Kingdom Of War. Parts One & Two (2011/Magnolia/MagNet Blu-ray)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Film: C+
the historical hero King Naresuan, the Siamese boy King who liberated his
people from Burma comes Kingdom Of War
now on Blu-ray. In a nation full of
nobility fighting one another for the crown, backstabbing and betraying each
other while the people suffered, Naresuan through his wisdom and guidance faced
incredible odds and survived to reform its people and its nation.
The boy who would be king, Naresuan was taken away as a 'hostage' to live his
early years of his life in the monetary as monk. He would later grow into a man, and showed
military prowess in the field to overcome difficult odds, but unlike all
previous rulers he did not fight to rule or take it all for himself. In the end he united his people and shows them
how to live not under any foreign or unjust power.
Based on the historical events of Siam's hero/legend, Naresuan is
seen as a liberator from the ancient rule of the kings. That the divine right of kings was anything
but divine and the kings, princes before him ruled with an iron hand, they were
cruel with their power, and it stemmed from the abuse of their power to make
others fear them, and then subjugate to them. Naresuan who was raised by monk was instead
raised in humility learn how not to be corrupted by power, wealth, or money. As he grew to a man, his fellow rival princes
feared his wisdom, leadership and inspiration as a fellow contender for the throne.
Extras include behind the scenes, royal
lineages, characters, music videos and international trailer.
Part 1: Young Naresuan is taken away to live the impoverished life a novice
monk, but there he learns world outside of royal life, how spoiled, pampered of
those who lived in court life. There he learns how to rule with wisdom before
he is finally set free in exchange for his sister's marriage.
Part 2: Naresuan as a young man show his military skills and leadership as he
leads the troops into battle. But his fame and legend gathers unwanted
attention and he is ordered to go on a mission in which he is betrayed and to
be assassinated. But Naresuan sees through the ambush and then proceeds to
further strengthen his countries borders. Afterwards he is crowned king and he
fends off the Burmese aggressors in his country.
there is good sound and picture here, the 1080p 1.78 X 1 image can be soft and
have some issues with the print, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix has some highlights, but is not as consistent or active throughout
as I would have liked, but this can still look and sound better on Blu-ray than
it would on a DVD.
- Ricky Chiang