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Apocalypto [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: Mayan
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SKAT2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mel Gibson's highly respected and multi-Oscar nominated historical epic set in the ancient Mayan civilization. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is the son of tribal leader Flint Sky (Morris Birdyellowhead) and when their village is viciously attacked by the a raiding party under Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo), he witnesses his father's murder. Jaguar Paw manages to make safe his wife and child in an underground pit with a lone vine for its escape route. He and the other men fight gamely but are brought to heel by Zero Wolf's men. As the raiding party marches their prisoners off the escape vine is cut, trapping mother and child underground. The prisoners are taken to a sacrificial pyramid to prepare for a solar eclipse at which many of them will be brutally and gruesomely dissected. The remaining few (including Jaguar Paw) are let loose in a wide field for sport - Zero Wolf's men raining spears, stones and arrows on them. Jaguar Paw negotiates the suicidal run and, though injured, bypasses a raider 'finisher', Zero Wolf's son, Cut Rock, by killing him. An enraged Zero Wolf pursues Jaguar Paw into the jungle with his fellow raiders. Can Jaguar Paw reach his dying family before the murderous Zero Wolf reaches him?

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Forget any off-screen impressions you may have of Mel Gibson, and experience Apocalypto as the mad, bloody runaway train that it is. The story is set in the pre-Columbian Maya population: one village is brutally overrun, its residents either slaughtered or abducted, by a ruling tribe that needs slaves and human sacrifices. We focus on the capable warrior Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), although Gibson skillfully sketches a whole population of characters--many of whom don't survive the early reels. Most of the film is set in the dense jungle, but the middle section, in a grand Mayan city, is a dazzling triumph of design, costuming, and sheer decadent terror. The movie itself is a triumph of brutality, as Gibson lets loose his well-established fascination with bodily mortification in a litany of assaults including impalement, evisceration, snakebite, and bee stings. It's a dark, disgusted vision, but Gibson doesn't forget to apply some very canny moviemaking instincts to the violence--including the creation of a tremendous pair of villains (strikingly played by Raoul Trujillo and Rodolfo Palacias). The film is in a Maya dialect, subtitled in English, and shot on digital video (which occasionally betrays itself in some blurry quick pans). Amidst all the mayhem, nothing in the film is more devastating than a final wordless exchange of looks between captured villager Blunted (Jonathan Brewer) and his wife's mother (Maria Isabel Diaz), a superb change in tone from their early relationship. Yes, this is an obsessive, crazed movie, but Gibson knows what he's doing. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 14 Jan 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I first saw Apocalypto when it was released on DVD about a year and a half ago. I found the film to be original and impressive; a breath of fresh air in a historical genre that had become predictable and stale.

Whatever you think of Mel Gibson as a person, it's hard to deny that he's a good director. Apocalypto was a huge financial risk on his part, considering he'd taken a very obscure part of history and put his own inventive, original twist on the story. It took a lot of guts to cast unknown Native American actors and have them speak in the Maya language; a risk that most conventional directors would have never taken as it would have beeen box office suicide (especially when you consider the 18 rating).

The result is one of the most breathtaking, exciting and vibrant historical epics of the last few years. Gibson took a story that most Hollywood film executives wouldn't touch, and made it into a heart pounding and exhilirating action-adventure.

Although the film might sound like your typical art film (subtitles, unknown actors, elaborate costumes, 138 minute running time) Gibson manages to make the film easily understandable without sacrificing its substance. The film although set in the past, is hardly a history lesson. If anything, the film has been widely criticised for its numerous historical inaccuracies, perhaps the largest being that the film is set during the 16th century, but Classical Maya Civilisation had already collapsed between the late 9th and early 10th centuries.

With that in mind, it's worth covering the story which is simplistic but displayed with a lot of verve. It revolves around a young hunter named Jaguar Paw who lives in a isolated village, deep in the Yucatan Jungle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr P on 8 May 2008
Format: Blu-ray
The film is very good. Exciting, interesting, mysterious. I have 'only' given it four stars because I just felt something was missing, as well as for the historical inaccuracies.

