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Unbelievable Thai martial arts explodes onto your home theater screen in the international hit Ong Bak! Poor, earnest villager Ting (Panom Yeerum AKA Tony Jaa) arrives in Bangkok looking to find the head of "Ong Bak," a Buddha statue from his local village that was desecrated by unknown villains. What follows is a breathtaking confrontation of good versus evil packed with superbly choreographed fight scenes, exciting and acrobatic chase sequences, and cinematic action panache not seen since the early days of Jackie Chan! Tony Jaa establishes himself as a movie martial artist to watch with the thrilling, internationally-popular Ong Bak!
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Product Title: Ong Bak (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 拳霸 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 拳霸 (Blu-ray) (香港版) マッハ! (Blu-ray) (香港版) Ong Bak (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Muay Thai Warrior Muay Thai Warrior Muay Thai Warrior Muay Thai Warrior Muay Thai Warrior
Artist Name(s): Tony Jaa | Petchtai Wongkamlao | Pumwaree Yodkamol | Sukhaaw Phongwilal | Prachya Pinkaew Tony Jaa 柏朗伊雲 | 畢查泰汪漢羅 | 巴維理洋淦武 | 蘇查龐維娜 | 巴猜平橋 Tony Jaa 柏朗伊云 | 毕查泰汪汉罗 | 巴维理洋淦武 | 苏查庞维娜 | 巴猜平桥 トニー・ジャー | ペットターイ・ウォンカムラオ | Pumwaree Yodkamol | Sukhaaw Phongwilal | プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Tony Jaa | Petchtai Wongkamlao | Pumwaree Yodkamol | Sukhaaw Phongwilal | Prachya Pinkaew
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-01-05
Language: Cantonese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Uncompressed PCM 7.1.
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023920341

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Director: Prachya Pinkaew

  Ong Bak is the Buddha statue kept in the Nong Pra-du remple in rural Thailand, which is believe to be imbued with magical powers that will keep the village safe. One night, former villager Don cut the head of the statue to win favour with ruthless crime boss Khom Tuan. Ting an orphaned youngster raised at the Temple determines to go to Bangkok and look for the lost treasure. However, Ting is forced to compete in illegal street fights. His superior skills make him a natural champion, and he even agrees to throw a deadly fight when he's promised the return of Ong Bak...
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Professional Review of "Ong Bak (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 27, 2004

This professional review refers to Ong Bak AKA: Muay Thai Warrior (Hong Kong Version)
Ong Bak caused more than a stir when it was released to the megaplex's in Bangkok (I know, I was there at the time) and when it was released into international markets it caused an even bigger stir, in fact Ong Bak is one of those outstanding films that have brought massive recognition of the Thai film industry.

Ong Bak has an undemanding story at best, and before I go any further I'll let you know that this doesn't matter one bit. The story is solely constructed just so that we can see Ting (Ja Panom) run around and beat people into a fine mash; take for example George (Mum Jok-mok), who is only in this film to land Ting in compromising situations where beating guys down is the only key to survival.

Well since the name of the game in Ong Bak is style over substance, like in many other films that have arrived in our cinema's of late, I'm happy to see that it then brings with it, something that I have missed, that is, REAL hard hitting action. Ong Bak makes absolutely no use of wire crews and CGI, and with an actor who can slide under a moving car while doing the splits, I guess those luxuries aren't needed.

Essentially, the entire film is shot to put emphasis on Ting's prowess and Prachya Pinkaew opts for an effective variety of setups that achieve this. Most of the time the films fight scenes are framed wide, while rarely cutting into close ups (compared to contemporary martial arts films). This type of staging takes on an un-contrived view of the fight sequences, allowing the best view of Ting, executing one of his awe inspiring flying elbows. The chase sequences are again shown in a way to boast Ting's athleticism. The chases are pretty much all staged along a lateral plane of action where a set of obstacles are impeding the path of our mighty hero; much like an old video game, we see Ting run in frame, jumps through a ring of barbed wire, and then exits the frame, ready for the next obstacle.

I can find nothing disappointing about this film, and being a self confessed martial arts film fan, I couldn't resist pushing this film to the top 5 of my all time greatest films list.

10 flaming jump kicks out of 10

by Jason Dow - heroic-cinema.com "

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (76)

T-Man
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February 16, 2018

If it's blu-ray, it's the French theatrical cut Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I just want to make sure everyone knows what's out there before they purchase.

Some of you might be aware that there are 3 cuts of this film currently available on home video.

1. The original Thai cut: It's about 110 minutes or 105 minutes, depending on whether the DVD is NTSC or PAL formatted. NTSC uses more frames and therefore has a longer runtime. This version of the film has a subplot involving Ngek's sister and has a repetitive techno track.

2. The British version: This version is uncut (and of course is PAL formatted), and has a completely new orchestra score. It was released under "Hong Kong Legends" which is now "Cine Asia".

3. The French theatrical version (aka "The Luc Besson Cut"): This version, unfortunately, is the only version that's now widely released. This version cuts out the subplot of Muay's sister, uses some alternative shots, and trims the final fight between Tony Jaa and the bodyguard. And while some of the original Thai score is preserved, much of it has been re-scored using hip-hop, courtesy of the RZA.

