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Midway [DVD]

Charlton Heston , Henry Fonda , Jack Smight    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Jack Smight
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Russian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish, Hebrew, Finnish, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOWN3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

An all-star dramatization of the Japanese attack on the island of Midway in 1942, which saw US forces finally wresting control of the waves and staving off the threat of its West Coast being invaded. Henry Fonda heads the cast as Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz.

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audio in italianogiugno 1942. presso l'isola di midway si svolge la battaglia aeronavale che pone termine all'espansione giapponese nel pacifico e segna l'inizio del contrattacco americano. spettacolari le scene dell'affondamento delle portaerei giapponesi akagi e kaga e di quella americana yorktown. accurata ed efficace ricostruzione dei preparativi per la battaglia. un po' verboso e con una storia sentimentale appiccicata con la saliva. fonda fa l'ammiraglio nimitz e compare anche toshiro mifune come ammiraglio yamamoto.

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Mediocrity 24 Nov 2007
Made by the same studio that gave us Tora Tora Tora, I was really looking forward to this film. Whilst TTT was both historically accurate & excellently acted, this one is exactly the opposite. It is truly,absolutely dreadful !!! The acting is uniformly wooden and the dialogue is cringeworthy. You can tell this movie was made "on the cheap" because EVERY action scene is made up from a combination of old World War II footage and at least 45 minutes of Tora Tora Tora. So-much-so that scenes of Japanese torpedo bombers attacking the American carriers ,supposedly 125 miles off Midway, show the Pearl Harbour dockyard cranes in the background. Using stock footage,certainly saves money but badly detracts from reality. Pilots take off in Wildcats which, randomly, turn into Hellcats during flight and SBD Dauntless dive bombers turn into Helldivers then Avengers then Corsairs (and back) again apparently at random. In a ludicrous finale they even manage to add stock footage of an F9F Panther jet in a deck crash landing scene.I only rated this one star, as I was not allowed to give it less.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A cut-and-paste epic 30 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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. The DVD is of the two hour theatrical version, but comes loaded with plenty of additional features - 4 deleted scenes and extended ending, a 38-minute making of documentary, featurettes on John Williams' score and the sound effects, the original ten-minute making of short from 1976, stills montage and trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical event in the Pacific War 1 Jan 2013
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Based on fact, this is a well-made episode of the Pacific Ocean theatrre of World War 2.
It fits well after 'Tora Tora'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Midway 15 Dec 2012
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Fairly accurate history - but the fictional love story is distracting. The flying scenes are well done. I feel the last line is very weak.
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Not a "Tora! Tota! Tora!", but not altogether without merits. Yes, a son serving under his father (also sleeping with the enemy to save one character) is a cliché, and no, a commanding officer on a battleship doesn't suddenly take off as a fighter pilot and Japanese should not be talking English. But, after cutting Charlton Heston, his family and in-laws, what is left is not all that bad. I was fascinated by the strategic cat-and-mouse game and the hesitating, often irrational, decision making. As far as I know, this corresponds more or less to historic Midway. Many technical flaws are reported, but only one is really too evident: the repeated use of the scene where the Japanese officer points his stick to direct AA guns.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 EIGHT carriers available, Nagumo will have only four with him at Midway to fight against three American ships...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This battle Marked the Turnning Point of the War in the Pacific.
Good film for its time, unfortunately his was bought for a Friend who doesn't use the Internet. But if you have never seen it well worth a watch.
Published 17 days ago by Keith Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WWII Movie
This movie is fairly true to history, one of the great American classic movies, I have watched it again and again!
Published 21 days ago by Donald C. Seaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a classic WW2 film. Great acting, excellent action shots and the film really captures the story very well. Would definitely recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Howdie
5.0 out of 5 stars Midway
An excellent movie. well worth watching, and well acted by the cast and I am not passing any more damned comments just to fill a page
Published 3 months ago by Derek Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This was a movie to get it was just awesome from start to finish and the action in it was just brilliant highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased!
Beautiful and well worth the money. Can't get better on the high street. Don't worry about whether there is any quality, just buy it.
Published 6 months ago by Maw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I have watched this film many times over the years and still enjoy it, Henry Fonda is superb and the non computer generated action scenes are great. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Casper
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a pressie
Wanted to add this to the collection of DVDs about the war. All the films I purchase are well packaged & well on time delivery wise.
Published 9 months ago by Miki
5.0 out of 5 stars For my husband, who likes war films
I haven't seen it yet, but he loves it. It is rather long, so will be for a wet afternoon sometime.
Published 12 months ago by Dorothy Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars "Battle" to stay awake as Robert Mitchum clearly shows in his...
Other than all the many many stars in this,this is pretty awful viewing.As a movie goes,one star,but for all the actors that were foolish enough to appear in it,its got to be worth... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
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