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Shaolin (Bluray + DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Andy Lau , Jackie Chan , Benny Chan  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Bingbing Fan
  • Directors: Benny Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FQ1OOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Brilliant action sequences boasting martial arts on par with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Film Link --Film Link

A big budget action film packed full of stars with an official seal of approval from the Shaolin Temple itself" --Heroic Cinema

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In a young Republic of China, where greedy warlords fuel a period of war and strife, Hou Jie (Andy Lau) arrogantly shows no mercy to his enemies seeking refuge with the benign and compassionate Shaolin monks. After unscrupulously killing a wounded enemy, Hou Jie pays a terrible price for his actions and is forced to seek refuge in the same Shaolin Monastery he blatantly disrespected. Hou Jie s traitorous second-in-command Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) continues where the once-warlord left off, betraying his country and his own people. Hou Jie must adapt to Shaolin principles to stop the monster he created.

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Deleted Scenes
US Trailers
International Trailers


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away July 26, 2011
Format:DVD
I could not wait to get my hands on this film. A collaboration with Andy Lau and Jackie Chan, what more could I ask for? OK, let's throw in Bing Bing Fan, Jacky Wu and Nicholas Tse and make it a movie about the Shaolin temple, Buddhism and martial arts. Score!

This movie is beyond excellent. Andy Lau has the lead role and carries it effortlessly. Jackie Chan's role is minor in comparison but memorable. Nicholas Tse plays a pitch-perfect role as Lau's protege that learns ruthlessness and lust for power at his master's knee and karma comes back to bite Lau pretty darn hard. When Lau loses everything, he finds himself taken in at the Shaolin temple and learns what forgiveness and redemption really mean.

Of course, it wouldn't be a good kung fu movie without some fighting, so the bad guys have to come defile the temple and the monks must defend it from Tse and his cohorts. We are treated to some truly amazing and wonderful martial arts fighting here, right down to the littlest monks. And Chan the cook teaches the bad guys a thing or two about how to roll dough. Dramatic, action-packed, humorous, touching and heart-warming all come to mind when I think of this movie. It is destined to be a classic.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the first collaboration between Jackie Chan and Andy Lau since Drunken Master 2 in 1994 and it does not disappoint. Its a huge budget film from director Benny Chan, but he finally got it right in this one. Story is good, and action scenes are incredible. Fights are pretty realistic with minimal use of wires. Fights are very well choreographed. Great film, and highly recommended for martial arts/action fans. The DVD I bought from Loto Surplus was excellent. Very high quality video and sound. This is the official HK release, single disc edition with a foil cover. It is all region DVD so it will play in the USA.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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SHAOLIN proves once again that the path to enlightenment is strewn with Kiiii-yaaaaahhhh!!! It also demonstrates that karma is a mother, ain't that so, General Hou Jie? SHAOLIN, the latest in a long line of period martial arts films, probably won't be quite the critic's darling that CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON was, but it should turn plenty of heads. It's epic enough. And aren't you yet convinced that Andy Lau is a hell of a charismatic actor? His character arc makes for a pretty compelling watch.

Set in the early 20th century, shortly after the collapse of imperial reign, China's young republic is threatened by warring warlords eager to carve out their own territories. One such is the prideful, ruthless General Hou Jie (Andy Lau) who had just conquered the town of Dengfeng, in Henan. But uneasy drapes the mantle of power, and when one plays the game of thrones, expect the unexpected. Hou Jie, concerned with an ally's true intentions, plots to destroy him, except that he himself is double-crossed. Barely escaping with his life, Hou Jie seeks the sanctuary of the Shaolin temple, which is sort of cheeky, since this is the very same temple he had ridiculed days before. But when one plummets from such lofty heights, one must simply lump it. Hou Jie reflects on the evil he has committed and vows to attain a monk's serenity, never mind that, days before, he had picked up the temple's sign and sneeringly scrawled "is no big deal" after its declaration: "The Birthplace of Martial Arts."

This isn't a Jackie Chan vehicle. Jackie does have a part, except that, now in his mid-fifties, it may be that his action lead days are on the wane. SHAOLIN is a serious drama more so than it is an action film, and Jackie provides the much-needed levity.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film, Well Translated, detailed full HD January 26, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
*NOTE: This review is for the "Shaolin (Collector's Edition) [Blu-Ray]". Amazon merged reviews with another edition that is Blu-Ray + DVD combo.

This is a beautifully made film with a compelling story and profound meaning. There is everything in this film: realistic kung-fu actions, human greed/power, undeniable love for family, and seeing an absolutely cold-hearted person becoming all heart. Andy Lau was the star so was Jackie Chan (as special guest) and other supporting actors. One can argue this is a drama-first (my believe), and action second.

The package comes with a blu-ray and a DVD. blu-ray comes with two Chinese audio tracks (5.1 and stereo), and two English audio tracks (5.1 and stereo). The main menu says the Chinese is Cantonese dialect, but both tracks are Mandarin. There is subtitle for English and Spanish as well. The English 5.1 seems to have better fidelity and decoding to all 5.1 speakers than the Chinese 5.1 version overall. The English dialog is translated well. The English subtitle is slightly different, but also translated very well. This is pretty rare. Kudos to the translators.

The Full HD (1080p) is clean, detailed, sharp but properly softened as needed in the right places.

As far as special features on the blu-ray, the deleted scenes are LONG and have pretty interesting "side stories". Many are actually quite significant to properly develop characters and bring out the strength of the overall story, but I can understand the movie would've been close to 3 hours long! There are also two international trailers.

The second disc is a DVD, and it contains additional bonus materials. There are interviews of the cast and director, and behind the scene clips and documentaries. The interviews are in Mandarin and Cantonese dialects (no English).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
good
Published 15 hours ago by antonio lima
5.0 out of 5 stars kung fu baby
Good movie glad I got it especially for the price
Published 26 days ago by slim
5.0 out of 5 stars like the movie overall and some very good music in ...
underrated as I hadn't heard much from this movie. like the movie overall and some very good music in it. like some scenes where people are training and looking what has happened. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Antonio Leal
5.0 out of 5 stars great storyline!
Definitely one of my favorites. High rewatch factor, great storyline!
Published 1 month ago by John F
4.0 out of 5 stars More east on east violence.
The Shaolin temple has long been a place of refuge and respite and the famed monks the people's protectors and servants. Read more
Published 2 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin
I enjoyed watching this movie, though I always enjoy such story lines, this one was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anneta Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great choice
Great martial arts action, Jackie Chan only plays cameo role--but Andy Lau knocks it dead! Recommended to any MA fan
Published 4 months ago by Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable storyline, good fighting scenes
I enjoyed the movie. Storyline on how the protagonist (Andy Lau) evolves his life's missions after a tragic family situation was reasonably believable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent movie!!
Even though it had subtitles, this was an excellent movie!!! The actors, the storyline, everything was excellent!!!! Was worth more than it cost!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Brown Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin movie
This was a good movie, and Andy Lau delivers a very good performance. I got it in good shape and in good time, also
Published 4 months ago by Eileen Evenson
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