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The Last Legion [DVD]

Colin Firth , Ben Kingsley , Doug Lefler    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd
  • Directors: Doug Lefler
  • Producers: Dino de Laurentiis, Martha de Laurentiis, Rafaella de Laurentiis
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDAJHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Action adventure set at the time of the fall of the Roman empire. As the Roman Empire crumbles, the last Emperor, Romulus Augustus Caesar (Thomas Sangster), flees the city, heading for Britain, in search of a long-lost legion of Roman soldiers. Romulus's plans soon change however, when he stumbles upon the mythical sword of Excaliber, and becomes part of its history.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wet Saturday morning viewing 26 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
Yes, it's not historically accurate. Yes, Ben Kingsley's accent leaves something to be desired. Yes, Colin Firth is Darcy in pretty much everything he does. Yes, Mira is an absolute stunner. My son was riveted and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I have to say I did too. There's something rather comforting about constantly saying "Gosh, it's so and so from xxx " as a whole host of recognisable actors stroll across the scene. It's rather like "Jason and the Argonauts" for the 21st century. Fun, not a history lesson. There's action, some wry humour, enough blood for an 11 year old and all the ingredients which make up the sort of film which used to turn up at the Saturday matinee. It doesn't take itself seriously so you need to watch it in that spirit.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Film 16 May 2008
By Matt G
Format:DVD
Does a film have to be historically correct to be good? Or can a film still succeed with not many real facts in it? The Last Legion is about the fall of Rome and the birth of a legend. It starts of with a young boy Romulus. He is destined to be the ruler of Rome. But once he becomes Emperor his city crumbles under the invasion of the Goths. He's then forced to run with only bodyguards as protection to Britain. There are quite a few great battle scenes. The history of the movie may be suspect but in this case that doesn't really matter. It's there for entertainment not education. So while it is historically incorrect it's still an epic film for anyone over 12 to watch.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It,s not cinema....it,s alchemy 17 May 2008
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Boasting more historical inaccuracies than if it had been made by the production team of My Parents Are Aliens but adapted from a story partly written by noted historical author Valerio Manfredi The Last Legion is the latest film to tie in the King Arthur mythology with the Romans occupying Britannia in the 5th century . It sure goes about it in a convoluted way though.
It's 460A.D.and Rome is on the verge of falling to the Goths whose leader Odoacer( Peter Mullan) looks like Hagar The Horrible .Young Emperor to be Romulus Augustus(Thomas Sangster), rumoured to be blood relative of Caesar( Ehhh!!) is crowned just before the invasion hordes take the city and is thus a prize capture for them. Once this is done Odoacer charges his vicious soldier Wulfila(Kevin Mckidd) to take the lad to a remote virtually impregnable fortress , though he does allow mysterious sage come magician Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley) to act as the lads companion which on reflection he may have come to regret.
They are then pursued by commander of the Legions Aurelios (Colin Firth) , some of his men , and an Ottoman warrior Mira (Aishwarya Rai) who is there because of her empires allegiance to Rome , but more probably because she is incredibly attractive and gives the film some love interest.
The action eventually moves to Britannia so the renegades can hook up with the ninth legion -the last in the empire. Here a masked villain called Vortgyn( Harry Van Gorkum) enters the fray because he has some connection to Ambrosinus and the whole thing is resolved with a big battle and it's after this that the film finally reveals it's hand and makes the connections to the Arthurian legend.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Legion 18 April 2008
Format:DVD
I think this is a great 'fantasy' film. I say this as some are nit picking about the lack of historical fact. If it followed facts there would be no film at all, thats the whole point of the film, a good yarn!
And a damn good one at that. Gladiator is another example, not much fact but a great film. As for realism, Romulas, Vortkin, the Goths, the Eastern Empire, Hadrians Wall, all there for some realism. And a great stirring sound track.
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding two-and-a-half star hokum 13 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
One of the year's biggest flops, albeit of the variety that passes completely under the radar such is the public's complete lack of interest in it, The Last Legion turns out to be fairly engaging old-fashioned hokum that lacks the star-power it needs to drive it or the vision behind the cameras to elevate the material. In many ways it's a throwback to producer Dino De Laurentiis' early 50s peplum like Attila the Hun rather than his more cerebral epics like Barabbas. Set during the final fall of the Roman Empire to the Goths and linking the myth of Excalibur with the legendary lost Ninth Legion that inspired many a historical fiction but which many modern historians now believe was simply an accounting error and probably only existed on paper, it sees Colin Firth's general trying to save Thomas Sangster's child emperor in a chase that leads from the sacked city of Rome to the very end of the Empire at Hadrian's Wall with a little help from Aishwarya Rai's warrior woman and Ben Kingsley's teacher with a neat line in magic tricks. Things take a turn for the silly in Britannia with the introduction of a rather bland gold masked villain in a film that already has several bad guys, but it all rallies for a big final battle that, while it doesn't exactly set a new benchmark for screen action and could do with a lot more panache, has an almost pleasingly old-fashioned feel to it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING AND TRUE TO LIFE
Fantastic, fast moving historical film. Highly recommended.
Published 1 day ago by Angela Mary Finnemore
5.0 out of 5 stars but was pleased to enjoy the film in total
I was a bit concerned with the opening scenes, but was pleased to enjoy the film in total x
Published 5 days ago by Eve Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun movie.
Great fun, lots of gruesome bits and you can shout at the TV!!!
Published 1 month ago by R. Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
DVD POOR QUALITY ...IT STICKS DO NOT USE THIS SUPPLIER.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. H. Mallard
5.0 out of 5 stars To some it may not be historically accurate but so what it makes good...
A most enjoyable telling of the Arthurian legend. To some it may not be historically accurate but so what it makes good viewing.
Published 2 months ago by C E Oakes
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Rubbish film!
Published 2 months ago by Elite One :0)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but ?
film quality good but the menu is in German which you have to navigate to switch to English voice would have been easier if language selection was first option. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. K. Laker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Legion
It was brilliant and very well acted by all and very historical and educational and it was very close towards the bible with the story unfolding and the fact's behind of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
THIS IS VERY GOOD MOVIE IF YOU LIKE THE ROMAN EMPIRE THING ,GREAT SCENES ON LOCATION,GREAT ACTING AND BATTLES ,MOST ENJOYABLE
Published 6 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent
This item was purchased as a present. After placing the order I was informed that the item had been despatched and arrived well packed before the designated delivery date. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Farrar
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