Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren, 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.
The film will be available in both anamorphic widescreen and fullscreen. An audio commentary with Edward Zwick. Extras on the second disc include the featurettes 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, A World of Detail: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert, Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson, Imperial Army Basic Training and From Soldier to Samurai: The Weapons. Also included are deleted scenes, Japanese premieres and a theatrical trailer.
With a suggested retail price of $29.95, the DVD will arrive on May 4th.