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Title:
Apocalypto
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment : distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2007], c2006.
ISBN:
9780788868788
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
DVD ; region 1 ; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 surround.
Target Audience:
MPAA rating: R; for sequences of graphic violence and disturbing images.
Language:
Mayan languages
Language Note:
Mayan language track, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles.

Closed-captioned.
General Note:
DVD release of the 2006 motion picture.

Special features: "Becoming Mayan: making 'Apocalypto'" ; deleted scene with optional commentary by director Mel Gibson and co-writer Farhad Safinia ; feature commentary by director Mel Gibson and co-writer Farhad Safinia.
Abstract:
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw is a young man who is captured for sacrifice, but flees to avoid his fate. He is taken on a perilous journey to a world that is ruled by fear and oppression, where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.
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As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure. The Mayan kingdom is at the absolute height of opulence and power, but leaders are convinced that unless more temples are constructed and more human sacrifices made, the crops, and ultimately the people, will suffer. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever. When Jaguar Paw's village is raided and he is prepared as a sacrifice that the Mayan deities have demanded, the brave young hunter is forced to navigate a horrific new world of fear and oppression. Fearlessly determined to escape his captors and save his family from a harrowing demise, Jaguar Paw prepares to risk it all in one final, desperate attempt to preserve his dying way of life. However, few who have seen the sacrificial alter of the Mayans have managed to live to see another day. Now, in order to rescue his pregnant wife and young son, Jaguar Paw will have to elude the most powerful warriors of the Mayan kingdom while using his vast knowledge of the forest to turn the tables on those who would rather see him dead than set free. Inspired by such ancient Mayan texts as the Popul Vuh, Apocalypto marks a comprehensive collaboration between director Gibson, Cambridge-educated screenwriter Farhad Safinia, and world-renowned archeologist and Mayan culture expert Dr. Richard D. Hansen -- whose services as a special consultant on the film lent the production an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi