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On the DVD: The print, though not perfect, is of fair quality and a new score by Timothy Brock complements the images nicely. However, the so-called "Introduction" turns out to be just a few lines of text scrolling down the screen, telling you less than the information appearing on the sleeve notes. --Ed Buscombe
I really enjoyed this DVD, although it had the wife and kids scurrying for alternative entertainment within a few minutes, for me it just takes the same "suspension of belief" you naturally make if you're stepping into the cinema today to see a Star Wars or Harry Potter movie.
This is a rare glimpse of Mongolia from way back. For example; the cover notes tell of how the lead actor was truly Mongolian and that the opening sequence was actually filmed on location at his dad's ger (tent), with his real father playing his dad, out on the steppe. There are marvellous sequences of Buddhist ceremonies, dances, temples, statues and architecture. And just seeing the Mongol faces, attire, horse riding and the incredible scenery of this far away land was fascinating. I could easily forgive the outdated style of the movie because of this content.
The film is just over 2 hours long, there is some obvious minor damage to the original at the beginning and ends of reels, but this in no way detracts from the story. The musical score fits very well. And thats pretty much it on the DVD, there is one "extra" on board - "Introduction to Storm Over Asia" - billed as a "special feature", but its simply a few scrolling notes giving supplemental info, there are more notes on the back of the DVD cover too, both sets help you understand the circumstances under which the whole project came together.Read more ›