9th Company (Original and English Language) [Blu-ray]
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Reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket and The Big Red One, 9th COMPANY is credited as being the first real post-Soviet era war film.
The highest grossing film in Russia in 2005 at $27 million, 9th COMPANY also won a NIKA Award for Best Film and marks the feature directorial debut of Fyodor Bondarchuk, son of renowned director Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace, 1968.
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There are several good scenes when the new troopers arrive in Afghanistan and met the much more experienced men in the unit the 9th company which they have been assigned to.The rest of the movie develops well and you see how the young fresh naive men come to see the chaos of warfare.The battle scenes are very confusing and violent and you rarely see much of the enemy for very long which does a great job keeping you on the edge of your set and feeling out of control of what is happening.
The last 20 or so minutes of the film is the climatic final battle which occurs in early January 1988 and lasts almost three days.Read more ›
I tried to listen to the English version on the bluray and gave up after about 10 minutes. The English voice actors sound like they are sitting in a pub, reading each line between swigs of beer without any emphasis or inflection that would indicate that they are even aware of the context of that line in the movie. Only slightly better than the dubbing for Bruce Lee's movies, where a single voice actor played all characters.
Fortunately, you can listen to the Russian track and turn on the subtitles.
The movie begins in 1988, when a group of Siberians which volunteered to join the army and fight in Afghanistan are about to depart for boot camp. We meet the young men whose life we will follow throughout the film. From Siberia they are transported to Ferghana, Uzbekistan, where they will spend three months of training before going to the front. The men in charge of breaking them in is drill sergeant Dygalo (Mikhail Porechenkov, in a superb performance) and Captain Bystov (Aleksey Kravchenko, in another amazing performance), who informs them that "the most important thing to remember is that Islam is not just another religion. It is another world, with its own laws, a different view of life and death. A true Muslim is not afraid to die in battle - killing an infidel is a heroic deed, a stairway to heaven." And off they go to Baghram, Afghanistan, where they are divided into two companies: 4th and 9th. As the name of the picture implies, we follow the 9th Company until the very end, and gradually witness their evolution in the war. This was one of the last companies to leave Afghanistan during the Russian final withdrawal on February 9, 1989, after almost ten years of engagement.Read more ›
OK. This movie has been made many times before and will be made many times again. Green recruits, tough drill sarge, scared kids, hardened vets, horrible battle, band of brothers. It's an old formula. So what? So is war itself. Nonetheless this movie is of particular relevance; for all you and I know right now there's a company of our guys dug in the old Russian camp on that ridge fighting off another onslaught. Someday when this is over, maybe we'll make our own Afghanistan movie. Until then 9th Company is our story too.
Well, hopefully the aftermath won't be our story as well, but that's just one of the many things this movie gives us to ponder. And, yeah, I ended up rooting for the Russians. Sue me.
The only reason I can't give it 5-stars is because there are inherent language and cultural barriers for a non-Russian. The subtitles sounded stiff in places. The names were hard to remember. A short piece in the "extras" menu that gave an brief overview of the military situation for the Russians would have been helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very visceral movie, graphically showing the futility of the Soviet War in Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg Torino
Very well done war movie--great story-line, great cinematography, great acting.Published 8 months ago by DTS@BigIslandRanch
It's a great movie, but this copy of it is of poor quality.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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