Criterion gives this unclassifiable work, one of their earliest DVD releases, an astonishing transfer and plenty of extras on this BD upgrade.
Now that Martin Scorsese has his long-elusive Oscar, is Peter Weir now our best living director—or, at least, the most nominated—yet to take home the gold statue?
The anamorphic transfer is very pleasing, the crispness highlighting the visual felicities of Weir’s style, such as the subtle unreality of some of the images and the somewhat sinister sunniness of Seahaven.
Director Peter Weir and screenwriter Andrew Niccol merely settle for purveying unthreatening, self-satisfied cleverness.
The narrative is competent but Master and Commander looks and sounds unlike any film you’re likely to ever see.