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Last Samurai (2003)

Director: Edward Zwick     Starring: Tom Cruise
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40239199
UPC: 085392838226
UPC 14: 00085392838226
Rating: Game Rating Code
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An american military advisor embraces the samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

"Two Thumbs Up  Ebert & Roeper
"Ken Watanabe - what a powerful presence! What a beautiful film.  Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"Tom Cruise is truly magnificent.  Paul Clinton, CNN

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1), Commentary, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/10/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 154 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 28382
Video UPC UPC: 00085392838226
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Billy Connolly
Video Cast Info Chad Lindberg
Video Cast Info Ken Watanabe
Video Cast Info Masato Harada
Video Cast Info Tom Cruise
Video Cast Info Tony Goldwyn
Video Cast Info William Atherton
Video Cast Info Edward Zwick - Director
Video Cast Info Edward Zwick - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
Video Cast Info John Logan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Logan - Writer
Video Cast Info John Toll - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Lilly Kilvert - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Marshall Herskovitz - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ted Field et. al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Cruise - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Du Bois - Editor


Oscar (2004)
   Video Award Name Ken Watanabe, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe (2004)
   Video Award Name Tom Cruise, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Screen Actors Guild (2004)
   Video Award Name Ken Watanabe, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

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

The Guardian 6 of 10
It's a workmanlike tale told with almost enough gusto to distract you from the batsqueak of sillines - Peter Bradshaw

Rolling Stone 7 of 10
Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro. When the script, by - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The Last Samurai breaks with the convention that the Western hero is always superior to the l - Roger Ebert

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