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The Last Emperor

Street Date:
January 6th, 2009
Movie Release Year:
Criterion Collection
165 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Drama, Historical


Bernardo Bertolucci

Plot Synopsis:

Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards®, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated - quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable - the life of emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and outside of the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Technology specifications:

• Audio commentary by director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
• The Italian Traveler: Bernardo Bertolucci, a 53-minute film by Fernand Mozskowicz, tracing the director's geographic influences, from Parma to China
• Video images taken by Bertolucci in China
• The Chinese Adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci, a 52-minute documentary that revisits the film's creation
• A 47-minute documentary featuring Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiana, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri
• A 66-minute documentary exploring Bertolucci's creative process and the making of The Last Emperor
• A 30-minute interview with Bertolucci from 1989
• A new interview with composer David Byrne
• A new interview with Ian Buruma examining the historical period of the film
• Theatrical trailer
• Booklet featuring an essay by critic David Thomson

Exclusive HD Content


Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray
  • BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/TBA

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround


  • English Subtitles


  • Audio Commentary
  • Documentaries
  • Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Booklet

Exclusive HD Content

  • None