The conqueror

The conqueror

DVD - 2011 | Russian
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Set in sixteenth-century Ukraine, a Cossack chieftain is determined to regain his land from Polish invaders while conflict within his family erupts when his son falls in love with a Polish girl.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : eOne, ©2011.
ISBN: 9781417234110
1417234113
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, video, surround
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EuSei Aug 29, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely not a chick-flick; in it women have no participation. (You won’t see some skinny, lil’ woman handling a huge iron sword—which never happened, because a woman wouldn’t be able to handle a huge sword!) Nothing but men fighting, yelling, drinking, burping, and, well, being men! :-) Plus lots of History, but you have to pay lots of attention. There is one problem in my view: the voice over in English. The interpreters’ voices sounded too similar and were devoid of any emotion—while when you turned back to Russian, the characters were putting lots of emotion in their lines. Besides, there was a narrator in the background that the English version did not capture. Be aware of the horrible, excruciatingly violent torture scenes that will make you painfully aware of how horrendous medieval torture might have been. (I have to laugh at the people who talk about American soldiers “torture”; what a joke!) I have never read Gogol, but feel now inclined to read his Taras Bulba. All the characters were perfect—in what for me would have been Cossacks of yore—plus the beautiful blond Magdalena Mielcarz, who is so pretty she does not need talent. Music is in general bad, but we survived it.

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