If you want an honest opinion/analysis, I think the British DVD is worth buying. It's uncut, has MANY extras (including deleted scenes and alternate ending), and the new orchestra score is FANTASTIC. The score from the uncut Thai version is very repetitive and doesn't really reflect much on the mood of the film. The British orchestral score makes every action scene very intense! The RZA's score is just awful in my opinion. It sounds so goofy and out of place.

However, if you're a film purist and you want the uncut version with the original score, you can still find it, but only on DVD. The only ENGLISH-FRIENDLY version out there that's uncut with the original score is the Australian R0 DVD by Eastern Eye/Madman. The French version is included too. However, if a lack of English subtitles isn't a problem, you can buy the DVD from Hong Kong, Korea, Scandinavia (Universal/Asian vision), Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Important: ALL blu-rays of this movie are the FRENCH THEATRICAL cut, with the omitted subplot and hip-hop score from the RZA. However, the Hong Kong blu-ray does have the original score for its Cantonese dub, but it's still cut.

So, my suggestion is to buy the R2 British version from Hong Kong Legends/Cine-Asia. It's got a great score and is uncut and undubbed and has so many extras.
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Yasar
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March 20, 2010

This customer review refers to Ong Bak AKA Muay Thai Warrior (2 DVD) (Australia Version - English Subtitles)
Best of Tony Jaa Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I have been a Tony Jaa fan for quite some time now and Ong Bak still is one the best martial arts film he's been in.The story is thin but soon as the action starts you wont care about the plot because you'll be amazed of all the stunts and fights that Tony does in this film.What I also liked about Ong Bak was the fact it brings back those old school action style and shows it in a unique kind of way.

The Australian 2 disc version of Ong Bak is quite good.Disc one has both the Luc Besson's edit and the Thai version.I did enjoy Luc Besson's edit and I could tell how he and his French techno group tweeked it from starts to finish.What I did NOT like about the Australian edition is that they toned down the audio which is on the Thai version,and I think the reason they did it was to make the Luc Besson's edit much more acceptable.
If you really want to enjoy Ong Bak then I suggest you buy the actual Thai dvd from yesasia or other websites.

The second disc is full of great extras and it wont dissapoint.The best extras are indeed Making of Ong Bak,alternate ending and the three minutes of stunts and fights demonstration by Tony Jaa.
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Kevin Kennedy
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May 5, 2009

This customer review refers to Ong Bak - The Thai Warrior AKA Muay Thai Warrior (US Version)
Muay Thai es muy bueno! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In "Ong Bak", a ruthless dealer in cultural relics wants to buy an amulet from an old man in the village of Nong Pradu. To make the deal, he sends Don, one of his low-level henchmen who happens to come from that village. However, the old man cannot be persuaded to sell the amulet. Don doesn't want to return to his boss empty-handed, so he sneaks into the local temple and steals the head from Ong Bak, a statue of the Buddha. The villagers believe that, if Ong Bak's head is not restored before the date of a religious festival, an awful curse will befall the village. Pure-hearted orphan boy Ting (Tony Jaa) volunteers to travel to Bangkok to bring Ong Bak back.

When Ting arrives in Bangkok, he seeks the help of Humlae, who abandoned Nong Pradu years ago and now lives by his wits in the big city. Humlae at first wants nothing to do with Ting, even going so far as to deny that he is from Nong Pradu. However, once he gets a chance to see Ting's jaw-dropping Muay Thai fighting skills, Humlae decides to exploit those skills for his own benefit. Ting, however, is interested only in seeking the return of Ong Bak's head to the village. Ting is on a collision course with the gang of the ruthless relics dealer and Humlae will have to make a choice whether to throw in his lot with his origins in Nong Pradu or with Bangkok's underworld.

The single-minded character of Ting does not give Tony Jaa a chance to show off any acting chops, but that may be a good thing. Instead, the focus is on his extraordinary athleticism and fighting skills. Believe me, that's more than enough! He pulls off stunts that seem almost superhuman ... and then tops himself with something even more astounding. The character of Humlae provides the human interest of the film, as we see him wrestle with where his true loyalties must lie.

The story is mighty thin and a bit silly, but that really is beside the point. "Ong Bak" is an instant classic for its unparallelled martial arts mayhem. Watch it!
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Rhoda
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January 13, 2007

This customer review refers to Ong Bak AKA: Muay Thai Warrior (Hong Kong Version)
The best!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is my first full thai action film. Am so glad i watch it. He is real good action star. All his stunts is something that would stuck in your head for a long time. Don't miss to buy this one... or you'll regret it.
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Nicole
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June 30, 2006

This customer review refers to Ong Bak - The Thai Warrior AKA Muay Thai Warrior (US Version)
1 people found this review helpful

^_^ Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I really liked this movie. Tony Jaa is amazing...his flexibility, the stunts he pulls off. You are amazed to even watch him. The story line is ok, the only thing I did not like about the film was the cheesy music. I feel as though it took away from some of the scenes.
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