Blu-ray Release: Empire of the Sun

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Warner


Years before he was kicking ass as Batman, Christian Bale (The Fighter) struggled to survive the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during WWII in Steven Spielberg’s (War Horse) 1987 historical war drama film Empire of the Sun.

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Christian Bale struggles to survive the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during WWII in Empire of the Sun.

Based on J. G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun tells the story of a young English boy, James Graham (Bale), whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai on December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.

Also featured in the cast alongside 13-year-old Bale are John Malovich (Red), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Joe Pantoliano (Memento) and Ben Stiller (Tower Heist).

Empire of the Sun debuts on Blu-ray for the first time in a premium Blu-ray book featuring a collectible 36-page book with images, cast bios, trivia, film facts and essays.

The Blu-ray will also include the following bonus features:

The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun: Behind the scenes documentary on the
making of the movie

Warner at War: A documentary on how Warner Bros. uses the movies to prepare the
US for war and to keep up morale on the home front during WWII. Narrated by Steven Spielberg

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.