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Red Cliff International Version - Part I & Part II [Blu-ray]
Director's Cut ed.
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RED CLIFF is the epic historical drama based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty. A power-hungry Prime Minister-turned-General Cao Cao seeks permission from the Han Dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords who stand in his way, Liu Bei and Sun Quan. Vastly outnumbered by Cao Cao's brutal, fast-approaching army, the warlords band together to mount a heroic campaign - unrivaled in history - that changes the face of China forever.
The Making of Red Cliff: The Long Road
Storyboarding Red Cliff from Script to Screen with John Woo
HDNet: A Look at Red Cliff
A Conversation with John Woo: The Journey of Red Cliff
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The reason for not giving this 5 stars is not based on the movie but the fact that Amazon leads you to believe that your purchase comes with the instant video option so you can play it on your portable devices. Amazon, in fact only give you access to the first video digitally, not the full set that you are actually purchasing. Even though I was purchasing the DVD set, I always look for the digital copies and I use the DVD’s as a backup. I mostly watch videos on my phone or tablet, and now my Amazon Fire Stick, with this purchase I am left in the 90’s until I get home to play the second video on DVD.
The storyline is based on a telling of a historical event in Chinese history that is widely known in China but not so much outisde of Asia. Wu has enhanced the traditional storyline with his own additions. What is amazing is how fast this movie goes. Despite it being something like five hours long, one is spellbound with the acting, visuals and effects. The film is not slow or boring at all. I watched it again and finally ordered a copy of my own because this is such a wonderful film that I will definitely watch it over and over again through the years.
John Wu has out done himself with this truly great work of cinema. I only wish I had seen it on the big screen in the theater. The acting is terrific and even though there is not an English track and one has to "read" the movie, it is not too overwhelming to read since there are many extended visuals. I highly recommend this excellent film of the first order. It's great fun!
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