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Letters from Iwo Jima (BR) Min: 140DD5.1WS 1080pHD [Import germany]
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Visual: Letters from Iwo Jima is a film that's done entirely in a semi-desaturated way. Draining colour in the same way the film drains hope from the Japanese armys' situation. All in all, the effect is marvelous and I think it adds so much atmosphere to the film. There's virtually zero grain, blacks are deep and detail is sharp throughout. Visually, this film deserves a 5/5; the transfer is so clear and sharp that the picture is always breathtaking.
Audio: Dolby TrueHD really does the job here. Explosions are deep and resounding, and speech is clear and perfectly audible. The films' audio is well-levelled throughout so whether you're in the middle of an action sequence, or a quiet speech, there's no need to keep changing the volume around.
Extras: Sadly no directors commentary, but you do get the standard behind-the-scenes footage, on-the-set photos and so on..There's also a cool featurette where the cast talk about their characters, which is an interesting addition.
Overall, Letters from Iwo Jima is a great example of a blu-ray disc. Pristine quality matched with a great story. I would have liked to see more extras, but all in all this is definitely a film to add to the collection, war-film fan or not. Hope this helps.
Having watched the companion film 'Flags of our Fathers' I find that this is far superior even though Flags is very good.
All in all, a top film.
A more personal objection I have to Eastwood's filmmaking is that he is a little too on-message, too soft-centred, to deliver the emotional impact his subjects invite. `Million Dollar Baby' was, for me, the epitomie of Academy Approved Serious Cinema - safe, trite and sentimental. His greatest work as director remains `Unforgiven', a film that subverted our expectations and transformed the Western genre permanently.Read more ›
Unlike Flags I felt that this film gave a greater examination of the individual soldier and the personal daemons he has to face both in preparation for battle and during it. The film gives us flash backs to some of the men's lives back in Japan, the families they left behind and the emotional turmoil they were suffering with both willing to serve the Emperor in the war effort and return to their loved ones.
The film also examines some of the reasons as to why the Japanese lost the war. Far from being highly disciplined men commanding officers are shown to disobey direct orders to retreat and regroup from seniors and lead their men into hopeless counter attacks. The lack of ammunition that the Japanese army had and also their lack of troops and supplies.
The film displays touching scenes of both camaraderie between soldiers (For example a soldier sent to their unit who initially they thought was sent to spy on them turns out to have been sent there because he refused to shoot a families dog) and also the camaraderie between opposing armies (The treatment of an injured American soldier by his Japanese captors)
Some may be put off by the film being in subtitles and not being a speaker of Japanese I cannot comment on the quality of translation. Still I found this a fascinating film and one I recommend.
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A GREAT MOVIE BY CLINT EASTWOOD ABOUT THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE JAPANESE SOLDIERS WHO DEFENDED THEIR HOMELAND DURING WW2.Published 5 months ago by BACHIR ABOU ZAHR
Both these films are good, but in some way is shows Eastwood's genius that the Japanese film is perhaps even better than the American film.Published 6 months ago by Dr. William Large
The true horrors of war were not spared in this movie and that's what makes this movie so riveting. it definitely moves you and shows we don't have to be from the same country to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey Douglas
2nd part of Flags of Our Fathers and its really well done, its really goodPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
although this is a good film i have no sympathy for the japanese soldiers who were just evil murderers in reality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. D. A. Clarke