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Ironclad [DVD] [2011]

James Purefoy , Paul Giamatti , Jonathan English    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Purefoy, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6ZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A medieval Magnificent Seven, that combines the visceral, stylized action of 300 with the impassioned heroism and romance of Braveheart. Starring James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), and Paul Giamatti (Shoot ‘Em Up), Ironclad is an ultra-violent action thriller that tells the true story of a motley crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country’s freedom.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Ironclad is directed by Jonathan English who also wrote the story and co-adapts the screenplay with Erick Kastel and Stephen McDool. It stars James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Jason Flemyng, Mackenzie Crook, Jamie Foreman and Vladimir Kulich. Music is scored by Lorne Balfe and cinematography by David Eggby.

1215 and having been forced to sign the Magna Carta, King John (Giamatti) enlists an army of Danish mercenaries and plots revenge against all involved. As John lays bloody waste to the South of England, a small band of rebels led by William d'Aubigny (Cox), plot to defend the Southern stronghold of Rochester Castle in the hope they can delay John long enough for the French army to arrive from the sea to depose him.

The history, as is often the case in movies of this ilk, is sketchy and exaggerated, we are in true cinematic granted licence here as Rochester Castle is defended by less then 20 men and a couple of gals (in truth there was a considerable army defending Rochester). Yet Ironclad's sheer willingness to blend historical and period notices with blood and mud is very appealing to the swords and shields genre fan. The recreation of 13th century England is most impressive, as is the adherence to the brutality of the times. Armour and swords do clank with aural sharpness, quickly followed by blood and dismemberment; the body horror is certainly not in short supply throughout the running time. The colour is deliberately muted to capture a realistic feel, and although the shaky-cam technique used for the fight scenes (is this now written in the historical epic director's 101 handbook?) will irritate many, it does aid the grit and grue atmosphere that director English goes for. In fact he has achieved much with only a modest budget.
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153 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 13 May 2011
By Banea
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Medieval Seven 7 Feb 2012
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Take the basic premise of the Seven Samurai, stir in a lot of Braveheart, add some excellent fight and special effects people and you have Ironclad. The Warhammer-style siege and combat effects will please a lot of viewers though the wooden acting, obvious love interest, and slightly wonky history will annoy some others. Ultimately the film will appeal and find its natural audience in the fight and special effects arena, and here it does very well indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely brilliant 4 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
OK, so its basically a medieval mash up up The Magnificent Seven, but after purchasing it with some interest I feel I found a hidden little gem of a film here. Brian Cox and Derek Jacobi may be criminally underused, but Purefoy carries this film wonderfully as the Templar with blood on his hands and Giamatti is a fabulously vengeful King John. Nowhere near historically accurate, but fun none the less...
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128 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ironclad boodbath 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good! 18 May 2011
By Brian
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Some time back, I heard some good things about this from someone I know. Remind me never to trust his opinion again! Some of the comments I've read on other reviews are spot on the mark. Massive amounts of slo-mo violence for little reason other than - oh yes, it's about knights and war, so it must have to be violent! Wait a minute. Isn't a film supposed to have a decent storyline? Not this one, clearly.

Don't get me wrong. I love the premise of a film set in the early 13th century; one with knights, great big battles, 'bad' King John and the Magna Carta; barons who want to rein in his cruel rule. It's got all the hallmarks of a great film. Throw in James Purefoy, so good in Rome and Solomon Kane and Paul Giamatti, the star of the wonderful Sideways and you've got a surefire winner - one would have thought.

Instead, we have a risible King John, fighting with an American accent the whole way through the film. That's when he's not throwing temper tantrums in a high pitched voice redolent of Walt Disney's Robin Hood, or stamping his foot like a toddler. The main female actress spends her time swooning over Purefoy, finding plenty of locations in a tiny castle to be alone with him. The mercenaries employed by King John are 'Danes' - Viking rip offs of the cartoon variety. And then we get to the fact that there are only seven men defending a castle against more than a thousand. Seven - like the Magnificent Seven - except this lot are really mediocre. Yet still they manage to hold out for many months.
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