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The Eagle [DVD] [2011]

3.9 out of 5 stars 325 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Douglas Henshall
  • Directors: Kevin MacDonald
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GAMOKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,373 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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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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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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Very good historic title set in the time of the Roman Empire. In this movie, a legion gets decimated at the beginning of the story on the imperial frontier with its golden eagle standard seized by the barbaric enemy. Rome's answer to that, a young Roman hero who infiltrates past Hadrian's wall and into the danger of the barbarian forces' presence, in order to steal back the golden eagle standard. Very good film and based on real history too, I for one would most recommend if you like that kind of thing.
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I was a bit disappointed in this because i was expecting something a lot better.
Ok the director read this book as child but since then a host of new Roman history novelist are out there (Ben Kane, Simon Scarrow etc).Some of their books are crying out for screenplays.
The eagle of the 9th has never been found although an eagle was found in southern Britain it was not thought to be a military eagle and dismissed as being the 9ths.
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I enjoyed this a lot. Well cast and gripping from the start
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By Yaqub on 25 Jun. 2017
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Great
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great film
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Have seen it before enjoyed it very much
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By Jo on 9 Nov. 2015
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Good film kept my interest and flowed well.
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