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Empire of the Sun (Blu-ray Book)
Roundly dismissed as one of Steven Spielberg's least successful efforts, this very underrated film poignantly follows the World War II adventures of young Jim (a brilliant Christian Bale), caught in the throes of the fall of China. What if you once had everything and lost it all in an afternoon? What if you were only 12? Bale's transformation, from pampered British ruling-class child to an imprisoned, desperate, nearly feral boy, is nothing short of stunning. Also stunning are exceptional sets, cinematography, and music (the last courtesy of John Williams) that enhance author J.G. Ballard's and screenwriter Tom Stoppard's depiction of another, less familiar casualty of war.
In a time when competitors were releasing "comedic," derivative coming-of-age films, Empire of the Sun stands out as an epic in the classic David Lean sense--despite confusion or perceived competition with the equally excellent The Last Emperor (also released in 1987, and also a coming-of-age in a similar setting). It is also a remarkable testament to, yes, the human spirit. And despite its disappointing box-office returns, Empire of the Sun helped to further establish Spielberg as more than a commercial director and set the standard, tone, and look for future efforts Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. --N.F. Mendoza --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great Steven Spielberg's WWII drama in China. Storyline, actors, cinematographyare ssecond to none, he is the greatest director that is very hard copy on the big screen and now one... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Palik
A used DVD that works. Good price, fast delivery and you only use it once, so it's worth it!Published 5 months ago by Anton Kranjcec
astonishingly great movie....I just happen to be same age as the 'leading'' boy...I also had WW2 experiences and relate closely to those very dramatic years... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bob Pearson
loved it when it came out. just needed to upgrade from vhs to dvdPublished 13 months ago by toymaker