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Redbelt [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

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Max Martini , Chiwetel Ejiofor , David Mamet    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Max Martini, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alice Braga, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Emily Mortimer
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Producers: Chrisann Verges
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KJ8N2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,068 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set on the westside of the Los Angeles fight world, a scene inhabited by bouncers, cagefighters, cops and special forces types REDBELT is the story of Mike Terry(Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai's code. Terry and his wife Sondra (Sonia Braga) struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night, between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught laywer (Emily Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). In order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky for Zen Enthusiasts 18 July 2008
The best thing to do is not to read any reviews for this film, go into it blind and you will be richly rewarded.
So, in effect, stop reading now!!!!
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, a ju-jitsu instructor in a struggling martial arts practice, where a turn of events occurs that tumbles him into whole new situations, both good, bad and tragic.
Whatever the world throws at him, Mike tries to do the honourable thing, an ancient notion, sometimes at odds with the modern money chasing world.
I was very pleasantly surprised by Redbelt, the many twists and turns are rarely telegraphed as per much of the current hollywood fare, the soundtrack too doesn't give the game away with bombast and fanfare either, leaving the actual acting and story to do the storytelling on it's own for once.
Chiwetel, is ably supported thru this movie by Tim Allen, playing it straight, Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, and a host of lesser known, but very able actors.
I won't give the game away, just see this film and enjoy the ride.
Honour is restored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Martial Artists MUST get this film! 15 Jan 2010
I will not reveal any of the plot here, and others have talked about the basics, so I will just say that this is very obviously a film made, and heavily influenced by, real martial artists. Their is action in it, not like in a traditional action film, but the fights are well done and very technical. Martial Artists will get a kick out of seeing some very well executed Ju Jitsu and Judo techniques on the mats. But above and beyond that is the message the film delivers, about honour, decency, courage, responsibility, loyalty. All the things that Martial Arts asks of it's practitioners. It does not preach to the viewer, but it makes you think. And that is this films strength.

Absolutely amazing, a must buy. Especially at the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little known gem 2 Dec 2010
I watched this film purely because Chiwetel Ejiofor stars. Ejiofor's performance in "Dirty Pretty Things" was superb and I have been keen to see another silky, powerful performance from him. Sadly, many of his more recent efforts, while achieving commercial success, have not shown off his acting chops. Thankfully, Redbelt does. Redbelt is a very accomplished film. If I have a criticism, I would say that it is not particularly "cinematic." However, that is not to say that you shouldn't seek it out. If you like David Mamet's gritty cop shows, this has a similar feel and multi-layered storyline.

The film deals with the fundamental tenets of all true martial arts and compares them to the temptations of big business - here, movies, pro MMA fights and to an extent, fashion. Ejiofor's character is a warrior, but the story is about finding a way to prevail in seemingly impossible circumstances, the whole time struggling to maintain his integrity, and that of the art he has dedicated himself to. Not all of his fights are physical and this is where the film scores for me. While some other reviewers have criticised the story for lacking credibility, I felt that the story more than carried itself. All effects had a plausible cause and the snowballing problems could be real enough.

Additionally, those who have criticised the fights might be well versed in chop socky films (nothing wrong with that!), but Redbelt does a fine job of showing off Jiu Jitsu. Moreover, Ejiofor's fights are far more entertaining than anything I have seen from Steven Siegal - a bona fide Jiu Jitsu martial artist. Jiu Jitsu doesn't have the "wow!" factor of kung fu, but if you appreciate the skill of close quarters grappling, Redbelt has some excellent scenes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of Mamet's greatest 4 Feb 2010
I have no idea what film everyone else was watching but Mamet delivers not just a searing drama, a tense - pounding thriller in parts but also a feel good film of monumental proportions, I usually can't stand Mortimer and her very icy, unforgiving look but even I loved her supporting role in this and Ejiofor is nothing short of oscar worthy, a perfect match for Mamet's so-called "no nonsense" dialogue; even Tim Allen is brilliant in this film. After the massive disappointment that was "Spartan" the photography and the plot are raised to the standard of probably Mamet's best outing as a director and the script is his best since Ronin, putting it snuggly just underneath Glengarry Glenn Ross as his best ever. A truely astounding film of the place of honour and the moral integrity and disciplines of martial arts in modern society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need sub-titles? 29 Dec 2009
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sub-titles are: English for the Hard of Hearing, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film! 2 April 2009
This is a great film! Its not all about mindless violence and beatings but yet it builds to a very climatic and satisfying ending. The story has many twists and turns,only one of which i managed to see, and is brilliantly acted with the few fights scenes in it realisticly done with great effect. If your after gung-ho stuff don't bother as this film offers something almost new to the genre, genuine honour and respect that with the ending, plot twists and great story will leave you feeling very entertained after watching it, enough so that i sat down to write this reveiew. buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Predictable but good action.
Published 14 days ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I've watched this film before starting to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and afterwards. You certainly don't need to understand the art or its background to enjoy this film but if... Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. A. Millett
5.0 out of 5 stars A film made for real martial artists
Let me start this review by saying that if you a looking for some mincey rocky type film, or some chop suey jacky chan or bruce lee film - this is not for you, but if you are a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by crzyhorse88
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars or 4?
First of all: it's by David Mamet, so it can't be a cheap story with a cheap script. Second, it's about fighting and martial arts, which makes it even stranger and more intriguing,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elleppi
2.0 out of 5 stars Martial Arts movie? You sure???
If this is a martial arts movie I'm Bruce Lee!

I love 70s Hong Kong martial arts movies, US martial arts movies, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by DVD Frenzy
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by yid
2.0 out of 5 stars unfocused storyline
The fight scenes were good, the acting was suprisingly good too.

The only problem I had was with the storyline. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by K Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Martial-Drama
Firstly, the reason why people are freaking out about this film is because it has a realist (and more of a) story than we're used to seeing when we watch a martial arts film. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by PMunkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Action
Redbelt is a very good action movie and not over done. The martial arts is good and not to much of it. Good story line and wonderful acting
Published on 21 April 2010 by Robyn B. Mcgorm
4.0 out of 5 stars Redbelt
Good action film, well researched action scenes had a taste of reality about it. Good acting by the cast.
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by MSC
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