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The Last Samurai : The Movie & More (2 Disc Special Edition) [2003] [DVD]

Tom Cruise , Timothy Spall , Edward Zwick    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Tom Engelman, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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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
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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-balanced spiritual masterpiece! 17 Mar 2004
By Sonny
In a nutshell. I have been a moviegoer for many years now and went to see 'The Last Samurai' on the recommendation of a relative. I then went on to see it a further six times! Does that tell you how much I enjoyed it and how good I think it is?
The film itself has a very spiritual theme. Without going into too much detail and spoiling it for you (although you may have read the general story from other reviews) it involves the calming of a person and a journey from being in a drunken state to a disciplined and responsible individual.
The film contains many battle scenes, very reminiscent of the ones seen in 'Braveheart'. They are very well choreographed and the direction and the performances of the actors/actresses are superb. Particular praise needs to go to Ken Watanabe, who plays the part of Katsumoto, the Lord of the Samurais. You can really relate to his character and in some ways he even outshone Tom Cruise. This is not to say however Tom was bad, on the contrary, it can clearly be seen the amount of effort he put in, not only with his performance but also in his training to use a sword. His fight scenes, my personal favourite being the one where he's initially captured, are very professionally done. He looks as if he's been using the sword for years!
A great asset to the film is the music, which is beautiful. It really heightens the excitement in every scene ten fold with it's presence. The main theme keeps on ringing through my head all day while I'm at work and I love every second of it. Scenes of the film go through my head and all I can think of is going to the cinema to see it again and hoping that May 4 2004 rolls on as quickly as possible so I can get my pre-ordered DVD!!!!
All in all, one of the best films ever made!!! See it, you won't regret it!
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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
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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