I won't review the film much as there are so many other reviews. I did think I might be a bit bored by some 'adventure' film about native tribes in the forest, but actually it is very well done. The dialogue, although subtitled, is what brings the film to life. Quite fascinating really, I recommend seeing it. At some stages however the interactions of the various characters just do not ring true and the hollywood need for action becomes apparent.

The Blu Ray offers 5.1 and 5.1 uncompressed sound. No DTS. My current amp only plays 5.1 or DTS unfortunately, but the standard 5.1 sound was still very good.

The Blu Ray picture quality is excellent. Very vivid, some amazing scenes. There is a waterfall sequence that is particularly cool.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Williams on 4 Mar 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is what blu-ray presentation was made for. An absolutely stunning film that uses the technology to the full. Every rustle of the grass, every whisker of the jaguar's face, was picked out with astonishing clarity. I almost felt I had to wipe the humidity of the jungle off my brow as I watched it. The story is a straightforward tale of a community ripped apart by violent outsiders and the struggle for one of its inhabitants to flee from his captors and return to his doomed family. But it is in such simplicity that the story is made. The villains are bad beyond redemption and you long for their deaths, you root for the hero from the moment he is taken, and you prey for a happy ending to his plight - may his family be saved. Gibson knows exactly what he is doing and the viewer actually cares about what they are watching. Before viewing the movie, I was troubled about the level of violence contained in the film and, whilst there is undoubtedly some gore - ripping out a beating heart is never going to be pretty - I found nothing that wasn't essential to the plot or added to the menacing atmosphere of the period depicted. Don't let the lurid tales put you off. As an archaeologist, I was also drawn into the debate about authenticity but such thoughts were quickly banished by the pulsating intensity and sheer brilliance of the film. Similarly, the subtitles are forgotten and the foreign language even adds to the feeling that what you are witnessing is real; this actually happened. Apocalypto is stunning - an experience rather than a movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Cole on 9 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
I was not sure what to expect as I had not paid much attention to the trailer for this. If you have not seen it, then you simply must. The film is about the Mayan civilisation . Jaguar Paw's journey is one viewers really connect with. It's one of those films where you simply can't describe it well enough, it must be viewed. I was left exhausted when it finished, I felt as I had run every step with Jaguar Paw!
Top class from Mel Gibson, absolutely brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Within the rain forests of South America 'Jaguar Paw' lives a peaceful and simple life with his wife, son, and
tribe around him.
They hunt the jungle to live as their ancestors had done before them.
During a hunt the village hunters meet up with the remains of a tribe seemingly fleeing their homeland seeking
a new beginning.
The sight of their fear troubles 'Jaguar Paw' he knows there is something terribly wrong, his concerns are soon
confirmed as the village is attacked by a tribe from afar, many are killed and many are captured, 'Jaguar Paw'
manages to hide his wife and son in a pit close to his village.
'Jaguar Paw' now captured along with the many now faces a long and treacherous journey, he hopes he is able
to return very soon to save his heavily pregnant wife and son from certain death.
The prisoners have been captured by 'The Mayan' a mystical culture with many diverse beliefs and superstitions,
who's crops are failing, the captured villagers will be sold as slaves the remainder sacrificed to appease their
Gods.
The captives have never seen a city made from rock before its quite an experience, though the experience won't
last for long for many.
Meanwhile 'Jaguar Paw's' wife and child have no food and little water, he will have to survive the sacrifice line up,
escape from a deadly 'Mayan' trial, and outrun and take down pursuers, the odds of either he or indeed his family
surviving are slim.
An exciting and sprawling epic that is often intensely graphic and brilliantly portrayed, the story depicting in part
a version of a great civilisations decline and desperate effort to avoid what is to come by offering and endless
stream of victims for sacrifice to please their Gods.
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