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Lord of War (Limited Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Shake Tukhmanyan, Jean-Pierre Nshanian
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Andrew Niccol, Norm Golightly, Andreas Grosch, Chris Roberts
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR6X3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By H. Little on 31 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
“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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Uscroft on 29 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
'Lord of War' is a spectacular film in every sense of the word, with neither the story getting in the way of the message or the message getting in the way of the story.

Indeed, even the spoof 'QVC' commercial before the film, offering AK47's to anyone who can afford to pay is worth the price of the DVD. But in the end, the film boils down to that immortal quote by Edmund Burke:

"Evil prevails when good men do nothing."

Or as Nicholas Cage states rather bluntly, "Evil Prevails."

By far the most powerful example of this is the character of the Gunrunner's brother; a 'Good Man' who is sickened and enraged by the sight of the weapons his brother sells being used to murder women and children. But instead of killing his brother or even speaking up, he struggles to drown out the screams of his conscience by turning to booze and cocaine.

Towards the end of the film however, he tries to do the right thing; giving his life in the failed attempt to protect a refugee camp full of women and children. But by then, it is already far too late, and the massacre still goes ahead as planned.

Of course, it's the President of Liberia who has some of the best lines in the film.

"A 'USED' Gun? That's a good one."

"I try to set an example but it is difficult, eh. Personally, I blame MTV."

"A bullet from a 14 year old is just as effective as one from a 40 year old. Often more effective. No one can stop this bath of blood."

But when push comes to shove, it is Nicolas Cage's soliloquy after he's been arrested which really drives the nail home:

"Soon there's gonna' be a knock on that door and you will be called outside. In the hall, there will be a man who outranks you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whoopiecatjack on 3 April 2006
Format: DVD
I am not going to compare this film with the greatness of Dr Strangelove, but I cant help drawing similarities; this film looks upon a violent, evil and destructive situation with the same absurdity as Kubrick's masterpiece, and doesnt do a bad job of it.
Cage is as weak as in any other film he's acted in, but I like that here. He actually had me convinced that the character holds no strong feelings towards the despicable trade he has immersed himself in, and approaches it with the same 'same s***, different day' attitude of anyone who works a normal 9-5 job. Finally, poor acting pays off!
The film is stylish and humorous enough to keep some of the drama from being harrowing, which would have been out of place in a film like this. I particularly liked the 'day in the life of a bullet' title sequence, which set the tone of the film perfectly.
To the guy who wrote "And are FBI agents so stupid as to be conned by the last minute paint job on the ship with a stack of guns on board?" 1: I dont think they were FBI agents, and 2: I think, for their case to hold up in court, they would need a warrant or probable cause to board and search the boat. If it's not the boat they're searching for and have no justifiable reason for suspicion, they can do nothing. Just a guess of course, as I am not an expert on international law.
A brilliant soundtrack and a fun film which I definitely recommend. Sadly it seems apparent that some people approach this film, expecting it to be something it's not.
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