Apocalypto (Blu-ray)

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Gotta have patience to watch it.

on 12/24/2007

It's not a blockbuster per say, but if you can sit for so long and not get bored you should get it. The action in this movie is defenitely the reason i got it in the first place. All the effort put into make-up is truly detailed. Of course being in Hi-def. is the main reason to have it.

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Set in the mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disruted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 204218114
UPC 786936726145
UPC 14 00786936726145
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/19/2013
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1474
Ancient Civilizations
Historic Events
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) tackles the downfall of Mayan civilization in his latest turn as writer/director. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) and his fellow villagers lead a peaceful life in the forest until a savage, unprovoked attack turns their world upside down. After hiding his pregnant wife and young son from the invaders, Jaguar Paw joins in the fight, only to be taken prisoner with the rest of the survivors. Uncertain of what the future holds and taken from his home to a thriving metropolis that might as well be a foreign country, Jaguar Paw has just one goal--to return to his wife and child. Jaguar Paw's journey is a coming-of-age saga running the gamut of love, loss, courage, and redemption.^Filmed in Mexico with a cast of indigenous Americans speaking in the Yucatec dialect, this is a tale filled with contrasts. Muted greens and browns define the forest village while the city is awash in bright colors. The wealthy live in opulence, sporting elaborate jewelry, clothing, and hairdos while the villagers wear twig and bone ornaments. The villagers respect both life and nature, but the rulers of the great stone city condone violence in an effort to appease their gods. Gibson's point is clear: the more "advanced" society is corrupt and unrepentant, while the more primitive Mayans have far greater faith and humanity. Gibson also drives home the recurring theme of rebirth with symbolism, including rain, pregnancy, and the arrival of Christianity. Beautifully filmed by Dean Semler and scored by James Horner, APOCALYPTO could benefit from some framing at its beginning to give the viewer a sense of time and place, but otherwise offers a rare glimpse into a lost world.
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It's pure adrenaline....Gibson has made a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty." 12/14/2006 p.134
New York Times "[A] model of narrative economy, moving nimbly forward and telling its tale with clarity and force....A muscular and kinetic action movie, a drama of rescue and revenge..." 12/08/2006 p.E1
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "APOCALYPTO is terrifically made; the action sequences shot with dazzling skill....There's an exhilarating sense of rhythm and a good deal of daring." 02/01/2007 p.34
Sight and Sound "There can be no doubting Gibson's ability to excite. Numerous sequences are breathtaking..." 02/01/2007 p.41
Box Office "[T]here's much to admire in its component parts..." 02/01/2007 p.72
Entertainment Weekly "[A] fresh-faced cast resurrects the captivating ancient Mayans." -- Grade: B 05/25/2007 p.69
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gibson pulls off a cracking adventure yarn; heavily reliant on visual storytelling, and cannily employing universally recognizable archetypes..." 07/01/2007 p.22
Mel Gibson
Mayra Serbulo
Gerardo Taracena
Raoul Trujillo
Dalia Hernandez
Cast & Crew
Dalia Hernandez - Actor
Dean Semler - Cinematographer
Farhad Safinia - Writer
James Horner - Original Music By
John Wright - Editor
Jonathan Brewer - Actor
Kevin Stitt - Editor
Mel Gibson - Director
Mel Gibson - Writer
Mel Gibson - Producer
Morris Birdyellowhead - Actor
Naaman Marshall - Art Director
Ned Dowd - Executive Producer
Roberto Bonelli - Art Director
Rudy Youngblood - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 5364403
UPC 00786936726145
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Best Film not in the English Language,Golden Globe, Apocalypto, Best Foreign Language Film,Oscar, Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano, Best Achievement in Makeup,Oscar, Sean McCormack, Kami Asgar, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Oscar, Kevin O'Connell, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With Apocalypto, Mel Gibson has proven it's possible to create a compelling action/adventure film in almost any setting. Gibson's theme (which is only partially developed), as revealed in an opening caption, is that all great civilizations fail when they begin to rot from the inside. Over the next 2 1/4 hours, he provides glimpses into the degeneracy of the Mayan society on the eve of its encounter with the Spanish conquistadores. However, Apocalypto is not a political tract or a dissertation about why the Mayan age came to an end. Instead, it's a high-octane adventure that concludes with one of the most intense extended chase sequences in recent movie history...I appreciate that Gibson set this in a time and place we don't often see on screen. The cameras, operated by Dean Semler, make this long-dead world come alive.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review Mel Gibson is always good for a surprise, and his latest is that "Apocalypto" is a remarkable film. Set in the waning days of the Mayan civilization, the picture provides a trip to a place one's never been before, offering hitherto unseen sights of exceptional vividness and power...Notwithstanding the fantastic sets, costumes, makeup, body and hair designs and natural locations, perhaps the greatest impression is made by the performers' faces, which are superbly photogenic and unlike any normally seen in movies...Production is a wonder. Dean Semler's camera moves relentlessly through the densest of foliage and over the roughest of terrain on locations near Veracruz and in the rainforests of Catemaco, with some additional shooting done in Costa Rica and the U.K.; Gibson clearly knew the impact the lenser of the second and third "Mad Max" films could deliver.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 10
No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Youngblood,Rudy
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...a mesmerizing vision of the past refracted through the dark obsessions of the present.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly ...a virtuosic piece of action cinema...sickeningly powerful.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...a sinewy, taut poem of action.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...an absorbing, disturbing, savagely beautiful "trip" movie...

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