James Clavell's Shogun
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- Complete miniseries on five discs with remastered sound
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As Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, Chamberlain is often called upon to do more with looks than with dialogue. As the "King of the Mini-Series," it is easy to forget what Chamberlain can do as an actor given the proper material (I wish his version of Christopher Fry's "The Lady's Not For Burning" was available on video tape). Actually, there is a sense in which Chamberlain's performance is arguable the weakest of the cast, but that speaks more to the strength of the supporting players. Certainly John Rhys-Davies steals every scene he is in as Vasco Rodrigues, Damien Thomas' Father Alvito personifies political machination, and Nobuo Kaneko as Lord Ishido has that glare down perfectly. Ultimately, it is the Japanese actors who carry "Shogun." From the legendary Toshirô Mifune as Lord Toranaga, to the novice actress Yôko Shimada as Mariko, to Frankie Sakai as Yabu and every one of the characters who make up Blackthorne's Japanese household, these actors provide the new word that confront's Chamberlain's character. The choice of producer Eric Bercovici to also adopt Clavell's novel was the ideal choice.Read more ›
Throughout this mini-series the photography is stunning, the action impressive, and the romance steamy. The acting here is also probably the best overall of any epic film. The film follows closely to the book with minor exceptions, and keeps the viewer riveted throughout the entire series. Also the continual battle between Blackthorn and the Jesuit Priest, Father Alvito, seems to have been written to match the feud between Ishido and Toranaga. Both feuds are intense and gut-wrenching, leading though to different types of endings.
This series is a great story, told well, and captures the imagination quickly. I would recommend this to any viewer who likes an action-packed and entertaining adventure. Just be prepared: There are some scenes that are a little violent. This was necessary to get the feel for how violent this period was in Japan, however it can still be a wee bit disturbing. This is probably not for the pre-teen crowd.
I'd like to know what some of the other reviewers think was deleted in this edition. I was very familiar with the miniseries, having seen it several times and having taped it at the time on an old Betamax, and I didn't notice anything missing in the DVD edition...except that accidental helicopter shadow! Nothing that I expected to see was gone. As an earlier customer pointed out, the original show ran for 12 hours on NBC because of all the commercials, network promos, opening titles and closing credits in every segment, etc. Take out all that padding, and 9 hours of actual program content sounds about right. If anybody can identify any actual deletions, I'd be interested in hearing what they are.
I would have liked to have seen the brief nude scenes of Mariko in the bath included as much as the next guy. But they were only in the European version anyway. (Americans are considered by the world to be backward children in these matters.) They were never in the American version, so although they would have been a welcome bonus, we can't say they were "deleted."
It was a real pleasure to start playing Shogun when the DVD package arrived, and Amazon.com had the best price for it that I could find, so that was an added benefit. Never had I seen it with the sharpness and clarity of the DVD. Maybe it took the advent of DVD to do justice to what is, for me, the greatest of all miniseries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift to my mother for Christmas. She loved it! I only remember little bits from my youth but when I asked her to let me borrow it she said she wanted to watch it again... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Scott G. Tomkinson
This was great,I remember watching it on TV and its so much better now.Published 6 days ago by Christopher O Sargent
Love this mini series! I remembered watching it on TV when I was a kid of 10 and loved it. When I ordered it an watched it again 30 years later, it had lost non of it's charm and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Troy A. Holeman
Excellent book, read it years ago and glad to reread it. Was as good if not better than the first time I read it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kimberly T.
Love the show when it first came out on television, been looking for this dvd ever since, finally have itPublished 10 days ago by Donnie Henderson
I've loved this Series since I first watched it on TV. So happy it not only came out on DVD, but I finally found it at a price I could afford on my limited budget.Published 11 days ago by TheGryphon
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|No Japanese translation and actual running time||
I think that Clavell intended it be this way. In the novel he often uses Japanese without much translation or says something to the effect of "he couldn't understand." The story is from the point of view of Blackthorne and they've tried to put you into his shoes. As an earlier poster... Read More
Aug 25, 2007 by Christian Hartwig | See all 21 posts
|Doesn't Age Well||
The fault dear Tor, is not in our stars but ourselves. You are 3 decades older. There is a saying when you watch something more than once, you get something different out of it. Most of us do not see movies or miniseries today the way did 30 years ago. The book is more complete. If every... Read More
Jan 2, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 7 posts
|Regarding the use of thou/thy/thee in the film...||
Well said, my friend. By the same token you should mention that the book implies that when they spoke "normally" (non wuvvy duvvy) they were speaking Portuguese.
Jul 7, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
|Appropriate for young adults?||
I recall watching the mini-series (taped--yes, VHS--off of TV) in history class back in High School. It really stuck in my head and was quite interesting. While I don't recall any sex scenes, I DO recall a peasant getting his head chopped off and that "image" has stuck with me since... Read More
Dec 20, 2007 by Skirge | See all 4 posts
|Shogun Amazon Video on Demand (VOD)?||
Shogun Amazon Video on Demand?!?!
I second Jorge's recommendation. Amazon's Video on Demand library would greatly benefit from licensing older titles like this one. It's a wonderful series and I'd buy it On Demand in a heartbeat.
Sep 25, 2012 by M. Schenker | See all 2 posts
|Currently showing on ATT Uverse On Demand and some of the Encore channels||Be the first to reply|
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