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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shogun - long but well worth it
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...
Published on 25 Jun. 2006 by I. Goldsmith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Shogun 5 disk Series on DVD (region 2) AKA Shogun (Multi Box) (DVD)
I ordered this from dodax. The Shogun DVD series arrived on the 11th day after ordering. This is perhaps because the product was despatched 1st class from Frankfurt, Germany, NOT the UK as was advertised in the listing! The product was well packaged in a tight fitting bubble-wrap envelope and is as was described.

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shogun - long but well worth it, 25 Jun. 2006
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I. Goldsmith "rock-lee" (England) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, one-of-a-kind series!, 29 Jan. 2004
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David Deakin (Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how good it was, 27 Mar. 2006
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of epic proportions., 29 Nov. 2014
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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. The direction and photography are quite tasteful, often reminiscent of early Kurosawa, only in colour. Maurice Jarre's score might not reach the lofty heights of his work for David Lean but it serves it's purpose.

Many will tell you that the book is better. It is certainly more intimate and detailed, but a more faithful and excellent adaptation of such a rich book you are not likely to see anytime soon. For anyone with a taste for epics, Japan or just plain good entertainment, this is essential viewing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If there is one thing you must do: Open your mind to Shogun!, 6 May 2001
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable and inclusive TV adaptation of Clavell's brilliant book, 4 Feb. 2007
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Incredible that such an inclusive and faithful TV adaptation was made of the book. I imagine that fans at the time couldn't have believed their luck! Richard Chamberlain gves an astonishing performance. Mifune as Toranaga is also very good - he's so different here - solid and respectable - than he is in all those old Kurosawa films.

Unlike The Last Samurai, the main events in this story actually happened. Richard Chamberlain plays Richard Blackthorne (or 'Anjin-san'), based on the historical figure of William Adams, a British 'pilot' who in 1600 was washed up in Japan and who went on to become the only foreign samurai in Japanese history and advisor to the shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa (Lord Toranaga here). The small coastal town of Ito even has an annual festival in his honour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The greatest tv mini-series ever made?, 25 Jan. 2010
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Ian Williams "ianw" (Sunderland, UK) - See all my reviews
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James Clavell's original novel is one of my all-time favourites, a magnificent epic tale packed to the gills with high adventure, the darkest deceit and treachery, tear-jerking love, nobility, and so much more. It's also a fascinating study of alien contact as Japanese society was so utterly different from that of Western Europe at the time and it is for a large part the story of an Englishman' growing understanding of his new home.

Even at eight and a half hours, a tv series couldn't begin to do more than scratch the surface of this massive and clever novel. That it does so as well as it does is little short of a miracle and it does so by focussing, albeit not completely, on the Anjin-san's story and his part in events. The script is good, the performances are good, the photography is good. Richard Chamberlain is surprisingly good, albeit less working class and gruff than Sean Connery (the ideal choice for the role, at the time) would have been. One the other hand, he's more convincing than perhaps Connery would with the more gentle side. But it's Yoko Shimada as Mariko who is the revelation and the best thing in it. Small and delicately beautiful, she exquisitely displays vulnerability but also the steel spine deep within. I defy anyone not to fall in love with her and it's the moving love story between Mariko and Anjin-san which is the core of this version of the story.

The presentation itself is nicely done. We have the opening credits at the beginning of Disc 1 and the closing credits at the end of Disc 4. None in between, no annoying recaps, just the full uninterrupted drama. Excellent. The behind the scenes stuff is also nicely done.

That said, it hasn't worn as well as it should. On a visual level, the background landscape is far from sharp though people are much clearer. John Rhys Davies as Rodrigues the Portugese pilot is as over the top as he always is (about one decibel below Brian Blessed), George Innes as Vinck also similarly stands out particularly in his excruciating going mad scene. Much of the subtelties of the novel are inevitably lost. And it just feels dated. It makes me think that it's time for a remake with all the sex and violence and cgi muscles that are available to today's audiences. There is certainly no shortage of decent macho alpha male actors available, though finding another Yoko Shimada might prove much more difficult.

But, in the end, is Shogun the greatest tv miniseries ever. Well, I watched the first two hours on Saturday evening and finished the remaining six and a half the following day. So, yes, it is, but of its time.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing features, 11 April 2004
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Shogun has got to be the one of the defining moments of japanese meets western television. Beautiful sets, fantastic actors, and a well crafted script make it a joy to behold. Why it ever took so long to come to DVD no really one knows'. As such the minute I knew it was available it was quickly ordered. However the DVD version is a major disappointment on many levels. The American version translates all the japanese language into english subtitles and there are a host of extra's on top of this. The British version however only has a poorly put together and insultingly patronising bunch of documentaries. Maybe it's time to invest in a multi region DVD player after all !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE tv mini-series!!, 16 May 2011
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Ronnie Bradley (Wishaw, Lanarkshire) - See all my reviews
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I had this series (I refused point blank to get the butchered two hour long trailer that was released in cinemas) on video and recently parted with it to encourage me to finally get this series on DVD.

The remastering is excellent, greatly benefitting both picture and sound quality from the video box set I had so that alone was worth the time. Also, I like that they edited out the opening and end credits (save for the beginning of the film and the end) and the recaps, and putting it all as one giant movie spread over the 4 disks. This gives the series its true epic quality.

As for the story, I can't say how it compares to the book having not read it but its certainly a cracking tale of romance, political intrigue, adventure and a clash of cultures. Performances are excellent all round and Chamberlain makes an effective romantic lead (which given what we now know about his personal life, its something Tom cruise should perhaps be reminded of).

All in all this is a great box set of easily one of the best mini-series to come out of the US in the 70's/80's mini-series heyday.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well crafted, dynamic historical drama, 14 May 2002
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This review is from: Shogun (Box Set) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Having repeatedly seen and enjoyed this video and having visited many sites in Japan, where scenes were filmed, I find it a classic portrayal of historical life in feudal Japan.
Visiting the various castles (many hundreds of years old and still in superb condition), plus ryokan, bath-houses and Samurai homes of great vintage, this video set so well displays the atmosphere of the times that one can visualise the battles and human struggles/relationships as one tours.
Much, much better, than the 2 hour movie.
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