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  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong
  • Directors: Kevin MacDonald
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q9T3IQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Roman epic adventure, based on the classic novel of the same name, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

Special Features:

  • Feature Commentary with Director Kevin MacDonald
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Eagle: The Making Of A Roman Epic
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  • The Eagle: Creating the Standard 45 Min Making Of Documentary and lots more

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Epic filmmaking has fallen out of favour, but The Eagle fights hard to bring it back. Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) chose to lead a Roman garrison in occupied Britain because that's where his father lost a military standard--a metal eagle, representing the glory of imperial Rome--on an expedition into the northern wilds. To reclaim his family honor, Aquila sets off into native territory to recover the eagle, with only a slave named Esca (Jamie Bell) to help him--but the more Aquila learns about Esca's history, the more he has reason to doubt his slave's loyalty. The Eagle starts with engaging momentum; this is a work of fiction, but there's an impressive commitment to the details of life, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of a raw and brutal time. (Director Kevin Macdonald began as a documentarian, which no doubt contributes to his appreciation for grit and sweat.) Tatum is not the most versatile actor but he has enough solid charisma to anchor the movie; Bell's fluid emotional presence keeps their relationship dynamic. The movie loses steam in the last third, as the outcome is never really in doubt and the plot mechanics start to feel a bit rote. But for anyone with an interest in the era, or who simply enjoys a taste of blood and thunder, The Eagle has pleasures aplenty. --Bret Fetzer

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As a film fan and an amateur student of ancient history, I was quite prepared for this movie to be irritatingly facile and bear no relation to actual events.
But this is a quality film - historically on the money (with one or two very small exceptions), decent screenplay, good lead performances (especially Jamie Bell), fantastic photography, and very effective celtic mood music.
I was even moved to tears here and there. If you liked Apocalypto, Valhalla Rising and Gladiator, you will like this. There are plenty of action sequences but without gratuitous gore but it also has the emotional tug that films for grown-ups should have.
A Roman bromance with echoes of The Defiant Ones - definitely worth an airing.
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I enjoyed this DVD, bought from Amazon UK. And I think most reviewers have been a bit harsh in their ratings. Its gritty, hard edged but thankfully missing the wanton gore of its contemporary movies without missing the violence and harsh barbarian reality of the time in which the movie is framed.
The message is clearly projected.... the corruption, arrogance and deceit of politicians is there much the same as it is the world over today- looking down on honest folk who through their decency keep the human world from decending into the primordial sludge we are said to have come from.
And the bond between father and son, wanting to believe the best of the man who took 5000 Centurions into Caledonia never to be seen again- the deep rooted worry that there might have been thruth in the rumour spread by politicians of cowardice and family dishonour- which of course, you have to see the DVD to find out the truth about the Golden Eagle- the symbol of Rome and its civilisation.
The young man Marcus puts aside his prejudice towards the "inferior" Brit slave, as he grows to find that he is more honourable and trustworthy than some of his own Roman kind.... indeed, a solid story centering on the bond that develops between these two people who come from very different backgrounds.
A decent human story with universal appeal which makes you want to shout out and cheer when "the good guys" get it right.
Buy the DVD, its worth every penny.
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This is an adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff's novel of the mysterious disappearance of Rome's ninth legion north of Hadrian's Wall. I have not seen similar films based on the same premiss about the lost ninth legion in Roman Britain, such as `Centurion' (2010), and (less so) `The Last Legion' (2007), but `The Eagle' is certainly not as "hideously violent" as the former.

It's a fine yarn, told relatively well, based around the relationship between ex-military commander Marcus (Channing Tatum) and the slave he saves from death in a gladiatorial contest, Esca (Jamie Bell). (Surprisingly, the director admits to not knowing why Marcus saves Esca: perhaps there was some homo-erotic subtext?) Together they form a team that goes north of Hadrian's Wall to try and locate and bring back the eagle-standard of the lost legion that had been led by Marcus's father at the time of its disappearance.

I am glad to say that attention was maintained by this reviewer and his partner throughout the film, and the actors give committed performances. This is certainly not a bad film. There is a problem, though, with the last fight: suddenly, there appear to be twice as many old legionaries as turned up five minutes before. And for a man as truly exhausted at the end as Marcus must have been, one wonders whence he obtained his energy for the final fight, and equally, whence he obtained his sword!

References to Rosemary Sutcliff's novel are few and far between in the director's commentary, although he admits elsewhere that he loved the book as a child. Indeed, there is no information on why the title `The Eagle' was chosen instead of that of Sutcliff's original novel. (Was it because the studio feared American audiences would think this was a ninth instalment of a film series?
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Have been an avid reader of Rosemary Sutcliff for many a year, so was interested in how the film would convey the broad themes. It starts off well, but then starts to lose momentum, mainly because the lead character appears to be an action man type and not much else. Jamie Bell as Esca is better at conveying a personality. The American accents are not too much of an irritant (one character even uses the word "Autumn"!) and at least we were spared words like awesome. There are some significant divergences from the book, for example I don't recall RS bringing in a Custer-style last stand from the survivors of the 9th, and the female role of Cotta is not brought in at all. The film's been called a bromance and I can see why, as there are no female roles of any note whatsoever. The battle/conflict scenes are shot in a blurred motion way that emphasises the chaos but loses the clarity and I don't understand how they get away with it in the last fight, as the opposing numbers seem too great; I can only assume that the death of the leader is the cause for the others to leg it, but it's not made clear at all.

In summary, not bad at all, but it didn't quite light my fire, whereas the book still does, even after all these years. The scenery however is magnificent and some of the music is very good as well. Worth buying when it's in the car-boot sale/Tesco sale price bracket, but read the book anyway - it's a cracking tale.
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