James Clavell's Shogun [5 Discs] [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 5816183
  • Release Date: 09/23/2003
  • Rating: NR
Shogun is widely regarded as one of the best miniseries in the history of the form. The entire nine-hour endeavor is presented on this five-disc set. The show is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Jerry London on a handful of sequences, as well as an exhaustive documentary that covers nearly every aspect of this epic production. This is a very entertaining set from Paramount.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

Special Features


  • 13-segment documentary on the making of Shogun
  • Historical featurettes: "The Samurai," "The Tea Ceremony," "The Geisha"
  • Full-screen format
  • Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround
  • Dolby Digital English restored mono
  • English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by director Jerry London on select scenes
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Shogun
Based on the epic novel by James Clavell, Shogun originated as an epic five-part television miniseries, filmed on location in Japan. Richard Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, a 17th century British sea pilot in charge of a Dutch vessel. Shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, Blackthorne is in danger of being executed by the suspicious, reclusive Japanese hierarchy, but before long he has been accepted into the local culture. Accordingly, he begins to think of himself as Japanese, adopting the nation's customs and, while wearing the robes of a Samurai warrior, helping to defend the land against its enemies. The arrival of Blackthorne unfortunately arouses the interest of European empire-builders, who hope to add Japan to their holdings. Toshiro Mifune costars as Toranaga, a warlord who befriends Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada appears as Mariko, the interpreter who eventually falls in love with the Englishman. When it first aired in September of 1980, Shogun caused eyebrows to raise with its seemingly reckless disregard of certain TV taboos: for example, one man is beheaded in full view of the audience, while another relieves himself on the body of an enemy. Most of the early dialogue sequence are in Japanese, which resulted in complaints from many monolingual viewers. As a result, the 1983 rebroadcast of Shogun included English narration by Orson Welles. The 125-minute feature version of Shogun, prepared for home video, includes English subtitles--as well as several originally excised scenes of nudity and excessive violence. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Chamberlain
    Richard Chamberlain - John Blackthorne
  • Toshiro Mifune
    Toshiro Mifune - Toranaga
  • Yoko Shimada
    Yoko Shimada - Mariko
  • Frankie Sakai
    Frankie Sakai - Yabu
  • Alan Badel
    Alan Badel - Father Dell'Aqua



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superior Miniseries

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    Moviefan
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    It's been many years since I had watched Shogun, and since purchasing a 4K Sony player, I upgraded my copy of Shogun from DVD to Blu ray. The color, detail, and sound are perfect. A warning about the screen ratio: this was filmed for a 4:3 TV format and not the 16:4 widescreen, so unless your flat screen stretches the image, this will only fill 2/3s of the screen. This is not a defect in the blu ray, but rather the film was not made in a widescreen mode. This set also has great extra features which made me appreciate how the whole story was turned into film - good background. Now that I've seen this again, it will definitely be watched on a more frequent basis.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this series!

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    Cerberus
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    I had this series on DVD but it was stolen along with some others when i moved back in 08 and I finally got around to replacing/upgrading it to Blue Ray! Fantastic show! I have such a massive man crush on Richard Chamberlain it's sad! And this show, and the book it's based on, is the source of Japanophilia!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shogun is a great movie

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    SamC1234
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    Shogun, which was made in 1980, has faired well over time. It has great acting and the scenery is beautiful. This is a long movie, over 9 hours, but it is worth watching. In fact, watching it over again after a while is beneficial because many things that were seen the first time are more understandable. Too bad it was not made in wide-screen format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

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    Debbie
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    Looked for this classic to share with my son, and of course Best Buy had it at a great price. If you like action or drama or mini series or martial arts movies, this is a must see

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie with memorable characters.

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    msqz
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    I had previously purchased this movie on vhs tapes. Having it on DVD is great. The movie was very well done with great characters and wonderful scenery. The story will keep your interest throughout the three discs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality

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    Chase
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    Haven't seen this since I was a kid. Grew up watching with my dad and now I get to watch it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the great mini series

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    toshio31
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    A Great mini series with Great actors in all roles, a very good job of condensing a very large novel, into the mini series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Wife Loves it.

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    CAMARORS
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    Bought this for my wife because she watched it on TV when it first came out. She was real happy to see it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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