Last Samurai (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Edward Zwick Starring: Tom Cruise

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on 7/7/2011

Tom Cruise has moved on to greater things these days. I've been kind of biased with his roles - I will say this - he's a very savvy actor with an eye for a good business opportunity. Here, however, we see him taking things one step further. A great film in a year full of shiny, shallow, stinky films. By virtue of comparison, this really rises to the top. Good move on Tom's part, great scenes, a plot that floats, a touching upon the way of Samurai and the art of zen. Great action movie!!!

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Great performance by Tom Cruise

by Abey on 7/8/2011

A civil war veteran is hired to defeat the samurai legion, but he is captured by the samurai and he learns their way of living, and ends up on the side of the samurai's. Great movie set in 19th century Japan. Overall its a great movie

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Actors: Chad Lindberg - Ken Watan - Ray Godshall Sr. - Tom Cruise - William Atherton. Director: Edward Zwick. Format: Blu-ray. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 154 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Action. Release Year: 2003.


Studio Warner
SKU 203386669
UPC 085391108092
UPC 14 00085391108092
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/26/2015
Rating Rating
Ancient Civilizations
Civil War
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Edward Zwick directs this sumptuously designed, action-packed period epic that stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren. Algren, a former Civil War hero, is adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the war, a lost soul struggling to stay afloat in a booze-soaked stupor. When he is recruited by the Japanese government to train the Emperor's army, he departs for the unknown shores of Japan and begins training the soldiers in American military tactics. But these skills are useless against a band of samurai rebels led by the proud warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), and Algren is easily defeated. He is taken to a remote samurai village where he learns samurai warrior codes and ways of life, developing a deep bond with Katsumoto and sharing philosophical conversations with him. Caught between the feudal culture of the ancient samurai warriors and the encroachment of modern society, Algren is forced to choose between his own culture or Katsumoto's. THE LAST SAMURAI is lavish in its dramatic period costumes and intense performances, and will thrill fans of both historical drama and action films.
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] rousing, smoothly assembled historical fantasia....A handsome epic..." 12/05/2003 p.63
Rolling Stone "...Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro..." 12/25/2003 p.118
Sight and Sound "[With] some of the most impressively realised battles this side of Middle Earth." 02/01/2004 p.50
New York Times "Mr. Zwick has absorbed the lethal agility of Akira Kurosawa; what registers just as powerfully as the sureness of the combatants is the ugly futility of the battles themselves." 12/05/2003 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "THE LAST SAMURAI affords the sort of fizzy enjoyment that can come with epic movie endeavors, including a meticulously detailed world unlike our own, an excellent supporting cast and some pulse-pounding fights." 12/05/2003 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic." 12/05/2003 p.39
Widescreen Review "THE LAST SAMURAI is another stirring Civil War-era epic directed by Edward Zwick." 06/01/2006 p.61
Edward Zwick
Tom Cruise
Cast & Crew
Billy Connolly - Actor
Chad Lindberg - Actor
Charles Mulvehill - Executive Producer
Edward Zwick - Director
Edward Zwick, et. al. - Screenplay
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
John Logan - Story By
John Toll - Cinematographer
Ken Watanabe - Actor
Masato Harada - Actor
Ray Godshall, Sr. - Actor
Steven Rosenblum - Editor
Tom Cruise - Producer
Tom Cruise - Actor
Tony Goldwyn - Actor
Victor Du Bois - Editor
William Atherton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 110809
UPC 00085391108092
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 154 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Japanese, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2004) Golden Globe, Tom Cruise, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Ken Watanabe, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Ken Watanabe, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Lilly Kilvert, Gretchen Rau, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Ngila Dickson, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Andy Nelson, et. al., Best Sound
ReviewSource The Guardian
Review It's a workmanlike tale told with almost enough gusto to distract you from the batsqueak of silliness audible throughout, and the final battle scene easily trumps the one currently on offer in, say, Cold Mountain. But, as with so many Cruise films, the producer-star has such a great deal of adoring camerawork lavished on those delectable chops, adorned with manly face-fungus that can never quite conceal his eerily boyish prettiness, undimmed over decades. The narcissism and self- congratulation is never far from the surface.
Reviewer Peter Bradshaw
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Last Samurai breaks with the convention that the Western hero is always superior to the local culture he immerses in. It has been compared to Lawrence of Arabia and Dances With Wolves, films in which Westerners learn to respect Arabs and Indians, but this film goes a step further, clearly believing that Katsumoto's traditional society is superior to the modernism being unloaded by the Americans. Katsumoto is the teacher and Algren is the student, and the film wonderfully re-creates the patterns and textures of the Japanese past; its production design, sets and costumes are astonishing.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Ken Watanabe - what a powerful presence! What a beautiful film.
Paul Clinton, CNN Tom Cruise is truly magnificent.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro.

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