Paramount Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of executive producer James Clavell's Shogun, starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Shimada, John Rhys-Davies, Frankie Sakai, Damien Thomas and Orson Welles. The landmark 1980 NBC miniseries makes it North American Blu-ray debut on July 22nd.
Synopsis: From best-selling author James Clavell ("King Rat," "Noble House") comes the sweeping award-winning story of love and war, set against the spectacular background of feudal Japan at the beginning of the 17th Century. Richard Chamberlain (TV's "Dr. Kildare," "The Thorn Birds") stars as John Blackthorne, an English navigator shipwrecked off the coast of Japan. Rescued, he becomes an eyewitness to a deadly struggle involving Tornaga (Toshira Mifune, Rashomon), a feuding warlord intent on becoming Shogun, the Supreme Military Dictator. At the same time Blackthorne is irresistibly drawn into the turmoil, he finds himself vying to become the first-ever Gai-Jin (foreigner) to be a made a samurai warrior.
Paramount has yet to detail technical specifications or special features.
This is a great mini series with wonderful art direction, story and with an amazing cast. I read the book and this story closely follows the story of a stranded Englishman in feudal Japan. If it's a good P/Q & A/Q this will be a must buy for me!
This is great news. I hope they divide it up into the original episodes though, unlike the DVD version which cut out the credits. I doubt they'd make the effort, but I'd love to see an integral version via seamless branching containing the additional footage shot for the movie version, or at least the movie version itself, although I'd mostly watch the superior mini series.
THE TV mini-series! Only The Last Samurai came sort of close to the "fish out of water" feeling that you get with Shogun. I loved how you felt as if you were with Blackthorne immersed in a different culture/language. I second the motion about cinematography, I really hope they did some kind of restoration. The best aspect is that this series was of the age where they would have shot it on film with no CG so it should be stunning.
@Rl3058: "Forget about the chopped up movie version, its not worth watching."
It was worth having at a time when the TV version wasn't available (such as back in the laserdisc days), but otherwise you know that the only reason anyone would want the movie version is for the nude scenes.