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

Directed By: Peter Weir Starring: Russell Crowe Paul Bettany

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


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 220542792
UPC 024543707899
UPC 14 00024543707899
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/10/2011
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
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.
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
Peter Weir
Russell Crowe
Paul Bettany
Cast & Crew
Russell Crowe - Star
Edward Woodall - Star
David Threlfall - Star
Mark Lewis Jones - Star
Paul Bettany - Star
Robert Pugh - Star
James D'Arcy - Star
George Innes - Star
Billy Boyd - Star
Duncan Henderson - Producer
Patrick O'Brian - Source Writer
Russell Boyd - Director of Photography
Peter Weir - Screenwriter
Iva Davies - Composer
Peter Weir - Producer
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. - Producer
Alan B. Curtiss - Executive Producer
Christopher Gordon - Composer
Richard Tognetti - Composer
Peter Weir - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
UPC 00024543707899
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Oscar (2004) Peter Weir, Nominee, Best Director,Peter Weir et al., Winner, Best Picture,Richard King, Winner, Best Sound Editing,Russell Boyd, Winner, Best Cinematography
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Russell Crowe, playing sea-dog Captain Jack Aubrey, climbs the rigging of his fighting ship, his eye
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is an exuberant sea adventure to
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Limited Edition, Pan and Scan (TV Format)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD / Blu-Ray
A.O. Scott, dvd York Times Stupendously entertaining.
Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer One of this year's best films--a classic...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...probably the best movie of its kind ever made.
Stephanie Zacharek, Magnificent and heartfelt.

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