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The Admiral [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Konstantin Khabensky, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Vladislav Vetrov, Sergei Bezrukov, Richard Bohringer
  • Directors: Andrei Kravchuk
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian, French
  • Subtitles: 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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BF42YW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and wife of his best friend. The revolution in his heart faces the revolution in his own country... His destiny is to became the supreme Ruler of Russia. The Admiral has THE largest production budget in the history of Russian Cinema epic battle scenes countered by a phenomenally heroic drama

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun 2012
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I am quite glad that I saw this recent Russian film, and I rather liked it, although it certainly has many flaws.

"Admiral" is supposed to tell the story of life, struggles and death of Admiral Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak (1874-1920), a man probably completely unknown to most people in the West - but quite familiar to those from Eastern Europe. Being Polish and having grown under the communist rule, I quite well remember this name as one of the most famous "boogeymen" used in the official propaganda. Already in elementary school we had to read some Soviet books describing adventures of heroic little children who in time of Russian Civil War helped to the best of their abilities to defeat the hideous hordes of "White" evildoers commanded by the monstrous bloodthirsty wraith dressed in a sailor uniform - the Admiral! The hatred the communists still felt towards this man even 60 years after his death was unbelievable - but somehow understandable as, together with general Denikin, he gave them probably the biggest scare in the whole history of their sinister movement...

As this film describes only the years 1916-20, it can be interesting to have a short look at Kolchak's earlier life. Son of Major-General Vassily Kolchak, a veteran of Crimean War and specialist in coastal defence, he quite naturally followed in his father tracks by joining the Navy in 1894. After four years spend in Far East Fleet (Vladivostok, 1895-99), he volunteered to particularly dangerous duty in Arctic expeditions organised by Russian Navy (1900-1903).
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allan Mckenzie on 21 Nov 2010
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Having viewed the excellent original mini series in its native state from Russian TV i was looking forward to the English subtitle version. It arrived in good condition and in very good time. As i work overseas i was looking forward to spending some evenings watching the saga unfold but what i watched was a poor summary of the original series, with importamt parts of the story and plot being cut out obviously to fit it to a single disc. Anyone watching this will get a totally wrong idea of the quality of the original series which like i say was excellent. My wife is a native Russian speaker so i guess if i want to watch it again i will again have to rely on her translating the more complete series from the original version put out on Russian TV. A Great series cruely butchered in this product. I will attempt to find the original uncut version because it is a great story.
Dont buy unless you are happy with a summary not the full series...... Very dissapointed
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2010
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History has always been a somewhat fluid commodity in Russia, with one decade's hero of the Revolution another's traitor as the propaganda needs of the day dictated, and judging from Andrey Kravchuk's 2008 epic Admiral the reverse trajectory is just as likely in the New Russia, with one of Tsarist Russia's most notorious and dictatorial mass murderers, Admiral Aleksandr Vasileyevich Kolchak, whitewashed into a noble romantic hero. It's a bit like a film celebrating the humanitarian achievements of one of Pol Pot's executioners or showing the loveable side of Heinrich Himmler.

Former Polar explorer Kolchak may have fought on the `right' side as the leader of the disastrous White Russian resistance to the Revolution, but he was so utterly ruthless in his suppression of the people, thinking nothing of killing and torturing 25,000 civilians in one city alone and exhorting his generals to exterminate entire local populations, that no foreign government in the world would recognise his government. And while a certain amount of communist propaganda might be expected to exaggerate his very real failings and cruelty (which in many ways guaranteed the victory of the Bolsheviks he despised), he wasn't overly popular with his own allies either, many of whom regarded him as a pro-British puppet before even the British turned against him and his Czechoslovak allies handed him over to the Reds. So, all-in-all, not one of the likelier candidates for an admiring biopic with a cast of thousands, but in Putin's Russia such is the stuff of heroes. Like Braveheart, you have to forget any thoughts of historical fidelity and just take it as a kind of wishful thinking period fantasy.
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Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak is one of the most controversial characters of twentieth century Russian history. A naval hero in World War One, he became a ruthless 'White' dictator during the Russian Civil War. Even today, there is much debate in Russia as to whether Kolchak was a hero or a villain. When the Bolsheviks seized power in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Kolchak joined the White anti-communist forces in Siberia. By November 1918 he had been named as the Supreme Ruler of Russia and had promoted himself to Full Admiral. Under his counter-revolutionary rule Tsarist laws were restored and his White armies waged war on the communist 'Red' forces. In April 1919 the Bolshevik Central Executive Committee made defeating Kolchak its number one priority. In January 1920 he was captured by Left SR [Socialist Revolutionary] soldiers at Irkutsk in Siberia and executed by firing squad on the morning of 7 February 1920.

"Admiral" is a heavily edited two hour film version of a ten hour epic TV series which was shown on Russian television and, as such, it was never going to work in its own right. Removing 80% of any story and expecting it still to make sense is just plain stupid and this film version of Admiral is no exception. Massive gaps in the narrative render the plot disjointed and confusing and, despite some first rate acting by the leads, the character development is almost non-existent; characters appear and disappear throughout the film with no indication of who they are or why they're there. This would spoil any film but in an historical epic such as this - where the timeline and narrative are crucial - it's unforgivable.
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