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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.
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.
"[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
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
Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, [Flags] Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Clint Eastwood, [Letters] Best Director - Motion Picture,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, [Letters] Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis, [Letters] Best Writing, Original Screenplay,Oscar, Clint Eastwood, et. al., [Letters] Best Motion Picture of the Year
Golden Globe, Letters from Iwo Jima, [Letters] Best Foreign Language Film,Oscar, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, [Letters] Best Achievement in Sound Editing
[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.
[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.
David Ansen, NewsWeek
[Letters] ...a sorrowful and savagely beautiful elegy that can stand in the company of the greatest antiwar movies.
Ken Fox, TV Guide
[Flags] ...a powerful, important and, in the end, profoundly poignant movie...
Mark Zimmer, Digitally Obsessed!
[Heroes] A graphic, intense and absorbing depiction...highly recommended.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
[Letters] ...the peak achievement in Eastwood's hallowed career.
Richard Corliss, Time
[Flags] Clint Eastwood has crafted a bold and meticulous epic.