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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie, beautiful scenery

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    gardengirl

    I do not normally care for Tom Cruise movies, but this one is outstanding. It is a wonderful story based on Japan's attempt to modernize in the late 1870s. One cultural mainstay has been the Samurai, their honor code, their wisdom, and the respect they commanded. The advisors to the Emperor convince him all the old ways, especially the Samurai, need to be eliminated. Tom Cruise, a war hero who once fought with Custer, is brought to Japan to teach the Japanese Army the western warfare of guns, cannons, and strategy. In a conflict with a powerful Samurai (Ken Watanbe), Tom Cruise is captured and taken back to the isolated village of the Samurai as a prisoner. It is a rare glimpse into the former Japanese culture, the ways of the Samurai, and how Tom Cruise falls in love with these people and their simple and graceful ways. Ultimately, there is a battle between the new Japanese Army and the last Samurai, with Tom Cruise fighting on the side of the Samurai. You will be mesmerized by the story, the scenery, and the battle scenes. It is now one of my favorite movies and I watch it when I want my spirits lifted. Of course, Blu-Ray makes it all the more beautiful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tom Cruise As Mitsurugi!?

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    Blindspot

    As one of the most moving movies I've seen in quite some time, The Last Samurai was one I was DYING to own on Bluray- DVD just wouldn't do! At first, I could only ever find it on HD-DVD (R.I.P.), which was driving me nuts! Much to my relief, Warner Bros. FINALLY decided to release it on Bluray (now let's get busy with Batman Begins!!)! My girlfriend got this for me for Christmas and then made me wait almost a month before we got to watch it but the wait was worth it! I had already seen it in theaters so I knew the story, but getting to see it again and take in all of its beautiful scenery in high-def was like a whole new experience. As one who doesn't normally care much for Tom Cruise, I remember thinking that was going to be the downfall of the movie. If nothing else, I can say this- The Last Samurai made me like Tom Cruise again! His performance was nothing short of top-knotch from beginning to end! From his introduction as a druken Civil War veteran to his rise as a noble Samurai warrior, Cruise shows a level of passion that fits the role like none other! The Last Samurai is a movie I cannot say enough good things about and one that I believe everyone should have in their collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4.0 out of 5 starsThe last samurai

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    chrislegacy
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This bluray could've been so much more

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    ClintCommander
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    The last samurai is one of my favorite movies. Im pretty sure many would agree with me there. The performances in this film are spectacular and it has a very entertaining story. Unfortunately, this blu-ray does not do the film justice. It's just a good blu-ray when it really could have been great. The way this movie was shot was just beautiful and the blu ray does not take advantage of it very well. I felt like this was just a slight improvement over the dvd release. The audio fares a little better but still misses opportunities especially during the battle sequences. For example, when cannons fire it isn't powerful at all. Fortunately, there are a ton of really good extras on the disc. They are interesting to watch if you want to know more about how the movie was made. If you are looking to get the last samurai this is definitely the version to get. It just doesn't fully take advantage of the power of blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great action drama film!

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    Alone
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    A great action drama film! 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite movies of all time

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    Kcobra

    This story is one of my all-time favorites. I am a fan of Japanese History/Culture when it comes to the Samurai. This movie gives a look at the lives of Samurai warriors at their prime and has given me a high respect for their ways. The story, acting, and plot of the movie are all top notch as Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe portray their roles with a great respect to the way of the samurai. I would highly recommend that anyone who hasn't seen this movie to pick up a copy and be prepared to be amazed. (especially on Blu-Ray disc)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adequate Blu Release

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    Tenchigtx
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    Love the film and I'll say that while it isn't quite a Braveheart or Gladiator (the reissue) Blu Ray release, it certainly does come close. It's an early Encode for the format so there really isn't much to be said other than hopefully one day this movie may get a 4k restoration 1080p release or hop on over to the UHD format, which as of now is still in its infancy. But this is the Last Samurai on Blu Ray. As of right now it's the only way to watch the movie unless it gets a rerelease in theaters.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Intense Movie

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    Watcher
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    Tom Cruise plays a soldier unwilling to accept killing of innocent western Indian women and children, after his entire squad was killed in a bloody battle, he fights for his life and almost killed. he battles for his life and kills the worrier. Just before almost killed cruise is saved because of his determination and will to live by the head Samurai warrior. Cruise joins the Samurai and the story begins!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting film

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    runnerperson
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    Story revolves around an American military captain, who is tasked with training a modern Japanese army in order to replace the traditional samurai warriors. The captain is captured by the samurai and eventually comes to learn about their culture and way of life, ultimately joining the samurai cause. Though it can be a little slow at times, the film makes up for this with its visual beauty and the final confrontation that occurs at the end of the film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of Tom's best films.

