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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Last Emperor, The

Four-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 130 (Apr 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features contained in this four-disc set are commentary tracks from cast and crew on both the theatrical and the television versions; the following documentaries/featurettes: The Italian Traveler, Bernardo Bertolucci (53 minutes), The Chinese Adventure Of Bernardo Bertolucci (51 minutes), Post Cards From China (eight minutes), Making The Last Emperor (45 minutes), Beyond The Forbidden City (45 minutes), and The Southbank Show (66 minutes); a 30-minute 2007 interview with musical collaborator David Byrne; and The Late Show Face To Face

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): 422
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 165/218
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/26/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bernardo Bertolucci
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is the tale of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, The Last Emperor of the Ching Dynasty, who was installed as Ruler at age three. The movie traces Pu Yi

DVD Picture:
While the anamorphically enhanced 1.99:1 DVD exhibits a huge advantage over the previously reviewed DVD as far as picture quality, it still shows relatively poor resolution, with smeared fine details, and black levels that are not as deep as the better releases. There are some scenes, however, where details are displayed fairly well. Source element artifacts have been cleaned up well, but noise is still recognizable in swatches of solid color. Likewise, the digital edginess of the previous release has been cleaned up well, but there are still times when it can be noticed. Edge enhancement is also noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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