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Pearl Harbor [DVD]

Kate Beckinsale , Mako , Michael Bay    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, actually...not brilliant, mind 7 Jun 2007
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It really wasn't anything like as bad as I'd been led to believe by the critics I'd read.

Basically, I was ok with the story leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack. Even though I'm a bloke, I had no problem with the romantic bits, for example.

As a Brit, I didn't like the idea of a Yank single-handedly winning the Battle of Britain. Everyone knows that was done by cricket-playing, handle-bar moustached, middle class Englishmen, saving Blighty and teaching Jerry a lesson.

Also, the heroic American dialogue grates, as do some of the effects.

But the actual attack on Pearl Harbor was brilliantly done. The sense of the Americans slowly waking up to the fact they were under attack was well portrayed, as was the utter panic, especially at the hospital.

That was good enough to make up for the weaknesses mentioned above.

What really drags this film down, though, is the bit after Pearl Harbor, which seems to have been bolted on, utterly pointlessly. It makes as much sense as putting a spoiler on a wheely-bin.

So, an ok film, which really didn't deserve the slating it got, but which could have been at least an hour shorter.
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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
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.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
where to start ? the first 70 minutes makes a pretty decent movie,,,, then it all falls apart. The HD transfer is great throughout and the cinematography is always clever. However halfway through the film the director and production team just got bored and threw every cliché and recycled JB movie technique they could think of. The result is a total mess. Every attempt at cohesion and cinematic glue just leads to clumsy editing and absurd over-blown "moments". One HUGE error in the movie that has anyone that knows anything about WW2 laughing was that Japanese planes embarking on a naval mission would NOT be painted GREEN since they would obviously stick out like sore thumbs over the ocean! The planes that actually did attacked pearl Harbor were of course in the correct Japanese Naval livery not some absurd figment of the directors imagination.... this really is as bad as they said it was... a terrible waste of money and time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE EDITION- DISC 1 - ONLY THE MOVIE 11 Jan 2011
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Be aware if you decide to order this item from this page, some sellers just sell the disc-1 of the complete set. This product is an official release under the label "Ultimate edition, disc-1, "The movie" that only includes the film (176') and no extras at all. No cardboard box, 4 collectible postcards or 24 pages booklet included. It just comes in a standard pvc case. English languague and subtitles only. Really dissapointed if you expected to get the full set of three discs with a plethora of extras.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst 'blockbuster' ever? 12 Jan 2009
Whilst talking with a few new friends recently the topic came up of worst film ever. After expressing my opinion (Pearl Harbor) the majority where was I by their reaction! How can anybody think this film is any remotely good? Terrible dialogue, pathetic love story and even worse 'acting'. And, snooze. goodnight.

wow i somehow clicked on 2 stars insted of 1 and i cant change it? I wanna give it 0 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant army film! 18 April 2014
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This is a great army movie. It literally has everything, army action, comedy and a romance story! It's definitely worth the watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars region 1 r rated.the gory edition.directors cut. 1 April 2014
this is the ultimate edition of pearl harbor,i am surprised not many people have seen this.this version shows the true cost of the attack.with exploding bodies entrails amputations,heads being blown off,body more strong language.there were two versions the 12 cert edition which was toned down for the american market to get more bums on seats but michael bay wanted to make a r rated version even if it only appeared on dvd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film.
A 5 star rating because it is a good family film.

Once it has got going properly. It is a really good film.

A good family film and recommended as such.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Liversidge
A couple of farm boys who have always been obsessed with flying, best friends Rafe McCawley (BEN AFLECK) and Danny Walker (JOSH HARTNETT) join the American Air Force and by 1941... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Napoleon
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film
we have watched this film many times but it is a favourite and will continue to watch it lots thanks
Published 2 months ago by shania
1.0 out of 5 stars worst ever
I'll keep this brief, as so many detailed reviews have already been published on Amazon. A film based on a hackneyed, Tinsel-town favourite: love-story set against a major disaster... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Flora
3.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be called Pearl Harbor
I have nothing against the movie but some things are so poorly done mainly the romance the movie is called 'Pearl Harbor' but there is barely any movie about pearl harbor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Astley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality
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.
Published 3 months ago by mywordsinart
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst kind of Hollywood cheese
I have seen this film a few times and on each occasion I have been more disappointed by it. First, I agree with many reviewers who comment on how it relies far to too much on the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbour
I rated this movie 5 stars based on the great storyline and acting. Loosely based on a true story, Excellent movie
Published 4 months ago by maggie may
4.0 out of 5 stars pearl harbour
very intresting film would recommend to anyone im not into war or lots of fighting to upsetting people getting killed
Published 4 months ago by pearl barton
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
bought for my husband. excellent dispatch. thank you. will definitely buy off you again. brilliant service. excellent film espec. with surround sound blasting
Published 7 months ago by Lucy Andrew
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