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Land Of The Blind [2006] [DVD]

Ralph Fiennes , Donald Sutherland , Robert Edwards    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Donald Sutherland, Lara Flynn Boyle, Tom Hollander, Laura Fraser
  • Directors: Robert Edwards
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001732LG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland give electrifying performances in this taut and gripping thriller. In an unnamed place and time, idealistic soldier Joe (Ralph Fiennes) strikes up an illicit friendship with a political prisoner named Thorne (Donald Sutherland) who eventually recruits him into a bloody coup to overthrow the corrupt regime. But in the post-revolutionary world, what Thorne asks of Joe leads the two men into bitter conflict, spiralling downward into madness until Joe's co-conspirators conclude that they must erase him from history.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Land of the Blind 20 Oct 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Land of the Blind" with Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland, is a timely and satirical political drama on terrorism, revolution, and, above all, one's own inner morality.

This is one of those films that is simple and easy to comprehend; yet it explores so many depths, possibilities, and perspectives that a description of its content is difficult and in any case would be subjective.

The first feature film by the acclaimed documentary producer Robert Edwards, "Land of the Blind" is a masterpiece, a special film that moves and inspires reflection and above all resonates in the turmoil of our media-saturated era.

When well-paid actors such as Fiennes and Sutherland work for a fraction of their usual salary, it is an indication that the film in question either says something artistically interesting or presents a good message. "Land of the Blind" does both!

In many interviews, Robert Edwards has emphasized that the film takes place in an unspecified place and time to give the viewer's thoughts more scope to reach their own conclusions and come up with individual interpretations.

Old-fashioned English automobiles thus mingle with French Renaissance palaces and re-socialization camps reminiscent of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

"Land of the Blind" is a political satire in which our hero, Joe (Ralph Fiennes), undergoes a personal development of the most extreme nature. Joe's experiences and moral perceptions turn him from a loyal soldier into a traitor to the regime and hero of the revolution.

Yet change does not always signify improvement.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic satire, grim finale. 27 Oct 2008
By Jones
Format:DVD
A film in two parts, first an incredibly funny political satire (just not really laugh out loud so you know) which makes the second part but final act all the more shocking. It's the essence of drama isn't it? Dramas all the more affecting when preceded by comedy, least that's what my drama teacher told me.

Great cast, very clever script with a final shot that suggests it could be too clever for its own good. Still with such fine performances its something you should definitely make your own mind up about. Ignore the wannabe anarchists giving it such a low rating; they evidently didn't get the satire aspect of it.

The films a 4 but I'm giving it a 5 to boost up its rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, CLEVER. 16 May 2014
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A very clever, bold film with a superb cast. Tom Hollander is mesmerising as Maximilian II and steals every scene he is in. His brutal tyranny is graphically depicted. Donald Sutherland is fantastic as his arch enemy, political rebel, Thorne and Ralph Fiennes very believable as Joe, the put upon hero.

The film could be set in any time or place, and is almost a pastiche, pre-revolutionary French excess, modern day prison camps, an Imelda Marcos style first lady played with relish by Lara Flynn Boyle. The idea of a censored dictatorship is unflinchingly portrayed.

Definitely worth a watch.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The general gist of Land of the Blind is as follows: an unnamed country is ruled by a tyrant, while the intellectual revolutionary hero of the resistance (Thorne aka Sutherland), is tortured in an inhuman prison. When the riots threaten to get out of control, the government is forced to release Thorne. With the help of Joe (Fiennes) Thorne brings down the despotic government and takes over control. However, the hope for freedom and a better world doesn't last long.

I just didn't get the point of this film really. It wasn't political, revolutionary, funny, sad, thrilling, exciting, interesting....the only word I can think of is dull. I always find Ralph Fiennes performances yawn inducing and in this movie he's stuck true to form. Donald Sutherland's performance was pretty good given the lack of script but the whole thing was just a waste of 90mins.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ORwell - Oh Well 7 Jun 2008
By C. J. P
Format:DVD
This is not a very good film, if you have any awareness of things like 1984 or Animal Farm then you will not enjoy this film. The story is no brave new world and the subject matter has been covered far better in many other films.Very disappointing.
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