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Tora! Tora! Tora! [1970] [DVD]

Martin Balsam , S Yamamura , Kinji Fukasaku , Richard Fleischer    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Balsam, S Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku, Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Gordon W. Prange, Hideo Oguni, Ladislas Farago, Larry Forrester
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AA0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,735 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Here is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war films, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary war. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

Product Description

Extra Features:
Director/Japanese Film Historian Audio Commentary
Original Theatrical Trailer - "The Longest Day"
Theatrical Trailer - "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
Theatrical Trailer - "Patton"
Language: English 4.1
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian,
Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish and English
for the hearing impaired.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tora Tora Tora Blu-ray Extras 4 Feb 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I would full heatedly agree with the other very favourable reviews of both content and picture quality. No one seems to have mentioned that on the Blu-ray there is an excellent collection of ten short Fox Movietonews Items. The documentary 'A day of Infamy' which was on the DVD is also included. Also 'History vs Hollywood Tora Tora Tora A giant Awakes' and 'AMC Backstory' which tell of the making of and that for once how the American Studio tried to truthfully recreate what had actually happened rather than pervert the path of truth to show how heroic and single handed Americans had won the last war. You have to remember that this film was made before the days of CGI and real planes were built specially for the film. The next evening after watching Tora Tora Tora I watched 'Pearl Harbour',it's too much love story /relationships and though the attack on Pearl Harbour is more dramatic, is does rather look like an arcade game! Highly recommended to those who like the film and worth the upgrade from DVD especially for the very interesting extras.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
20th Century Fox's genuinely spectacular account of the attack on Pearl Harbor told from both the American and Japanese viewpoints was in real terms an even bigger financial disaster for the studio than Cleopatra: even by latter-period roadshow standards, reminding American audiences of the incredible catalogue of blunders and incompetence that led to the Day of Infamy at a time when they were in the midst of another war in Asia (and one that was not going well) seems like business decision making at its most kamikaze. The film has probably made more money out of being carved up for stock footage than it ever did in the cinema, featuring prominently in Midway, Pearl and both The Winds of War and War and Remembrance among others.

Like Cleopatra, it was a troubled production: Akira Kurosawa worked on the Japanese side of the film for months but delivered only one brief scene in the finished film before being replaced by two more special effects friendly directors (Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku) while on the American side Richard Fleischer relied on Ray Kellog and Robert Enrietto to shoot much of the spectacular finale.

From the last days when films were consciously visually designed for the Scope screen, it is mounted on a scale that would be inconceivable today - what Pearl Harbor did with CGi it did with real ships and aircraft - with a tight, focused script that dispenses with fictional sub-plots (no Ben Affleck winning the Battle of Britain single-handed here) in favour of absolute historical accuracy. Seen entirely from the military and political mindset, it has the edge on most cinematic exercises in battlefield history through the conviction of its direction, particularly the visually impressive Japanese sequences, and of its playing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-Ray 7 Feb 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't bother mentioning the content itself - you all already know it's the best film account of the attack on Pearl Harbour yet made.

What I will say is that this is an absolutely stunning Blu-Ray. If you want to count the individual rivets on the aircraft in the background of shot, or decide the quality of cotton used in a uniform, this is the edition for you. It is so crisp and detailed it is the closest thing to actually being on the set as they filmed it. I can't believe that sitting in a cinema with a virgin print on the first day of release you would have had a better picture.

I wish all Blu-Ray releases of classic war movies were like this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
20th Century Fox's genuinely spectacular account of the attack on Pearl Harbor told from both the American and Japanese viewpoints was in real terms an even bigger financial disaster for the studio than Cleopatra: even by latter-period roadshow standards, reminding American audiences of the incredible catalogue of blunders and incompetence that led to the Day of Infamy at a time when they were in the midst of another war in Asia (and one that was not going well) seems like business decision making at its most kamikaze. The film has probably made more money out of being carved up for stock footage than it ever did in the cinema, featuring prominently in Midway, Pearl and both The Winds of War and War and Remembrance among others.

Like Cleopatra, it was a troubled production: Akira Kurosawa worked on the Japanese side of the film for months but delivered only one brief scene in the finished film before being replaced by two more special effects friendly directors (Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku) while on the American side Richard Fleischer relied on Ray Kellog and Robert Enrietto to shoot much of the spectacular finale.

From the last days when films were consciously visually designed for the Scope screen, it is mounted on a scale that would be inconceivable today - what Pearl Harbor did with CGi it did with real ships and aircraft - with a tight, focused script that dispenses with fictional sub-plots (no Ben Affleck winning the Battle of Britain single-handed here) in favour of absolute historical accuracy. Seen entirely from the military and political mindset, it has the edge on most cinematic exercises in battlefield history through the conviction of its direction, particularly the visually impressive Japanese sequences, and of its playing.
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My husband has wanted this film for ages and so I decided to get it for him. He was so grateful he washed up that evening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt the best war film of all time in my opinion
Without doubt the best war film of all time in my opinion,filmed before the advent of "Special Effects" the action sequences are incredible,and knowing what you are seeing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Chris Courtenay Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE PICTURE OF THE DAY OF INFAMY!
Told fairly from both the Japanese and American perspectives, this unflinching and historically accurate film details the meticulous planning and secrecy that went into the... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars WW2 Classic
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tora Tora Tora
My husband's favourite version of this subject matter. It is riveting viewing and will be watched many times by him.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Gasson
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD and speed of delivery both excellent.
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