The last samurai [videorecording] /

by Cruise, Tom; Herskovitz, Marshall; Zwick, Edward; Logan, John; Watanabe, Ken; Atherton, William; Connolly, Billy; Goldwyn, Tony; Harada, Masato; Zimmer, Hans; Dickson, Ngila; Kilvert, Lilly; Spall, Timothy; Wilson, Scott; Warner Bros. Pictures (2001-); Bedford Falls Company; Radar Pictures; Warner Home Video (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2004Edition: Widescreen ed.Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 154 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 0790782766 :.Language note: English or dubbed French dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.Title notes: $20.00 7-2004 (SPM)Subject(s): Samurai -- Japan -- Drama | Soldiers -- Conduct of life -- Drama | Historical films | Adventure films | Japan -- History -- 19th century -- Drama | Feature films | Video recordings for the hearing impairedCast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masato Harada, Koyuki, William Atherton, Shun Sugata, Shin Koyamada, Scott Wilson, Togo Igawa, Shichinosuke Nakamura.Summary: Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test.
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Edward Zwick returned to the director's chair for the first time since 1998's The Siege with this sweeping period drama set in 19th-century Japan. After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy has decided to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. Billy Connelly, Tony Goldwyn, and Ken Watanabe co-star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.

Special features: disc 1: theatrical film with commentary by director Edward Zwick; disc 2: deleted scenes with commentary; history vs. Hollywood: 'The last samurai' [History Channel documentary]; Tom Cruise: a warrior's journey; Edward Zwick: director's video journal; making an epic: a conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise; a world of detail: production design with Lilly Kilvert; Silk and armor: costume design with Ngila Dickson; Imperial Army basic training; From soldier to samurai: the weapons; Japan premieres (Tokyo & Kyoto red carpet); theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM web link.

Recorded in Dolby digital surround 5.1.

Director of photography, John Toll ; editors, Steven Rosenblum, Victor DuBois ; original music, Hans Zimmer.

Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masato Harada, Koyuki, William Atherton, Shun Sugata, Shin Koyamada, Scott Wilson, Togo Igawa, Shichinosuke Nakamura.

Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test.

MPAA rating: R; for strong violence and battle sequences.

DVD format.

DVD-ROM system requirements: InterActual Player (included on disc), Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft IE 5.5, Macromedia Flash Player 6.0, an Internet connection, a DVD-ROM drive and a DirectShow-compatible DVD decoder. This DVD will not work in a CD-ROM drive and the DVD-ROM features are not available on Apple Mac OS.

English or dubbed French dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.

Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

$20.00 7-2004 (SPM)

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