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The Great Wall Of China [DVD]

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Demand Media Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014E918I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

There are few objects as compelling or iconic as the Great Wall of China and this feature length drama doc takes on this monumental subject with typical style and scale of ambition. Recently shown on Channel 4 this two hour film traces the story of the building of the wall in its latest, greatest guise the colossal brick structure that everyone recognises as the Wall, from the terror of apocalyptic Mongol attacks in 1550 the Ming dynasty s own 9/11 - through the founding of the nation s first professional army to the building of the wall itself and its testing in battle. The drama has been likened to modern classic Chinese features and the documentary suitably compelling bringing us face to face with the descendants of the wall's builders, taking us to the remotest reaches of the wall itself and into the heart of China's legendary People's Liberation Army the first time a western film crew has ever been allowed such access. All in all, like the wall itself, a monumental tour de force.

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amazon have this listed is a single disc lasting approx 110 minutes.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical docudrama 6 Oct 2011
By Kazza
I watched this docudrama before my visit to China. It tells the story of how and why part of the Great Wall closest to Beijing/North China was constructed during the Ming dynasty and who was the driving force. Easy to follow, colourful and factual. The story only covers a small part of the Great Wall's length and fascinating history. Nevertheless, it's enjoyable and gives an insight into the most visited sections of the Wall. If you visit China and are generally fit, I would recommend visiting the wild overgrown parts of the wall as well as the renovated tourist section to really appreciate the beauty and triumph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 7 May 2008
Having been to China some time ago, primarily Beijing, and climbed the Great Wall at more than one location, I was extremely interested to see this production when I became aware of it.

And it does not fail.

This drama / documentary really is quite something. The photography / cinematography are of the highest order and it genuinely is captivating viewing.

My only niggle is why is it spread across 2 discs ? At 120 minutes, it could easily have been just a single DVD. It is difficult to conclude this was for any other reason than being able to ask a higher price.

However, this does not detract from the production itself, which is the point of the review and on which the score is based, and for that, 5 stars really is insufficient.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars China DVD's 19 Jun 2010
We just returned from an amazing trip through China and we wanted some authentic DVD's to remember it with. Ideal DVD
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting documentary 2 July 2011
We purchased this DVD after our trip to the Great Wall to find out more about it. It is a very informative and interesting DVD which filled in all the gaps of our knowledge.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 10 July 2014
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Quite informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fairly monumental - like the Wall itself 6 Jan 2014
By Frank D
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Although this 'documentary' limits itself to the construction of the Wall during the Ming Period - representing the best known and most visible vestiges of this most extraordinary construction - the re-dramatizations are realistically restrained and add useful perspective.

The portrayal of Qi Jiguang, the indomitable military genius behind the Ming Wall, is equally persuasive and probably offers a good insight into the Chinese mentality of that period..... with possible contemporary relevance. I found the interpolation of expert commentaries by 'Wall' experts David Spindler and Prof Robin Yates particularly enlightening and thought provoking.

A excellent production recommended for anyone interested in understanding this marvel of historical construction and symbol of determination.
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