- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 4, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Dolby Surround 2.0 - English
- Stereo - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "History vs. Hollywood: THE LAST SAMURAI"
- Interviews: "Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick"
- Deleted Scenes: "The Beheading" (Behind the Beheading); Algren and Katsumoto
- Audio Commentary: Edward Zwick - Director
- "Tom Cruise: A Warrior's Journey"
- "Edward Zwick: Director's Video Journal"
- "A World of Design: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert"
- "Silk and Armour: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson"
- "Imperial Army Basic Training: From Soldier to Samurai - The Weapons"
- "Tokyo and Kyoto Red Carpet Premieres"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Hiroyuki Sanada &
Steven Rosenblum &
Edward Zwick &
Tom Engelman &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by
Vincent Ward &
Entertainment Weekly - 12/05/2003
"...[A] rousing, smoothly assembled historical fantasia....A handsome epic..."
Rolling Stone - 12/25/2003
"...Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2004
"[With] some of the most impressively realised battles this side of Middle Earth."
New York Times - 12/05/2003
"Mr. Zwick has absorbed the lethal agility of Akira Kurosawa; what registers just as powerfully as the sureness of the combatants is the ugly futility of the battles themselves."
Los Angeles Times - 12/05/2003
"THE LAST SAMURAI affords the sort of fizzy enjoyment that can come with epic movie endeavors, including a meticulously detailed world unlike our own, an excellent supporting cast and some pulse-pounding fights."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/05/2003
"Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic."
Widescreen Review - 06/01/2006
"THE LAST SAMURAI is another stirring Civil War-era epic directed by Edward Zwick."
Edward Zwick directs this sumptuously designed, action-packed period epic that stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren. Algren, a former Civil War hero, is adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the war, a lost soul struggling to stay afloat in a booze-soaked stupor. When he is recruited by the Japanese government to train the Emperor's army, he departs for the unknown shores of Japan and begins training the soldiers in American military tactics. But these skills are useless against a band of samurai rebels led by the proud warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), and Algren is easily defeated. He is taken to a remote samurai village where he learns samurai warrior codes and ways of life, developing a deep bond with Katsumoto and sharing philosophical conversations with him. Caught between the feudal culture of the ancient samurai warriors and the encroachment of modern society, Algren is forced to choose between his own culture or Katsumoto's. THE LAST SAMURAI is lavish in its dramatic period costumes and intense performances, and will thrill fans of both historical drama and action films.
Ancient Civilizations |
Civil War |
Period Piece |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release Date: December 5, 2003