Master and Commander-Far Side of the World

Directed By: Peter Weir Starring: Russell Crowe Paul Bettany

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a really great movie

by Elaine on 12/6/2008

I saw this movie twice and my grandson loved it--so i got 2 of these with two Master and Commander gqames for 2 boy birthdays--10 and 11--thought it would be a change from the usual electronic stuff

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Great old fashion seafaring adventure

by drb on 2/12/2009

I saw this in the theater and really enjoyed it. It's good to watch a movie that actually has a story. We have Patrick O'Brian to thank for that. Plus real actors who can say more than one sentence of dialog before the camera cuts away. And not so many CGI effects so it will withstand the test of time.

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During the napoleonic wars, a brash british captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable french war vessel around south america.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40238390
UPC 024543114215
UPC 14 00024543114215
Format DVD
Release Date 1/30/2007
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
Chris Larkin - Actor
Duncan Henderson - Producer
Edward Woodall - Actor
Iva Davies, et al. - Original Music By
Jack Randall - Actor
James D'Arcy - Actor
John Collee - Screenplay
Lee Ingleby - Actor
Lee Smith - Editor
Max Pirkis - Actor
Patrick O'Brian - Based On Novel By
Paul Bettany - Actor
Peter Weir - Director
Peter Weir - Screenplay
Peter Weir - Producer
Russell Boyd - Cinematographer
Russell Crowe - Actor
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. - Producer
Willaim Sandell - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 2221421
UPC 00024543114215
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2004) Russell Boyd, Winner, Best Cinematography,Richard King, Winner, Best Sound Editing,Peter Weir, Nominee, Best Director,Peter Weir, et al., Nominee, Best Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see
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 10
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Crowe,Russell
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, New 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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Great old fashion seafaring adventure by drb on Feb 12, 2009

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