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** ATTENTION! ** Russian IMPORT DVD - MOVIE is ENGLISH LAGUAGE VERSION! (Please DO NOT be confused by Russian text on Cover, This movie is in English)..... Please read carefully: This is an Import DVD - RUSSIAN IMPORT! Russian produced & released DVD. NTSC (USA and Canada), ALL REGIONS, REGION 0, DIGITALLY REMASTERED, Anamorphic WIDESCREEN. AUDIO OPTIONS: Dolby Digital 5.1 ENGLISH (movie was filled in English language and is completely in English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 RUSSIAN (voice-over). ** Original Russian language text & artwork on DVD Cover & Disc! ................................................................................................SYNOPSIS: After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, Arthur Welsley was victorious in Spain, but has never faced Napoleon. Welsley stands between Napoleon with a mixed army of Prussians, Mercenaries, Brits and Belgians. Napoleon's victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. The two meet at Waterloo where the fate of Europe will be decided... Even though it may say Region 5 on back cover, this is a Region 0, All Regions DVD - Will PLAY on US, Canada DVD players.
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Yes, it includes the events leading up to the battle; how could it not? And they are BRILLIANT, Steiger and Plummer have absolutely never been better. How there is not an American Blu-ray edition of this classic so they could make more money off of it is beyond me; yes, it's only the cover, here, that's in Russian, but I'm betting even that much intimidates people. FEAR NOT: as others have said, it's in English, and it's a meticulous, step-by-step recreation of all the legendary events leading to, involved in, and then immediately after the battle. There just has never been a movie about a SINGLE BATTLE that made it so comprehensible by the unique method of sticking to FACTS! The supporting cast are all well known; and even poor Jack Hawkins, using the difficult speech he had to employ after losing his voice-box to cancer, is just as wonderful as ever. Look, too, for Dan O'Herlihy as Maréchal Ney, a genius supporting role and a big departure, for him. And Bondarchuk's direction, well, what can you say? The man who gave us the amazing scenes of Borodino and Moscow in Russia's wonderful version of "War and Peace," shown here as a mini-series in the 1970s and still great, simply grew and grew in this movie, insisting on recreating every famous moment and even every famous painting of the battle (the Charge of the Scots Greys is so like the immortal painting that it's chilling). I had the chance to tell O'Herlihy once in his last years how much I love this movie, and he was almost stunned, so few people mention it; but when I told him how brilliant he was, he warmed up a lot, and then I asked him about Sergei Bondarchuk, and he kind of laughed in amazement and said, "Well, I think Bondarchuk was a madman!" Because of his insane drive and insistence on getting everything just right according to history. (Too bad Bondarchuk's Russian music video director son didn't learn the lesson for his recreation of "Stalingrad," which is at heart a crappy melodrama).
In sum, if you're ever going to watch the story of one BATTLE, well: this may not be the greatest WAR movie ever, but it is the greatest and most accurate portrayal of one battle. GET IT, GET IT, GET IT!!!