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The Book of Eli [Blu-ray] (2010)

Denzel Washington , Gary Oldman , Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals
  • Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG997M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Book of Eli [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Maximum Movie Mode: 40 minutes of picture-in-picture commentary with Denzel Washington and the Hughes Brothers, and 10 Focus Points
Additional scenes
A Lost Tale: Billy--animated short covering Carnegie's backstory
Starting Over: Explore the role we might play in reshaping society after a global catastrophe
Soundtrack: Co-director Allen Hughes and composer Atticus Ross compare notes about the soundtrack's construction and deconstruction
Eli's Journey: Probe the historical and mythological roots of the film's central themes

Editorial Reviews

Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn't fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Denzel Washington is Eli, who keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland... and into explosive conflict with a resourceful warlord (Gary Oldman) set on possessing the book. "We walk by faith, not by sight," quotes Eli. Under the taut direction of the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society), those words hit home with unexpected meaning and power.

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234 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening February 3, 2010
The Book of Eli is a vastly underappreciated film that mixes martial arts swordsmanship, a post-apocalyptic setting, and a biblical narrative.

A war, over thirty years ago, killed off many people in the United States. Others were blinded from the blast. This creates an interesting disparity between those over thirty years of age who received an education and those under thirty who know nothing of the modern world (at one point, one of the thugs asks, "What's a television?").

This is an unpleasant world. Cannibalistic brigands ambush unwary travelers, identifiable by their shaking hands. Water is at a premium. Batteries are hard to find. The Book of Eli makes it clear that there's no currency, only barter.

Roaming the land is Eli (a subdued Denzel Washington), carrying a book with a cross on it. This book is greatly desired by Carnegie (a greasy Gary Oldman), who is also old enough to remember the power such a tome can have over the people. While Eli has been wandering for thirty years in pursuit of such a destination, Carnegie has been sending illiterate henchmen to retrieve every book he can find. The encounter between the two has all the fire and brimstone of a battle between heaven and hell.

Thrown into the mix is Solara (played beautifully by Mila Kunis, who finally sheds her trademark accent), a young, attractive girl who has grown up under Carnegie's protection but, as she flowers into womanhood, is about to become a bargaining chip, a piece of meat, and a lure. When there's no one left to protect her, she becomes a wanderer in Eli's footsteps.

From a religious point of view, it's educational to understand who Eli was in the Bible.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallout 3: The Movie. November 13, 2010
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I was hesitant to watch The Book of Eli for a while because of mixed things I'd read. Some people claimed it to be 'too religious' and others said the movie was just plain boring. Honestly, the trailers I'd seen didn't exactly win me over, but I gave the movie a shot when I was sick one day, and man did I enjoy it. If you've played the Fallout games, especially Fallout 3, you will -love- The Book of Eli. So many similarities in the look of the wasteland, in the combat scenes, the importance of water, and more. But even if you never played Fallout 3, The Book of Eli is a very enjoyable movie, provided you're not one of those people that immediately hates anything 'religious' and claims a movie is preachy, given that the subject matter here is that kind of makes you weird to say that. I'm not a Christian, and I'm definitely not an Atheist, but I didn't find anything 'preachy' about The Book of Eli.

