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Pearl Harbor [DVD]

Kate Beckinsale , Mako , Michael Bay    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Mako, Ben Affleck, William Lee Scott, Josh Hartnett
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VZZSFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jerry Bruckheimer's sprawling tale of love blossoming amidst the chaos of war. Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) is a gung-ho US pilot whose determination to fly against the enemy leads him to Europe and active service in the Battle of Britain. His girlfriend Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) is left waiting at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, and before long tragedy strikes, with the news reaching Evelyn that Rafe has flown off to the great aircraft hanger in the sky. Heartbroken, she is comforted by Rafe's best friend Danny (Josh Hartnett), and romance soon blooms between them. Meanwhile, the Japanese are preparing their forces for the attack which will trigger the US entry into World War Two.

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To call Pearl Harbor a throwback to old-time war movies is something of an understatement. Director Michael Bay's epic take on the bombing that brought the United States into World War II hijacks every war movie situation and cliché (some affectionate, some stale) you've ever seen and gives them a shiny, glossy spin until the whole movie practically gleams. Planes glisten, water sparkles, trees beckon--and Bay's re-creation of the bombing itself, a 30-minute sequence that's tightly choreographed and amazingly photographed, sets the action movie bar up quite a few notches. And in updating the classic war film, Bay and screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) use that old plot standby, the love triangle. This time, it's between two pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and a nurse (Kate Beckinsale) who find themselves stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, during what they thought would be a nice, sunny tour of duty. Then, of course, history intervened.

For the first 90 minutes of the movie, Affleck and Beckinsale find a nice, appealing chemistry that plays on his strengths as a movie star and hers as a serious actress--he gives her glamour, she gives him smarts. Their truncated romance--the beginning of which is told in flashback so we can get right to the point where he has to leave her to go to England--works, thanks to their charm. They're no Kate and Leo from Titanic (a strategy the film strives hard toward), but they're pretty darned adorable in their own right. Hartnett, as the not entirely unwelcome third wheel, squints bravely but makes only a slight dent in the film. Everyone else in Pearl Harbor--from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brave navy seaman to Jon Voight's able impersonation of FDR--is pretty much a glorified walk-on, taking a backseat to the pyrotechnics and action sequences that keep the three-hour film in fairly constant motion. But when that action does take hold, Pearl Harbor is quite a thrilling ride. --Mark Englehart

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'STUNNING VISUAL CONTENT' 6 Sep 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The story tells of two young friends 'Rafe' and 'Danny' who dream of being fighter pilots one day.
When grown up they achieve their ambition to be pilots, there is a war raging in Europe, America
remains on the sidelines.
'Rafe' (Ben Affleck) is offered the opertunity to join a British squadron to help with the battle of the
skies against the German War Machine, it's what he'd always dreamt of doing, he persuades his
friend not to volunteer, and to watch over 'Evelyn' (Kate Beckinsale) a nurse he'd fallen deeply in
love with, a reason to want to survive and come home.
Meanwhile Japan are plotting a raid on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
'Danny' (Josh Hartnett) has been posted to Hawaii, where the American Pacific fleet is based.
The Americans underestimating the threat from afar have supplied war-ships from the fleet to Europe,
however a substantial fleet remains in Pearl Harbour.
'Rafe' fighting with the RAF is certainly playing his part in the defence of Britain, until during a fire-
fight his plane is hit, unable to eject he plunges into the sea.
His friend Danny is left with the task of telling Evelyn that Rafe had been lost in action.
The Japanese attack training and plans near a state of readiness.
Meanwhile in Hawaii 'Evelyn' and 'Danny' becomes ever closer.
U.S Intelligence a little suspicious of Japan's intentions have been unable to track the Japanese Carrier
Fleets, so have no idea where they are or indeed where they are heading.
Peace talks between America and Japan are in progress, a Japanese smoke-screen.
In Hawaii the love-triangle becomes a whole lot more complicated when presumed dead Rafe turns up
very much alive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even the optimist in me... 23 Jun 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
...struggles to put up a valid argument for this movie.

OK! Lets not beat around the bush, it's historically suspicious, badly written, badly cast and clearly an hour too long. A splendid "support cast" are wasted as Michael Bay and his production team think they can produce some sort of Titanic of the Skies like epic and fail in their objective. By the time of the brilliantly constructed assault by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, and "it is" exhilarating and edge of the seat heart pounding, you are left with the feeling that all the main characters in the piece are not really worth our emotional investment.

It's not an outright stinker, situations such as the nurses trying to cope in the hospital during the attack are poignant, and there's a jingoistic - cum - romantic fervour that screams out that the film wants to be genuine in making you feel...well...emotionally battered. However, given the budget and time you are asked to invest in the story, it's impossible not to feel cheated as the clock ticks past the three hour mark.

Perhaps it's unfair to use Titanic as a template for this type of epic? Especially since over the course of time many have come out of the woodwork to knock Titanic when previously there were nods in appreciation...although grudgingly. But Pearl Harbor doesn't have enough about it to make it a "time waster" recommendation. This even allowing for some quality Bayhem action as the film rolls into its third quarter. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality 21 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
There is nothing better than Blue-ray quality!!! A lovely movie, very touching and nice to be watched as a blue-ray. Nice cover/packaging.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd rate Pearl Harbor 30 April 2006
Format:DVD
In 1970 the world was educated about the raid on Pearl Harbor when they saw the American/Japanese co-production 'Tora! Tora! Tora!'. In 2001, producer Jerry Bruckheimer went down the same road. Unfortunately his effort was sub-par when compared to the earlier film.

Now, I tend to treat this film too harshly sometimes, but the flaws are still there. Being a connoiseur of the War Film genre, I believe this to be a fairly poor war movie. The love story is too contrived, and comes across as Hollywood, not real life. Dark Blue World (2001) has a similar love story but it was made far more sincere.

Secondly the war action is too computer generated. I love to see real aircraft participating in realistic re-enactments of aerial combat. Here, there is an over abundance of CGI, and the CGI is used in a way that puts me off. In my opinion, CGI's place in war films is too add to the realism. Here, the CGI has the opposite effect in most cases. It just looks fake. And if CGI models are used, it is much more effective if the shots created appear as though they are the type of shots that would have been obatined if they hade done it for real. This idea of putting the (virtual) camera is places it could never be in real life simply tells me that what I am seeing is fake. That is very distracting when I'm watching the film.

The acting is all right. I have no problem with the actors, but I certainly would never rank them amongst the greats of cinema history. That used to be one of the great pleasures of watching war movies - they had the best actors in the industry. Check out films like Battle of Britain and A Bridge Too Far. They had amazing casts with the greatest acting talents of all time.

So what is my overall opinion???
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