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The Last Emperor - Blu-ray Preview

The Last Emperor

Preview by Jack Foley

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: Director’s Cut; Theatrical feature commentary by Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe & composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto; The Making of The Last Emperor; Postcard from China; Theatrical trailer.

THE spectacular and true story of a man living through extraordinary changes, The Last Emperor chronicles the life of the last Emperor of China, Pu-Yi (John lone).

Born in the caged atmosphere of The Forbidden City, he becomes absolute monarch of his nation aged three.

From here a tumultuous journey begins taking him from being the object of worship to over half a billion people, through forced abdication, to his decline and dissolute lifestyle, his exploitation by the Japanese invaders and finally to an obscure end as gardener of the Botanical gardens in Peking.

A poignant, sweeping saga it provides ornate costumes, exotic locations and cinematography and a central character with affront row view of many of the key events of the twentieth century.

It also features standout performances from Peter O’Toole as Pu-Yi’s Scottish tutor and Joan Chen as Wan Jung, the Emperor’s wife.

Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and best Cinematography, the film has been fully restored for its Blu-ray presentation and is displayed in 2.0 format at the director’s personal request.

The Last Emperor is released on Blu-ray through Optimum Releasing on April 19, 2010.