The world is in shambles. There's no law for the most part. Raiders are everywhere, looting, raping and eating people that pass by. Clean water and food is tough to find. Of course it's a rough life. Most people wouldn't think much of it, but imagine your life as you know it right now taking a turn for the worst, and you no longer have any luxuries- you're a scavenger from now on. That's the world Eli lives in. Eli is on a mission, and tries to stay on the path, as he puts it, and needs to go to a specific location to deliver an important book that no one else is allowed to see or read. At the same time, the ability to read has been lost over the years, and very few people are able to do so. Eli is one, and the other is a corrupt man, Carnegie, who runs a town that Eli enters one day to charge his iPod and haggle with the shop owner.
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100 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good post-apocalyptic tale January 15, 2010
The post-apocalypse sub-genre of science fiction has always been a place I like to go. I'll give movies of this type some slack I wouldn't always give other kinds, so that even a relatively weak post-apoc flick like Doomsday (in which Malcolm McDowell appeared, as he does here) still has its interesting moments. But if it's a good one such as I Am Legend, I'm really into it bigtime. So I've been eagerly anticipating The Book of Eli from the time the first trailers appeared, and now that I've seen it there were many things about it I liked. Start with the mythic prophet main character. His super-heroic weapons skills showed there was something unique about him early on. Those scenes were generally pretty cool, and they were spread out pretty well over the length of the film. (Any more fight scenes would have bored me.) Eli's story plays out with a kind of grim determinism, although it also has hopeful elements as well. I was glad I wasn't previously familiar with the story, as the major revelations about the Book in the final act were a complete surprise. Mr. Washington was an excellent choice for the lead. Other roles were well cast too, including (to my surprise) Jennifer Beals as the blind mistress of Gary Oldman's bad boss character. Oldman himself struck just the right notes of ego, madness & desperation. Anyway, as far as the post-apoc nature of the movie, it provides fascinating glimpses of which possessions would be really valuable in such a world (ex., chapstick yes; cigarette lighter, not so much), and other aspects of survival felt very authentic throughout the film. All in all, it wasn't quite the adventure I was expecting (with occasional pacing issues), but I still found it to be an enjoyable viewing experience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste
This movie was terrible. I can't even believe that they made this, it made no sense from beginning to end.
Published 2 days ago by Jason Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One heck of a journey. Love the action scenes in this movie. Denzel ia always good to watch on screen
Published 5 days ago by Melodie J Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Representaion
Well done on representing a book in the Bible. It had a strong message while being very entertaining and action packed

I absolutely love the ending!
Published 5 days ago by Caitlin
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up
This is a such a great movie. I have watched this movie more than a few times. Would def recommend.
Published 5 days ago by Robert R. Lintner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Don't want to give away the ending, so i will say this... you will be shocked. But, that said, it is a really good movie with a good ending.
Published 7 days ago by Carey L. Eddins
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting story
I saw this last year on television and it is a pretty good film.
In a futuristic world where books have power, a man guards
a book that everyone in power wants. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
It is what it says and does what it says. Very pleased with it and have to keep typing til it tells me I can submit lol
Published 10 days ago by AwesomeCouple
4.0 out of 5 stars SteelBook need i say more
If you like Steel Books this should be in you collection, the only thing i don't like about Steel books is that the info on the bluray on the back is just for sale, it comes of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Juan Carlos Hurtado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I like the story line and the scenario. This is some of Denzel's best work and I would highly recommend the film.
Published 13 days ago by W. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Eli Movie
It is a wonderful movie, very entertaining and the Actor did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed watching it. And would recommend it to my friends.
Published 13 days ago by Donna & Len Robinson
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Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy
no, right now i have a bluray player at my house, and not at my fiancee's, so i really like the combo pack of all three. i get my bluray for me, a dvd for her place and for other friends houses, and then a digial for my lappy for everywhere else, these are the packs that i seek out. i can see... Read more
May 9, 2010 by Z. Klotz |  See all 20 posts
Plz answer 1 query, and I'll like the film
Continuing along in Spoiler Land:

Though I agree with the KFC wipe bit, you all do understand that even from the title of the movie, this is intended to echo the stories in the Bible, correct? The title refers both to the physical book that Eli carries, as well as the story as though it were... Read more
Aug 1, 2010 by T. S. Higgins |  See all 28 posts
Is Amazon still selling the combo pack?
I noticed this with Clash of the Titans (2010) as well. Both of these movies had the price drop to $14.99 but it looks like they lost the DVD + Digital Copy in the process. Can anyone confirm?
Nov 21, 2010 by wilder |  See all 5 posts
Digital Copy Expires June 13th, 2011
I purchased this along with the Bloodsport/Timecop BD and I did not receive it with the slipcover. Nor did either disc come with a sticker seal. Do all eco cases come without the seal? It was wrapped in the factory plastic (instead of shrink wrap), but had no seal on top. I even opened the... Read more
May 17, 2011 by GNEE'd |  See all 2 posts
I have seen this movie before...
From the number of 5-star reviews, I'll say Plot A is being made.
Aug 5, 2010 by English Bulldog |  See all 2 posts
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