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James Clavell's Shogun
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Manufacturer: Paramount
Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Yôko Shimada, Toshirô Mifune, Frankie Sakai, Alan Badel
Directed By: Jerry London
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
Brand: CHAMBERLAIN,RICHARD
EAN: 9780792193326
Format: Box set
ISBN: 0792193326
Label: Paramount
Manufacturer: Paramount
Number Of Items: 5
Publisher: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2003-09-23
Running Time: 547
Studio: Paramount
Theatrical Release Date: 1980-09-15

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Editorial Reviews:

What better way to escape from the onslaught of so-called reality television than to sail away with Richard Chamberlain to "the Japans" for a little samurai action and some discreet "pillowing"? From the golden age of the miniseries comes this television benchmark, the 10-hour, Golden Globe-winning saga based on James Clavell's bestselling epic. In his award-winning performance, Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, the 17th-century English navigator on a Dutch trading ship. A storm runs the ship aground off the coast of Japan, a "torn and cruelly divided country" locked in a power struggle between Toranaga (the venerable Toshiro Mifune) and Ishido, two warlords who would be Shogun. Blackthorne gets over his initial culture shock ("I piss on you and your country," he defiantly proclaims to his samurai captors, which to his humiliation turns out to be an unfortunate choice of words) to become a trusted ally of Toranaga and the lover of the beautiful interpreter Lady Mariko (Yoko Shimada). Their forbidden, ill-fated romance--and Blackthorne's total assimilation into Japanese culture--is set against political intrigue as Toranaga prepares for the inevitable showdown with Ishido, and Blackthorne's growing influence threatens the local Jesuits who had built up a lucrative trade monopoly. Shogun was a production blessed with good karma, and it remains an awesome achievement from a bygone era when the miniseries was king. --Donald Liebenson


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Summary: James Clavell's SHOGUN
Comment: James Clavell's Shogun
Very good quality, excellent package and presentation, Very happy with the DVD Boxset, the purchase, Amazon service and delivery.

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Summary: Shogun
Comment: I have loved this story ever since it first appeared in book form and as a mini series. I own the VHS version and recently bought the DVD version. This is a top quality DVD set with a bonus features disc. It is high quality, colorful and well designed. This is a wonderful addition to any movie/DVD library. Highly recommended.

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Summary: Very nice
Comment: I love this movie, glad to be able to show to my kids.
maggie

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Summary: Subtitles and...no subtitles!
Comment: The Region 2 edition of this set comes with a choice of more than 20 subtitles, but ONLY for the bonus features and where Chamberlain's character speaks English! When Japanese is spoken (i.e. a good part of the story), there are none. Go figure.

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Summary: Shogun - movie version of James Clavell's novel
Comment: This video made in the 80's for TV audiences, has some how managed to capture the class of the original novel written by James Clavell. It is an excellent view of the samurai culture with all its positive and negative aspects. The dissonance created by the entry of a foreigner in to an insular culture is beautifully portrayed. The acting is superb and keeps you rivetted to the seat. An excellent buy both historically and in terms of entertainment value.


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