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The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] (2006)

Tom Cruise , Timothy Spall , Edward Zwick  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,009 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Writers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, John Logan
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Paula Wagner, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: THX, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,009 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JUB7LW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Samurai [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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While Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernized society in 1876-77, The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this "progress" is a rebellion of samurai warriors, holding fast to their traditions of honor despite strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test. All of which makes director Edward Zwick's noble epic eminently worthwhile, even if its Hollywood trappings (including an all-too-conventional ending) prevent it from being the masterpiece that Zwick and screenwriter John Logan clearly wanted it to be. Instead, The Last Samurai is an elegant mainstream adventure, impressive in all aspects of its production. It may not engage the emotions as effectively as Logan's script for Gladiator, but like Cruise's character, it finds its own quality of honor. --Jeff Shannon

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Epic Action Drama. Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moved and remind me somethig inportant thing December 11, 2003
By A Customer
I am Japanease and live in Japan.
At first time,Tom Cruise decided to make Samurai movie,most of Japanese must be suspicious about it.
Because all hollywood movie about Japan and Japanese were really strange for us.
I always disappointed and felt didn't want to watch to the end.
But this movie was really great.
I can't belive this movie was made by another country except Japan.
It must be very difficult job and They did it.
Most of Japanese don't understand "samurai"spirit in these days.
And this movie was so fresh and felt like re-educated.
One of Japanese,I would like to say thank you to "The Last Samurai"
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128 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! December 11, 2003
By Aya
As a Japanese living in the United Staes, I can say totally, that this film is amazing. There're some critics says Tom Cruise's acting and so on, however, this film sucessfully depicts the history of Japan, and people's traditional lives and the end of samurai era.
This is a spectacular movie with sweeping sword actions and it is based on the true history events in japan, I've seen a lot of samurai movies(made in japan for japanese) but i can say this one is GREAT as the other movies, plus this is not usual hollywood movies that awfully depicts samurais and even Yakuzas and brush off the truth.
I can say, however, without Tom Cruise, this movie could have also been great as well. But i would guess that it is because of him, this movie gained more attention among people and so typical americans can get the idea of what samurai really is and what they really think.
so overall i gave this movie 5 stars. I plan to go watch it again.
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84 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last samurai February 3, 2004
This film has been compared (a lot) to Dances with Wolves due to the fact that they both share similar themes. A Civil War era soldier who finds himself thrown in the middle of a different culture and ends up embracing it and becoming part of it.
However, Edward Zwick's film differs from the Kevin Costner Oscar winner in that the principal character, Lt. Nathan Algren (Cruise) is down on his luck, having become a drunken caricature of his former self, deeply regretful of his actions, who accepts a job as an instructor for an incipient Japanese army that needs to be prepared to fight against the Samurai.
As he arrives to Tokyo he starts training a useless bunch of would-be soldiers who are sent to fight even if they're not ready for it. As a result, the newly formed army gets butchered by the battle experienced Samurai. During that battle, Algren fights bravely and kills one of the highest ranking warriors, getting the interest of the famed Katsumoto, the last great Samurai leader, who orders him captured and brought to his son's village as a prisoner.
Once there, Algren's life is changed forever as he gets to know the real lifestyle of the Samurai and their people. They turn out not to be the savages that the Japanese government makes them out to be. After spending winter with them, Algren "changes sides" and joins the Samurai in fighting the Emperor's army.
The title of the movie tells the final outcome. The Samurai lose the battle. Progress triumphs over tradition. New over old. But Algren's past demons are redeemed by his courageous actions helping the Samurai.
The true worth of this movie is its look. You can definetely see where the budget went (other than Cruise's salary). A whole village was built and the attention to detail is astonishing.
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228 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katsumoto is the King February 8, 2004
It's 1876. Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) has been sent to Japan in order to help the Imperial Japanese Army become more 'modern' and less 'traditional' and ultimately prepare them to fight the legendary Samurai. Events occur that cause Tom Cruise to be a captive of the deadly but extremely polite Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) who is the leader of the Japanese Samurai. At this point, the viewer begins to learn why the Samurai are fighting to preserve their way of life against Western influences and Cruise's character becomes emotionally bound to them and he integrates himself into their society after working hard to earn their trust. However, the film is not solely about the struggle for the Samurai to keep their way of life, another subplot includes the low key and shy love relationship between Algren and Taka, a quiet widow (played with subtlety by Koyuki). Though it isn't a big part in the film, it highlights the emotional aspect of the film and shows that this is not a film about swords.
Positive Points:
In my view, Cruise has been a decent actor with fluctuating performances but in this current effort, he has shown that he is improving and learning how to adapt to different styles of acting. He plays the tormented captain with surprising intelligence and conviction. I was very impressed to see him speaking Japanese - I loved the way this film mixed both English and Japanese toghether because it gave it a strong edge. However, The real star of this film is Ken Watanabe (Tom who?). He played Katsumoto with such a commanding and intense presence that it was hard to concentrate on Cruise or any other actor in the film. Without doubt deserves the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Special mention should go to Koyuki and Ujio (played by Hiroyuki Sanada).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life lessons here!
Much needed movie in today's times. Everyone goes with the tide now days, even though the tide destroys everything around them, but sometimes all it takes is one great person to... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Adrian McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie.
Tom Cruise is amazing at any role he plays. This is an amazing movie! One of my all time favorites!
Published 1 day ago by Honey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Cruise films
I appreciated this film only after watching it a few times - the subtle romance, the downtrodden Captain with his internal struggles, finding healing and honor in such gorgeous... Read more
Published 6 days ago by January Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical
The general storyline and premise of the movie is correct though, obviously, Cruise' character was added with embellishments to tell the story in a manner that would engage... Read more
Published 9 days ago by The Reviewist
1.0 out of 5 stars Not BluRay
Not clear this it didn't work in blu ray player. Ended up buying another one. I big waste of money.
Published 10 days ago by Beth Andrews
1.0 out of 5 stars Must have been a copy
The sound track was terrible. The audio disappeared at times. The picture was about 3/4 screen. Couldn't expand to full screen.
Published 11 days ago by Barbara S. Hoversten
5.0 out of 5 stars epic movie
Amazing movie, probably one of tom cruises best. Lots of exciting action, every character is well thought out and developed, and the story is beautiful
Published 11 days ago by Sean Rehbein
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise. I'm not a fan of Americans placing themselves in another country's history. Despite all that, this movie was pretty good.
Published 16 days ago by Steve K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
I loved this movie! This is the 2nd time I have bought it as I am upgrading my DVD to Blu-Ray.
Published 17 days ago by Aaron J Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Action. War. Beauty. Excitement.
Outstanding. I saw this on the 'big' screen and, it was just as entertaining the second time on a 46" home tele. Excellent plot line. Read more
Published 18 days ago by bendeschaad
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