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Empire of the Sun (Snap Case Packaging)
Empire of the Sun (Snap Case Packaging)
DVD ~ Christian Bale
65 used & new from $2.42

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg's Masterpiece, November 12, 2006
For me, Empire of the Sun is Spielberg's masterpiece - a notch above Schindler's List and Amistad and several notches above anything else he has directed. It's a crime that the film took so long to garner a following; in this respect, it reminds me of Terry Gilliam's two great films - Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. All three films were made during the 1980's, when it was still possible to make films with huge casts (imagine the costs of filming something like this in Shanghai now!), and before the technologies of the 1990's rendered it easy and affordable to produce glitzy effects in virtual locations. Empire of the Sun is what Hollywood (and Spielberg) can be and rarely is. In addition, it contains one of the greatest performances in all of film by a child actor. An almost flawless film.

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