Director of The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, and The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci was one of the greats of Italian cinema. In 1987 his acclaimed epic The Last Emperor – made with British producer Jeremy Thomas (Naked Lunch, Crash) – swept the 60th Academy Awards winning nine Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
Following the life of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his birth in 1906 through his childhood in the fortress-like Forbidden City and his later misguided collaboration with the Japanese in World War II, The Last Emperor tells the history of China through the eyes of the man brought up to believe he was the country’s divine ruler.
Filmed on location in China, Bertolucci and Thomas were the first western filmmakers to be allowed access to previously forbidden locations. Together with a cast including John Lone, Joan Chen, and Peter O’Toole, and director of photography Vittorio Storaro’s lushly evocative cinematography, they created a classic film of sweeping scope and delicate intimacy that stunned critics and audiences alike. The Last Emperor arrives on UHD in a 4K restoration that will take your breath away.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- New 4K restoration of the original theatrical version
- 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Original uncompressed stereo 2.0 and 5.1 audio options
- Optional English subtitles
- First to Last: The Road to the Forbidden City, a new visual essay by film critic David Cairns exploring Bernardo Bertolucci’s career prior to The Last Emperor
- Open the Door, a new visual essay by film critics David Cairns & Fiona Watson in which they follow Bertolucci into the Forbidden City to explore in-depth The Last Emperor and the truth on which it is based
- Archive interviews with director Bernardo Bertolucci and stars John Lone and Joan Chen
- Postcard from China, video footage shot by Bernardo Bertolucci while location scouting in China
- Theatrical trailer
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options