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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR6X3E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,566 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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37 of 41 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Throda tzen on 9 Jan. 2015
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The disk opens with three film trailers then cuts to a psudo advert for a shopping channel and amongst the everyday sales items they are selling AK47's –the film is actually sanctioned by Amnesty international, but the next add is really bizarre. The disk then cuts to the main screen of play, select scenes and set up. This is simply a no frills DVD.
The film opens to the iconic scene of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) standing amid the latest war-torn carnage where the ground is carpeted by spent cartridges as he starts to tell the story. Orlov is the son of refugees from the Soviet Union (more precisely Ukraine) who had pretended to be Jewish immigrants in order to get into the United States. Orlov and his brother Vitaliy (Jared Leto) are both ‘lost’ and headed nowhere. After witnessing a mob hit on a restaurant, Orlov decides he’s going to sell guns. We see his first sale to a mobster and follow his career as it grows through the 1980’s but it’s the fall of the Soviet Union and the scramble for Africa that really kicks off his success.
The film is shot in a mock ‘fly on the wall’ documentary style as we witness his rise to success and watch as he manipulates those around him. I won’t give much more away other than to say it’s all based on real world events and just like a documentary you are bombarded with statistics and facts relating to the times and the arms trade. Although these are mostly blended into the story quite well, in certain places some do jar and seem patronising which destroys the atmosphere being a bit too overbearing [lose a star].
However, despite the subject and often cavalier approach, the film does try to show a moralistic outlook. Cage plays his usual laid back style to perfection but I soon found him at odds with the character he was playing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2012
Format: DVD
Nick Cage drily and informatively tells us over this film a long catalogue of how bad he is, how wicked his customers are and every little trade secret that every self-respecting arms dealer should know.

That dealing in arms isn't actually illegal and he doesn't do wrong. Well, much, except as he points out that the law comes in three colours - black, white and grey - and grey is his favourite colour. It's the people who choose to use his products that are at fault and unlike alcohol and tobacco, which he cites as killing more people, there's always the safety catch.

Under Yuri Orlov's (Cage) cynical commentary lie a whole stream of stylish and superbly directed (by Andrew Nicol) set pieces, filmed all over the world. Often ironic and hypercritical, even comic, these all highlight the absurdities of the arms trade and its connotations.

Orlov, always seen as a businessman dressed in suit and tie, is the son of a Ukrainian, brought up on the dog eat dog streets of Brooklyn. Escalation into the world of weaponry brings him his trophy wife, Ava (Bridget Moynahan) and a son, who he hardly ever sees. And his difficult, junkie brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto) who is always in a scrape and often needs bailing out, cash wise and emotionally.

It's these personal distractions that ultimately bring Orlov's world down round his knees, as he finds out too late, you cannot escape family, even if you can (temporarily) from your sins. Despite what I've just said, there's no treacly preaching and sermonising.

Criticisms I've seen are that all this smart gloss and witty dialogue simply coats a lacquer over the whole contentious issue and that alienates both the subject and the viewer. That it belittles both.
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