The episode in which Aubrey deceives the enemy by means of a raft bearing lanterns is taken from Master and Commander , and the episode in which Maturin directs the surgery on himself, while gritting his teeth in pain, to remove a bullet is taken from HMS Surprise. The film's special edition DVD release contains behind-the-scenes material that give insights into the film-making process. Great efforts were made to reproduce the authentic look and feel of life aboard an early nineteenth-century man-of-war. However, only ten days of the filming actually took place at sea on board Rose a reproduction of the 18th-century post ship HMS Rose , while other scenes were shot on a full-scale replica mounted on gimbals in a large tank at Baja Studios.
The Rose is now renamed HMS Surprise in honor of her movie role; she is moored at the San Diego Maritime Museum and serves as a dockside attraction and in September was returned to sailing status. A storm sequence was enhanced using digitally-composited footage of waves actually shot on board a modern replica of Cook 's Endeavour rounding Cape Horn.
All of the actors were given a thorough grounding in the naval life of the period in order to make their performances as authentic as possible. The on-location shots of the Galapagos were unique for a feature film as normally only documentaries are filmed on the islands.
Sound designer Richard King earned Master and Commander an Oscar for its sound effects by going to great lengths to record realistic sounds, particularly for the battle scenes and the storm scenes.
King worked with the film's Lead Historical Consultant Gordon Laco, who located collectors in Michigan who owned a pounder and a pounder cannon. King, Laco, and two assistants went to Michigan and recorded the sounds of the cannon firing at a nearby National Guard base. They also recorded the sounds of bar shot and grape shot passing overhead, and later mixed the sounds of all three types of shot for the battle scenes. For the sounds of the shot hitting the ships, they set up wooden targets at the artillery range and blasted them with the cannon, but found the sonic results underwhelming.
Instead, they returned to Los Angeles and there recorded sounds of wooden barrels being destroyed. King sometimes added the "crack" of a rifle shot to punctuate the sound of a cannonball hitting a ship's hull. For the sound of wind in the storm as the ship rounds Cape Horn, King devised a wooden frame rigged with one thousand feet of line and set it in the back of a pickup truck.
The two arrangements of this cue contained in the CD differ significantly from the one heard in the movie. The site's consensus states: Roger Ebert gave the film 4 stars out of 4, saying that "it achieves the epic without losing sight of the human". Christopher Hitchens gave a mixed review: On this the film doesn't even fall, let alone stand.
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It skips the whole project. Hitchens nonetheless praised the action scenes, writing: This was the age of Bligh and Cook and of voyages of discovery as well as conquest, and when HMS Surprise makes landfall in the Galapagos Islands we get a beautifully filmed sequence about how the dawn of scientific enlightenment might have felt. Having not read any of O'Brian's novels, I can't say if the fault is in Weir's adaptation or in the source material, but halfway into "Master and Commander," the friendship of the captain and the doctor begins to seem schematic, as if all the positive traits that an individual could have were divided equally between these two guys, just so they can argue.
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Their interaction takes on a preening quality, reminiscent of the interaction of the " Star Trek " characters four or five movies down the line. We come to realize that the specific adventure matters little except as a showcase for these personalities. Once that happens, the story involving the French ship loses much of its interest and all of its danger, and the movie starts taking on water.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. Director Weir, asked in if he would make a sequel , stated he thought it "most unlikely", and after disclaiming internet rumors to the contrary, stated "I think that while it did well Club , noting that " From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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