Ong Bak (2 Disc Ultimate Edition) [DVD]
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Experience the most breathtaking action spectacle of the year with martial arts phenomenon, Tony Jaa: the man that Total Film describes as ""Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li all rolled into one!"" When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a dutiful but endearingly naive young martial artist is charged to go to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it...
Added to this is a gleefully choreographed chase on the highways of Bangkok involving a fleet of tuk-tuk vehicles (the three-wheeled taxi iconic to Thailand), knowing location photography (visitors to the capital will recognise Khao San Road and the exterior of top nightclub hangout Suzy's Pub) and, most of all, an affecting story of one man's struggle to uphold village traditions against Western modernisation.
- 2 Disc Ultimate Edition
- Over 5 hours of amazing bonus material
- Exclusive brand-new orchestral soundtrack, composed especially for the UK theatrical and DVD Release
- DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track
- Dual LAnguage format (English Dubbed and Thai Language with re-mastered English Subtitles)
- Audio Commentary with HK expert Bey Logan
- 'The Road To Glory': a fascinating 8-part ""Making Of"" documentary that will take you behind-the-scenes of each of the movie's groundbreaking action-sequences
- 'The Art Of Muay Thai': an exclusive documentary on the art of Thai boxing
- 'From Dust To Glory': a revealing interview with Tony Jaa
- 'Ong Bak On Tour : Promo tour highlights including incredible live martial arts demonstrations by Tony Jaa
- 7 Deleted scenes and alternative ending
- 'Visible Secret': a rare and exclusive rehearsal montage featuring Tony Jaa and action consultant Don Ferguson
- 'The Bodyguard': an interview with action-consultant, Don Ferguson
- 'Mad Dog': an interview with co-star David Ismalone
- 'Pearl Harbour': an interview with co-star Erik Markus Sheutz
No computer graphic can ever surpass what a real human body can do--and what the body can do is on spectacular display in Ong-Bak, a Thai action movie starring the lithe and flexible Tony Jaa. When the head is stolen from a holy statue in Jaa's rural village, he goes to Bangkok to get it back. Of course, it just so happens that the thief is connected to a bar where criminal big shots gamble over bare-knuckle brawls, and Jaa is--despite his virtuous efforts--drawn into the game. But that's only the beginning; a chase through the city streets rivals the ingenious acrobatics of Jackie Chan, with Jaa leaping between panes of glass, over a bicycle in motion, and through a wreath of barbed wire. Jaa's fighting prowess has been compared to Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and just about every other martial arts master, but he has an equal degree of charisma as well. He won't win acting awards, but his engaging presence carries the movie. One word of warning: The numerous fights will make you wince as much as gape in astonishment. Ong-Bak follows the action-flick tradition that the hero needs to be as battered as possible before he ultimately triumphs, and the battering is intense. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now there will be people who will moan that the plot is not what it could be, but let us remeber this film is not meant to spur your brain into overload with complex issues such as time travel or another example amnesia (hi donnie darko, memento) all this film asks for is for you to bear witness to what the human body is capable of when free of the insurance restraints hollywood movies are constantly dogged by, I defy you not to wince in sympathy for the spikey haired opponent that Jaa kicks so hard just below the kneecaps his legs are taken completely from under him, remember most of the blows in this film connect!
You will find that the female 'lead' annoys beyond all reason, just turn the volume down when she speaks (i'm conviced she has trouble with the local dogs when she talks, her pitch being that high) but Jaa's sidekick in the movie provides the comedy and also the ultimate sacrifice for the treasured Ong Bak, but like all great action heros Jaa steals the show with some amazing moves which haven't been seen on the big screen before and of course he gets the mother of all beatings before eventually emerging the victor.
So ladies and gentlemen with this film you are witnessing the dawn of our newest actionhero, so sit back and enjoy the ride because hopefully Mr Jaa and his amazing production team shall be around for a very long time to come.Read more ›
The film is really good, and maybe it's true that the story isn't the best, but martial arts movies are not about the story, they are about martial arts!
Almost all of the stunts in this film are amazing, and you sometimes wonder how he does all those flips and kicks, and the action is well coreographed, keeping the kicks and jumps flowing.
The dvd itself is very good and well presented. You get the film, and also a great second disc with loads of special features including an amazing making of the stunts, so you can see the hard work that went into the market scene.
One minor niggle i have with the film is Tony Ja himself. People have likened him to Bruce Lee, and although Ja is very good, and his stunts and fights are amazing, he can not rival Bruce Lee. Ja has a lack of presence on the screen, whereas Bruce Lee filled the screen with presence. People wanted to BE Bruce Lee, whereas I get the feeling that people may just want to be able to do Ja's stunts.
That said, the film is a martial arts master piece, and definatly a film to get if you are remotely into anything martial arts.
The film follows Ting, a young man (played by Tony Jaa) from a small Thailand village. Every 24 years the village celebrates the festival of Ong Bak; a religious festival that is supposed to bring prosperity to the village, however the evil Don has chopped of the head of their revered Budda statue and fled to the big city with it in his grasp. Cue for Ting to give hot pursuit. He arrives in the big city and seeks help from former friend George, but he finds George with problems of his own with debt and local gangsters. This is of course all just thinly vieled excuses for lots of fights and incredible set pieces.
What makes this film a cut above the average far east movie is the fact that the makers of the film are obviously fans of Western cinema. The humour in the film works on all levels and the storyline is recognisable to everybody. The support cast is surprisingly good, with George providing laughs, his friend and long suffering partner Muay backs him up very well, and the bad guys are all effective in their own unique way; in particular Mad Dog, he sends shivers down your spine even on screen.
Even with this strong support cast, Tony Jaa steals every scene. The whole gimmick of the film is based on the fact that no wires, trick photography or C.G.I was used; every stunt that you see him perform is really him doing it-and what he does is breathtaking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent movie. I've seen it before, several years ago, and it was well worth another viewing, the plot is good and keeps you following for the start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sleepyvlondie
Brilliant film with some of the best martial arts and stunts I've ever seenPublished 4 months ago by Big Kevo