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Shaolin [Blu-Ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse
  • Format: DVD + Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: WellGo USA
  • Release Date: Aug. 9 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005FQ1OOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,469 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In a young Republic of China, where greedy warlords fuel a period of war and strife, Hou Jie (Andy Lau) arrogantly shows no mercy to his enemies seeking refuge with the benign and compassionate Shaolin monks. After unscrupulously killing a wounded enemy, Hou Jie pays a terrible price for his actions and is forced to seek refuge in the same Shaolin Monastery he blatantly disrespected. Hou Jie s traitorous second-in-command Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) continues where the once-warlord left off, betraying his country and his own people. Hou Jie must adapt to Shaolin principles to stop the monster he created.

Based loosely on the 1982 martial arts epic Shaolin Temple, which helped to mint Jet Li as a star, this Hong Kong blockbuster from Benny Chan stars Andy Lau as a battle-weary warlord who finds refuge and then solace among the monks of a Shaolin temple. Set during the tumult of early Republican China, the story unfolds as Lau's warlord usurps his rivals, but at the cost of his daughter's life and his wife's loyalty. His spirit crushed, he decides to atone for his violent past by joining a Shaolin order (which counts Jackie Chan, in a glorified cameo, as its cook). Lau's path to enlightenment is cast into doubt when he discovers that his former second-in-command (Nicholas Tse, in an enjoyably overripe performance) has enslaved the local population and forced them to unearth relics in order to pay for greater weapons. Things naturally come to a head between Lau and Tse, but the film is less concerned with sprawling martial arts battles than the emotional conflicts between and within its major players. Honor, familial loyalty, remorse, and pursuit of spiritual wholeness are cornerstones of Hong Kong action films, but the depth of the performances and screenplay (by Alan Yuen) lends rich nuances to the subjects, often at the expense of adding an extra fight scene to the picture. That's perhaps a good thing, as martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen's usual pyrotechnics are hobbled somewhat by his leads, who are fine actors but only modest fighters, leaving the firepower to wushu champion Wu Jing as a Shaolin elder. Chan's formidable talents are used to underscore his comic contributions to the film, and as such, are only mildly entertaining. That's also how most martial arts fans will view Shaolin, though those who value theme as well as action may find it a frequently thoughtful diversion. The Blu-ray collector's edition features a gallery of deleted scenes (mostly extended versions of scenes in the theatrical cut) and trailers, as well as a pair of by-the-books featurettes on the film's production. Slightly more interesting are a handful of interviews with the principals, which touch on the picture's historical basis and the '82 Li film, among other subjects. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.

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You have to check this one out it is such a good movie.protect the temple at all cost and you will be enlighten but karma is such a bitch. you will know what i mean when you watch love this movie.Shaolin (Blu Ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away July 26 2011
By LFrog1386 - Published on
I could not wait to get my hands on this film. A collaboration with Andy Lau and Jackie Chan, what more could I ask for? OK, let's throw in Bing Bing Fan, Jacky Wu and Nicholas Tse and make it a movie about the Shaolin temple, Buddhism and martial arts. Score!

This movie is beyond excellent. Andy Lau has the lead role and carries it effortlessly. Jackie Chan's role is minor in comparison but memorable. Nicholas Tse plays a pitch-perfect role as Lau's protege that learns ruthlessness and lust for power at his master's knee and karma comes back to bite Lau pretty darn hard. When Lau loses everything, he finds himself taken in at the Shaolin temple and learns what forgiveness and redemption really mean.

Of course, it wouldn't be a good kung fu movie without some fighting, so the bad guys have to come defile the temple and the monks must defend it from Tse and his cohorts. We are treated to some truly amazing and wonderful martial arts fighting here, right down to the littlest monks. And Chan the cook teaches the bad guys a thing or two about how to roll dough. Dramatic, action-packed, humorous, touching and heart-warming all come to mind when I think of this movie. It is destined to be a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - The best Martial Arts film sinces Ip Man! May 7 2011
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This is the first collaboration between Jackie Chan and Andy Lau since Drunken Master 2 in 1994 and it does not disappoint. Its a huge budget film from director Benny Chan, but he finally got it right in this one. Story is good, and action scenes are incredible. Fights are pretty realistic with minimal use of wires. Fights are very well choreographed. Great film, and highly recommended for martial arts/action fans. The DVD I bought from Loto Surplus was excellent. Very high quality video and sound. This is the official HK release, single disc edition with a foil cover. It is all region DVD so it will play in the USA.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie! Aug. 15 2016
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Our family has been watching a lot of kung fu movies lately, and this one was surprisingly good. While we enjoy the action comedy movies as well, this one is a more serious drama with a compelling plot, good acting and scenery.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 24 2016
By Keng Xiong - Published on
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I enjoyed this movie, you'll have to watch it yourself and see if you like it or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome!! June 6 2016
By Kendrick A. Jordan - Published on
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I'm a lover of old style Kung fu movies. This is a modern adaptation of classic Kung fu genre. Simply awesome!!!