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Samurai - Loyalty, Honour and Discipline[DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XRX8VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,260 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This action-packed three-disc set offers an in-depth examination of one of the most renowned fighting cultures ever known: the legendary Samurai. Unrelenting and honour-bound warriors, their lethal skills were exceeded only by their desire to prove themselves by plunging into danger, without fear or hesitation. Journey back to the world of medieval Japan and the fighting code of its knights, the ruthless Samurai. It was an exotic world of shimmering beauty and sudden death, a place where honour meant more than life itself. Discover how their strict code of honour was born and the harsh sacrifices they made to live up to their ideals.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J. Hayward on 4 Dec 2012
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I would agree with everything said by D. Evans in his review.
The first dvd starring Mark Dacascos has some content that i do not feel is really relevant to the subject matter, and is instead demonstration of Mr Dacascos's martial abilities. Great, but a bit out of place here. There are a number of innacuracies as already pointed out, and this is often a problem when someone has personal interest in the subject matter, and lacks the objectivity of a historian. Unfortunately there are very few historians that will sell these programms on tv, and it is fo rthis reason that celebrities get used to atract the required audiences.
The second dvd with Terry Schappert is my favourite of the three. It does have some innacuracies, and again focuses a little too much on Musashi. The focus of this dvd is the warrior culture and mindset and using Schappert, a soldier, helps drive this point home. What Terry lacks in detailed subject knowledge he makes up for in passion, and his parting with the Japanese Kendo Sensei is quite touching.
The third dvd is the most historicaly accurate, yet the most difficult to watch all the way through as it is quite 'boring'. It would be much more engaging to read one of Stephen Turnbull's books on the Samurai.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 11 Nov 2012
The History Channel's the Samurai is an ok but largely uneven set on these legendary Japanese warriors. This box set contains three discs on which we have three different documentaries of varying degrees of quality and historical accuracy. The first disc contains a relatively recent (2009) documentary on the samurai hosted by martial arts expert and actor, Mark Dacascos, as he follows in the footsteps of the (in)famous Miyamoto Musashi.
This documentary is by far the slickest of the set. Unfortunately it's the weakest in terms of accuracy. Dacascos -who comes across as a nice, cool kind of guy - is a martial artist and not a historian; and as a result his view of the samurai is very much biased and filled with all sorts of inaccuracies. First of all he makes the silly error of referring to multiple samurai as 'samurais', forgetting that the word samurai is both singular and plural. This is only the first of many glaring errors. Some of these mistakes are minor and forgivable things such as mispronouncing simple Japanese words like Edo (which he calls ee-do), getting dates mixed up or incorrect, or misquoting several accounts -he claims that Musashi was behind the famous saying "The way of the warrior is found in death" which is actually attributed to Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Some of the other errors are more serious, such as his claims about Musashi's antics on the battlefield of Sekigahara (historians aren't even sure if he was present at the battle), his claims that Toyotomi Hideyoshi was shogun (he wasn't), that Musashi fought for the Tokugawa at "the Battle of Osaka" (he didn't - he was probably on the opposing side, and it was a siege not a field battle) or his claim that the Tokugawa Shogunate banned the use of guns (they actually had tens of thousands of them) and on and on and on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Plume on 28 Mar 2013
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A particular interest of mine, so I liked it though some info I did already know. Good for those who know nothing of the subject, but also of interest for those who do.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By samurai 57 on 2 Oct 2012
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dvd not what i thought it would be can understand the story told by mark at the beginning but is let down by parts
2 and 3 a little too westernised for my liking all in all a good dvd but spoiled by the lack of understanding on the part
of western society too much about how lethal the weapons can be and not enough of the loyalty honour and discipline.
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