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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 June 2016
This 1980 made for Tv costume drama mini series focuses on Englishman John Blackthorne whose ship reaches Japan in 1600 only to find the country on the verge of civil war and various European factions already meddling in the countries political, religious and merchantile affairs, but which faction [or factions] should he back and what will become of the crew?
Loosely based on real events, the first thing is that the spoken Japanese is not subtitled, so we view things very much from Blackthorns understanding. This is especially so on the first disc, but as his understanding grows, there is much more spoken English [which is subtitled]. Secondly, credits and recaps have been omitted, so in effect this plays as a continuous film. Picture quality is generally good, but some paused ‘stills’ do appear grainy –not surprising for the age, while an infrequent narration helps keep you informed to various story plots and changes. It’s now hard to imagine that this series broke many USA Tv taboo’ at the time.
The first 4 of the 5 discs opens to a 22 language selection before going to a main menu offering play, audio options [English, French, Spanish], subtitles [22 languages, English for hearing impared, none] and scene selection. The final disc actually holds the extras, the making of, 3 historical perspectives and commentaries on select scenes. The discs vary in age rating between 12 to 15 as there is some strong language and violence. For those wishing to learn something about Japan and European trade around the end of Elizabeth I’s reign, then this is an entertaining start, complete with forbidden and unrequited love interest and various morality checks. Who knows, you might even learn some Japanese, even why you ‘hang’ pheasants and game.
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on 20 December 2017
A great TV series. Since buying this box set I've watched it a few times and always see somthing I had'nt seen before. Always the mark of a good producion.
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on 25 March 2018
Be aware this is a German import copy not a UK copy. You will only find out when you open the package.
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on 11 December 2016
I haven't watched the DVD yet but used to own this on video and it is stunning in its breath and scope. The length allows most of the essence of Clavell's book to filter through. I also recommend the book/kindle for a fuller understanding. If you love samurai, you will love this.
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on 2 October 2017
Super fast delivery to Spain. Beautiful slip cover and graphics on all 5 disks. I’m sure we’re going to enjoy watching these as originally viewed on TV series.
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on 23 July 2017
I read the book and now I own the TV series. Great film, Richard Chamberlain portrays the character well and even represents the description given in the Novel.
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on 28 June 2017
Rember when this was on the TV.
Very very good DVD it gave us so much enjoyment. We wanted to know more of Japanese life in its history. Don't know if it's accurate but it's very entertaining.
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on 21 June 2017
ONE OF THE BEST SERIES EVER MADE. THIS IS GOOD QUALITY AND WE HAVE WATCHED IT OVER AND OVER.
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on 17 July 2017
Excellent service arrived as stated all good
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on 3 August 2017
haven't seen this in years....it's a brilliant series...loved every minute of it.
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