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Marco Polo - The Complete Miniseries - BD [Blu-ray]
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His personal journey changed the European understanding of the world forever. This is the absorbing true story of Venetian explorer Marco Polo s arduous trek to the East and beyond. Literally, it s the adventure of a lifetime.
Sent on a mission to accompany two priests to china with the goal of converting Kublai Khan (Brian Dennehy, Golden Globe winner for Death of a Salesman) and his court to Christianity, Marco Polo (Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries, Lost) finds himself left to carry on alone when the priests turn back. But Polo pushes on till he reaches the court of Kublai Khan where along with his servant, Pedro (BD Wong, Law & Order: SVU) he is accepted and lives for many years despite clear danger. After two decades Polo returns to the West with a chronicle of his experiences.
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The sets and costumes were very nice, but the story was very slow paced and became tedious to watch. Some of the fighting scenes were good and it was interesting to see B.D. Wong ("Pedro") performing martial arts.
Historically, Kublai Khan wished to meet with Marco Polo because he had never seen a European before. The casting of Brian Dennehy as Kublai Khan was a poor decision. It's offensive enough seeing a Caucasian actor in an Asian role, but on top of that, his acting was painfully bad.
I suppose seeing this movie might get some people interested in reading Marco Polo's book and learning more about that part of history. Probably more interesting than watching this made for TV movie.