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Midway [Blu-ray] [1976] [US Import]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BWJQEFS
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is about the actual PRODUCT, not the film.

I was thrilled with this Blu-ray release for one particular reason: throughout the film, there are captions embedded on the screen to identify key figures and ships as they appear. This was how the film was originally shown in cinemas and on television. However, the DVD releases of "Midway" both in the UK and the USA elected to remove this valuable information, which made viewing the film difficult for someone trying to follow the complexity of the battles.
The picture quality is what you would expect for a 1976 film transferred to Hi-Definition. It's not perfect but it's a very good improvement over the DVD. The night-time shots are a little fuzzy, but the indoor/daytime shots are pretty good picture quality.

BONUS FEATURES:
The Making of Midway
The Score of Midway
Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway
They Were There: Hosted by Charlton Heston
Scenes shot for the TV version
Photograph montage
Theatrical Trailer

1080p Hi-Definition widescreen 2.35:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.1 with Sensurround; English, French DTS Digital Surround 2.0; English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Catalogue # 61119596
Disc: BD-50
REGION-FREE disc: it plays in Region B (UK, Europe) regions with no problems.
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The film "Battle of Midway" is one of the many classic war films showing desperation, courage and tactics winning over numerical advantage. The film also has many, fantastic aerial dogfight sceens, is historically acurate, and where possible, original footage from the Pacific war theatre is used to give the film a sense of authenticity. The all-star cast makes the film a classic, and makes the characters roles easily accessable to the watcher. Some of the film is repeated , and some of the aircraft in the original film segments are not those seen on the film set, but a slight inacuracy is a small price to pay for the high standard of the rest of the film. The film also gives a fair view of both the sides who are fighting, and this is good as it makes analysing the film from both sides easy, and does justice to both the commanders and men on both sides whatever thier nationallity. This film has suspense from beginning to end, and action is never far off. Even the titles are more than just names. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and recommend it!
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The film is a classic from the 1970s the blue ray does it
justice and in some parts it's Crystal clear but there is a down fall
to this .and this is because the film is made up of stock
Footage of the other film tora tora tora ,and ex documentary films of the
Pacific theatre alas the picture for these scenes are grainy at best .the casting
is superb Glenn Ford is a favourite actor of mine and also starred
Charlton Heston,robert Mitcham and Henry Fonda ,this was the second
Time Henry Fonda played admiral nimitz ,the other time in John waynes
In harm's way. Top billing from Japan's actors and showed the battle
From their perspective .as pointed out in history it's one of the naval battles
That neither sides ships came into contact with each other.
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Although fully aware of its weak spots, I give "Midway" full five stars, because I believe this is one of the best reconstructions of major battles in history of cinema, the others being "Tora, Tora, Tora", "The longest day" and "Waterloo".

I agree with most of the negative comments on the war footage used in this film, with the presence of at least one jet plane from Korea War in one scene being possibly the most damning. Wildcats magically transforming into Hellcats and SBDs turning into Avengers in the blink of an eye are also quite annoying! Many of the fighting sequences could and should have been much better done and the use of some footage from "Tora, Tora, Tora" should have been avoided. However, except if you are really good at recognizing WWII warbirds, those points are finally not so important, as the focus of the film is to show all the major (and sometimes minor) decisions which affected the outcome of this fight and which made Midway such a unique and dramatic battle. And as far as this aspect is concerned, the film is a great success!

It begins already with the enormous error committed by Yamamoto when planning the whole operation; we realize it in the scene in which admiral Hosogaya says "This time the god of battles conceived a monster". This criticism is officially adressed to the junior officer who presents the plan - but in fact it is (by Japanese standards) an extremely direct attack against Yamamoto himself. But with admirals Nagumo and Yamaguchi remaining silent during the discussion, the plan remains unchanged; and for that reason, out of SEVEN carriers available, Nagumo will have only four with him at Midway to fight against three American ships...
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Midway is very much from the last-gasp of big-screen spot-the-star epics, and it shows. On paper it's an impressive cast - Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Toshiro Mifune, James Shigeta - but aside from Heston, Fonda and Hal Holbrook, few of them have much to do: Mitchum only has one scene. Much of the first third of the film is taken up with either gathering intelligence while Heston tries not very hard to get estranged son Edward Albert's Japanese-American wife out of internment (this section was even longer, with a subplot with Heston's wife removed from all but the US TV prints: parts of it can be found in this disc's deleted scenes).

Things don't improve much when battle is finally joined and it becomes clear that aside from the odd scene on the deck of an aircraft carrier, the new footage is mainly men in control rooms or cockpits intercut less than convincingly with stock footage from Tora! Tora! Tora! and real color footage of the battle. Unfortunately, blown up to widescreen they often look jarringly grainy, constantly drawing attention to how much of a cut-and-paste the film is. In many ways, despite the widescreen and Senssurround trappings of its theatrical release, this 1976 film often looks like something you'd have expected to be made during the war or perhaps something that started life as an intended TV miniseries: watchable enough without ever really threatening to become truly memorable.

Despite this, it was still surprisingly commercially successful at the US box-office - but then, unlike Tora! Tora! Tora!, the good guys won this particular battle.
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