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    Added on: 4/3/2004 12:02
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    Last Samurai, The (Widescreen) (US)

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    Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernization of Japan
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 154 mins
    Retail Price: $29.95
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    Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernization of Japan, as the island nation evolved past a feudal society, as symbolized by the eradication of the samurai way of life. We see all this happen from the point of view of an alcoholic Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren (Cruise), who arrives in Japan to train the troops of the emperor, Meiji, as part of a break away from the long-held tradition of relying on employed samurai warriors to protect territories, as the emperor`s new army prepares to wipe out the remaining samurai warriors. When Algren is injured in combat and captured by the samurai, he learns about their warrior honor code from their leader, Katsumoto, which forces him to decide which side of the conflict he actually wants to be on.

    Special Features:
    Audio Commentary with Edward Zwick Director
    Deleted Scenes: "The Beheading" (Behind the Beheading) & Algren and Katsumoto
    Documentary: "History vs. Hollywood: THE LAST SAMURAI"
    Featurettes: 1. "Tom Cruise: A Warrior`s Journey" 2. "Edward Zwick: Director`s Video Journal" 3. "A World of Design: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert" 4. "Silk and Armour: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson" 5. "Imperial Army Basic Training: From Soldier to Samurai The Weapons" 6. "Tokyo and Kyoto Red Carpet Premieres"
    "Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick"
    DVD-ROM Features

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Edward Zwick

    Written By:

    Billy Connolly
    Ray Godshall Sr.
    Chad Lindberg
    William Atherton
    Tom Cruise
    Ken Watanabe

    Casting By:
    Victoria Thomas
    Yôko Narahashi

    Soundtrack By:
    Hans Zimmer

    Director of Photography:
    John Toll

    Steven Rosenblum
    Victor Du Bois

    Costume Designer:
    Ngila Dickson

    Production Designer:
    Lilly Kilvert

    Edward Zwick
    Paula Wagner
    Yôko Narahashi
    Graham Larson
    Scott Kroopf
    Marshall Herskovitz
    Tom Engelman
    Michael Doven
    Tom Cruise

    Executive Producer:
    Vincent Ward
    Richard Solomon
    Charles Mulvehill
    Ted Field

    Warner Bros

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