The Great Wall [DVD] [2016]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1784 out of 1907)

Special Features


  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Designing a Spectacular World
  • Man vs. Monster
  • Matt Damon in China
  • The Great Wall Visual Effects
  • Weapons of War
  • Working with Director Zhang Yimou

Synopsis


The Great Wall
In this action-fantasy epic set in 11th century China, two mercenaries from the West (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are captured by a military organization that are headquartered in a fortress on the Great Wall. In time, the duo get caught up in a battle between the Chinese warriors and a supernatural menace that the Great Wall was built to repel. Jing Tian, Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu, Willem Dafoe, and Eddie Peng co-star. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this collaboration with Hollywood is the most expensive Chinese film to date. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - William Garin
  • Jing Tian
    Jing Tian - Commander Lin Mei
  • Pedro Pascal
    Pedro Pascal - Pero Tovar
  • Willem Dafoe
    Willem Dafoe - Ballard
  • Eddie Peng
    Eddie Peng - General Wu



Overall customer rating

4.3
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ignore the Critics and Enjoy the Ride!

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    kenn
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    First of all this is a movie about fighting monsters - not a fact based historical epic. Don't take it that seriously and you'll have a good time. The Great Wall tells the story of a group of Western mercenaries, searching for a powerful substance known as black powder, in China. Soon, they get involved in protecting the Great Wall of China against an army of monsters, known as the Taotie. Overall, there is a good balance between East and West. A Western screenplay by Max Brooks keeps things going quickly without the irritating self sacrifice and slow dialog of the recent Dragon Blade movie (Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody). Director Zhang Yimou is known for extravaganzas and sometimes the action does look acrobatic but it's not too bad. The excessive slow motion deaths and explosions that plague some Chinese movies isn't such a problem here. This was an all-out action movie that explored the themes of greed and sacrifice, nobility and savagery. Yimou's masterful direction elevates the movie above standard action fare, giving moments of truly astounding visuals. His use of color not only adds to the visual flair, but also helps to add coherence to the movie while the editing is never confusing. With a running time of less than 2 hours, viewers expecting in-depth characterization along the lines of "Hero" and "Curse of the Golden Flower" will be disappointed. The quiet scenes were a bit lacking, leaving the audience emotionally cold. Nevertheless, it’s not a bad movie and certainly not ambitious enough to deserve any of the vitriol people read into the story without ever watching the movie. I was entertained but not awestruck.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better Then Reviews Say

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    MovieObsessed
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    I went into this having heard all the negative press. I hadn't even seen the trailer. I like Matt Damon, I like Chinese/HK action, fantasy, drama films so I didn't see any reason why it would be bad. It wasn't. Is Matt Damon out of place? Sure. Is Willem Dafoe out of place, sure. I will say it sort of takes you out of the story but that's OK. It's a beautiful film! Watching it on Blu on my 70" Sony with 7.1 THX sound it was an enjoyable film. I will say it was A LOT better then LEGEND OF TARZAN or even KONG SKULL ISLAND. If you are expecting a Matt Damon action film you WILL be disappointed. If you are expecting a great Chinese fantasy film with Matt Damon in it you are in for a treat. The legend of why the wall was built is based on legend. The monsters were as good as the ones in KONG SKULL ISLAND. The colors looked vibrant which is worth noting. I get this movie isn't for all. You have to accept it for what it is NOT what you think it should be. Enjoy the movie as it was made and learn about other cultures film making styles (with U.S. actors - to try and sell it in the U.S.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun, fluid storyline, spectacular costumes...

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    weirdpooh
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    I wasn't sure how this movie would work with Matt Damon and some HK stars, so I didn't expect much. I loved this movie! With many Chinese/HK movies, the editing is usually sporadic, like ADD, where it's hard to follow the storyline. With this movie, the editing was well done and the pace of the movie was consistent. I was never bored. It was directed by Zhang Yimou who has also directed many of the movies I like such as House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern, etc. His movies are always cinematically spectacular with great emphasis on color, scenery, and music to help with the story. The creature designs were original and impressive, and the CG was even better. The costumes were gorgeous (a cosplayer's dream). The weapons and arsenal were also very creative. Matt Damon's sidekick reminded me of Inigo Montoya--he was funny, but not overly done. Oh, and Andy Lau is in this. Anything he's in, automatically gets 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful imagery

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    STORMY
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    The Great Wall isn't so much about the history of how the Great Wall was built (although some historical info was thrown in) but more a movie of beautiful imagery and direction. The colors are so vibrant and the costumes were spectacular. of course the costumes worn in the movie weren't really worn back then in China, but it was still wonderful to see. It's basically a story about a man who had to redeem himself by helping out the Chinese fight off the enemy, who was a mythical monster.. Matt Damon was okay in the movie, but the female general was really the best in my opinion. The special military order called, The Nameless are a group of specially trained warriors without specific skills used to guard the gates of The Great Wall. It's a spectacular martial arts movie with one main plot and a couple of sub plots. Definitely worth watching for some good old martial arts, acrobatic, and warrior fighting!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cultural story telling that misses the mark

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    ipsofacto
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    Searching for the secret of gunpowder a group of European mercenaries go to China during the 11th century, but are pursued by bandits, they flee from the treat and hide in a cave but are attacked by a monster, leaving only two of them, William & Tovar are alive, they slash off the monster's arm and decide to bring the arm with them, but while traveling come upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers called the Nameless Order, led by General Shao. William and Tovar's battle skills earn the respect of General Shao. The mercenary warrior is imprisoned in the Great Wall where he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As marauding beasts attack the massive structure, he joins the huge army of elite soldiers to confront the unimaginable and unstoppable monster. With a massive cast of soldiers and battles, and with panaramic views that overwelm you visually, the storyline comes up short in the end.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fun adventure I didn't expect!

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    Waszak1977
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    I really liked this film, the costumes were amazing. The special features stacked to the roof!Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Boast but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's (Oppo) upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal. I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. I found the film To be fun, enjoyable and the perfect film to drop in my popcorn film section!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Visually Stunning, The rest; Well you decide :o)

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    StevieW8120
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    It is rare that I can NOT remember the end of a movie. This is one of those rare cases. I have watched this one over five times and I still cannot remember the ending. Perhaps it is because of the acrobatics. But more so because of the mechanics on display through out this video. During this time period the engineering that would have been required too make the wooden gears for the elevator or diving platforms was not only possible but very well designed and defined. I half expected the mechanics to be those from a different time. They were not. Everything worked well. This is a feast for your eyes and your imagination, Popcorn, Soda and maybe a friend to watch it with would be nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Theory, Decent Movie

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    The25thHour
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    Even with Matt Damon, the movie itself isnt what I wanted it to be. Not to say it was bad, but I thought it would go in a different direction. I thought the IDEA of what the movie was based around was great, and original. Building a wall to defend against monsters rather than other humans was an enjoyable concept. I was hoping the movie would go in a more dark direction, rather than the playful movie that it was. The imagery and action scenes (despite how greatly far-fetched) were enjoyable to watch. But I'm a history/prequel kind of guy, and I wish they had dove deeper into the history of the wall then what they did. Maybe they will do a prequel

    I would recommend this to a friend




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