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Warlords [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Jet Li , Andy Lau , Peter Chan , Wai Man Yip    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu, Xiaodong Guo
  • Directors: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip
  • Writers: James Yuen, Jianxin Huang, Jiping He, Junli Guo, Lan Xu
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DVB7EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Epic ... unrelenting ... supreme entertainment --Time Out

Jet Li is stunning ... the performance of his career --Radio 5 Live

Heartily recommended to connoisseurs of brutal battle scenes --Empire

Jet Li is stunning ... the performance of his career --Radio 5 Live

Heartily recommended to connoisseurs of brutal battle scenes --Empire

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood brothers at arms 27 Feb 2009
The Warlords is a thin slice of Chinas turbulant history , on an epic scale. Set during the Taiping Rebellion, it focuses on the famine and war that engulfed the country for many years, during the Qing Dynasty. It is also based on the true story of an unsolved crime.
The film revolves around three men, bonded together by a blood oath, that is stretched to breaking point by the tragedy and desparation of war. Jet Li is Pang, a general whose troops have been slaughtered in a massacre, and is then taken in by a bandit village. Their leader, Zhao (Andy Lau), with his right hand man, Jiang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) lead their small bandit army on raids to steal food for the villagers, in order to survive. Pang manages to convince them to join the army with him, using the incentive of regular money and food for all, so they can bring the war to a quicker end, and regain some of his dignity in the process.
The film is spread over a few years (the passing of time only evident by the varying degrees of our heroes facial hair) and pulls no punches in its portrayal of war and the harrowing effects on both sides. The battle scenes are spectacular when on a large scale, and wince inducing when focusing on close up combat.
The blood brothers are played magnificently by three of Asias' finest. Jet Li proves just how powerful an actor he can be, effortlessly demonstrating a blinkered obsession with his need to rid his country of oppression, at any cost. Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, Battle of Wits) gives a scene stealing performance as the bandit leader, loved by his followers, and respected by his enemies. The taking of Suzhou and his pleas for the prisoners, is all the more heartbreaking, knowing it is based on truth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of action meant it started to drag for me 10 Dec 2010
Not the best example of chinese cinema, although still epic. The scale of the film is grand and it enjoys some excellent battle scenes. However in the end, for me the film began to drag.

Based on a true story, the tale follows three blood brother who command an army in a time of unrest in China's past.

It starts well and the first quarter of the film delivers, but the pace of the story slows and then concentrates on the poilitcs between the powers that be, the generals and armies, and also the three brothers.

The costumes and scenery are all great, as we've come to expect from this type of film but I would recommend Battle Of Wits [Blu Ray] [2007] [DVD]over this any day of the week.

I lost interest after a while and thought about switching it off on more than one occasion, and coming back to it later. In the end though I perservered. I'm glad I did as I found myself just wanting to get it over and done with; now I don't have to come back to it.

It was an OK watch but there are much better examples of chinese cinema out there.The afor mentioned 'Battle Of Wits' being one of them. Also the film is not the best example of a Blu Ray transfer with the quality of picture not as sharp as I'd have liked.

For such a big, and what should have been,impressive film I am struggling to find things to write and tell you about. Not a good sign. Again though, I would state that there are one or two excellent fight scenes and battles - one in particular was very good. I just wish there had been more of them.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare combination. 15 Mar 2009
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This film is indeed a rare combination of spectacular action sequences,both on a small and epic scale,combined with a script that provides not only depth to characters,thus allowing actors to demonstrate their talents to the full,but also the background within court circles of plotting,and counter plotting.
Anyone who doubts Jet Li's ability as an actor will have to revise their opinion on seeing his performance in this film.
Anyone who has admired Andy Lau's performances will not be disappointed.
The Picture Quality of this Blu-ray disc is excellent,and is well worth the premium over the SDDVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li at his best! 7 Nov 2009
Another Chinese film martial arts film? No! A war film, based on true events, bloody, gritty, and brilliant. Once again in Chinese with subtitles, but it works. Jet Li is superb, perhaps at his best. Andy Lau is a stunning actor, and none more so than here. The action is good, not a flying anything in sight, which is good, and the blood flows thick and fast, but happily not gratuitously. Good story, good acting and good action, highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warlords 19 April 2009
Very well made action film relating to 3 warriors who became warlords. Jet Lee plays a serious ambitious soldier who becomes one of the warlords. He wants power for himself and does whatever he can to gain this (in the name of justice).
The film is a true story and reasonably accurate. However, although I like action films and Jet Lee as an actor, this movie did little for me by way of entertainment. It was dark and broody and although it is well made and produced I don't think I will view this again.
For those who like Warlord kind of films this is definately for you, the action during the battle/fighting scenes are first class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb film that you must see. 1 Jan 2011
By Steve B
I totally forgot about this film after it was first released and snapped up the Blu-Ray film.
Watching this on my Pioneer PDP 5090H is amazing.
The quality of the picture and sound (I choose 7.1) was excellent.
The acting is first rate and I mean really good. Andy Lau is brilliant as is Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
If you liked House of Flying Daggers then you'll like this. The story is more complex than the former.
Add in quality battle scenes, amazing costume design, great film settings and you get an amazing experience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warlords
I'm sure the film was ok but I don't speak Mandarin or whatever. It's probably my fault for not reading the small print that the film has not been dubbed. Hate subtitles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars An average war/adventure movie, promising a lot in first 30 minutes...
I found this 2007 Chinese film watchable, but nothing more and it is a pity, because it had potential for so much more... Below, more of my impressions, with some spoilers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maciej
3.0 out of 5 stars not in english
hard to watch with with out english speaking , did not know when purchased did not make it clear on web site
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Brooks
1.0 out of 5 stars No story in it
There is not much of story in it. Not even Kungfu. All we get is lots of brood and lots of fights (not kungfu).
Published 3 months ago by kamman cheung
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film especially if you like reading.
Good film kept me riveted but sometimes the subtitles were obscured and didn't make it easy to follow unless you understand Chinese
Published 5 months ago by AOD
4.0 out of 5 stars good...
This is one of the better Wuxia films, after Red Cliff...
The story is set in the Taiping Rebellion of 1864... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LONDON NINJA.
4.0 out of 5 stars love this film
although subtitle is a very compelling story about loyalty and honour. good fight scenes and casting. the film is long but will hold your attention
Published 8 months ago by R.BURKE
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles
This DVD arrived very quickly, but was disappointed as it was subtitles and no where in the advert for it did it say this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by osaoso
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaving failures....
I like a good film, even foreign films, this one has everything I enjoy. The Chinese language spoken is splendid to listen to, the subtitles a tad too quick to read sometimes, but,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Inquisio
3.0 out of 5 stars ordinary
Does not live up to the great battle scenes it says.
O.K sort of film , too much like the others of the same genre to make it stand out.
Published 13 months ago by Laurence Ember
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