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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit that I am a bit of a sucker for both this time period in general, as well as nautical adventures as a whole. Taken in this context, this film does everything just about right. There is lots of action - from exploding cannon shot tearing mizzenmasts apart, to frenetic hand to hand combat (almost too frenetic - shades of the battle against the Germanians in "Gladitaor"). Lots of gore (two difficult scenes to watch for someone as girlie as me were where a young officer's arm is amputated, and another where the doctor removes a musket ball from his own stomach). Lots of comraderie (the crux of this manifests itself in the friendship between Capt. Aubrey, and the doctor, Maturin, who also played Russell's imaginary bud in "A Beautiful Mind"). Perhaps most impressive, in this day and age of CGI, are the special effects. This was obviously shot on a real ship. I don't know if the ship was actually bobbing on the waves or not, but it sure looked like it was. Obviously there were some computer effects here, but I couldn't catch them. Usually CGI is exposed by its weightlessness (when Spiderman bounds from building to building, he looks like he weighs nothing - and he doesn't in computerland) - however, here, the HMS Surprise doesn't coast through the waves (as in the A&E "Horatio Hornblower" series, or even in "A Perfect Storm" and "Pirates of the Carribbean"), it plows! For 2 hours and 18 miniutes, I believed that I was on the open sea.

The two faults one might find with this film, were to my mind strengths. For one, a lot of time is spent watching the men working. Hauling on this, keeling on that, tying, pulling, and speaking in a language that might as well be foreign. But I love that stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It actually lives up to the hype. A great movie. Feb. 11 2007
Quickly- lots of hype out there, and it is all right! Damn good movie.

Summary: Rusel Crow plays ship captain Lucky Jack aboard the British Frigate Suprise. The scene is set with a battle against a French Frigate with twice the guns, twice the speed and twice the range. The Suprise is quickly defeated. The rest of the movie follows the relentless quest to catch the French ship and get revenge (as well as completing orders). Tons of crew interaction, tons of man vs man, tons of man vs the elements.

The Good: Pretty much everything. This is the best Privateer movie I have ever seen. The acting was award worthy. The cast was perfect. The story was great. You got right into it and forgot about reality. The effects were so good you forgot they were effects, heck I am just assuming there was some digital work done in there, maybe not. Heck to quote a friend: "It's all good but the bad parts" which you can see below.

The Bad: The DVD didn't have much on it besides the Movie. Just the usual commentaries and one of those Made to Make You Go See the Movie featurettes. The movie ends without the story quite coming to a close which was a bit of a disapointment. Not one of those There Will Be a Sequal kind of things, but it leaves the end open.

The Ugly: Hmmm.... I just kept thinking of the Doctor as Hyde from League of Extrodinary Gentlemen and thinking Pipin looks odd tall with huge sideburns. Really not a poblem... but I had to think of something. Oh actually - there is a lot of realistic gore in this, it's all fitting with the movie but as Pandora said at the time "the begining put me off my popcorn"

Overall: I really enjoyed this. This is probably the best movie I have seen in a long time. There isn't much bad to say, pretty much everything is good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine rendition of a masterful series June 14 2010
By Diana
Based on the books by the Master of the sea-faring adventure, Patrick O'brian, Master and Commander brings together the books
into one incredibly well done story. This movie will please history buffs who wish they could have been there, men who want swash-buckling adventure, women who want to see a man handle a violin bow as deftly as he does a sword, aspiring entomologists and naturalists who wish they could have stowed away on the Beagle and anyone who wants to experience the hardships of ship-board life from the comfort of thier easy chair.
The commaraderie and gentle humor of Lucky Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin make this movie as much about friendship and loyalties as it does to naval tactics and duty.
Although there are a few scenes that make the movie unsuitable for the younger crowd, there is nothing here that would make a grandma blush or cringe. The movie also contains a wonderful soundtrack of concertos for violin and cello. If I could take only ten movies with me to the cottage, this one would be in the suitcase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment June 23 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite movies. You never have a boring moment in it. Lots of action as the Captain of a British navel ship (Russell Crowe) chases an enemy around the tip of South America, determined to catch him. There are some brilliantly done scenes in this award winning film with very well done acting. You'll laugh, cry, cheer but one thing you don't get... bored. There's no bad language in this, no nudity... just a damn good movie that you'll want to watch over and over again. I have nothing bad to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great period adventure movie
Published 2 months ago by daniel pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Aarrr... A Rollickin' Good Yarn!
If sailing in tall ships on storm-tossed tropical seas is what rocks your boat, then Master and Commander: Far side of the World is a film you should enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben Oboe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made
Every time I am sick or hung over, this is my go to movie. A great taste of history, with a nice blend of action and peacefulness.
Published 3 months ago by xBlack
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation!
I have always loved this movie and just got a DVD player so am now building a library! The soundtrack, cinematography, costumes...love it all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Marr
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Lacklustre BD
Given the epic nature of this movie and story, I was expecting the BD to be so much better than the DVD I already own. Picture is grainy and somewhat flat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by duckysan1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Well rounded story with lots of action. What makes a Blue-Ray special is the quality of the sound.
The sound quality really enhances the experience
Published 10 months ago by Alright
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, underrated movie
People tend to judge films based on a number of criteria, but they often leave out the thing that this film does so very well: it transports you to a different time and place. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sea Adventure
If you love history and tall ships movies, this is the one for you. Russell Crowe is superb as the captain of the Royal Navy during the war with France in 1801 in search of a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best for Surround Sound
Battle scenes are spectacular...it sounds like cannon balls are busting threw your family room. A great story from Director Peter Weir. Highly recommend.
Published 13 months ago by 4Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Aboard a Man O'War
The defining characteristic that sets "Master and Commander" apart as one of the best films of its kind is authenticity. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Argus
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