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The Last Emperor

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, History / Events, Biography, China, Biographical Drama, Period Pieces, Politics

Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Synopsis: Bernardo Bertolucci's THE LAST EMPEROR won nine Academy Awards®, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated — quite a feat for a challenging, multi-layered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable — the life of emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and outside of the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, THE LAST EMPEROR won is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Language: English

Country of Origin: China

Production Year: 1987

Reviews:

  • "A staggering and singular movie experience.", The Los Angeles Times

Awards:

  • 1988: Winner, Cesar, Best Foreign Language Film, Cesar Awards
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Art Direction, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Cinematography, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Costume Design, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Film Editing, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Score, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Picture, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Sound, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy
  • 1988: Winner, Oscar, Best Director, Bernardo Bertolucci, Academy

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  • Release Date: Feb 26th, 2008
  • Catalog Number: CC1739DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515027922
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Run Time: 218
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • All-new, restored hi-def digital transfer, supervised & approved by V. Storaro

    • All-new, restored hi-def digital transfer of the extended TV version

    • Audio commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas

    • Audio commentary by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and screenwriter Mark Peploe

    • The Italian Traveler, a film by Fernand Mozskowicz

    • Making "The Last Emperor", a new doc featuring Storaro, editor Cristiana, & more

    • Postcards from China, video images taken by Bertolucci during postproduction

    • The Late Show: Face to Face, a 30 min BBC interview w/ Bertolucci from 1989

    • New video interviews w/ composers David Byrne and Sakamoto

    • Theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by David Thomson

    • More!

  • Release Date: Nov 18th, 2008
  • Catalog Number: CC1783DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515034425
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Run Time: 160
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • Restored, high-definition digital transfer

    • Audio commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeremy Thomas and Mark Peploe

    • Theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Thomson

  • Release Date: Jan 6th, 2009
  • Catalog Number: CC1779BD
  • UPC: 0715515033725
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Run Time: 164
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • Restored, high-definition digital transfer

    • DTS-HD Master Audio stereo surround soundtrack

    • Audio commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeremy Thomas, & Mark Peploe,

    • Bonus 53 Minute Featurette "The Italian Traveler"

    • Video images taken by Bertolucci in China

    • Bonus Documentary: "The Chinese Adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci"

    • 43 Min. Documentary w/ Gabriella Cristiana, James Acheson, & Gianni Silvestri

    • "Making Of" Last Emperor

    • 30-minute interview with Bertolucci from 1989

    • Interview with composer David Byrne

    • Interview with Ian Buruma

    • Theatrical trailer

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Thomson