The Last Emperor (Criterion Collection) (4K + Blu ray) [USA]

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Release Date: August 13, 2024
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Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writers: Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, Enzo Ungari
Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong
  • China, United Kingdom, Italy, France
  • 1987
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.00:1/2.35:1
  • English
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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, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the scope of the film was, and remains, undeniably powerful—the life of Emperor Puyi, who took the throne in 1908, at age three, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without 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 is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • 4K digital restoration, presented in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • 218-minute television version
  • The Italian Traveler, Bernardo Bertolucci, a film by Fernand Moszkowicz tracing the director’s geographic influences, from Parma to China
  • Footage taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China
  • Two documentaries about the making of the film
  • Program featuring cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiani, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri
  • Archival interview with Bertolucci
  • Interviews with composer David Byrne and cultural historian Ian Buruma
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson, interviews with production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and actor Ying Ruocheng, a reminiscence by Bertolucci, and an essay by Fabien S. Gerard
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