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Director: Peter Weir     Starring: Russell Crowe Paul Bettany
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Learn more about Master and Commander-Far Side of the World (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220542792
UPC: 024543707899
UPC 14: 00024543707899
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Courage to Do the Impossible Lies in the Hearts of Men.
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.

"Stupendously entertaining.  A.O. Scott, dvd York Times
"One of this year's best films--a classic...  Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer
"...probably the best movie of its kind ever made.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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 Limited Edition, Pan and Scan (TV Format)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 138 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00024543707899
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Edward Woodall
Video Cast Info David Threlfall
Video Cast Info Mark Lewis Jones
Video Cast Info Paul Bettany
Video Cast Info Robert Pugh
Video Cast Info James D'Arcy
Video Cast Info George Innes
Video Cast Info Billy Boyd
Video Cast Info Duncan Henderson - Producer
Video Cast Info Patrick O'Brian - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Russell Boyd - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Iva Davies - Composer
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Producer
Video Cast Info Samuel Goldwyn Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Alan B. Curtiss - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Christopher Gordon - Composer
Video Cast Info Richard Tognetti - Composer
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Director


Oscar (2004)
   Video Award Name Peter Weir, Nominee, Best Director
Video Award Name Peter Weir et al., Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Richard King, Winner, Best Sound Editing
Video Award Name Russell Boyd, Winner, Best Cinematography

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
For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 9 of 10
Russell Crowe, playing sea-dog Captain Jack Aubrey, climbs the rigging of his fighting ship, his eye - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is an exuberant sea adventure to - Roger Ebert

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