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Tournament [Blu-ray]

4.3 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. Every seven years, thirty of the world's most deadly assassins face off against one another for an outrageous cash prize. There's only one rule: kill or die. As dozens of wealthy gamblers watch via closed-circuit TV, a city is overrun by brutal assassins - all aiming to be the last one standing. Starring Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu and Robert Carlyle, The Tournament is an explosive, action-loaded thriller where the winner takes all. Universal. 2009.

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Product Details

  • Format: Blu-ray, Import, NTSC
  • Language: French, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mca Can/Zoom
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MX3T2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Languishing in development and production hell for what seems to be an eternity, Scott Mann's film THE TOURNAMENT finally gets a proper DVD release Oct 20th. The "combat death game" genre has been inundated with several films throughout the years such as BATTLE ROYAL, BLOODSPORT and THE ULTIMATE GAME. THE TOURNAMENT makes its mark by delivering a knockout punch with over the top action and enough plot twists to keep the viewer interested.

The story opens seven years ago with Ving Rhames character in a final bloodbath in a sordid meat packing company with two other assassins vying for the title of "World's Greatest Assassin". The scene is ultra sadistic, chaotic and bullets are flying like candy from an out of control mechanical Pez dispenser. As soon as Ving wins the battle, the environment rapidly shifts forward to the present day and the next tournament begins.

The present day battle, taking place in England, centers on 30 contestants all vying for a 10 million dollar prize and a chance to be hailed as the "World's Greatest Assassin". Each of the contestants is fitted with a two way tracking device which not only allows them to be seen by the game's ringleader, but also to be tracked by each other, on a blackberry type gadget. There are street cams, sat cams which are logged in with real time feeds to record the action for high stakes gamblers relaxing comfortably in front of jumbo screens surveying this game of death.

Each one of the devices contains a personal explosive as in the movie FORTRESS. The devises are heat sensitive and the tracking lights go out when either removed or the person expires. This is never fully explained, nor is it consistent. This fact is a major incongruity and contradiction, while also rather confusing.
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This is a popcorn flick through and through. There is a plot (well two plots) and a lot of brass hits the floor.
If you enjoy some solid acting in between the fights, this had it. The fights are well choreographed and fun to watch if you don't mind a pretty high splatter rate.
Top marks to Kelly Hui and Robert Carlyle for making the characters interesting so I cared about what happened to them.
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All the best assassins in the world come together every 7 years to a different city in the world and kill each other to see who is the best and the rich guys bet on it. Story in a nutshell....but the actors make the difference in this movie. Ving Rhames and Kelly Hu are terrific and Robert Carlyle as the drunken priest who accidentally becomes involved is good too. Ian Somerhalder has a small part as a nutjob killer and he is a stand out in that small bit. Don't expect an academy award nominated movie just sit back and have some sun...gory and gritty. Not for the queasy.
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Format: Blu-ray
The Tournament is one of those action films you've never heard of but is actually superior to the PG-13 trash that passes for Hollywood action these days (I'm looking at YOU, Die Hard 4). It barely got into cinemas for a week in October 2010 and you shouldn't let it slip away.

Robert Carlyle plays a washed-up priest who is caught up in a once-every-seven-years competition in which 30 of the world's best hitmen are pitted against each other in an unsuspecting, random town. The location this time is Middlesborough, England and the 24-hour bloodbath paints the town red before the climactic last-man-standing finale. Among the many hitmen are the gorgeous Kelly Hu and the burly Ving Rhames. There's not much time for character development, but the main trio work well off each other in between the brutal action scenes.

The Tournament does use some CGI blood effects in a few shots, not as awful as it usually is, but most of the gore is good, old-fashioned make-up. And when I said they paint the town red I really do mean it. The film is wonderfully gory in a way we just don't see in action movies anymore. Plus the stunts are all done for real in front of the camera, which makes it all the more visceral and visually appealing.

Don't write-off the Tournament. It delivers everything it promises. It doesn't rewrite the rules or set any new, genre-defining standard, but it's still better than modern, family-friendly 'action'.

The Blu Ray looks good in 1.78:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound. There are no extras.
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Ving Rhames is by no means an Oscar winning character or even nod on a good day. In The Tournament, a rehash of any and all 'fight til the death and only one man (or woman) can win' movie, Rhames plays Joshua Harlow, the reigning assassin champion and nearly odds-even favorite.

A mysterious "someone" puts a hit on Harlow's wife which eventually lures him into The Tournament again. He was there for vengeance. Only, who did it? Enter Lai Lai Zhen (Kelly Hu - X-men 2 [Blu-ray], The Scorpion King), the baddest of the bad ass women. Taking a page from the 'hooker with a heart of gold', Zhen befriends Father MacAvoy (Robert Carlyle - Trainspotting), a washed out, alcoholic, has been of a priest who unwittingly swallows a tracking device of an assassin in the tournament.

The rest of this movie is a cat and mouse game of hide and seek, ah, make that "Hide and kill" with Harlow and Zhen down to the last to finalists. This movie will keep your attention while watching it but as soon as it's over pretty much any impact it had made on your will dissipate leaving nothing but a warm and fuzzy feeling of being entertained and a loss of 90 minutes. It's good but it's neither great nor memorable.
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