Tora Tora Tora [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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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.
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. To add to their woes, several politicians complained about the use of Naval and military personnel and the aircraft carrier Yorktown in the film, one even going so far as to try to get a change in the law to prevent filmmakers being allowed to use them in the future, with the studio having to take out adverts in newspapers during filming to reassure the public the film wasn't anti-American but a reminder of the need for constant vigilance. The critics weren't kind and, to cap it all, the film's losses led to studio head Richard D. Zanuck being fired by his own father Darryl F.Read more ›
The counter-point between the two sides of the story is quite effective, with the careful planning, preparation and execution of the attack by the Japanese contrasted with the chain of fatal mistakes made by the Americans. As a historical primer on the attack the film covers all of the excruciatingly painful details, from the radar operators dismissing the large incoming blip on their screens to General Marshall out riding his horse at the absolutely worst time, from a stubborn insistence upon "confirmation" of submarine sightings to the fumbling typist in the Japanese embassy trying frantically to complete his final message that must be delivered before the attack begins.
E. G. Marshall as Colonel Rufus G. Bratton gets the Cassandra role in this film, the intelligence officer convinced there is going to be an attack but who cannot get anyone to listen to him until it is too late. However, the film is so balanced in its presentation that you cannot help but feel for Ambassador Nomura, who misses the deadline and must still deliver the fatal letter to Secretary of State Cordell Hull. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" certainly achieved its goal of being a film that could be played in both countries without complaints from either side.Read more ›
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Not necessarily historically accurate but a very entertaining film 🎥 if nothing else. Tora! Tora! Tora! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rufus
A Great Dvd, i thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells the story of the Japanese bombing the fleet of ships in Pearl Harbour. The Americans should have seen this coming but didn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elainey