Master and Commander

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Master and Commander
A sudden attack by a French warship inflicts casualties and severe damage upon his vessel, and a Captain of the British Royal Navy is torn between duty and friendship as he embarks on a thrilling high stakes chase across two oceans to capture the enemy.

Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 2004.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 138 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4in.
Additional Contributors: Crowe, Russell


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May 24, 2014
  • petercorell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Master and Commander is one of Russell Crowe's best performances. You are taken back to a time when the seas were full of danger. He is an excellent Commander as he takes charge of a rather young crew. They become experienced seaman fast. It is a wonderful story with a brilliant portrayal by Russell Crowe. The battle scenes are especially impressive.

Sep 19, 2013
  • jswolfmcguire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I disagree with one of the comments, and say this is also a "chick flick", if the "chicks" are interested in history, good stories, and men, the sea, and men at sea. Great movie, thrilling maneuvers and strategy. This "chick" loves the ships and characters and I always wonder how on earth do they rehearse and film such scenes as the storm and the battles. Guess I'll have to read the book about the making of it.

Sep 09, 2013
  • stk22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I know some may disagree, but to me, this is not only the best film starring Russell Crowe but it is also one of his best performances. Then again, I'm guy who loves sea movies. There's no accounting for taste, but if you're in the mood for a gripping sea going adventure, join Captain "Lucky Jack" aboard the HMS Surprise and enjoy!

Apr 21, 2013
  • caryebye rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just to add a comment first to one below. This is not just a guys film. I'm female andThis has been and continues to be my favorite film of all time. I do have a particular love for the sea and I can watch in again and again and always see something different. Peter Weir is an incredible director and you should really see everything made by him. He explores the theme of man (usually male figures) and the world. What I especially love about this film is how many themes of humaness it studies, and explores. On a ship you have an entire society getting along (or not -- mutiny!) and in this case there are ranks of respect, there are friendships and foes. This film's attention to detail and realness (very little cgi I believe) adds to every scene. You are litterly gripping your seat wondering what's next. The relationship between the captain and the doctor , played by Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany is one of the best on screen peformances between two actors I have ever seen. And yes the soundtract is marvelous.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This movie was a welcome change for me in these times of computer generated this, that and the other... Don't get me wrong - that technology is terrific, and it does have its place... but this was... human. These sailors' vintage nautical lives were... captivating (albeit incredibly trying and difficult). I guess I'm envious. This 'David vs. Goliath' (brains vs. braun) tale was well written, and Russell Crowe is at his best. He was born for this role. Good musical score, also. Great flick.

Jul 06, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Crowe the Great Master and Commander........though he is acting to be.

Jul 05, 2012
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is absolutely amazing for audio freaks and should be played on your HOMETHEATER!! The scene titled "the attack!" is something you'll play over and over again. The sounds of the cannons firing from the ship in the fog and hitting "The HMS Surprise" is simply AWESOME!!! Hearing the ship being torn apart by cannon balls while listening to men running around on your surround speakers will have you ducking and running for cover. The sound designers did an excellent job making this film "Sound Freak" approved!!! And that's just the start of many scenes with great sounds. This movie also has a very good story that will keep you into the movie and cheering for them in the end. Of course it's in my collection and i recommend it!!! 5stars!!!! Amazing sounds and great story. Two fish filet sandwiches with tomatoes,lettuce,mayo,pickels and coke.

Jul 05, 2012
  • de_grammont rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not familiar with the Patrick O'Brien novel that this movie is based off of. Still, it seems to be a solid portrayal of life at sea during the time period in which it is set and the cast is quite solid.

Feb 20, 2012
  • Cannes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. I wonder why they don't make more movies where the English lose. Being Americans I think a picture about the English losing would sell very well here. Like WW2 without the Americans. Cool movie though.

Oct 18, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Exciting and almost painfully realistic. It irks me the opposing warship was changed from American to French -- quel cop-out. On the other hand, I enjoyed watching Paul Bettany play in the sand with tortoises.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship IS England."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Capt. Jack Aubrey: "Men must be governed! Often, not wisely, but governed nonetheless."

Dr. Stephen Maturin: "That's the excuse of every tyrant in history from Nero to Bonaparte..."


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Aug 05, 2014
  • SmileSimplify rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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