Windtalkers (Blu-ray)

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Inspired by a true story, this "exciting" (Premiere) World War II drama stars Oscar winner Nicholas Cage. Sworn to guard a young Navajo code talker he has befriended (Adam Beach), Sergeant Joe Enders (Cage) must ultimately decide how far he will go to protect the military's most powerful secret.

Specifications

Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 203368801
UPC 027616063380
UPC 14 00027616063380
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/11/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note WINDTALKERS begins quietly--with widescreen aerial shots of clouds that gradually clear to reveal the beautiful mesas of Monument Valley. A bus collects Navajo volunteers Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) and Charlie Whitehorse (Roger Willie). It's 1943, and the U.S. has developed an indecipherable secret military code based on the Navajo language. Yahzee and Whitehorse are to be trained as code talkers.^Then John Woo's Pacific war film erupts into violence, with a savage battle that has one survivor, Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage). Badly wounded and feeling guilty at the loss of his companions, Joe recuperates in Hawaii where he is helped by a sympathetic nurse (Frances O'Connor). Joe disguises his hearing loss and he is promoted as Yahzee's battlefield bodyguard. Ordered to "protect the code at all times," Joe must prevent Yahzee from being captured. At first, Yahzee and Whitehorse, whose bodyguard is Ox Henderson (Christian Slater), are subjected to prejudice--particularly from Rogers (Noah Emmerich). But when the unit is shipped to Saipan, the Marines begin to appreciate the code talkers.^Director Woo has created a powerful drama. The visceral battle sequences are strikingly filmed and there is fine acting from Cage, Beach, Willie, Slater, Emmerich, and Frances O'Connor, who portrays the poignancy of love in uncertain times.
Reviews
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...There are plenty of intricately choreographed battle scenes in WINDTALKERS, but action meister Woo also finds the complicated humanity in this offbeat tale of American friendship and obsession..." 06/01/2002 p.36-8
Entertainment Weekly "...A fascinating Woo movie....WINDTALKERS is a fresh contribution to the cinematic literature of American WWII movies from a Chinese born-director with a flair for the imagery of spiritual battle..." 06/14/2002 p.65-6
Premiere "...What makes Woo such a fascinating director is his rock-solid conviction..." 07/01/2002 p.18
Los Angeles Times "...Woo approached the filming of the WINDTALKERS combat scenes with his usual gusto..." 06/14/2002 p.C2
USA Today "...Woo comes through with the voluminous action scenes fans have come to expect....WINDTALKERS is capably made and certainly impresses in carrying its length..." 06/14/2002 p.6E
Box Office "...The performances are perfectly palatable..." 07/01/2002 p.86
Sight and Sound "[N]ever less than heartfelt. The harrowing combat scenes sensibly eschew balletic beauty." 04/01/2006 p.92
Directors
John Woo
Actors
Nicolas Cage
Christian Slater
Adam Beach
Cast & Crew
C.O. Erickson - Executive Producer
Christian Slater - Actor
Holger Gross - Production Designer
James Horner - Original Music By
Jeff Gullo, et. al. - Editor
Jeffrey L. Kimball - Cinematographer
Joe Batteer - Writer
John Rice - Writer
John Woo - Director
Kevin Ishioka - Art Director
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Peter Stormare - Actor
Terence Chang - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 106340
UPC 00027616063380
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Action is John Woo's middle name. After directing frenetic flicks such as Mission: Impossible II, Face/Off, and Broken Arrow, I knew we would get enough bombs, blood and broken body parts to give his WWII drama Windtalkers an accurate feel. But the film is about more than good gore; it has tremendous heart, too...Windtalkers features plenty of non-stop action customary of Woo's style. The highly tense war scenes show every body part imaginable getting blown up, sliced off, or burnt to a crisp. The grotesque realism is difficult to watch at some points, but it represents some of the best battle depictions in recent cinema. It will definitely quench anyone's appetite for extreme action...Windtalkers captures the spirit of the Navajo Marines and the vitally important role they played in saving the lives of many Marines who helped the United States win key battles in WWII. It took them fifty years to receive their well-deserved recognition and now, with Windtalkers, there is a film that is a true testament to their courage under fire.
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Reviewer David Levine
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review [Director Woo] reportedly cried when he read the script for Windtalkers -- a stirring, sprawling World War II epic about Navajo soldiers fighting the Japanese. The director infuses the film with that same level of emotion -- it's his most resonant film since The Killer -- while delivering gunplay on a massive scale. (It is war, after all.)...Windtalkers has enough plot for three movies, and, excepting the clunky intro, Woo deserves praise for keeping his narrative balls in the air. He is due even more credit for pumping the film full of some of the hairiest WWII combat this side of Saving Private Ryan...Windtalkers' greatest victory, though, is off the battlefield. One gets a real sense of camaraderie; it seems believable that even though Enders has orders to kill Yahzee, these men would still fight to the last to save each other. Isn't that what soldiery is all about? Woo even handles the film's religious moments with a poetic grace: Whether it's a Navajo fire ceremony or a soldier saying a Hail Mary, the director knows the difference between being preachy and pious.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Cage,Nicolas
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Woo is unquestionably a director of great talent and ability.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...I was moved and absorbed throughout.
Lisa Stokes, Orlando Weekly ...celebrates the human spirit and packs an emotional wallop...
Margaret McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer ...a blend of masterful combataction and sentimental emotion...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...the best new battle film since "Black Hawk Down," a movie it surpasses in sheer feeling and bravura style...

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