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Format: DVD
Sku: 204384023
UPC: 085391164104
UPC 14: 00085391164104
Category Keywords: Japan  Theatrical Release  True Story  World War II
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A Moving 5-Disc Collection of Clint Eastwood's Tribute to Soldiers on Both Sides of Battle.
Legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood cuts open the heart of war and reveals the souls of men on both sides in a landmark dual film project hailed by critics as his masterpiece. Flags of Our Fathers is a riveting chronicle of U.S. heroes on the front lines of battle and in the headlines at home, while Letters from Iwo Jima reveals the untold stories of the fierce Japanese fighters who rallied against awesome American forces. This 5-Disc Commemorative Collector's Edition includes the Special Editions of both films, plus the compelling Bonus Disc Heroes of Iwo Jima.

Includes: Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Heroes of Iwo Jima.

"[Letters] ...a sorrowful and savagely beautiful elegy that can stand in the company of the greatest antiwar movies.  David Ansen, NewsWeek
"[Flags] ...a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie...  Ken Fox, TV Guide
"[Heroes] A graphic, intense and absorbing depiction...highly recommended.  Mark Zimmer, Digitally Obsessed!
"[Letters] ...the peak achievement in Eastwood's hallowed career.  Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"[Flags] Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.  Richard Corliss, Time

Editor's Note
Clint Eastwood's two World War II epics--LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS--are packaged together for this release. Please see individual films for synopsis information.

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Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 272 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 116410
Video UPC UPC: 00085391164104
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 5

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/2.40:1/1.33:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Letters from Iwo Jima - DVD
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/11/2007 5:12 PM
In his landmark book of military history The Face of Battle, John Keegan did something extraordinarily rare for his field when describing a battle -- he didn't just tell us how many forces fought in what manner at a certain time, he told us what it was like for those soldiers. Keegan knew it wasn't just important to know how British archers defeated the French knights at Agincourt, but also that prior to the epic battle the British had been waiting for their better-armed and horse-mounted enemy, on foot, in several inches of deep mud, freezing from the cold and aching with hunger from a lack of food. Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima has just such a similarly humane touch about it....read the full review
Expert Review Letters From Iwo Jima - DVD
By: TV and Film Guy Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/21/2007 5:17 PM
The film centers on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe), a general recently arrived on the island of Iwo Jima, who has the task of preparing his troops for the upcoming battle against American forces. Kuribayashi has an advantage in his planning that many of his troops lack -- he spent several years in the United States and thus understands more of the U.S. psyche than do his compatriots. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Hiroshi Watanabe
Video Cast Info Jesse Bradford
Video Cast Info Kazunari Ninomiya
Video Cast Info Ken Watanabe
Video Cast Info Paul Walker
Video Cast Info Robert Patrick
Video Cast Info Ryan Phillippe
Video Cast Info Tsuyoshi Ihara
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - [Flags, Letters] Director
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman - [Heroes] Narrated By
Video Cast Info Lauren Lexton - [Heroes] Director

Awards


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, [Flags] Best Director - Motion Picture

Winner (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Letters from Iwo Jima, [Letters] Best Foreign Language Film

Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, [Letters] Best Director - Motion Picture

Winner (2007)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, [Letters] Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Clint Eastwood, [Letters] Best Achievement in Directing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis, [Letters] Best Writing, Original Screenplay
   Video Award Name Oscar, Clint Eastwood, et. al., [Letters] Best Motion Picture of the Year

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[Eastman's films] grow in artistic vision and emotional wallop....A thoughtfully assembled package that will satisfy both novices and students of this still-vivid, moving chapter in history." -- Grade: A- 06/01/2007 p.55

Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "[OF]ne of the most comprehensive and powerful accounts of World War II ever filmed." 08/01/2007 p.138

Rolling Stone 10 of 10
[Letters] ...Letters is quality from first frame to last, a war film that is almost a tone poem in how it reveals the minds and secret hearts of the Japanese soldiers defending the volcanic island of Iwo Jima against American forces over forty days of battle in 1945...Eastwood's direction here is a thing of beauty, blending the ferocity of the classic films of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) with the delicacy and unblinking gaze of Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)...The scenes of combat, shot in desaturated color on the beaches of Iceland by the gifted Tom Stern and edited with grit and grace by Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, gain in terror and complexity from what we learn of these men. We watch in horror as soldiers bang their helmets with live grenades, preferring suicide to surrender. Eastwood's film burns into the memory by striving for authentic detail. The result is unique and unforgettable. - Peter Travers

Reel.com 9 of 10
[Flags] 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

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