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    Jabaraboosh
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    If you are a fan of Japanese Samurai culture and Tom Cruise, you cannot skip this movie. The storytelling style is superb and does not bore you till the end. Probably one the best samurai films to date. Love how the samurai are accurately portrayed even their fighting style unlike those Chinese versions where they fly all over the place. This is a modern classic and should belong to any movie collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    Woltz
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    This movie is great and the price is awesome ($8). For a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy awesome price. As much or cheaper than just getting it on Blu-ray. It was hard to find. The website said it was in stock, but when I went to the store it wasn't. Definitely call before so they have it in hand, or just order it online, but pay for shipping (not worth it), save up $35 in your cart and get it then.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, average/ mediocre quality blu-ray

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    ArkitectONE

    I was really looking forward to seeing this movie in blu-ray. It is one of the few movies that caused a strong impression on me when I first saw it. I couldn't wait to see it again in high-definition. I was largly dissapointed with this blu-ray release. It looks like an up-scaled dvd. Resolution of video is weak. Audio is also weak. I would hope that this blu-ray would be reissued to fix the audio video shortcomings.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Epic Action Film

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    TimmyG84
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    The Last Samurai is one of those rare Hollywood action epics set in feudal Japan. Tom Cruise, in my opinion, delivers reliably entertaining movies despite what you may think of him. I would rank this as one of his best as he is held captive and learns the way of the samurai. The Blu Ray is pretty straightforward, has a decent play factor, and it doesn't disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movie

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    Ronin
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    If you appreciate Tom Cruise, and Eastern Culture, you will very much enjoy this tale of a western in Japan, and the zen aspect of the Samurai culture as it was in feudal Japan on the cusp of modernization into the Industrial Age. Two thumbs up, and worthy of rewatching time and again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tom's best movie

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    PurpleRoyalty28
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    I saw this movie when it came out in the movie theaters and still love this movie. The spiritual awakening of Cruise's character is deep and the bond he forms with Kasumoto is intense. If you like movies that are about history or inspired by true events, then the Last Samurai is for you. The Blu Ray is a lot better than the DVD; scenes have more pop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great samurai flick

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    Kasota89
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    In short if you are looking for another action movie in the vein of Braveheart or Troy you will like this movie. I found the acting to be very good, the music in the movie was cool, and the costumes the actors used were beautifully designed. The movies also features high production values. Always have had an interest in Japan/samurai, so bonus points for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best and Worst of East and West

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    WakeLaw
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    I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan but I love The Last Samurai. The East and Western worldview collide as Cruise brings his American worldview into various aspects of Eastern Japanese culture. The movie has so many memorable quotes including my favorite, "Tell me how he died...I will tell you how he lived."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movies

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    BlasianChamp
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    This so happens to be my favorite Tom Cruise movie. I like the historical aspect provided about Japan's samurai warriors. Tom's character is touching and the movie's plot grabs you! The only downfall is that the movie did not include a digital code.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Story, Great Acting, Great Movie

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    benjamyn47

    Edward Zwick is back with an emotional action film that has it all. The Last Samurai is a great epic movie allowing the user to search his/her own heart for the true honor of the story. Tom Cruise is great in the lead, but most scenes are stolen by new-comer Ken Watanabe. If you like action movies with a purpose, this one is for you. Director's commentary is also very informative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tom's Best!

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    Anonymous

    This is a very good film... feeling a bit long at times and sadly hollywood-ized it is still a very good movie. It was very meticulously researched and even then came up with some misleading information. Even so, the story is good.... the acting is superb.... the fight scenes are realistic and not overly stylized. This is, and probably will be Tom Cruises best work on film.

    I would recommend this to a friend