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  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune
  • Directors: Jerry London
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: Italian, German, English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047RUSMC

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By I. Goldsmith on 25 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well just to add to the other positive reviews, this dvd box set is well worth having. If you've read the book then you'll find the dvd does justice to the story line only missing out minor scenes. The story and development of the characters gives a good insight into feudal japan and the way of the samurai. Whilst the dvds are in english by the end of the film you would have subconsciously learned some simple japanese language. Aside from the now classic story line that Clavell conveyed so well there are some very good extra features in the box set. The fifth disc contains many features such as background, interviews, the launch and making of the film, to name a few. Before buying this box set i was concerned about how it would change my interpretation of Clavells novel, however the author worked closely with the director in creating this set and it came out very well. There are some good effects considering the time and place it was made. Even though the film is quite old now it is still worth watching for younger generations with interest in Japanese culture or history, i would recommend reading the book and watching this afterwards, it can be simply an enjoyable watch if you have the patience for the length of this film or an experience that inspires you to learn more and watch more films like this. It certainly made me want to read more of Clavells books.
You get the fold out box set with decorated discs and such but also a card envelope with commentary in a little manual thing. all in all its a very good film that adds nicely to your dvd collection:>
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By David Deakin on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
They really DON'T make series like this anymore! The 70's and 80's was the era of superb TV mini-series like this with all-star casts, exotic settings and dramatic storylines. If you're thinking of pre-ordering this don't be fooled by the 120min running time as that's a mistake by Amazon. There was a movie length version released on VHS years ago but this is the complete 13 part series on a five-disk set!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I wasn't sure when I ordered this if I had done the right thing. You know one of those things that you watched a long time ago, as an impressionable young adult, which could only disappoint in the cold light of middle age!!! How wrong. This drama is as good now as it always was. The studio work is a little "hammy" but only because we are now used to such amazing special effects. The story is great, Richard Chamberlain is dreamy, and some of the scenes are nothing short of barbaric. But it makes for great viewing, and as a bonus you are sure you can speak Japanese at the end of it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
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In 1976, James Clavell wrote an epic masterpiece: the story of Blackthorne, an English sailor lost in Feudal Japan. He gradually finds his place, often the central pawn of political intrigues between various foreign powers and the local warlords.

In 1980, this miniseries was unleashed on the world and created a whole new audience for the mammoth bestseller. No small feat considering the length and complexity of Clavell's 1200+ page door-stopper. Clocking in at almost 10 hours, this mega-budgeted series delivers the goods. People who have seen "The Last Samurai" might see a few plot similarities (even in certain smaller details: Tom Cruise sports exactly the same haircut as Richard Chamberlain). With all respect for the 2003 film, Shogun is far out of it's reach.

Richard Chamberlain embodies Blackthorne to perfection, successfully gaining our empathy through an ambiguous yet very human performance. Supporting him are Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune as the shrewd warlord and aspiring shogun Torunaga, who befriends/manipulates Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada as Blackthorne's translator, confident and friend.

Every actor gives life to Clavell's carefully drawn and layered characters (most of all a very bombastic John Rhys-Davies). For a television miniseries, the technical specs are quite surprisingly good. Indeed the budget must have been quite important (and set a record at the time) but never is the story or it's rhythm scarified to show-off.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By stephan_alan_freeman@hotmail.com on 6 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A truly wonderful adaptation from the novel Shogun, by James Clavell. If there is one thing which you must do it is watch (and read) Shogun. It will provide you with one of the greatest stories ever written, encapsulating any and everything you could ever wish to feel as human being: Hate; love; compassion; honour; friendship; betrayal; loneliness; helplessness; power are all in abundance. Although many of their ways and customs are somewhat alien to our western view of civilisation, it would be an injustice to claim superiority to such a wonderful race as the Japanese. This film will make you look deep within yourself, and come away feeling enlightened by simplicity of how these Japanese lived. If we all could learn but some of their self-discipline and manners it would make for great social improvement! Enjoy....
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