Shogun

Shogun

DVD - 2003
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John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Paramount Home Video, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780792193326
0792193326
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE SHOGU
Characteristics: optical
5 videodiscs (Not rated)(547 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: James Clavell's Shogun
Notes: Includes: 13 segment documentary on the making of Shogun; historical featurettes on the samurai, the tea ceremony, and the geisha; optional audio commentary by Jerry London on select scenes
English 5.1 surround or English restored mono
Originally broadcast in 1980

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Georgezinn
Dec 04, 2017

It really holds up from 1980. I recently saw checked it out. It seemed really long in 1980 now it seems like a season of something on Netflix. Beautifully done, well worth the time, it’s a great story.

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patch666
Jun 19, 2017

Classic Watched it as a kid when it first aired and still love it . Love the book and lived in Japan when I was an adult all because of this movie I fell in love with a Japanese girl

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 05, 2017

Read the book & surprised hero was blond.
However, mini-series pretty much hewed to book.
Yes, the nudity & violence was surprising on then three network TV, pre-PPV & pre-internet.

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Excellent!

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PatEe
Dec 27, 2015

This series is so dreamy and romantic that it keeps one enthralled and wanting more. Strong performances by everyone. Another classic that has not been tarnished by age.

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dixiedog
May 04, 2013

To truly enjoy this wonderful set of DVDs one must read the epic novel first so that you have the patience to appreciate the brilliance of this master story teller. This 1980 made-for-television film starring Richard Chamberlain was originally shown over 5-evenings for 2 hours each, commercials included. Richard Chamberlain, the 1970s to 1990s undisputed king of made-for-TV films, was at his best in this series. I have read 'SHOGUN' the book twice and will read it again someday. It is one of my all time favourite books, well worth the time and effort. This made-for-TV roughly 8-hour film has: intrigue, a look into Japan’s history and culture, conspiracy, the history and philosophy of the Samurai, deception, great martial arts fighting, and romance; something for everyone. James Clavell is a master story teller; he spends an entire book setting the reader up and does a number on you in the last paragraph. The DVD cannot and does not quite have the same impact in the last minute of the film but it is by no means disappointing. Other than that small shortfall, the DVD set is well worth seeing. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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DellaV
Aug 28, 2012

My husband has long been infatuated with this series. I am not a person who likes blood or gore, but this movie caught my interest. Wierd, how none of the story actually pertains to the Shogun. Odd.

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ausnos
May 13, 2012

Too long and boring.

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Ositolind0
Jun 23, 2011

8 hrs long, good film.

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samvarteniuk
Jan 13, 2010

discs are badly scratched

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 05, 2017

Violence: Beheading & lots of sword fights.

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