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Lord of War [DVD]

Nicolas Cage , Jared Leto    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Davis Shumbris, Jeremy Crutchley, Shake Tukhmanyan
  • Format: PAL
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,090 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The lethal business of arms dealers provides an electrifying context for the black-as-coal humor of Andrew Niccol's Lord of War. Having proven his ingenuity as the writer of The Truman Show, and writer-director of Gattaca and the under-appreciated Simone, Niccol is clearly striving for Strangelovian relevance here as he chronicles the rise and inevitable fall of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian immigrant to America who makes his fortune selling every kind of ordnance he can get his amoral hands on.

With a trophy wife (Bridget Moynahan) who's initially clueless about his hidden career, and a younger brother (Jared Leto) whose drug-addled sense of decency makes him an ill-chosen accomplice, Yuri traffics in death the way other salesman might push vacuum cleaners (he likes to say that alcohol and tobacco are deadlier products than his), but even he can't deny the sheer ruthlessness of the Liberian dictator (a scene-stealing Eamonn Walker) who purchases Orlov's "products" to expand his oppressive regime. Niccol's themes are even bigger than Yuri's arms deals, and he drives them home with a blunt-force lack of subtlety, but Cage gives the film the kind of insanely dark humour it needs to have. To understand this monster named Yuri, we have to see at least a glimpse of his humanity, which Cage provides as only he can. Otherwise, this epic tale of gunrunnng would be as morally unbearable as the black market trade it illuminates.-- Jeff Shannon

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Tense thriller about the arms industry and gun-running, starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke. Yuri Orlov (Cage) starts his career as an arms dealer on the streets of Little Odessa in the 1980s, selling handguns to mobsters. By the 1990s, after entering into a partnership with an insane African warlord, Orlov is one of the most successful arms dealers in the world. But success comes at a price, as Orlov's career damages his relationships with his wife and his younger brother, and as determined Interpol agent Jack Valentine (Hawke) decides to bring him down. Drunk on his own success and plagued by his inner demons, Orlov spins rapidly out of control.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guns guns guns 31 Jan 2006
“THERE ARE OVER 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?”
The opening words to Nicolas Cage’s new smash hit, Lord of War.
The plot centres around Yuri Orlov (Cage) a Ukrainian refugee who makes his million in gun running with his younger brother Vitaly, played by the ever growingly popular and understandably so, Jared Leto.
The movie tracks Yuri’s progress from working in his parent’s café in Little Odessa, to selling guns to Russian mobsters in his local neighbourhood to conquering the worlds market in tanks, bazookas and machine guns for wars spanning the world’s surface.
As well as tackling the morality of what he’s doing to the world Yuri tries to keep his wife and son in the dark and keep his cocaine-ridden brother at bay.
In a recent interview talking about the film Jared Leto says the film is “Part political film, part social commentary, part character study and entertaining all at the same time, it’s a fascinating movie.” And it really is, it sets aside all the conventions of political cinema before it and really cracks down with an explosion of a movie that avoids that feeling of being lectured like so many others have fallen victim to in the past and really hits the spot to entertain with a star studded cast, sex, guns and drugs really dragging in the younger audience to what would be an 18 rated movie if it wasn’t for the moral messages involved.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of 2005 11 Jun 2006
By ravenheart VINE VOICE
If you're after non-stop action, like the reviewers who found this boring clearly were, then avoid. This is a proper movie, not a mindless hollywood effects-fest. It has a real script, real actors (Cage is just himself, but everyone else is excellent) and real story and a seriously real point to make.

If this bored you go and watch a Steven Seagal movie or something. This is an intelligent, well crafted, serious movie, and there's not many of them being made anymore!

For anyone unfamiliar, Cage stumbles into the arms-dealing trade. He becomes the best there is and it makes him rich, but the means by which he makes his money is unbeknownst to his family. When it starts having drastic effects on other things in his life he starts to reconsider and it all gets a bit dangerous. There are a lot of accurate and hard-hitting moral messages here and anyone with half a brain should be able to pick up on the intelligence of this movie. But as I said, if you need lots of effects and explosions and cheesy lines, go find an Van Damme film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed but excellent film 11 Jun 2006
This film manages to walk the tightrope of being an edgy and enjoyable critique of the international arms trade, no preaching and no easy answers, and yet managing to present us with the terrifying facts.

