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CONFUCIUS Blu-ray DVD combo pack

Review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:   125 minutes, making-of featurettes, theatrical trailer, previews

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  Mandarin 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, Mandarin 2.0 Dolby TrueHD (extras)

Subtitles:  English


STUDIO:  Funimation/ Dadi Century LTD/ Dadi Entertainment LTD/ China Film Group Corporation/ Funmation Productions LTD

RELEASE DATE:  3-27-2012

Confucius lived in a very chaotic time over two thousand years ago.   His wisdom and cunning brought him many enemies, but his teachings survive today.   CONUCIUS chronicles the last 20 years of this teacher and legend.   His military cunning leads to politicians being jealous of him and his new enemies want to find ways to get rid of him.   The leader of Lu believes in a civil government and Confucius believes one must lead a moral life.   The neighboring state of Wei wants to invade Lu, but Confucius finds a way to create an alliance through his cunning.  


CONFUCIUS is a moving character epic.  It has amazing production values and strong performances from Chow Yun-Fat (as Confucius) and Zhou Yun (the royal consort of the ruler of Wei).   The movie is able to show the players who feel Confucius is a threat while also showing what type of person Confucius may have been.  His disciples believed in him and even followed him on his travels.   The cinematography sometimes paint some beautiful visuals that match up with a very moving score.   If you wanted to know a little more about Chinese history, CONFUCIUS would be a good primer before diving into the books about Chinese history at the time.



There are eight making-of featurettes that run over fifty minutes in total in addition to the theatrical trailer and previews for other Funimation releases.


FROM CHOW YUN-FAT TO CONFUCIUS-  the director and others talk about Chow-Yun Fat playing Confucius

A WOMAN, A BOSOM FRIEND-  the director, Chow-Yun-Fat, and Zhou Yun talk about the character of the Royal Consort as played by Zhou Yun

CHAOTIC PERIOD OF SPRING AND AUTUMN-  a look at the detail and production design of CONFUCIUS

FROM CHOW YUN-FAT TO CONFUCIUS SPECIAL EDITION- part 2 of the look at Chow Yun-Fat playing Confucius as the production team first worried that Chow Yun-Fat could play him.  Soon they found out Chow Yun-Fat was  a quick study as he dived in deep to play Confucius and how fun it was to be on the set with him.

THE POLITICIANS-  this featurette focuses on the politicians with focus on one of the central politician characters

ANIMAL STARS-  directing and filming the animals in the film.  The production team  found it challenging working with animals.

PROGRESSING IN THE SNOW-   behind-the-scenes of filming the scene on an ice covered lake which they used a combination of location and studio filming and green screen/ CGI to get the final result

THE WARFARE-  the detail and safety concerns that went into filming the battle scenes.


Also included in the combo pack is a DVD of the movie.


FINAL ANALYSIS:    CONFUCIUS is a moving character epic that is beautifully photographed with a great performance from Chow Yun-Fat.


this review is (c)4-1-2012 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com