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Flags of Our Fathers [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M4RG42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory.

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Format: DVD
I felt a bit let down by this film. Why? Well, here goes. The film is comprised of scenes from the battle at Iwo Jima and scenes from after the battle (where survivors from the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima picture are travelling around America in an attempt to convince the public to buy war bonds to keep America in the war.). The Iwo Jima scenes are very well done (I tried my best not to keep comparing them to Private Ryan as I do not think it was Eastwood's aim) but strangely I found myself relieved whenever the movie went back there from the America scenes and that for me is the issue. The scenes in America are so downbeat that I actually prefer watching soldiers kill each other. I suppose the message about what makes a hero is made and I still think it as a good film but it is by no means a classic and below the level of Ryan and Band of Brothers (not hard).
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Despite all the 'bad press' from so-called film critics, this is a true epic telling the real stoiry of what happened at Iwo Jima. It looks absolutely stunning on blu-ray, with pin sharp detail & rich contrasts. The graphic battle scenes are expertly done & really show the horrors of war violence. The story is well told, with clever flashbacks that never detract from the main theme, which is superbly directed by 73 years old Clint. It is profound & deeply moving...if you love great movie making, this for me surpasses 'Saving Private Ryan'...this has to be in your collection. Buy it now on blu-ray...you won't be disappointed!
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Good film by director Clint Eastwood although I think he could've done much better with this one! I much prefer it's counterpart Letters from Iwo Jima, but nevertheless worth watching so you can relate to both sides at the time of the conflict.
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By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Not quiet the 'Saving Private Ryan' I had hoped for. A good movie and well made with some great special effects BUT the movie really revolves around the planting of the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima. It turns out there's a huge political agenda around getting the guys who planted the flag (3 out of the 6 are left alive) to come back to the USA and campaign for War Bonds. However it then transpired that because of a series of 'problems' that the original flag was taken down and then another flag put back up. The problem being is the men who are then paraded to the US nation as Hero's of Iwo Jima were in fact the people who put up the replacement flag and it was the photograph of the replacement flag that became the icon for the US Marines. Worse yet were the mothers of the men who died that put up the first flag were ignored and the men who put up the replacement flag were lauded as heroes. The whole thing was a surprise and shock to me and was an interesting development to the film. However as a war film...then No... it's not that action packed. In fact it seems pretty sedate.
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By Geo1 on 24 Aug. 2014
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I found the film to be okay but a little dull at times. I have also seen its counterpart Letters from Iwo Jima which again I found to be rather dull. They are excellently directed, acted and made films but the constant switching between the battles and "back home in good old USA" broke the tension. It's also worth noting that they are quite harrowing in terms of the brutality of war.
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Although beautifully shot and based on a true story of a fearsome and bloody battle, this film manages to be confused, overly long and distracted by the rather marginal question: "Were the Marines in the famous photograph of flag-raising on Iwo Jima actually the ones who put the flag up?"

The action chops and changes irritatingly between different times and the characters are not well-rooted enough for us to be quite sure who is who. When you put these two failings together, it is hard to keep track of who is dead and who is alive. And when we cut to the modern day, with aged vets telling the narrator about their days with his father, it is totally unclear who each one is. I suspect we are supposed to be in tears by this stage (the music would suggest as much) but I was merely drumming my fingers.

So the heart of the film is not the battle, but this question about the flag, which will probably only stir you if you are a) American (and tremendously proud of your flag) and b) easily led by the Forrest Gump school of film-making. The film actually seems to be asking us to care more about the veracity of the flag picture than about all the young men being turned into mincemeat by Japanese guns.

In the segments interspersed in between the Iwo Jima battle scenes, "Flags of our Fathers" follows the story of three of the combatants, yanked back to the States to do a War Bonds fund-raising tour, based on their status as flag-raising heroes. So the key conflict is not American vs Japanese, but the troubled self-reflections of these three men, who have to swallow the truth about the flag to do their duty on the home front.
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Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is the directors third great movie in a row after Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. Unlike many other war movies (notably Saving Private Ryan) Flags does not offer war movie conventions or patriotic rhetoric but a thoughtful, reflective and melancholy look at the true story behind Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of the young marines who raised the US flag on Iwo Jima, were brought back to the States as heroes before being hustled off to raise millions for the war effort.

The performances by Ryan Phillippe, as Navy Corpsman John 'Doc' Bradley, Jesse Bradford, as Rene Gagnon (a good looking stiff who joined the Marines because he liked the uniform and who never actually got to fire his weapon) and Adam Beach, as the tormented Indian Ira Hayes, are restrained & subtle with Beach's anguished performance the standout. There are strong supporting roles from John Slattery as Bud Gerber, a hard talking Government spinmeister and Barry Pepper as Mike Strank, a charismatic Marine Sgt adored by his men. Also noteworthy are the small but forceful roles played by the mothers of the flag-raisers. The shattered expression of one as she learns the truth about her sons involvement, after having accepted the Media/Government version of events, cuts deeper and sadder than any amount of war-is-hell battle footage.

Beautifully crafted, Flags jumps back and forth in time whilst telling three stories. These include our introduction to the main characters - brief scenes of training & boot camp humour shot with Eastwood's trademark economy - the story of the bond tour & the truth behind the flag-raising, plus a framing story of Doc's son interviewing surviving veterans (as old men) about his Dad.
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