Friday, February 15, 2008

Flags of Our Fathers: Special Edition

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Title: Flags of Our Fathers
Type: BD-50+BD-25
Studio: DreamWorks
Release Date: May 22, 2007
Country: US
Region: ABC
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 (2.40)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1: English, F
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Bonuses: Director Introduction, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer
Photo by: Metatron

About: Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities – and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign – after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history.




HighDefDigest
Video: 5
Audio: 4
Supplements: 2.5
HD Bonus: 0
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