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The Last Samurai (Widescreen) (2 Discs)

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  • Actors: Koyuki Kato, Ken Watanabe, Shun Sugata, Seizo Fukumoto, Shichinosuke Nakamura
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Writers: Edward Zwick, David Franzoni, William Nicholson, Marshall Herskovitz, John Logan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 21 2004
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001JXOVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,917 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Last Samurai, The (Dbl DVD) (WS)

While Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernized society in 1876-77, The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this "progress" is a rebellion of samurai warriors, holding fast to their traditions of honor despite strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test. All of which makes director Edward Zwick's noble epic eminently worthwhile, even if its Hollywood trappings (including an all-too-conventional ending) prevent it from being the masterpiece that Zwick and screenwriter John Logan clearly wanted it to be. Instead, The Last Samurai is an elegant mainstream adventure, impressive in all aspects of its production. It may not engage the emotions as effectively as Logan's script for Gladiator, but like Cruise's character, it finds its own quality of honor. --Jeff Shannon

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray on June 19 2004
Format: DVD
I don't go to the theatre that often anymore. I don't have to drive, waste gas, have a headache finding a parking space, waiting in line and spend enough for two tickets to buy a DVD (and that does not include the Pepsi and popcorn!). I won't mention the chewing gum and sticky cola coated floors! For all that, I can get two DVDs and watch it as many times as I like! I love to watch a movie several times, study it, what makes it work, what really irritates the second or third time. Watch actors conjuring magic. Another reason, I really curtailed my going - PR and hype - I would get all this PR pushing you to go, press and reviewers assuring you what a great movie such and such was. I would rush to go and ended up feeling like one of P.T. Barnum's suckers. Not only did I pay the money that would get me two DVDs, I felt the movie was NOT worth it!
So, when all the hype about the LAST SAMURAI came down, Oscar nominations, I held back going, wait for DVD. Everyone kept assuring me I would LOVE this film, with its historical background that it would be my cup of tea. However, Tom Cruise was a sticking point. I was blown away from Tom Cruise stealing the thunder from Timothy Hutton (a talented actor whose work I appreciate) in TAPS. Cruise was brilliant in the small role and everything pointed to him being a great actor. Instead, Cruise became a "star". There is a BIG difference between a great actor and a superstar. And Cruise seemed content to flash his killer smile and coast by, rather than step up the plate and hit "a home run". This has always tarnished his performances - to me - I hate to see great talent not reach their potential. So I had that reservation going into the LAST SAMURAI.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By falcon on Oct. 11 2007
Format: DVD
Tom Cruise is Captain Nathan Algren,who in 1870 is hired by the Emperor
of Japan to train the Japanese Army in modern warfare.The Emperor than
hopes to bring about an end to the Samurai,who have remained with the
old way of fighting.As events unfold,Algren is captured by the Samurai
and while treated with indifference and disdain at first,he slowly
becomes part of the community.he begins to learn the Samurai ways,and
gains their trust and turn,he develops a newfound respect
for the samurai way,and in time,becomes a better man for it. Even if
you are not a Tom Cruise fan,you should still like this movie.Cruise
plays Algren as a man who is at first,deeply flawed,with no
hope.Then,as the movie progresses,Cruise convincingly portray's
Algren's slow,but noticeable change into a humble man who regains his
humanity and discovers what it means to be a man.This Movie is directed
by Edward Zwick(Glory,Legends of the Fall).The screenplay was written by
John Logan(Any Given Sunday,Gladiator).the action scenes are well done
and look authentic.the dialogue is well written,leading to some very
touching scenes.the movie is also visually stunning. everyone involved
put their heart and soul into this project and it shows. 5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Rubin on June 22 2004
Format: DVD
This movie, was incredible, simply put. Such a mix of romance and honor, all beautifully blended together. Tom Cruise does a WONDERFUL job in this film, playing a troubled man who took part in killing innocent indian tribes, who takes a job in Japan training japanese soldiers who would be trained to supress rebel forces led by Samurai Katsumoto, who believed that Japan was progressing into modern culturization too fast, and resisted political advisors that were urging the Emperor to do just that, become more western, and modern. Katsumoto's tribe of Samurai defeat the unit led by Capt Algren (Cruise) and capture him. He is held in captivity with the Samurai, and thrives off the peace that is afforded him there. He begins dwell in the same way he observes the people do in the village, and learns honor with the help of Katsumoto. In the battle preceding his capture, Algren kills Samurai Horutoru, Katsumoto's brother in law, and his caretaker Kata's husband. During his time in this village, Kata is repulsed by Algren, troubled with the death of her husband. As cruise learns the ways of these people, and japanese, he gives his formal apology to Kata, who surprises him by replying that he did his duty, and so did her husband, and that the apology was accepted. As his status as a 'stray dog' is gently brushed aside, he gradually becomes accepted. When an assassin team of ninja attempt to kill Katsumoto, he refutes his american heritage and helps keep Katsumoto alive. In the end, as a desperate attempt at saving the village in which Katsumoto's ancestors had worked so hard to build and protecet, Katsumoto and Algren lead an army of Samurai warriors against the rebuilt japanese army. Witnessing this scene was so sad. A doomed attempt.Read more ›
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By Maginot on July 14 2004
Format: DVD
"The Last Samurai" is a breathtaking, historical, panorama that examines the blending of cultures and the clash of competing value systems. In this film, Tom Cruise plays Nathan Algren a twelve year old boy who has moved from New Jersey to the California Coast with his single mom. While adjusting to his new environment, Algren practices Bushido (the way of the warrior) from an instruction book and from a few introductory classes that he learned at the local YMCA in his hometown.
He also befriends a local girl who, unfortunately is hounded by her ex-boyfriend, an arrogant and aggressive teenager who cruises around town with his friend on dirt bikes. When the ex-boyfriend catches Algren and the girl together a fight ensues and Algren is beaten and humiliated. This prompts Algren to go to the local Bushido dojo where unfortunately he discovers that the ex-boyfriend is the star pupil and the instructor is a sadist.
Fortunately, Algren meets Mr. Miyagi an old Samurai warrior who works as a handyman in Algren's rental unit. When Mr. Miyagi realizes Algren's dilemma he takes him on as his lone pupil and teaches him the way of Bushido. Mr. Miyagi orders Algren to paint his fence, wax his car, and strike girlie-man poses on a post by the sea shore all the while promising that this will teach him how to wield a Katana like no other Caucasian man has ever done before.
And somehow it works. All of Mr. Miyagi's household chores turn out to be magic Samurai conditioning techniques that convert Algren into the Unstoppable White Warrior (UWW). From here an epic battle takes place between Algren and the ex boyfriend and his evil cohorts. I won't give away the outcome of this incredible battle scene except to say that Cruise does a lot of grunting, his eyes puff out during some of the more visceral moments of combat and his beard flutters in the wind like the calm of the butterfly.
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