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Learn more about Master and Commander - Far Side of the World (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 205560819
UPC: 024543435501
UPC 14: 00024543435501
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Blu-Ray Disc, Beyond High Definition."
Director Peter Weir and Russell Crowe join forces to create an epic, emotional adventure. Based on author Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin novels, the movie is set during the Napoleonic Wars.

When a sudden attack by a French warship inflicts casualities and severe damage upon his vessel, Captain Lucky Jack Aubrey (Crowe) of the British Royal Navy is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture the enemy at any cost.

"Stupendously entertaining.  A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"One of this year's best films - a classic...  Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer
"...the best movie of its kind ever made.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"...a rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Magnificent and heartfelt.  Stephanie Zacharek,

Editor's Note
Based on a series of books by Patrick O'Brian, and directed by Peter Weir, MASTER AND COMMANDER plunges viewers deep into the story of a British Navy ship at sea during the Napoleonic war. Russell Crowe stars as Aubrey, the charismatic captain who wrestles with issues like honor, pride, duty, sacrifice and loyalty while using ingenious tactics to engage his prey--a much larger and better-equipped French Man o' War. Paul Bettany plays his friend, the ship's doctor, who cautions Aubrey about letting revenge cloud his judgment after the French Man o' War almost sinks them in an early battle. Before the incredibly intense final skirmish the men battle a raging storm, launch an excursion to the Galapagos Islands, find time for grog-enhanced merriment, and endure some primitive surgery. Weir fills the film with a rich wealth of period detail, convincing dialogue, and the same haunting, dreamlike mood that has informed his best films, such as PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, THE LAST WAVE and THE TRUMAN SHOW. The wealth of sounds and sights on display are so evocative one can practically smell the salt air and feel the heave of the ocean. Russell is intense and inspiring as Aubrey, and Bettany proves a worthy match. MASTER AND COMMANDER is another triumph for Weir, and further evidence of his ability to fuse poetic realism with rousing entertainment.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Subtitled, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/19/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 137 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2243552
Video UPC UPC: 00024543435501
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Edward Woodall
Video Cast Info James D'Arcy
Video Cast Info Paul Bettany
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Alan B. Curtiss - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Crone, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Producer
Video Cast Info Iva Davies, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Collee - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lee Smith - Editor
Video Cast Info Patrick O'Brian - Based On Novels By
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Director
Video Cast Info Russell Boyd - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Sandell - Production Designer


Winner (2004)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Wendy Stites, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, William Sandell, Best Production Design
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Richard King, et. al., Best Sound
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Peter Weir, David Lean Award for Direction
   Video Award Name Oscar, Russell Boyd, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Richard King, Best Sound Editing

Nominee (2004)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Peter Weir, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., et. al., Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, William Sandell, Robert Gould, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Wendy Stites, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Lee Smith, Best Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Edouard F. Henriques, Yolanda Toussieng, Best Makeup
   Video Award Name Oscar, Paul Massey, et. al., Best Sound Mixing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Daniel Sudick, et. al., Best Visual Effects

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...To see Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey in MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD is to see a consummate performer doing what he does best..." 11/14/2003 p.C1

New York Times
"...The battle sequences are filmed with impressive coherence and rigor..." 11/14/2003 p.E1

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] masterful and commanding film....A story in full billow..." 11/21/2003 p.58-60

Rolling Stone
"...A rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world..." 11/27/2003 p.102

Sight and Sound
"[I]t's the film's thoughtful use of naturalism as metaphor and plot device that gives MASTER AND COMMANDER a sense of Tom Stoppard-like, upscale intelligence." 12/31/2003 p.53-4

USA Today
"[T]his is a plain old good movie?.it ought to find fans among the young and the old and both genders." 11/14/2003 p.1E

Chicago Sun-Times
"[A]n intelligent movie about men tested by the sea. Director Peter Weir mounts an impressive production..." 12/21/2003 p.11

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[I]t's a wonderfully vivid journey to a distant time and place." 02/01/2004 p.101

"The detailed depiction of shipboard life is total and overwhelming." 01/01/2004 p.134

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's all about sweeping views of 1700s battleships, tropical islands speckled across the horizon and weather-beaten shots of Russell Crowe." 05/01/2008 p.75

ReelViews 8 of 10
Some might believe that the unexpected success of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean has resulted in a sudden upsurge in interest about high seas derring-do, but anyone expecting a "spillover" effect to generate a box office ripple for Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World will likely be disappointed. The two films (Pirates and Master and Commander) have little in common except that both involve seafaring ships. One is pure fantasy; the other (although not based on a true story) takes rigors to be historically accurate. One is designed to please popcorn munching crowds of distracted teenagers; the other has been made for adult viewers who are interested in what it might really have been like to live on a tall ship...For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see motion picture. For others, it's an enlightening and entertaining experience, but there's the issue of the slow middle act to overcome. The problem exists, but it isn't insurmountable, and that's the reason I'm recommending the film. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Peter Weir's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" is an exuberant sea adventure told with uncommon intelligence; we're reminded of well-crafted classics before the soulless age of computerized action. Based on the beloved novels of Patrick O'Brian, it re-creates the world of the British navy circa 1805 with such detail and intensity that the sea battles become stages for personality and character. They're not simply swashbuckling -- although they're that, too, with brutal and intimate violence...The story takes place almost entirely onboard the Surprise, a smaller vessel outgunned by its quarry, the French warship Acheron. Using an actual ship at sea and sets in the vast tank in Baja California where scenes from "Titanic" were shot, Weir creates a place so palpable we think we could find our own way around..."Master and Commander" is grand and glorious, and touching in its attention to its characters. Like the work of David Lean, it achieves the epic without losing sight of the human, and to see it is to be reminded of the way great action movies can rouse and exhilarate us, can affirm life instead of simply dramatizing its destruction. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Crowe,Russell
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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