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  • Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun, Sun Ben Hou, Ba Sen
  • Directors: Sergei Bodrov
  • Producers: Sergei Bodrov, Anton Melnik, Sergei Selyanov
  • Language: Mongolian, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Mongolian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DTKXSQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Historical epic that covers the early life of the legendary Mongolian leader Genghis Khan (Tadanobu Asano). The first part of a planned trilogy, the film focuses on the future ruler's brutal childhood, as he suffers starvation and slavery, through to the battle that would cement his power. Inspired by a poem translated from the Chinese that supposedly tells of Khan's formative years, director Sergei Bodrov ('Prisoner of the Mountains') offers a multidimensional portrait of the conqueror, focusing on the deep relationship he had with his beloved Borte (Khulan Chuluun) who was not only his wife but his most trusted advisor.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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169 of 173 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 July 2008
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This is an extraordinary film - you won't see another quite like it. It tells of the childhood, young manhood and coming to power of Khan Termudgin - Genghis Khan. It has, I think been a labour of love for the director, Serge Bodrov, and he has done a remarkable job. I heard a talk about it on the radio, an academic claiming that Genghis had been seen only through the eyes of those whom he conquered, and that, though indeed a great general capable of wielding power decisively to the point of ruthlessness, he was in fact forward-looking and in some ways more merciful than others of his time (the 12th. Century). Whatever the truth of the matter, this film certainly makes a case for him. He is nine when it begins, choosing a bride to whom he remains faithful through every conceivable difficulty, watching the murder of his father, enduring the hatred of adult enemies, enormous physical discomfort and several unlucky quirks of fate. The whole thing is set in amazing landscapes, in Mongolia or North China I presume, and has a visual vastness and strangeness that is very compelling. So, too, is the eerie guttural throat music of the men, and the wonderful skin and fur costumes (especially the hats). It's a love story and works on that level. It also shows how a man like Termudgin could win great power against all the odds, and he is clearly a hero in this film.There are wolves, tremendous thunderstorms, wonderful horsemanship, an apocalyptic battle, terrifying Merkits (a rival tribe who wore skins over their faces to terrify their enemies), a breath-taking recreation of the border city in Tangut Province and, when needed, a cast of thousands (though in fact a surprising amount of the film is quite intimate). There are leaps in the narrative, but strangely that seems almost a benefit, mirroring the forward bounding of the old ballad style, where you are happy to take some things as read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I think most people would.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Catzilla on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
Hands up if you are weary of murky blue cinematography in films today, are you bored by endless CGI effects and incoherent editing in action sequences. do you long for proper movies? well Mongol is a breath of fresh air from the majestic steppes. It is a ravishing movie to look at. The spectacular landscape is definitely the star of the show. Not even Peter Jackson's New Zealand comes close to this mighty wilderness. Oh this film is a joy to watch. It's well acted and directed. Few films can be called 'classic' these days but I believe Mongol can be given that title.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 27 July 2011
Format: DVD
Mongol is a spectacular film. The 2007 Russian-made biopic of the Genghis Khan's early years is one of the most impressive and beautiful films of recent years. While it was best seen at the cinema, the DVD is a quality rendition of this epic. The plot is based on the early years of Temujin as he learns to survive being orphaned and captured, finds love, and becomes a leader.

Visually, Mongol is absolutely breathtaking. The vastness of the Steppe is emphasised with fabulous wide angles of rolling plains. The land the Mongols inhabit is the defining feature of their culture and it is so well represented here in the huge scope. The distances the Mongols travel on horse and by foot is told expertly without dragging the film's running time. The harshness of life in the bitterly cold depths of winter and the blistering heat of summer are both clearly in evidence. This is a hard land that created a hard people and Mongol's cinematography captures that feeling perfectly.

The plot of Mongol is drawn from The Secret Life of the Mongols and deals with Temujin's early life. This is not a film about Genghis Khan the great conqueror, this is a film about Temujin and his struggles to survive. The story is told in episodic flashbacks that highlight some of the key moments of the legends surrounding Temujin's extraordinarily tough childhood years. The first flashback is of Temujin and his father in their quest to acquire the boy a future wife. This is an excellent flashback as it rolls in so many key plot features together. Temujin's iron will and his desire to make his own decisions even at a young age, the beginnings of a deep romantic connection with future wife Borte, the caste system within Mongol society, and the inter-family rivalries of the Steppe.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Bosh on 28 Jun. 2008
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I just found this film a total breath of fresh air. Its obvious its made by someone who really loves and understands the subject matter, the western worlds perception of Genghis Khan has always been overly demonised, this film goes some way to address this. The cinematography is world class, you get transported to Mongolia and get a real sense of its great plains, the pacing is perfect and the dialog is beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raymond J. Nyland on 13 July 2009
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Mongol is Russian director Sergei Bodrov's take on the early life of Genghis Khan (born as Temudgin), one of the greatest, and most bloodthirsty, conquerors in history. At age 9 Temudgin selects the girl who will be his first wife, looses his father to poison and is exiled from the tribe. The film then follows his trials through exile, capture and slavery until he wins the final battle to unite the Mongol tribes and becomes the Great Khan.

Some have suggested that the film sticks relatively close to know facts, but that does not mean it is reliable history. Great conquerors frequently reinvent their early years (Alexander the Great being a prime example), and indeed the film runs better as myth than history. As history there are too many gaps, too many dots not joined; for example, one moment Temudgin is riding alone into the grass lands, the next he has a massive army. But as myth it works fine; his miraculous escapes from captivity, his deliverance from a fall through the ice, his communion with the thunder god Tengri. And myths are supposed to be epic, and here the film is totally successful.

The film throughout has an epic quality. It looks beautiful and sounds beautiful. From tiny riders on the distant grass lands, to autumn colours, deserts, snow covered hills or ice lakes the various landscapes of central Asia are stunning and the film is a continual feast for the eyes. The opening reveal of the town of Tangut sets the scene for realism that never drops throughout the two hour running time. The music supports the visuals well without being strident.
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