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A gritty, multi-level action-thriller, The Tournament brings together international killers from every imaginable discipline in a blood-bathed contest to the death. Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receives the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of World s # 1.


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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Ian Somerhalder, Ving Rhames
  • Directors: Scott Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YOZNG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Shamon on October 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Languishing in development and production hell for what seems to be an eternity, Scott Mann's film THE TOURNAMENT finally gets a proper DVD release Oct 20th. The "combat death game" genre has been inundated with several films throughout the years such as BATTLE ROYAL, BLOODSPORT and THE ULTIMATE GAME. THE TOURNAMENT makes its mark by delivering a knockout punch with over the top action and enough plot twists to keep the viewer interested.

The story opens seven years ago with Ving Rhames character in a final bloodbath in a sordid meat packing company with two other assassins vying for the title of "World's Greatest Assassin". The scene is ultra sadistic, chaotic and bullets are flying like candy from an out of control mechanical Pez dispenser. As soon as Ving wins the battle, the environment rapidly shifts forward to the present day and the next tournament begins.

The present day battle, taking place in England, centers on 30 contestants all vying for a 10 million dollar prize and a chance to be hailed as the "World's Greatest Assassin". Each of the contestants is fitted with a two way tracking device which not only allows them to be seen by the game's ringleader, but also to be tracked by each other, on a blackberry type gadget. There are street cams, sat cams which are logged in with real time feeds to record the action for high stakes gamblers relaxing comfortably in front of jumbo screens surveying this game of death.

Each one of the devices contains a personal explosive as in the movie FORTRESS. The devises are heat sensitive and the tracking lights go out when either removed or the person expires. This is never fully explained, nor is it consistent. This fact is a major incongruity and contradiction, while also rather confusing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. O. David on June 1, 2014
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This is a popcorn flick through and through. There is a plot (well two plots) and a lot of brass hits the floor.
If you enjoy some solid acting in between the fights, this had it. The fights are well choreographed and fun to watch if you don't mind a pretty high splatter rate.
Top marks to Kelly Hui and Robert Carlyle for making the characters interesting so I cared about what happened to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on October 9, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The Tournament is one of those action films you've never heard of but is actually superior to the PG-13 trash that passes for Hollywood action these days (I'm looking at YOU, Die Hard 4). It barely got into cinemas for a week in October 2010 and you shouldn't let it slip away.

Robert Carlyle plays a washed-up priest who is caught up in a once-every-seven-years competition in which 30 of the world's best hitmen are pitted against each other in an unsuspecting, random town. The location this time is Middlesborough, England and the 24-hour bloodbath paints the town red before the climactic last-man-standing finale. Among the many hitmen are the gorgeous Kelly Hu and the burly Ving Rhames. There's not much time for character development, but the main trio work well off each other in between the brutal action scenes.

The Tournament does use some CGI blood effects in a few shots, not as awful as it usually is, but most of the gore is good, old-fashioned make-up. And when I said they paint the town red I really do mean it. The film is wonderfully gory in a way we just don't see in action movies anymore. Plus the stunts are all done for real in front of the camera, which makes it all the more visceral and visually appealing.

Don't write-off the Tournament. It delivers everything it promises. It doesn't rewrite the rules or set any new, genre-defining standard, but it's still better than modern, family-friendly 'action'.

The Blu Ray looks good in 1.78:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound. There are no extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on November 9, 2011
Format: DVD
Every seven years the world's greatest assassins assemble in a small city (different one each time) for a "cage match." The winner gets $10,000 and the 29 losers all die. Ving Rhames wins the one before the opening credits. He comes out of retirement because one of the assassins in the tournament murdered his wife. Some of the action is watched on closed circuit TV by rich people who make bets. Some of the characters are introduced by the emcee of the game. Tracking devices are surgically placed inside all the contestants, who can all track each other.

There isn't much in the way of developing characters. The premise is awful. However, if you like a fast paced movie with killing and exploding heads, this is the one. Now to make things interesting not every assassin plays by the same set of rules. Kelly Hu plays another favored assassin. Robert Carlyle plays a drunkard priest, who is not a player, but is a wild card in the game. There is a "mystery" as to who killed Rhames wife, which we find out rather quickly, and then there is the "why" as in "Why do we care?"

Roof top jumping, some CG type of fighting, impossible stunts, explosions, and a man who just enjoys killing...even dogs. Bullets that can pierce armor, but not a bar room table (where do they get those tables?)Borders on grindhouse.

F-bomb, strip club nudity (not Kelly)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3, 2011
Format: DVD
THE TOURNAMENT takes some of the best action elements from past classics like TERMINATOR 1 and 2 (the chase scenes), HIGHLANDER (there can only be one!), and BATTLE ROYALE (this time, for adults), and mixes them all together w/ a new-millennium attitude! Hell, toss in a bit of ENEMY OF THE STATE (computer geeks and satellites) while you're at it! 30 of the world's best assassins are pitted against each other in a no-holds-barred, fight to the bloody finish. A secret syndicate of billionaire gamblers are betting on their favorites, and society is none-the-wiser! Robert Carlyle (RAVENOUS, 28 WEEKS LATER) is a drunken priest named Father Macavoy, who gets caught up in the mayhem. Kelly Hu is excellent as Lai Lai Zhen, the killer who must either help Macavoy or kill him. Ving Rhames (THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, PULP FICTION, DAWN OF THE DEAD) is the winner of the previous TOURNAMENT, drawn into this years event for personal reasons. His stone-cold, death-wish approach is perfect! If you love action, social satire, violence, and / or redemption, THE TOURNAMENT has it all...
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