The Last Samurai Debuts on DVD May 4


The critically acclaimed epic, The Last Samurai, debuts May 4 on a double-disc DVD and on VHS from Warner Home Video. The film has been nominated for four Academy Awards® (including Best Supporting Actor, Ken Watanabe) and three Golden Globe Awards (including Best Actor, Tom Cruise).

The two-disc DVD makes history with spectacular bonus features such as a director’s video journal, a History Channel documentary, a making-of-an-epic featurette with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise, a tour of the sets and inside look at production design, costuming and weapons, additional scenes and more.

The Last Samurai will be available at $29.95 SRP on a two-disc DVD in both widescreen and full frame formats. VHS will be priced for rental.

The DVD is loaded with breathtaking bonus features:

Disc One:
-Theatrical Film
-Commentary by Edward Zwick

Disc Two:
-Tom Cruise: A Warrior’s Journey
-Edward Zwick: Director’s Video Journal
-Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise.
History vs. Hollywood: The Last Samurai (History Channel Documentary)
-A World of Detail: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert
-Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson
-Imperial Army Basic Training
-From Soldier to Samurai: The Weapons
-Deleted Scenes
-Japan Premieres (Tokyo & Kyoto red carpet)
-Theatrical Trailer

Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.