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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan [Blu-ray]
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History knows him as Genghis Khan, but before he became a warlord, he was simply a man named Temudgin. Exiled into slavery as a boy and forced into a life of struggle after his father is killed by a rival clan, the greatest military mastermind of all time survived on the strength of a single dream: to unite his people into the largest empire the world has ever known. Asano Tadanobu portrays Temudgin in director Sergei Bodrov's sweeping, Academy Award nominated epic full of breathtaking landscapes and bloody battles that follows the Mongol warrior as he escapes the shackles of bondage, finds love and rises to become the general who would create history's most powerful empire.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : 4314813
- Director : Sergei Bodrov
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Blu-ray
- Run time : 2 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : October 14, 2008
- Actors : Asano Tadanobu, Sun Hong-Lei, Khulan Chuluun
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Bob Berney, Sergey Selyanov, Bulat Galimgereyev, Sergei Bodrov, Alec Shulmann
- Language : Mongolian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B001C0JCNS
- Writers : Arif Aliyev, Sergei Bodrov
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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On a personal note I've studied... no no not of schooling but as schooling just for my own personal knowledge ... I love learning of people in history ... Warriors in part to learn not only of who they were as Warriors but who they were as people and you really did capture that and I thank you for that especially ... Genghis Khan who doesn't usually get a fair shake in movies.
thank you for telling the story and the way that history did not remember him ...
Kathy from Vacaville California
I am no more qualified than anyone to discuss how accurately this movie portrays the life story of Genghis Khan, though as a descendent of Mongols and having traveled extensively in the footsteps of Temüjin by way of foot, camel and jeep I can say that much of what I saw such as the sharing of milk, the blessing over it, the drunken parties, the relationships of the Mongolians with their families and with each other, and the background scenery of much of this movie is dead-on accurate. I've been there ... the movie, in a sometimes idealized way, often shows us exactly what Temüjin himself saw 900 years ago.
Taken as a movie, not a history book, the cinematography is excellent. The music is eerily accurate as a popularized version of exactly what camel herders and local entertainers performed for me and have performed for others for centuries. The costumes were romanticized, of course, in most cases. There were times it was hard to focus that we are talking about the 12th century and the movie's costuming simply jumped all over time and space.
I am extremely happy that the dialogue of the Mongolian actors was in their native dialect (while the Chinese actors spoke Mandarin and some of the other characters spoke in a Turkic dialect). With my limited knowledge of the Mongolian language I recognized what the people I lived with in Mongolia spoke to me. The sub-titles were well done. To dub the dialogue into the local language of the movie's viewer would have utterly destroyed the movie.
I'm not sure what I expected from this movie before seeing it, maybe a preachy documentary or something featuring Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian in the lead roles to sell at the box office, unfortunately if Hollywood made this movie that may actually have been the case. It was easy to ease into the more casual and less hammy acting of the actors who were chosen. There were no miscasts, although Honglei Sun as Jamukha might be just a little over the top with his backaches and neckaches.
Watch the movie with an open and relaxed mind and tune in on the many subtleties used to help us understand the conditions and circumstances that formed one of the most memorable people in all of history. Take time to dissect the battle scenes to see how Temüjin progressed from being the underdog to becoming Genghis Khan, perhaps the most brilliant military strategians of all time. And do read the subtitles, there aren't that many of them.
I highly recommend this movie.
The multi-ethnic cast does well and has pretty good chemistry together. The action scenes are well done and although the blood spatter is a little fake, it does not take you out of the scene too much. It's well shot, well acted, and while some parts are a little rough due to using so many different groups of people, it still does an amazing job of entertaining you and telling an exciting story. It is definitely one you shouldn't miss!
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This Blu Ray offers a very clear, beautiful picture and is the best way to view this epic.
This region B 25GB disc for once is superior to the US region free release as audio track on the region B copy of this movie has Mongolian DTS-HD Master Audio and Mongolian Dolby Digital Stereo with Hard encoded English subtitles whereas the American copy is only Dolby Digital 5.1 with English and Spanish subtitles the UK release is encoded using VC-1 codec as is the US but the UK version is in the original 2.39.1 aspect ratio the American has been changed to 2.35.1 ratio both copies are in full 1080p resolution but the UK copy seems to have had a better transfer showing off the wonderful landscapes to their full effect, there are only a couple of bonus items "The making of Mongol" and the theatrical trailer there also appears to be no extras at all on the US copy both versions of the movie have the full running time of 126 minutes.
Comparing the Blu-ray against the DVD the sound of the horses hoof beats thunder across the plains watching the Blu-ray along with a better and more realistic palette of colours that look brighter and clearer and now watching the Blu-ray the DVD has a lifeless and dull looking with a lacklustre soundtrack that sounds muffled compared to the HD format a worthy addition to a Blu-ray collection.....
The name Genghis Khan raises thoughts of the world's most brutal conqueror, but director Sergei Bodrov seeks to change all this, showing us a highly intelligent, fair minded and forward thinking leader.
With so little known of Genghis Kahn except for his conquests one wonders if all the humane characteristics attributed to him have historical validity, for example pioneering the concept of diplomatic immunity, not killing women and children, fairness, and a very simple legal code.
Mongol is the first film in a proposed trilogy on the life of Genghis Khan (Tadanobu Asano), and covers the period from the death of his father to his status as leader.
Terrible trials are attributed to the young Genghis with repeated captures and imprisonments, finally emerging as the leader, his selecting a wife Borte (Khulan Chuluun) at the age of ten and their future relationship. Also his best friend Jamukha (Honglei Sun) becomes his deadliest enemy.
This is not an action packed epic, but towards the end there are some fine battle scenes. The best cavalry manoeuvre I have ever seen occurs when a charge suddenly changes into a crescent formation with the riders wielding two swords, (one in each hand with the tips touching their neighbours) mounting a truly terrifying assault.
Shot in beautiful Mongolian country, dialogue in Mongolian, mainly with Japanese actors.
Beautifully acted, filmed, produced and with a fascinating film score this is a great DVD.