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Ronin [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009)


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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OPOAJS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,814 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olshansky on March 14 2009
Format: Blu-ray
After a long wait, Ronin is FINALLY here on Blu-ray. Was it worth the wait? If you're a fan of the film, yes.

While the imagery isn't as eye popping as some of the latest releases, this is as faithful of a transfer as you will ever get. It's a noticeable upgrade from the murky looking DVD. Colors are solid and stable, there is plenty of fine detail in close ups, the car chases are fantastic, and some of the wide angle shots of France look spectacular. However, the dimly lit interior scenes and those shot at night tend to look rather dull and flat.

There is a light film grain here and there, though the print looks very clean. The DTS Lossless Master Audio is very nice, though the film doesn't make very aggressive use of the surrounds. That's not a flaw of the disc but of the lower budget nature of the film itself.

Though I wish there were some extras from the special edition DVD, I am still happy with this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on Feb. 22 2004
Format: DVD
There's a centuries-old unwritten code shared by all members of the "warrior" class; soldiers, policemen, secret service operatives and other members of security forces old and new - a code of professionalism, of unwritten rules of conduct and moral attitudes allowing them to interact on a level outside verbal communication, and beyond the social and political mandates of the day setting the outer parameters of their job. Not all take the tenets of that code as far as the 47 masterless samurai ("ronin"), whose 18th century story, known in Japan as "Chushingura" and still one of its most famous kabuki plays, inspired this movie's title, and who committed seppuku - ritual suicide by disembowelment - after revenging their master's death; the honor-mandated punishment for having failed to protect him in the first place, and for bringing weapons to Edo [Tokyo] to kill the shogun's master of ceremonies, responsible for their liege lord's demise. But all members of this class recognize each other instinctively, and can infer more from small gestures and attitudes than others can from long conversations.
We learn little about the ronin who are the protagonists of this movie, and one of director John Frankenheimer's greatest coups is the understated way in which he uses that very mystery to keep the viewer's interest: not hyping it up, making us want to find out more, but downplaying it: What matters is not who precisely they are but their interaction as such.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest on Jan. 6 2003
Format: DVD
“Ronin”, is for everyone who enjoys Robert DeNiro, a great spy tale, a host of great supporting actors, and some of the more amazing car chases filmed on Europe’s very narrow, pre-automotive designed streets. The word Ronin describes a Samurai who has lost his master, and in this film, the word serves as a metaphor for cold warriors that no longer have the same Cold War to fight. The threats are not gone only changed, so the great games that have played host to a variety of films and movies are still available to talented writers and directors who can adapt.
A great deal of the action takes place at high speed on either very narrow urban roads, or wildly twisting mountain stretches that lack the same manner of safety barriers we are accustomed to in The USA, that make the chase scenes all the more amazing. The director and other key players who made the film have racing backgrounds which allowed them to bring a type of realism that goes beyond the typical Hollywood chase.
Jean Reno, Natascha Mcelhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce all make for a wonderful ensemble cast. The chase is for a case, and the cast that is assembled are allegedly a team in the hunt for a box that no one knows the contents of. The traditional players like the Russians are involved, the CIA, and then the new Russians along with the Irish, and members of agencies that either are active or are not, you never know until the film ends. And even when it does, the DVD offers an alternate ending that changes in a very dramatic manner how the film you just watched concluded.
“Ronin”, is a very good film, a definite cut above the average, and well worth the one minute and two hours of your time it will occupy.
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Format: DVD
"Ronin" is wildly entertaining and highly crafted. Some think De Niro was in a 'trough' when he made this film; instead, I feel he is -- quite simply -- exceptional and REAL, as always DeNiro is doing nothing he hasn't done a 1,000 times before in this role but it's precisely *because* he does such characters all the time that he's so good at it. Jean Reno is equally capable of matching De Niro on screen and they form a nice relationship that doesn't grate. The other actors are all acceptable although not outstanding.

The plot is decent, but not dripping with originality. Look it's a terrorist organization. And look it's the IRA again and the Northern Ireland situation depicted with all the lack-of-knowledge Hollywood is so good at. The double crossing is amusing and makes sense - these characters aren't exactly on the side of angels are they? The action sequences are great fun too and, it must be admitted, feature the best car chases of any movie I've seen from the 90s. Which is saying something. On a down side to the plot it gets a tad ridiculous when, over the course of the movie, approximately half of France's population gets wiped out in the various car chases and gun battles... it's a tad over the top (though adrenalin pumping)

John Frankenheimer directing was very competent. The chase scenes are done particularly well with the cameras mounted to the front of the car to give you the feeling of speed. It's what helps lift this movie up that bit more from the other dross. Other than that I'd recommend this movie, especially for fans of the heist genres or those who like car chases. You won't be bored ever and will spend an enjoyable couple of hours viewing it.
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