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Ironclad [Blu-ray][Region Free][2011]


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  • Actors: Kate Mara, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Paul Giamatti, Jason Flemyng
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Historical action adventure set in the Middle Ages. In 1215 England, King John (Paul Giamatti) has reluctantly signed the Magna Carta treaty, but quickly reneges on the promises drawn up in the charter and leads an army to the southern coast of England to take down the rebel barons who forced him to sign it. A courageous group of Knights Templar must now face off against King John's army as they place Rochester Castle under siege. Brian Cox, Jason Flemyng, James Purefoy and Charles Dance co-star.

Synopsis

It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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154 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Banea on 13 May 2011
Format: DVD
If you love siege films then you'll love this.
Based arounf King John's exploits and the Lords of the time forcing the signing of the Magna Carta this focus' on James Purefoys Knight Templar as he wrestles with his conscience and beliefs after time spent on the Crusades.
The film is gritty, visceral and honest in it's approach to war and battle.
Some beautiful vista shots contrast brilliantly with the dirt and poverty of life for the everyday man.

I was gripped from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on 9 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say this was inspired by an historical event, rather than being based upon it. Historically this comes after "Robin Hood", and before "Season of the Witch." It is certainly more historical than "Season of the Witch" and "Robin Hood."

Paul Giamatti is a great actor, although previous actors have portrayed King John as being a lot taller. The movie makes statements such as when the knight is talking to his squire:

Knight: "Have you ever killed a man before?"
Squire: "No"
Knight: "It is not a noble thing."
Squire: "Even when it is for freedom?"
Knight: "Even when it is for God."

The battle really had nothing to do about freedom. The whole Magna Carta was designed to give rich barons more power over the king. It was a struggle within the feudal system as to who would be the boss. The serfs were still serfs no matter who sat on the throne.

This movie takes place after King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta and then he instantly reneges on it. John employs the use of foreign mercenaries to go after and kill each of the barons who signed the document. Baron Albany decides to take a stand with a small group of fighters while waiting for help from the French...who will be their new king, all the while spouting about the "freedom of men." The movie climaxes at the siege of Rochester Castle which was initially turned into a battle and included a Knight Templar. The fighting includes blood splattering on the camera lens and a man being cut in half (lengthwise).
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128 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. T. Bale on 1 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Ironclad is based on the historical siege of Rochester castle by King John. The film is period authentic, very violent, totally gripping, spoiled only by an over the top performance by Paul Giametti as King John. But you can feel and smell the period, and if you have a strong stomach, for these were bloody times indeed, you will enjoy this. It deserved a better life in cinemas than the short one it got.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 18 May 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this recently at a cinema in Dubai so I am surprised it is soon out on release. As said elsewhere it deserves more support. Surprisingly bloody, and that is probably why, but shame on the distributors. Nevertheless it is a very good film but not for the faint hearted. A sort of Magnificent Seven in armour, and why not!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonny on 10 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An enjoyable Sunday afternoon movie. English history is fudged and muddled for narrative purposes and the plot takes a predictable but fun course. Ragtag bunch of soldiers, impossible odds, fighty fighty fight.

The cast makes this better than it otherwise would be. Charles Dance proves there's more to him than lions and Lannister gold, Brian Cox leaves no piece of scenery unchewed and the always supremely cool James Purefoy does an excellent turn as a Templar knight. Also worthy of a mention is Vladimir Kulich who plays a surprisingly noble enemy mercenary. His was one of the deeper characters in this film.

So in summary, this won't challenge you. It won't redefine your life. It's no masterpiece, but if it's raining outside and you fancy a cup of tea and a good film, this might just be it. Seven out of ten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a gritty and very graphic action-packed movie set in the dark ages during the reign of 'King John'
'Thomas' (James Purefoy) returns to England having served the Church in the Crusades, he is due to be released from his 'Templar' vows, however 'England' is a land ruled by 'King John' who after signing the 'Magna-Carta' renages on his promise drafting in an army from europe to crush those that had apposed him.
'Thomas' along with a small group of battle-hardened warriors aim to defend a strategic Castle in Southern England from the 'King' and the drafted-in army......the odds --1000 vs the 20 defenders.
plenty of high drama and action.............worth a spin if yer' into action movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Overambitious given the small budget alleged to have been spent on this. I suppose it sort of proves that the really expensive movies are the way to go. But what Hollywood person would be interested in making one about the town of Rochester UK?
If you like lots of sword swinging brutality then this might be your thing. Don't expect much else from the hazy plot and acting. Some good names in here but was all that fuss really worth it to rescue Zoe Barnes? She was a right old trollop in Game of Cards but she can act, here she is wasted.
Oh, and pig lovers look elsewhere....
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