Chinese Emperors DVD Set
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China's First Emperor DVD
As important to world history as Alexander, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon, Qin Shi Huangdi was the Emperor that unified China from a series of feuding states into one nation. He created a military superpower and built the only man-made structure visible from space. Delve into the legacy of CHINA'S FIRST EMPEROR.
- Qin Shi Huangdi's accomplishments rival those of Julius Caesar and Napoleon.
- Top actors from China star in this action-packed retrospective.
- Discover the advancements achieved under his reign.
The Last Emperor DVD Blu-ray
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 without the walls of the Forbidden City.
Recreating Ching-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.
Director-approved Blu-ray Edition Features:
- Restored, high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
- DTS-HD Master Audio stereo surround soundtrack
- Audio commentary by director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
- The Italian Traveler: Bernardo Bertolucci, a 53-minute film by Fernand Mozskowicz, tracing the director s geographic influences, from Parma to China
- Video images taken by Bertolucci in China
- The Chinese Adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci, a 52-minute documentary that revisits the film's creation
- A 47-minute documentary featuring Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiana, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri
- A 66-minute documentary exploring Bertolucci's creative process and the making of The Last Emperor
- A 30-minute interview with Bertolucci from 1989
- Interview with composer David Byrne
- Interview with Ian Buruma examining the historical period of the film
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Thomson