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Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan [DVD] (2007)

Tadanobu Asano , Honglei Sun , Sergei Bodrov    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun
  • Directors: Sergei Bodrov
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: Mongolian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Mongolian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ44W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,293 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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Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language film this sweeping film from award-winning Russian director Sergei Bodrov tells the epic story of the young Mongol nomad Temudgin, who survived slavery and hardship to become the greatest leader of the Mongol Empire, the legendary Genghis Khan. Presented in 2:35:1, Anamorphic Widescreen, in it's original Mongolian Language with English subtitles.

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169 of 173 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars if only all films looked so beautiful 19 Oct 2008
By Me
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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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near flawless film making 28 Jun 2008
By Bosh
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Spectacular 27 July 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing. 11 Jun 2009
How does one portray the life of an historical character in 125 minutes?
The answer has to be "broad brushstrokes".
Within this constraint,the director has managed to illustrate the tribal nature of Mongol society,and the influences that shaped the nature of Tmudgin(Genghis Khan).
Due to it's episodic format,covering a large timespan,this is a film that demands close attention.
The acting of the cast is excellent,and the the sweeping landscape,and battle scenes,are superbly rendered by the Blu-Ray disc.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on part II 21 July 2008
I'd been looking forward to this film for weeks - in fact it was the deciding factor for me to stay in New Zealand for the film festival - and I wasn't disappointed. The scenery was as stunning as expected - vast plains and simple nomadic settlements framed by dusky mountain ranges on the great steppes of Mongolia. In this first part of the planned trilogy I don't know whether Director Sergei Bodrov challenged the genre but he certainly made a good job of it.

We follow the early years of Ghengis Khan (then known less ostentatiously by his first name, Temujin) as he is relentlessly harried and floored by his fathers' enemies in the years following his murder by an ememy tribe. Too young to fight back but not old enough for his enemies to murder him and retain their honour. This first part takes us to the point where he has united the Mongol tribes under his leadership - showing his ruthlessness in battle but generosity and integrity in dealing with his people. He is portrayed as a man of inner strength and integrity - whether this accurately reflects the man is open to debate - leading by three simple rules: Always repay your debts, do not betray your Khan and never kill women or children.

The story has obviously been dramatised for film and although based on history the accuracy of events and characters are questionable. According to Wikipedia there is very little factual information about the early life of Temüjin and the few available sources are often conflicting - ripe ground for filmmaking I would suggest.

I felt there was a big unexplained leap from his escape from prison after being sold as a slave to his leading a vast army to take his place as leader of the Mongols.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Mr T L Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A GREAT SPECTACLE'
This is an 'Asian' made production and has sub-titles.
The film follows the boy 'Temudgin' through his early days when after his fathers death he became a slave, his fathers... Read more
Published 21 days ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mongol (the rise to power of Genghis Khan) Blu-ray version...
Director Sergey Bodrov brings to the screen in this 2007 production with the use of stunning cinematography by Rogier Stoffers and Sergey Trofimov which shows off the vistas of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Milt Ingarfield
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story with wonderful scenery
Enjoyed this subtitled film. Great acting with amazing scenery. Interesting and thought provoking story. Recommend viewing this movie. Lady reviewer.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars best version...
OK... here's the thing... there has never been a good film version of the life of Genghis Khan...
John Wayne played him, in the 1950s... and there was a 1965 version too... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LONDON NINJA.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Fantastic film. I didn't realise that is was subtitled but don't let that put you off a fantastic film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. M. S. Wareham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Subject
Still a favourite subject for me, love him or loathe him, he probably had more
influence on the world than any other man.
Published 12 months ago by ghar
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a family member who loved it.
My grandpa has been reading Conn Iggulden's Mongol book series (Conqueror) and he asked for a movie about the Mongols for his birthday. I bought him this and he loved it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mortyoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Mongol
I have given this movie 5 stars because it is brilliant, if you havent seen this yet you should. It is an Epic movie with a great storyline. Enjoy! Thank you.
Published 13 months ago by Dream Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the sleeve notes!
The sleeve notes were overblown and nonsensical. This was a quite thoughtful and absorbing history, and even though in a foreign language with suspect (French) subtitles, it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Norman Clark
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