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Format: DVD
Sku: 204347864
UPC: 097361235141
UPC 14: 00097361235141
Category Keywords: Japan  Theatrical Release  True Story  World War II  WWII
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Single Shot Can End the War.
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the battle of iwo jima, a turning point in WWII.

"...one of the year's best films and perhaps the finest modern film about World War II.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie...  Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.  Richard Corliss, Time
"...Flags of Our Fathers is to the WWII movie what Eastwood's Unforgiven was to the western...  Scott Foundas, The Village Voice
"...passionate, honest, unflinching, gripping, and it pays respects.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Editor's Note
Clint Eastwood's early-21st-century output has endeared him to Academy Awards voters, and he makes another bid for their attention with this tale of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Eastwood cuts back and forth between the battle that led to the flag being firmly planted in enemy soil, and the tour undertaken by three of the flag-planting Marines (played by Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach) in the aftermath of World War II. The re-creation of Iwo Jima features impressive APOCALYPSE NOW-style battle scenes, the air full of thick plumes of smoke, zinging bullets, and pounding explosions. But the most interesting part of the movie comes as the three men are paraded in front of the American public, as they vacillate between embarrassment and anger at the public relations campaign they find themselves embroiled in, while also pleading with the public to help provide funds for the soldiers who are still at war.

Eastwood uses a script co-written by CRASH director Paul Haggis and a source book written by James Bradley, the son of John "Doc" Bradley (played by Phillippe in the film), to tell this affecting tale. Tom Stern, who worked with Eastwood on MILLION DOLLAR BABY, employs his skills as a cinematographer once again, deftly coupling vast panoramic battle scenes with darkly contemplative moments between the touring soldiers. Fascinatingly, the director's next jaunt behind the lens was LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, which provided the Japanese perspective on this famous event.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition, English

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 123514
Video UPC UPC: 00097361235141
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam Beach
Video Cast Info Jamie Bell
Video Cast Info Jesse Bradford
Video Cast Info John Benjamin Hickey
Video Cast Info Neal McDonough
Video Cast Info Paul Walker
Video Cast Info Robert Patrick
Video Cast Info Ryan Phillippe
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director
Video Cast Info Jack G. Taylor, Jr. - Art Director
Video Cast Info James Bradley - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Joel Cox - Editor
Video Cast Info Paul Haggis - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Ron Powers - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info William Broyles, Jr. - Screenplay

Awards


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, John T. Reitz, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[H]ere, at age 76, is Clint Eastwood saying something new and vital about the war in his new film....The film works, among other things, as a gentle corrective to Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN." 10/20/2006 p.E22

Entertainment Weekly
"Eastwood sets his film in two different worlds, cutting back and forth between the Battle of Iwo Jima, in all its shattering chaos and horror..." -- Grade: B- 10/27/2006 p.49-50

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood's film, a fierce attack on wartime hypocrisy and profiteering, is also an indelibly moving salute to the soldiers who don't deserve to walk alone for following their own sense of duty." 11/02/2006 p.86

Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "A film of awesome emotional power....Eastwood handles the film' parallel storylines with astonishing confidence and technical dexterity." 01/01/2007 p.138

Sight and Sound
"It is a dexterous sleight of hand on Eastwood's part that he simultaneously commemorates the dignified humanity of the three servicemen while excoriating the bluster of those in command on all sides." 01/01/2007 p.58

Rolling Stone
Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] single, stinging portrait of war..." 12/28/2006 p.118

Film Comment
Ranked #13 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

Film Comment
"Only Eastwood could pull off this act of artistic bravery....We agree, Clint, a picture really can make a difference." 01/01/2007 p.38

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he war sequences are brutally realistic and visually arresting..." 03/01/2007 p.110

ReelViews 8 of 10
"At its best, Flags of Our Fathers is eye opening and thought provoking. The battle scenes are raw and energetic, while the post-Iwo Jima segments question our established ideas about heroism. The word ""hero"" has been used often following 9/11, so it's interesting to hear the characters in this movie question what it means to bear that label and whether they consider themselves worthy of it. In fact, most soldiers did not consider themselves to be heroes, but if you asked them, they could identify someone else - a friend, a comrade, a leader - who was. This aspect of the movie differentiates it from any other World War II film to have come before it." - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 9 of 10
"Orchestrating the narrative's shifts from the expansive to the intimate with impeccable command, Eastwood succeeds at evoking the horrors and heartbreak of warfare with a visceral intensity graphically evocative of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. (Spielberg is one of Flags of Our Fathers' producers.) The grisly realism of the combat scenes in Iwo Jima (filmed in Iceland, of all places) may be difficult to watch, but Eastwood doesn't linger over the gore or depict the fighting as anything but hellish. Whatever glory the men in Flags of Our Fathers savor is fleeting, undercut by the terrible awareness of friends lost in battle...Visually stunning and scrupulously authentic...a towering achievement for Eastwood and his cast and crew." - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Phillippe,Ryan
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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