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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SKAT2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,355 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?


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.

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 14 Jan. 2009
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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2012
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I'll start right off and say I practically loved this film, but let me state that I loved it for none of the reasons I was expecting I would, prior to the viewing. Upon loading the disc I was prepared for over two hours of deep cranial work taking in the destruction of the Mayan civilisation, perhaps an insightful look at this particular race of people and how they lived? What I got was actually one of the best action movies of the 00s!

Looking at the ream of reviews here and viewing all the threads across this particular site it is evident that I was not on my own in being torpedoed as to how the film panned out, was it Mel Gibson's intention from the off to do a straight action piece in subtitles ?, perhaps he started off to do a deep thinker but quickly realised that he could make a top dollar actioner instead? Either way this film delivers royally to those who get much from the action genre itself, and thankfully I count myself amongst that number.

Mel Gibson ups the violence quotient here, perhaps not quite for violence sake, but very nearly because it's part of a story that uses every cliché in the action film book, in essence the film is a simple chase/revenge plot piece, only here the added gimmick of a civilisation long past puts a bit more weight on the freshly stripped of skin bones. What lifts this film above your standard genre pieces tho is the great work Gibson does with his camera, he knows his money shots, he can frame a breathtaking scene very well indeed, and he manages to get tremendous performances from a largely unknown (and some never worked before) cast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian G. Laschke on 15 Jan. 2015
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Unless you are briefed by someone who has seen this movie, nothing, absolutely nothing, can prepare you for what you are about to see. This is like nothing you have ever experienced before. For what it does to your senses and emotions, be prepared for a 2 hour riveting, exciting, horrifying, gory, cliff-hanging, roller coaster ride which will leave you totally drained - but it is worth every minute that you gave up to watch it. Absolutely amazing, but I am not going to spoil it for you by dissecting it now. See the movie, you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mp Barker on 1 Dec. 2010
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This film is amazingly captivating and emotional, and really does a great job of showing how the actions of the Mayan civilisation has direct and unsavoury consequences for other less civilised tribes.

The setting for this film is idyllic sprawling rainforest, and the actors are played by Mexicans and Native Americans speaking in the Yucatec Maya language accompanied by subtitles.

Rudy Youngblood is fantastic in the lead role of the tribesman, Jaguar Paw, who is captured, along with all of the men of his tribe to be taken to the Mayan city as a blood sacrifice to the Gods.

This film does not stop from the word go, and does not disappoint either. If you can forgive some of the far-fetched parts of the action, and can stomach the often brutal violence, this makes for a fast-paced spectacle of courage and stamina that is wholly engaging right till the end credits.
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