Master and Commander - Far Side of the World (Blu-ray)

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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.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205560819
UPC 024543435501
UPC 14 00024543435501
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Doctors
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
War
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "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
Directors
Peter Weir
Actors
Russell Crowe
Paul Bettany
Cast & Crew
Alan B. Curtiss - Executive Producer
Bruce Crone, et. al. - Art Director
Edward Woodall - Actor
Harvey Weinstein - Producer
Iva Davies, et. al. - Original Music By
James D'Arcy - Actor
John Collee - Screenplay
Lee Smith - Editor
Patrick O'Brian - Based On Novels By
Paul Bettany - Actor
Peter Weir - Screenplay
Peter Weir - Director
Russell Boyd - Cinematographer
Russell Crowe - Actor
William Sandell - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 2243552
UPC 00024543435501
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 137 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Winner (2004) British Academy Awards, Wendy Stites, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, William Sandell, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, Richard King, et. al., Best Sound,British Academy Awards, Peter Weir, David Lean Award for Direction,Oscar, Russell Boyd, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Richard King, Best Sound Editing
Nominee (2004) Oscar, Peter Weir, Best Director,Oscar, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., et. al., Best Picture,Oscar, William Sandell, Robert Gould, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Wendy Stites, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Lee Smith, Best Editing,Oscar, Edouard F. Henriques, Yolanda Toussieng, Best Makeup,Oscar, Paul Massey, et. al., Best Sound Mixing,Oscar, Daniel Sudick, et. al., Best Visual Effects
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Crowe,Russell
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Stupendously entertaining.
Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer One of this year's best films - a classic...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...the best movie of its kind ever made.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a rousing high-seas adventure that sweeps you into another world.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com Magnificent and heartfelt.

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