Special features: Disc one: All-new restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; audio commentary featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto; theatrical trailer ; Disc two: All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer ; Disc three: "The Italian traveler, Bernardo Bertolucci:" a 53-minute film; video images taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China; "The Chinese adventure of Bernardo Bertolucci:" a 51-minute documentary; a new 45-minute documentary featuring Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiana, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri ; Disc four: A 66-minute BBC 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 cultural historian Ian Buruma examining the period of the film.
Produced by Jeremy Thomas ; screenplay by Mark Peploe with Bernardo Bertolucci ; directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.00:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital surround, restored High Definition, NTSC.
English, Chinese or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Licensed for individual viewing only.
Academy Awards, USA, 1988: Oscar - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri) ; Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro) ; Best Costume Design (James Acheson) ; Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci) ; Best Film Editing (Gabriella Cristiani) ; Best Music, Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su) ; Best Picture (Jeremy Thomas) ; Best Sound (Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock) ; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci).
Disc one: The theatrical version (165 min.) -- Disc two. The television version (218 min.) -- Disc three. Supplements, part 1 -- Disc four. Supplements, part 2.
Pu Yi is the last of the Emperor of China who from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City was the object of worship by half a billion people. From his abdication, to his decline and dissolute lifestyle. His life was exploitated by the invading Japanese and his term as the emperor of Japan's Manchuguo. He was eventually released back to public life in 1959 and died as gardener at the Botanical Gardens of Peking.