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The Lady [Blu-ray]

Michelle Yeoh , David Thewlis , Luc Besson    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse, Susan Wooldridge
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006E04D1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,318 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Luc Besson proves for the umpteenth time that he’s not one to be restricted by genre with The Lady. It’s a film that tells the real life story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel-prize winning campaigner who fought for democracy in Burma. The film starts back in her childhood, before picking up with her happily married in England. By this time, she’s played by Michelle Yeoh, with David Thewlis stepping into the shoes of her husband.

Events conspire to take her back to Burma, though, and The Lady then concerns itself as much with the separation of husband and wife as it does the political situation. That makes it a bumpy film, and sometimes an unfocused one. Yet Besson’s intentions are so strong, and his meticulous detail so obvious, that the film’s issues are easy to forgive. Furthermore, Michelle Yeoh clearly devoted herself to the lead role, comfortably giving the best performance of her career. David Thewlis? He’s excellent, too, as always.

There’s clearly a better film to be made out of the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, but that doesn’t make The Lady a bad one. What’s more, thanks to Yeoh’s magnificent central turn, even in its weaker moments, there’s usually something of interest happening. The Lady has problems, certainly, but it has some genuine ambition, too. --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Lady, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband, Michael Aris (David Thewlis) . It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democratic movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma's national heroine. ...The Lady (2011) (Blu-Ray)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great woman, great movie 15 Mar 2012
A very powerful film that resists the temptation to drift into sentimentality. The story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her unlikely rise to leader of the democratic movement in Burma is told in a series of flashbacks, starting with her life as the wife of an academic in Oxford. The visual contrast between the grey and white stillness of the English world and the red and green drama of Burma is striking - and captivating. And the violence that results in Suu deciding to stay in Burma is sensitively if shockingly portrayed - the drama is in the sudden and unnecessary nature of the violence, not in excessive blood and gore. I thought the dialogue and the acting were great. If anything, the fact that some have found it less than engaging might be down to the fact that it's so realistic - not full of the neat soundbites of so many Hollywood movies. I felt a bit stunned at the end of the film. Of course, there's no neat or happy ending. And the real footage of Burmese monks protesting in 2007 that's cut in with the 'actor' monks is particularly moving. A real powerhouse film. Loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lady DVD 16 Jun 2012
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This is an amazing film, and having worked in Burma and on the borders was of great interest to me. It is challenging and sad, but reflects something of the strength of this incredible woman. I was hoping it would hit the cinemas more than it did, It beats the Iron lady (Mararet Thatchers story...which came out simultaneously)for me any day.This is about a true hero whos life and everything she cared about was put aside for the sake of truth, democracy and justice.... I would one day want to meet this legendary lady. Made me want to go back again.Fantastic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Topical and delightful 23 April 2012
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This is a delightful film, it's not perfect and of course is as much the story of the relationship between The Lady and her husband as a comment on the politics of Burma. But it casts some light and might be viewed alongside reading an excellent new biography "The lady and the peacock" or, for those just wanting to know something about what it is like to visit this awesome country, my own book "Beguiling Burma" (see Amazon's book section)which presents a more light-hearted picture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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great film about a great woman. brilliant acting and most convincing portrayal of 'the Lady'. lets hope the future is now bright for Burma.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real dedication! 25 May 2012
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This film brought me back to Asia: you can feel the passion, the calm, the violence and the dedication of this lady: this is an exemple for me! The film has managed to bring all these feelings together very beautifully!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In this excellent Anglo-French production, director Luc Besson has chosen to tell the story of Aung San Suu Kyi through the experience of her marriage to Oxford academic Michael Aris (an intelligent and sensitive performance by David Thewlis). The film explores the heartache of a family life characterised by long separations due to Suu's choice to commit her life first and foremost to democracy and civil rights in her native Burma, and the resultant choices and sacrifices which both agree to endure for the cause.

What might in the hands of a less skilled director have turned into a political polemic, or worse, a worthy but uninvolving biopic, has become under Besson's skilled direction a truly great film with a strong storyline and real emotional power. The action see-saws between Suu's struggles against the regime in Burma and Michael's safe, suburban academic life in Oxford, highlighting his unquestioning support for her decision even though it means she is absent from her children growing through adolescence, and of course from him. Whilst stopping short of doing Suu actual harm because her high public profile would bring down the outrage of the international community, the military regime does everything possible to make her leave Burma `voluntarily' - but she refuses to go, knowing that if she were to leave, new laws would be framed by the regime to ensure she would never be allowed back and she could be far less effective outside the country.

The audience is not spared graphic images of the horrors perpetrated by the Burmese regime. The violence however is in no way gratuitous, but essential to the action and to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady DVD, acting at its best 12 Jan 2013
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A brilliant DVD, so true to the real life of Ang Sang and I enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Yeoh is outstanding 23 July 2012
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The story of Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the great struggles of out time and Michelle Yeoh takes the part quite brilliantly. The settings in Thailand are very well done and the murderous generals portrayed with great skill. I felt however that the role of her UK family were out of proportion to the business in Burma and rather over done. They were not easy roles to play and were as well acted as the script allowed, there was just too much of it and all a bit too emotional. I would have liked more on the political behind the scenes activities to put pressure on the generals which was rather skated over. The lack of optional subtitles for the hearing impaired is also to be regretted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 21 days ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Give good insight into Myanmar
Great way to get insight into a country that is not well known these days outside of South East Asia.
Published 1 month ago by Trevor Geddes
5.0 out of 5 stars the lady wins!
excellent film of Aung San Suu Kyi's fight for Burma's opening up and democratisation while kept apart from her dying husband. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Philip R. Hyne
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Lady. An ICON, a Jeanne d'Arc of the 20th century.
" A nation is not defeated until the hearts of it's WOMEN are on the ground". So said Chief Sitting Bull c1888 USA. He knew a thing or two. Read more
Published 4 months ago by michael cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady DVD
Good service would highly recommend this film. Wow what a lady, a good way to learn history. Glad of my purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Christine Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this film, it brings the book to life even if it doesn't cover every detail. Wonderful and inspirational woman
Published 9 months ago by Miss Rebecca Jane Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady
What a Lady! - really educational and informative - highly recommended. Ideal birthday/Christmas present for those wanting a little more intellect in their film watching.
Published 10 months ago by Rebecca Heal
5.0 out of 5 stars Important film about an amazing woman.
Touching.I visited Burma in 2003 and became very interested in the political situation. It's a stunning country. Read more
Published 11 months ago by maggsthomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch!
A great film. Particularly worth a watch for those who don't know the story behind the amazing woman that is Aung San Suu Kyi.
Published 12 months ago by AE
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who believe in democracy
This is a great film. I missed it at the cinema when it was on general release and so was glad to be able to be able to buy the DVD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tragenmmxi
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