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Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (DVD)

Russell Crowe

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Double Oscar winner Peter Weir has proved to the world that Australia has what it takes to make first-class movies. While still in his home country, he turned out such masterpieces as Picnic at Hanging Rock; Gallipoli (the film that introduced Mel Gibson to the world), and The Last Wave; before he inevitably gravitated to Hollywood. Once in America, he gave us such box-office successes as Witness, with Harrison Ford; The Truman Show; and, of course, Dead Poets Society, among others. Here, he continues to show his versatility at the helm – quite literally – of this historical action drama about sea battles in Napoleonic times (1805 or thereabouts.)

Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) is the captain of the British frigate HMS Surprise. He is ordered by higher authority to pursue the French privateer Acheron, and "burn; sink, or take her as a prize." However, the Acheron launches a surprise attack from out of a thick fog bank; the British warship is hesvily damaged and its rudder destroyed... while its own shots do not penetrate the Acheron's hull. Aubrey may be down; but he is a resourceful leader, so he is far from out! And that is what the rest of the picture is all about. Morale on the damaged British vessel is hardly improved when certain of its men start spreading a rumour about their being a traitor on board!

The several action scenes are magnificently handled. Russell Crowe almost underplays his role to very good effect, and the subordinate characters have all been deliberately included – and not to the detriment of the plot.

It took three major studios – 20th Century-Fox; Miramax, and Universal – to put this one together.
Based on the series of books by Patrick O'Brian and directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World follows the fate of the crew of the HMS Surprise - a British Naval ship on a frantic search for their adversary, the French Man O' War Acheron during the Napoleonic war.

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) stars as Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy. The charismatic Captain rouses the patriotism of the crew while wrestling with issues of honour, pride, duty, sacrifice and loyalty. With the true passion he holds for his vocation, he consistently employs ingenious tactics to engage his prey - a much larger and better-equipped French ship.

After the French ship almost sinks them in an early battle, the ship's surgeon and Aubrey's closest friend Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany - The Heart of Me, A Knight's Tale) cautions him about letting revenge cloud his judgement. With the HMS Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture his foe, refusing to accept defeat at the hands of the French at any cost. It's a mission that can make his reputation - or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew.

In the course of the Surprise's epic journey, the crew travel the world - from the coast of Brazil to the storm-tossed waters of Cape Horn, south through ice and snow to the far side of the world and across to the remote shores of The Galapagos Islands. A true camaraderie develops between the men with the help of rum, music and the regaling of tall tales!

General

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: October 2009
Actors: Russell Crowe
Dimensions: 192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: DVD
Running time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
Region encoding: Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
Audio format: Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS  Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Video format:  Widescreen 2.4:1
Languages: English
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
Age restriction: 10 V
Categories: DVD > Action
DVD > Adventure
DVD > Epic
DVD > War
DVD > Feature Film
DVD > Historical Period
LSN: XNC-VEP-4FH-1
Barcode: 6003805034465

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