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Kingdom of War Part 1 and Part 2 [Blu-ray]
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Oops, the first disk of this two-disk Blu-ray was awkward, talky; a mush of cute kids and glum,
sour generals discussing their problems (maybe a set-up history lesson?) Radically boring. But thankfully mercifully short.
BUT THE SECOND DISK CAME ALIVE! Great in every respect. Writing, design, production,
characterizations, acting, battle action; it's long too; over two and a half hours.
I was amazed and delighted.
Disk Two's action historic drama doesn't have boring discussions as in that first
disk. Suddenly it seems nepotism is out and 21st-Century Thai film-making is in.
For Amazon's great two-disk Blu-ray price of $17.99, in Disk one you'll see Thailand's lush scenery, stunning temples, historically-accurate costumes and weaponry. (I spent seven years in Thailand, learning about this incredible country) Disk One is a true-to-life history drama of Thai wars with Burma (now renamed 'Miramar')
The real cinema treat is in the second DVD, which is much longer. And SUPERB in every aspect.
I collect Asian films (mostly Japanese and Chinese). They're having a real renaissance,
blowing Hollywood and Bollywood away). If this surprise film is typical of new Thai films,
then there goes my movie budget.
In the last decade Chinese and Japanese films have made giant leaps. For more welcome-to-a-new-age entertaining Thai films, see Chocolate.Read more ›
Part 1 deals with the power structure of the region and fleshing out how important figures became who they were. Honestly at times it even feels like a made-for-tv historical movie. It can be a tad bit boring at times but the thoroughness of it keeps you from having to pause the movie and run to Google for elaboration. Part 2 on the other hand feels like a war epic. Everything is different from the musical score down to the cinematography - It just has a different feel. Having gotten all the ground work out of the way leaves the movie free to jump right into war. Albeit slow, I must admit the backstory of Part 1 was completely necessary for me. Although movies commonly use Indochina as a setting they almost never go into the history of the region or give them identity beyond stereotypical Southeast Asian jungle scenes. There is an entire history of culture and conflict that's very interesting and completely untapped. If you go into the first disk looking for a history lesson you'll find it much more bearable. Once you get through it you can relax and enjoy Part 2 without trying to understand the who's or why's. Granted it's probably not 100% accurate, but what movie is? The important part is the movie was informative enough to at least pique your interest in the history of the region.
So what you end up with is a movie that's both historical re-enactment and war epic. In total it's about 5.5 hours long but honestly when you purchase a film like this you shouldn't be expecting a popcorn flick.
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What can I say, a great two part movie. One of my top 50 favorites, possibly top ten.Published 1 month ago by History Buff
Lengthy, but well worth the time. I'm glad I purchased this!!Published 5 months ago by Stormy Harris
The movie is awesome but I have to skip scene I on disc two because it causes my DVD player software on my laptop to hang...Published 17 months ago by Charles D. Urban
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