if you can call it that, around. Emotionally powerful and satisfying. I absolutely love it.
Published 5 months ago by Neal Goldstien
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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago by Sarah P.
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