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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00280QNK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. O'Boyle on 27 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I have just seen this remake of the Sidney Lumet classic about a jury deliberation. Not a trace of the urbane and articulate Henry Fonda. This classic story has been refracted through the cultural stratosphere of modern day russia traumatised by the horrors of Grozny and battling to come to grips with the new era of political emancipation. Communism is represented by the long ugly pipe that snakes its way across the gym ceiling as a constant reminder of the shoddy workmanship belonging to the old times. Freedom is represented by a bird that flits gaily and innocently throughout the gymnasium space trapped for the duration of the film.
The 12 jurors are a brilliant mix of misfits that have jumped straight from the extraordinary tradition of russian story telling. The masters of russian literature immediately come to mind. Each tells a personal story that appears several light years away from the evidence they are meant to be assessing and yet in some mysterious way is not completely unhinged from it. The story of the murder unfolds as the film progresses with occasional flashbacks to Chechnya and the young accused's life. Enter into the jury room a galaxy of russian citizens from all walks of life who shout and scream at each others stupidity yet weep at each others person recollections with a genuineness that permits them to be persuaded. The tables of certainty are gradually and painstakingly turned by each jurors personal journey. They all want a quick verdict so that they can get back to their lives. They are all irritated by the failure to wrap matters up speedily and convict the obvious murderer.
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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
A Russian's Point of View 30 Aug. 2009
By Russki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I accidentally stumbled upon this movie one boring Friday night when I stopped by a local Blockbuster store. Never even heard of it before and at first rolled my eyes thinking that this would be Mikhalkov's feeble attempt to remake a classic that I like so much. As an expatriate from the former Soviet Union, I tend to be a bit suspicious when it comes to Russian attempts to "go Hollywood." Yet, I felt some weird pull to rent it...

I must say, this movie completely blew me away!!! I would imagine it tough reading the subtitles for a movie that relies so heavily on dialog and small nuances of speech and my hat is off to those of you who were willing to invest the time to watch this movie. It's also sad that some of the things got lost in translation: accents of some of the jurors, or the fact that the bombed cafe in the flash-back scenes was called "Cheburashka" - a sweet stuffed animal cartoon character every Russian child grew up with (oh, the irony!), or that the hand-scribbled sign above the entrance into the basement where the boy was hiding read, "Don't shoot, there are women and children inside," etc. Nevertheless, the fact that none of these things - the length, the subtitles, the little things lost in translation, the cultural differences - took away from the power of the movie serves as a testament to the director's craft. Simply superb!
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
12 Is Not a 10, But Close! 17 July 2009
By Smith's Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
You know how it goes: Someone tells you an "art" film is good, you put it on your list, you Netflix or rent it. And then it sits, because you don't have quite enough energy to watch something that might require your brain to kick into first gear. Such was 12, with me, until I decided to give it the "30 minute test": if I wasn't hooked in 30 minutes, back to Netflix with this sucker.

I was hooked inside of ten minutes. This Russian language film (English subtitles)serves notice that the Russki's really can make good films, REALLY good films. Based on the premise of the original American drama Twelve Angry Men, a Chechen teen is accused of murdering his Russian stepfather. The jury expects deliberation will take less than a half hour, the audience knows otherwise.

Though borrowed from an American film, 12 is uniquely, and in many ways, purely Russian. Using sharply defined acting and amazingly detailed character studies, 12 unfolds for Westerners an intimate portrait of Russia in the 21st century, and a fascinating and engaging portrait it is. In a way reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, the story unfolds as each juror tells a story about life in Russia, each story but one whittling down the guilty votes. Each story reveals the Russian soul and temperament in ways that a dry treatise simply cannot.

Complete with a twist at the end that is engaging and powerful, this film will please any viewer that prides him/herself on being a student of foreign cinema. A bit lengthy (hey, ever heard of a Russian novel that was SHORT?) 12 will reward a bit of patience richly.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Soul of Russia 26 Aug. 2009
By J. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This film is a glimpse into the very soul of Russia: Outsized, florid, flamboyant, cruel, petty, funny, and poetic. It is as if Gogol's Dead Souls were transported to a 21st century courtroom. The gruesome flashbacks to the horrors of the Chechen War provide resonance, context, and meaning. The acting is superb (if extravagant), and the direction and montage artful, even at times beautiful. Mysterious and poetical symbols are scattered throughout; it is a credit to the director's skill that they remain so effective. Two hours and 40 minutes of speeches you have to read as subtitles may seem like a chore. It is instead a moving and illuminating experience.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
masterpiece 23 July 2009
By R. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Im going to keep his short isn't much to say. Yes it is like 12 angry men (one of my favorite films) but 12 goes off in a direction and much deeper than previously explored in the former. I also think this film has a greater reach in its humanity and is far more existential. Acting, directing, and writing were flawless. Drama with a bit of psycho drama. Typical of Russian art, length is not of consequence, the movie runs about 2.40minutes and subtitled.

Rarely do I rate movies 5 star, but this film has the capacity to change the way you at least look at life.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
tremendous 25 July 2009
By Tim Rider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tremendous film by Nikita Mikhalkov - an all time Russian great film director. Mikhalkov has been under some criticism for getting too cozy with the Russian powers, including Putin personally. But in my eyes, he redeems himself here by making a powerful and poignant film about today's Russia.. Mikhalkov touches on all the uncomfortable topics of racism, anti-semitism and huge gap between the rich and the poor. The topics raised in this film will resonate with any Western viewer, so do not be put off by subtitles. This was 2.5 hour investment worth every second.
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