Thursday, June 28, 2012

Coming Soon to DVD and Blu-Ray -- The Flowers of War, Starring Christian Bale

 (Review Coming Soon)


Street Date: 7/10/12

Blu-ray Disc SRP: $29.99
DVD SRP: $27.98


Celebrate an inspiring story of wartime heroism as Lionsgate releases The Flowers of War on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and based on the novel by Japanese author Yan Geling, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Film.  The Flowers of War,  starring Academy Award® winner Christian Bale* and introducing Ni Ni, is a powerful and epic tale of love and war, where a band of outcasts emerge as unlikely heroes from the shadows of a city’s occupation.  The Flowers of War Blu-ray Disc and DVD, including a feature length “making of” documentary, is available on July 10th for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $27.98, respectively.

In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan.  As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral.  Here, John Miller (Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls.  Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism, which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone.

*Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Fighter, 2010

·         Five-part documentary: “Making of The Flowers of War
*Subject to change

Christian Bale                          The Fighter, The Dark Knight, American Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma, Velvet Goldmine
Ni Ni                                        Feature film debut
Zhang Xinyi                             Love is Not Blind, Lost on Journey, All About Women, The Longest Night in Shanghai
Tong Dawai                             Showtime, The Founding of a Republic, Fit Lover, Red Cliff
Paul Schneider                         Water for Elephants, Away We Go, Lars and the Real Girl, TV’s “Parks and Recreation”


Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © Beijing New Pictures Film Co., Ltd.
Type: Theatrical release
Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, disturbing images and brief strong language
Genre: Drama, Action, Historical, Foreign
Closed Captioned:  Blu-ray – English SDH
DVD – English
DVD Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Disc Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2:40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2:40:1)
Feature Running Time: 142 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: English and Mandarin 7.1 DTS HD-Master Audio
DVD Audio Status: English and Mandarin 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD for review purposes.  My upcoming review post will be based upon my own opinions.


  1. Can't wait for the post as I love war movies... and Christian Bale. Thanks!

  2. My son-in-law would love this movie. He is into history, war movies, etc. This is his type of movie