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The Eagle (Blu-ray Disc, 2011, Rated/Unrated)

Kevin MacDonald, Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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Movie synopsis
Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald re-teams with THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND screenwriter Jeremy Brock for this historical epic set in second century Britain and following young centurion Marcus Aquila on his quest to solve the mystery of the missing Ninth Legion. The year is 135 A.D. It's been 15 years since the Ninth Legion went missing in the mountains of Scotland, and it's up to Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) to find out what happened. His own father was the commander of the Ninth, and by discovering what fate befell the fearless leader, Aquila could restore his failing reputation. Crossing Hadrian's Wall and navigating the treacherous highlands of Caledonia won't be easy though, especially since Aquila's only traveling companion is his British slave, Esca (Jamie Bell). Along the way, Aquila will attempt to make peace with his father's memory as he and Esca confront the savage tribes of the land and attempt to recover the lost legion's golden emblem -- the treasured Eagle of the North. Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong fill out the rest of the starring cast.

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  • Edition: Rated/Unrated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • UPC: 025192047749

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Genre:Dramas
Format:Blu-ray Disc
Display Format:Rated/Unrated

eBay Product ID: EPID101887378
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Editorial reviews

3 stars out of 5 -- "Viscerally capturing the harsh majesty of Scotland, Macdonald's visuals are brutal and beautiful..."
Total Film - Jonathan Crocker (05/01/2011)

3 stars out of 4 -- "THE EAGLE is a rip-snorting adventure tale of the sort made before CGI....Here we see for the most part the actual actors trekking through real locations, instead of quasi-animation."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (02/09/2011)

"Bell's inscrutability ups the tension, and Tahar Rahim, electrifying in UN PROPHETE, makes a formidable, Rome-hating Seal Prince."
Los Angeles Times - Sheri Linden (02/11/2011)

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Created: 01/10/12

An intimate adventure on the rural frontiers of Roman-occupied Britain.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I bought this DVD for the Historical appeal, as I like all aspects of Roman Empire history, and this film was an intimate story from that era,about son, whose father's legion that went out on patrol 20 years earlier, had never returned.

This is not a big "spectacle" production like some earlier Roman-themed films, but a more intimate-focused view of a typical small military outpost in Roman-occupied Britain.

It seemed to me that great technical care was made to show both in the rural Roman Architecture of Roman Forts and civilian Roman villas and the daily procedures of the lives of a Roman soldier was very accurately depicted.

These elements could bore some tastes, but a history-lover like myself really appreciated the mood and flow of the film that shows how non-military politics of any era always has a controlling influence on what military decisions are made.

( It sounds alot like the recent events of our present-day politics, or perhaps politicians never seem to learn from past history, do they ? )

The son, now a minor Roman Fort Commander himself, wants to find out what happened to the missing legion,his father,and also wants to recover the lost and sacred "Eagle Standard" that every Roman Legion held as the most valuable symbol of themselves, and of Rome itself.

But all of the answers to these questions lie beyond the safe Roman boundaries of Hadrian's Wall ( Which is also well-depicted intact ) as no one has ever returned from an excursion beyond the wall, where unknown warrior tribes are known to dwell.

The young commander takes only a British slave with him to guide the way to his quests, and the adventure takes off from there. I liked the story,and alot was really well done on a small budget to create a memorable view of the difficult life and politics of the Roman frontier politics, and slavery in early Britain. The film's cast did a very good job also.

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Created: 07/03/11

"Eagle of the Ninth" fans will be disappointed.

No, I would not recommend this product.
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The only redeeming virtues of "The Eagle" are that some of it was filmed on location and that great attention was paid to detail. Other than that, I think fans of Rosemary Sutcliff will be disappointed with the screenplays almost complete departure from the original story. Granted, the original was not written as a screenplay and it would have been difficult to cover it's grand scope. Still, the film does not form a coherent story but rather a collection of disconnected vignette's.
The original "The Eagle of the Ninth" by Rosemary Sutcliff explains how a British slave becomes the devoted friend of his Roman master, and how they together travel into Caledonia disguised as a Greek Oculist and his slave. These are plausible scenarios. In the movie it is unimaginable that the two could like one another and somehow force their way into enemy territory just by pure bravado. The "how" just isn't explained.
My advice: Read the book, "The Eagle of the Ninth", skip the movie.

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Created: 07/03/11

Great Adventure Film with Values. Very entertaining movie.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

At last --- a solid adventure flik without the phony romance or PC add-ons. This is a story with values --honor, fidelity to one's word, friendship -- all set in early Roman Britain, north of Hadrian's wall. If you are looking for an entertaining, exciting film without the usual Hollywood nonsense, this is one for you. This is not a sand-and-sandals type of historical epic, but one which will easily capture and retain your interest. Perfect for the history - minded, but entertaining enough for a wider audience. I enjoyed it.

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Created: 07/06/11

Roman family honor restored

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I bought this movie because I'm a Rome fanatic. I enjoy the visuals of places and actions I've only imagined. I particularly enjoyed scenes of the fortress on the outskirts of the Roman empire.

I felt like all the character portrayals were realistic.

The plot line was interesting - if just a bit implausible.

What struck me most was the Roman concept of honor. A father defeated in battle - and ensuing loss of The Eagle - disgraced the whole family line.

Spoiler alert - in this case, the son was able to restore his family's honor, with the help of his also honorable slave.

I also have new things to research. Did the Roman upper classes REALLY think prayers and offerings to the gods would help ensure their success? Or were they just going through the motions?

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Created: 01/10/12

An Excellent & Truthful Historical Movie:

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

10 Jan: 2012: Tues: An excellent historical movie of Roman Britian!! This showns the life & death struggles of the Celtic tribes who the Romans tried to conquer, but after 2 centuries+/- the Legions sailed back to France & left the Island forever. The movie tells the real story of garrison duty @ Forts that later became major city centers after the with-drawal of the troops. The story is based on the True story of the 3 Lost Eagles recovered in Germany. These 3 Roman Legions were destroyed, survivers captured, officers sacrificed, & later the remaining Roman Army captives rasomed & freed from German tribal slavery. Go ahead & purchase this great Dvd you will not be disappointed. Bs/Ws Chas.

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