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Director: Peter Weir     Starring: Russell Crowe Paul Bettany
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40238390
UPC: 024543114215
UPC 14: 00024543114215
Sales Rank: 6106
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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 judgement 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, dream-like mood that has informed some of his best films. 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 beneath their seats. 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.

"Stupendously entertaining.  A.O. Scott, New 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, Salon.com

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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/20/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 138 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2221421
Video UPC UPC: 00024543114215
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Chris Larkin
Video Cast Info Edward Woodall
Video Cast Info Jack Randall
Video Cast Info James D'Arcy
Video Cast Info Lee Ingleby
Video Cast Info Max Pirkis
Video Cast Info Paul Bettany
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Duncan Henderson - 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 Novel By
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Director
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Peter Weir - Producer
Video Cast Info Russell Boyd - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Samuel Goldwyn Jr. - Producer
Video Cast Info Willaim Sandell - Production Designer

Awards


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

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

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see

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

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Crowe,Russell
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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