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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy New Line Cinema | 2007 | 126 min | Rated R | Oct 14, 2008

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (Blu-ray)

Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Mongolian: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, Spanish

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Digital copy (on disc)

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Audio 3.3 of 53.3
Extras 0.7 of 50.7
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan


Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray offers solid video and decent audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Recounts of the the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave, born as Temudgin in 1162, before going on to conquer half the world, including Russia, in 1206.

For more about Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray release, see Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Writers: Sergei Bodrov, Arif Aliyev
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Sun Hong-Lei, Khulan Chuluun, Aliya, Ba Sen, Amadu Mamadakov

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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Mongol is brought to life with stunning cinematography. Even though the Blu-ray does not achieve a reference quality 1080p picture, it delivers good enough resolution to fully pay off the filmmaker's unique artistry and vision. Tracking shots across the steppe, following travelers on foot, warriors in battle sequences, riders on horseback and even arrows flying through the air are filmed especially well. The color palette is bright and rich, with the glare of sunlight or snow on the plains often contributing a glowing, majestic quality to landscapes. Though bright, the scenes are shot right and never washed out. Shots looking at distant mountains or forests show good detail, but not the highly defined, articulated picture available on reference quality Blu-ray discs, like No Country for Old Men. During these bright sequences, particularly scenes capturing lots of motion, I noticed a very slight ringing or ghosting effect. The artifact reminds me of the digital compression of some DVDs, but on this Blu-ray it was much less significant. Night scenes and indoor shots provide deep black levels and a powerful contrast that is best described as artistically rendered. Skin tones and textures of clothing and hair appear accurate. But again, you will not see the breathtaking definition that some BDs deliver.

Watch the scene where Temudgin sits behind bars in exile. His face appears hovering in the darkness, while on the other side of the prison bars, onlookers jeer at him from a simple suspension bridge. The scene shows a subdued color palette but resolution is good. One can see the effect of long periods of imprisonment on Temudgin's face, as the makeup crew had evidently worked to create an eggshell texture to his skin. The clothing of the onlookers and simple yet impressive architecture of the town with dramatic landscapes in the distance--all is rendered dramatically, showcasing the powerful cinematography. Scenes with rain, sun, snow and desert conditions each convey imagery that makes the audience feel the atmosphere. Watch the scene where the elderly monk crosses the border into Mongolia to bring news of Temudgin's whereabouts to Borte. The camera follows him from far away and very close. From directly overhead and from the side. As his strength gives out, the camera pulls in more tightly, revealing details in the terrain, flatlands and dunes, and showing the coarse sand all around him. Another scene to watch carefully is the first battle between Temudgin and Jamukha. Watch how the video is brightened and stylized as Temudgin grows tired from fighting, and his motions become heavy and automatic. Regardless of the less-than-perfect resolution, the visual artistry of Mongol is one of its greatest triumphs.

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

As much as it would have benefited from better video quality, New Line's Mongol BD would gain even more from better audio quality. Unfortunately, the studio did not even attempt to deliver high definition content, sticking us with the same Dolby Digital track that's on the DVD version. Part of the reason the inclusion of standard definition audio is so frustrating is that, like the cinematography, the sonic landscape of Mongol is lush and majestic. It could have been absolutely stunning if transferred properly and produced as a DTS-HD MA, Dolby TrueHD or lossless PCM track. But no such emphasis was placed on high definition audio. It's as if New Line forgot about the advantages possible with Blu-ray. The good news is that the Mongol's audio engineering shines through regardless, with just the right content assigned to each speaker and the LFE channel for an engaging, multichannel experience. Traditional Mongolian instrumentation merges with a more sweeping orchestral score. The authentic Mongolian dialog is anchored in the center channel, while rain, wind and the noises of battle, including ululations of riders on horseback envelop the listener in a convincing soundstage.

Listen during the scene taking place after Temudgin visits Jamukha and asks for help to retrieve Borte. The brothers have a camaraderie that extends beyond words, and after drinking together, Jamukha begins using gibberish to joke around with Temudgin, who answers him back with similar vocal tones. While not rendered with all the definition one would hope for, the sounds effortlessly communicate the humor and good feelings between the two characters. In fact, it was an amazing scene in showing the relationship and development of the two, and the audio was a strong part of that scene. For more dynamic elements of the mix, check out the battle scene near the end of the film when a great thunder storm erupts as the armies rush toward each other across the plains. The sounds of horses, men and weapons crushing into armor and flesh all rise above the score. Very little of it is lost in wavelength cancellation or other anomalies that suggest a bad mix. But the inescapable fact is that the audio is a bit flat. Though sounds are mixed to the appropriate channel, they are stuck to the speakers and not defined with the realism we have come to expect from the best BDs. One can only imagine how incredible the audio would be if New Line delivered a high-definition track done right.

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