When a sudden attack by a French warship inflicts casualities and severe damage upon his vessel, Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey (Crowe) of the British Royal Navy is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling, high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture the enemy at any cost. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture!
If you have any interest in how this impressive-looking film was put together, you must grab the Collector's Edition. The disc of extras is universally intriguing, smoothly presented, and in depth. As good as the 70-minute documentary is--and it is an excellent survey of how the film was made--a 30-minute segment on how the various effects were combined (ocean shoot, tank shoot, CGI and models) is stunning. There's an equally impressive piece on the Oscar-winning sound and an interactive cannon firing demonstration. The director of the DVD features, David Prior, uses split screens and on-screen notes to efficiently give an abundant amount of information. There is no commentary track, but the film's director, Peter Weir, has 20 minutes to talk about his approach to the film with "In the Wake of O'Brian." Add a dandy multi-camera segment, 20 minutes of deleted scenes (mostly dealing with shipboard life), dense galleries, a good dose of classical music, and a 28-page booklet, and you have an extras package you will want to show others. Ironically, one of the film's two Oscar-winners, cinematographer Russell Boyd, is only mentioned in passing. --Doug Thomas