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The Last Samurai - Premium Collection Steelbook (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]

Tom Cruise , Ken Watanabe , Edward Zwick    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
Price: 10.21 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VEZXZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads as Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernised society in 1876-77. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Captain 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

The Japanese monarchy has decided to replace the hired samurai warriors, who have been relied upon for centuries for defending the nation, with a more contemporary military. A U.S. Civil War veteran (Tom Cruise) is hired by the Emperor to train a group of Japanese conscripts to replace the samurai warriors. But when he is captured by the samurai, he comes to respect them and finds himself torn over who he should be fighting for.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Samurai 17 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and rate it amongst some of the very best I have seen in the last couple of years.
Although one could claim the plot line is a bit formulaic, it's a formula that definitely works and the superb acting that brings the story to life is pure enjoyment. Cruise is outstanding but it is maybe with the top notch supporting cast that really makes this film stand out. Ken Watanabe is on top form making his character take you through a whole ride of emotions but best of all for me was the surprise appearance of both Billy Connolly and Timothy Spall, two of the finest ever British character actors.
Apart from that the locations are beautiful, the action scenes gripping and the storyline delicate but thrilling and told with a great deal of sensitivity.
If you missed this at the cinema, buy the DVD. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly directed, acted and scored epic. 17 Jun 2012
By Sam
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are a select number of films released that define the meaning of the word epic and The Last Samurai is one of those films. Tom Cruise portrays a troubled soldier who, after years drinking away the sights of battle, is asked to train any army who will march against the rising rebellion, led by the Samurai who want to stall the modernising of Japan. As he proves in films such as Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Collateral, Cruise is a brilliant actor, both in terms of action and emotion. Fellow cast members, including Timothy Spall, a brief Billy Connelly and an excellent Ken Watanabe all bring truth and talent to their roles.
Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) directs and does a perfect job of it, having an eye for sweeping, epic shots of the breathtaking landscapes, for the gritty, violent action and battle sequences and the emotive scenes. The script is brilliantly written and Cruise is given plenty of material with which to test his skills and prove them. The score, by Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean) is epic, stirring and moving and compliments the epic scale of the film. The battles are awesomely done, with Zwick not holding back on the violence and delivering some breath snatching, gripping moments, as well as some excellent sword fights. The cinematography is among the best i have seen, the landscapes are brought vividly to the screen and the japanse architecture and countryside make this film all the more engrossing.
Overall, this film is one of my favourites, it is epic and sweeping, gripping and action packed and its impossible not to be swept up in this film. A flawless, majestic film.
The single disc edition is the best choice for those not bothered with extras but for fans of the film the two disc edition is loaded with special features: commentaries, numerous featurettes, interviews and deleted scenes.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its been so long since Tora, Tora, Tora! 7 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
It seems that Hollywood (being quite obviously American) has kept its distance from high budjet films about Japanese culture over the years. Lets face it they have their reasons and don't forget that the old Japanese culture is quite alien to the average Westerner.
With The Last Samurai, the mainstream film makers have finally found a way of producing a quality film which demonstrates quite accurately the attitudes of the Japanese ruling factions of the time. Quite naturally, Hollywood create films to make money and The Last Samurai is no exception. However, as with other similar semi-historic films (e.g. Gladiator) it has been constructed with a care to detail and has embodied within its foundations the very attributes it wants to portrey, namely honour, compassion and indomitable spirit.
As a student of Japanese and Okinawan martial arts, including sword arts, I was pleased to see the accurate depiction of how a katana (Japanese longsword) is used in battle. I was deeply impressed with the efforts of all the actors to accurately use all the weaponry with such dedication. Cruise especially, worked very hard to learn to use the sword, as well as all the other work he put in.
One scene especially caught my eye, where Cruise is attacked in the street by a group of sword bearing attackers. Having spent several long months converting his fighting skills to that of the Japanese style (quite feasable for the dedicated warrior, even in such a short time) he is able to defeat his attackers. The reality of the use of the sword in the Japanese style, is that every second, one is half an inch from death. This was demonstrated with great film making skill.
This film is unmistakably American, but is made with sensitivity and respect for all concerned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I must praise thee 28 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
I must say without a shadow of a doubt that was THE best film of 2003. Before this film came out i absolutely hated Tom Cruise I thought he was over rated and over paid. But i have to say that i was utterly convinced by this performance. I am converted. This is an extremely brutal film, it is very hard to watch. It conveys so much emotion. This is a beautiful film. It shows the pointlessness of racism, and how horrible genocide and war is. I found it very hard to fight back the tears. I will without a shadow of a doubt be buying this amazing film. I also hope that every body in the films gets the praise they deserve. I must say look out for Shun Sugata. Hes an absolute man mountain and great to watch even though he has such a short part.
I refuse to tell any body about what happens in this film. PLEASE rent, borrow, buy you must watch this film!!!
Another film you must see film with tom cruise in is vanilla sky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by keith godwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Tom cruise is believable in this tale ...
Great film. Tom cruise is believable in this tale of US Army Captain searching for his soul. He finds it at the other side of the world, when he meets the greatest warriors the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by David Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it because I did.
As a film it is a pile of sh-t, but the scenery is excellent and there is some truth in the Japanese psyche (My small Japanese girlfriend tells me) making it overall, very... Read more
Published 13 days ago by LeBrit
5.0 out of 5 stars last Samurai
this is the best film i have sen with Tom Cruse
so are you to samurai film this must be in your colletion
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Published 19 days ago by Uffe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. ten out of ten.
Great drama samurai film right from the start to finish even battles were good reasons to watch great samurai action battles must watch.
Published 1 month ago by Darren Lee Gaye
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief review
This film was purchased for my father who enjoyed it a lot.

There is plenty of action and it is sad at the end.
Published 1 month ago by EE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The film arrived well packed and in the time slot I was told. Good quality film the only down side is Tom Cruise ! though it is one of his better films
Published 1 month ago by Axe
5.0 out of 5 stars love the movie
I am not a fan of Tom Cruise but I do love this movie. It shows a way of life long dead. The actors including Cruise are exceptional.
Published 2 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
A good film at a very good price.Delivery was very quick.Very well packaged and in tip-top condition.A treat for all action movie fans
Published 2 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
amazing steelbook, looks beautiful and it is a Great movie

I love that it is region free.

great buy. Thank you amazon you guys and girls are the best.
Published 2 months ago by Eric Simpson
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