The locations were are stunningly shot, and the action scenes excellent.

The acting is variable, Cage is on his best form, but his 'brother' (Jared Leto?) is better at being cute than he is at being convincing.

Not a 'feel-good' film... some of the scenes are gritty, and it leaves you with more questions than answers... but well-worth a watch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, worth watching! 25 April 2006
A very well crafted film. beautifuly shot, well directed, good script and very well acted.

This is a true antihero movie. The main character is a complete evil git and he makes no apoligises for it and the film dosent have him being driven to it by dire circumstances. he just is what he is and he dosnt care much.

What is intresting is that you still really like him and dont want him to get caught!!!!

Lord of War is thought provoking and manages to do this without coming across as preachy or deep and meaning full. well worth a look.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
'Lord of War' is a film which follows the life and career of Yuri Orlov (played by Nicholas Cage, who was also a producer), a Russian man who moved with his family when a young boy to the USA; for almost all his adult life he has been a professional international small-arms dealer. On Blu-ray it looks excellent and, despite the audio soundtrack 'only' being Dolby Digital 5.1, sounds very good.

As there are spotlights on tragedy, strife and morality it is perhaps tempting to pigeon-hole the genre of the film more precisely, but I would label it as a drama with some elements of being a thriller (so don't expect anything like 'Die-Hard' !). However, I am quite certain that it is not, as the Amazon synopsis refers to it, a 'black-comedy' in the general sense of how I judge such films; I don't think there are any laughs to be had nor opportunities to refer to various occurrences as bleakly ironic. There are obviously some very serious aspects to what it depicts, namely: the often nasty personalities involved and eventual victims of the 'products' being bought/sold, but the overall aim is to 'lighten' the associated moral messages with stylistic, often novel, production-values and a snappy musical soundtrack. Be in no doubt though, that whilst the presentation is designed to entertain the overall aim is to inject those moral messages into your thought process....

The opening of the movie reinforces that concept, by way of an artistic collation of scenes depicting the 'journey' of a bullet from manufacture to being fired into the head of a young African boy who himself is firing a gun; aside from being unusual in presentation, the message derived from what we see is clear - things are usually dealt with more subtly from then on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Brilliantly acted, atmospheric, real insight into gun trade.

Nicholas Cage & the gorgeous Jared Leto are for want of a better word phenomanal! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sara Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars great film love the action
i bought this film but never seen it before hand and i watched it and i cried laughed and got scared its a great film full of action in my opinion it is more for boys because of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by emma x
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Love this film. One of Nicholas cages best films but hardly every advertised. It was so good... I bought 2 more copies as Xmas presents for family.
Published 1 month ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars The crew had many names for that vessel , non really repeatable in...
Yeah this is based on real events , and the cage character Yuri combines aspects of the American dream as he rises up economically and does what he loves-sells guns . Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidinator
4.0 out of 5 stars "There is one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only...
I rather liked this partially based on facts thriller, even if I don't agree with some of its conclusions. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Cage
Like all his movies, and this is no exception! It displays a word of war and how that world is!
Published 3 months ago by Kirloj
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
they liked it///United District Court Judge Anita B. Brody, from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said Thursday that she was informed by Layn Phillips, a court-appointed... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Allan Fairbairn
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not erfect
The film is very good and woth watching but the disc is only average. There is some lack of features here. I think the 2 discs vere useless. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Istvan Liptak
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think
Nicolas Cage's character is an anti-hero, but one who manages to garner our sympathy to an extent, a soul who becomes increasingly lost in an ethically devoid quagmire of blood,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anna Costin
4.0 out of 5 stars very good film
nicely done, i liked the way its narrated and nic cage and jared leto play excellent parts. recommended to anybody who can stand a film where not much happens but its still... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mArkp
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