directed by Clint Eastwood
USA 2006

 

“It seems hard to believe there is anything left to say about World War II that has not already been stated and restated, chewed, digested and spat out for your consideration and that of the Oscar voters. And yet here, at age 76, is Clint Eastwood saying something new and vital about the war in his new film, and here, too, is this great, gray battleship of a man and a movie icon saying something new and urgent about the uses of war and of the men who fight. Flags of Our Fathers concerns one of the most lethal encounters on that distant battlefield, but make no mistake: this is also a work of its own politically fraught moment.

What do we want from war films? Entertainment, mostly, a few hours’ escape to other lands and times, as well as something excitingly different, something reassuringly familiar. If Flags of Our Fathers feels so unlike most war movies and sounds so contrary to the usual political rhetoric, it is not because it affirms that war is hell, which it does with unblinking, graphic brutality. It’s because Mr. Eastwood insists, with a moral certitude that is all too rare in our movies, that we extract an unspeakable cost when we ask men to kill other men. There is never any doubt in the film that the country needed to fight this war, that it was necessary; it is the horror at such necessity that defines Flags of Our Fathers, not exultation.

In this respect, the film works, among other things, as a gentle corrective to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, with its state-of-the-art carnage and storybook neatness. (Mr. Spielberg, whose company bought the film rights to Flags of Our Fathers, is one of its producers.) Where Saving Private Ryan offers technique, Mr. Eastwood’s film suggests metaphysics. Once again, he takes us into the heart of violence and into the hearts of men, seeing where they converge under a night sky as brightly lighted with explosions as any Fourth of July nocturne and in caves where some soldiers are tortured to death and others surrender to madness. He gives us men whose failings are evidence of their humanity and who are, contrary to our revolted sensitivities, no less human because they kill.”

Excerpt from Manohla Dargis' review at the NY Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 20 October 2006

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DVD Review: DreamWorks/Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Yunda Eddie Feng for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 132
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround English, Dolby Digital 5.1 French
Subtitles Optional English and Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: DreamWorks/Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• promo trailers

DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2007
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Chapters 20

 

 

Comments:

Video:
Though shot in color, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image was drained of bright hues to simulate the “by-gone era” feel of Saving Private Ryan. Eastwood also used a variety of visual tools to obtain a grainy, raw picture. As such, the movie seems to be in perpetual “sunset”. However, this is a visual style, not an indication of visual defects. The video transfer appears to be free of print defects and compression problems.

Audio:
As to be expected from a war movie, the Dolby Digital 5.1 English track is thunderous and enveloping when appropriate. The spare music score--composed by Eastwood--is given a wide berth across the front soundstage. The rear channels are fairly active throughout the whole movie, either for zinging bullets and distant explosions during the war scenes or for ambient noises during the non-combat sequences.

You can also watch the movie with DD 2.0 surround English and DD 5.1 French tracks.

Optional English and Spanish subtitles as well as optional English closed captions support the audio.

Extras:
Upon loading, the DVD plays trailers for Letters From Iwo Jima (a companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers) and Babel. The menu system is so spartan that all you can do is play the movie or select languages, though you can skip chapters while watching the movie. (I was initially afraid that Eastwood wanted the movie encoded without chapters.)

--Miscellaneous--
I did not find any inserts inside the keepcase.

 - Yunda Eddie Feng

 



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