"Bang-Rajan" is a pioneer among Thai action films: it is really the first one that made it outside the country thanks to the efforts of Oliver Stone, who distributed the movie abroad. "Bang Rajan" is Shakespearian in tone, brutal at times, always realistic (a lot of battles are filmed with hand held camera) and uiltimately very moving (the historical event on which this film is based is the equivalent of Thailand's "The Alamo"). The success of Bang-Rajan would lead to the equally successful "Suriyothai" (defended this time by Coppola), and the "Kingdom of War" saga (four films out and counting). So it is fair to say that "Bang-Rajan" changed Thai cinema for the best since it increased its exposure, and this is fully deserved.
Kudos have to go to Bey Logan, indefatigable defender of Asian cinema, for a very rich edition: a commentary with Mike Leeder (a bit shallow overall), fantastic interviews of actors, actresses, producer, director on what was a gruelling shooting, and two documentaries. Overall, a must have for fans of good epic cinema (one does not need to be a fan of Asian movies to enjoy this): very inspiring indeed.