DVD 138 mins IMDB 7.5 (27,772 votes)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - The Far Side of the World
20th Century Fox (2003)
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(2004 )
Action, Adventure, Drama, War
USA  /  English

Russell Crowe Capt. Jack Aubrey
Paul Bettany Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon
James D'Arcy 1st Lt. Tom Pullings
Edward Woodall 2nd Lt. William Mowett
Chris Larkin Capt. Howard, Royal Marines
Max Pirkis Blakeney, Midshipman
Jack Randall Boyle, Midshipman
Max Benitz Calamy, Midshipman
Lee Ingleby Hollom, Midshipman
Richard Pates Williamson, Midshipman
Billy Boyd Barrett Bonden
George Innes Joe Plaice
Mark Lewis Jones Mr. Hogg
Richard McCabe Mr. Higgins, Surgeon's Mate
Robert Pugh Mr. Allen
Ian Mercer Mr. Hollar, Boatswain
Tony Dolan Mr. Lamb, Carpenter
David Threlfall Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward
Georges Innes

Director Peter Weir
Producer Duncan Henderson; Peter Weir; Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
Writer Patrick O'Brian; Peter Weir; John Collee
Cinematography Russell Boyd
Musician Iva Davies; Christopher Gordon; Richard Tognetti
User Credit 1 Lee Smith
User Credit 2 Wendy Stites

Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is based on two Napoleanic War-era adventure novels in author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series, Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe stars as Captain Jack Aubrey, a high-seas adventurer who maintains a strong bond with ship-surgeon Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). After conquering much of Europe already, Napoleon's forces have set their sights on taking Britain, so Aubrey and the crew of his ship, the HMS Surprise, take to the Pacific to intercept any attacking ships from the French fleet. When Aubrey eyes a renegade French super-frigate, the Surprise pursues, leading to an adrenaline-charged chase through the distant reaches of the sea. Edward Woodall, James D'Arcy, and Lee Ingleby also star as members of the Surprise's crew. — Matthew Tobey

Edition Details
Barcode 024543114215
Region Region 1
Chapters 36
Release Date 4/20/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color DTS Surround Sound Dolby Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Intense battle sequences, related images, and brief language.
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Trivia: Some filming was done in the same tank that was built for the filming of Titanic (1997), in Rosarito, Mexico. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: Traditionally, and continuing to current times, toasts in the British Navy are not preceded by "to". For example, "Lord Nelson" not "To Lord Nelson". (more)

[first lines]
Preserved Killick, Captain's Steward: [taking egg from chicken coup] Come on, come on. It's all right.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 43 nominations (more)