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Flags of Our Fathers [Blu-ray] (2006)

Ryan Phillippe , Jesse Bradford , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77QD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flags of Our Fathers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • High Definition (1080p)
  • Blu-ray 50 + Blu-ray 25
  • An Introdution by Clint Eastwood
  • Six Brave Men
  • The Making of an Epic
  • Raising the Flag
  • Looking into the Past
  • Words on the Page
  • Visual Effects
  • Theatrical Trailer

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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.

As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatizing the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Description

Ryan Phillipe, Jesse Bradford. Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg teamed up to create this meditative war drama about the survivors from the celebrated flag-raising photo over Iwo Jima and the grief and guilt they begin to feel after returning home as heroes. This two-disc edition is loaded with more than 100 minutes of special features! 2 Discs. 2006/color/132 min/R.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed But Still Powerful December 15, 2006
Iwo Jima ("Sulfur Island" in Japanese) is a little island six hundred miles south of Tokyo. (Today there is only a Japanese military base now, and you cannot visit the island.) But the name of the island got famous immediately after one photo was taken and published in America nationwide during WWII. The memorable image of six soldiers raising a flag gave courage to the people in America, and three surviving soldiers returning their country became national heroes. It's a famous story.

Clint Eastwood's new film `Flags of Our Fathers' does not try to `debunk' this story. It gives human face to these flag-holing soldiers without over-glorifying them, showing what happened to these heroes John "Doc" Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford) and Ira Hayes (Adam Beach) before, during, and after the Battle of Iwo Jima. Familiar actors like Jamie Bell, Paul Walker, Robert Patrick and Barry Pepper appear, but the three above play the pivotal roles here.

Remember this is a war movie, and the battle scenes on the beach are often disturbing. (One of the film's producers is Steven Spielberg). Though the fight scenes are less bloody and brutal than those of `Saving Private Ryan,' they are still honest, often shocking, not only because of the bullets and grenades, but because of the confusion and total chaos of the grey-colored battlefield. Eastwood refuses to soften or sensationalize anything, but the results are riveting.

Though the film's theme is clear, its narrative requires our patience a little. The film's story goes back and forth (screenplay part done by Paul Haggis, `Crush'), and this only makes the film look slightly detached from us. The disjointed story requires us to reconstruct, not follow, the experiences of the soldiers.
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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Book FIRST!!! December 16, 2006
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For all the negative responses to the movie "Flags of Our Fathers" I would guess 85% did not read the book with the same title by James Bradley, son of John "Doc" Bradley. This book will give you the whole, true story of what the movie is all about with many details not shown in the film. You will get so much more out of the movie. I can't even fathom seeing the film beforehand. I am absolutely NOT soliciting the book but I am personally acquainted with the Bradley family and my extended family from Antigo, Wisconsin were very good friends with John and continue to be with his wife Betty. My cousins went to school with James and his siblings. John was the funeral director for my grandmother and others I know. I have attended memorials for "Jack" in Appleton, WI (where he went to school), after the book was released. Jim Bradley, the author of "Flags of Our Fathers" agonized over writing the book and consulted with his family whether to do it until he got the go ahead from his mother. Since his father only spoke of the war once to his family is the reason, in the movie, there isn't much personal information on him. People who wrote other reviews stated that they were confused as to why James was interviewing other WWII, Iwo Jima families. This is why. As for the other "stars" of the movie, which very little is said about their personal lives before and then again after the war you will find many details in the book which will help you to understand what lies beneath each personality. I cried when I read the book and I cried when I saw the movie. PLEASE read the book first, or if you've already seen the movie before reading the book, read it and then go back and see the movie again!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Eastwood's Best November 12, 2006
By Rob
This may be the most outstanding movie dealing with war since The Best year's of Our Lives. I compare it to that because they are both about men experiencing war and confronting coming home. I sit here two days after seeing Flags of Our Fathers and it still resonates within me. It isn't a conventional story arc like Saving Private Ryan and it has a higher bar to clear to convincingly express deeper, more complex themes. Some of the more cynical critics only see it as a rehash of the simple theme that war is hell. Undoubtably, this is one of the themes since Iwo Jima was as hellish as they come. But Eastwood succeeds in much more than that. Never have I seen a more compelling style bringing the viewer to grips with something they can never truly understand without being there. No one is patronized, canonized, or stereotyped, only humanized without sentimentality or simplification. Eastwood is a mature master, and possibly the only current director capable of authentically examining the human soul. I haven't seen any other movie this year on this level. Too bad they probably won't give him back to back Best Director and Best Picture awards, but he deserves it. Best Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography should also go to this picture. Most of all, Adam Beach should get Best Actor for his portrayal of Ira Hayes. If you don't read the book before seeing it, I recommend you at least google the story James Bradley told at the Iwo Jima Memorial to some tourists. It's a nice preface about the men in the immortal photo of Joe Rosenthal.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM A VIETNAM VETERAN................. February 8, 2007
By OILMAN
Format:DVD
I TRULY ENJOYED THIS MOVIE, IT MADE ME THINK BACK TO MY DAYS IN VIETNAM

WE NEVER HAD THE PREJUDICES THAT SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WENT THROUGH.......

I STRONGLY ADVICE YOU TO WATCH THIS MOVIE, AND THINK OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE FIGHTING IN IRAQ.............AND WISH THEM GOD SPEED......................
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As per the book, good!
As per the book, very good! The story of Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon and "Doc" Bradley were true to the book's portrayal.
Published 6 days ago by James Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A must read for the next generation to understand war and how difficult it truly is Very moving and powerful
Published 21 days ago by Anthony B. Cordasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
Tells the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima! Bought this movie and Letters from Iwo Jima at the same time!
Published 24 days ago by Hogbiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic portrayl
Amazing adaptation of what happened after the war and how people actually were beyond the battle field. Read more
Published 25 days ago by anya17970
5.0 out of 5 stars clint Eastwood at his best
One of the better ww2 era war movies made. Up there with saving private ryan, not as good but good. Barry Pepper is good as always
Published 28 days ago by bill dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars A good perspective of the battle
I really enjoyed this movie and think it gave a good perspective of the battle for Iwo Jima, and a understanding of the intensity of the fight from both sides. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bilco41
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more action and less flashbacks
Not enough action for me was hoping for more like war movies lots of flash back that didn't need to be there stay in the war not at home
Published 1 month ago by jim hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving!
My daughter watched it for school and found it very moving. She thought it was an amazing journey! Would watch it again!
Published 1 month ago by AMAC
5.0 out of 5 stars good for my family to have as a history of us
I purchased a few of these videos because my cousin is one of the men raising the flag.....Rene Gagnon.......so it is good to have so family can see a piece of our history
Published 1 month ago by ann perricone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Came sooner than the shipper promised, which I like. This and it's sister movie, "Letters from Iwo Jima," give us a different perspective on one of the most important... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julia D. Thurman
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Letters from Iwo Jima is the far superior of the two
I would say that "Letters from Iwo Jima" succeeds because it tells a straight forward story. "Flags of our Fathers" jumped around alot and constantly demanded that the viewer refocus their attention on a different part of the story. Iwo Jima focused specifically on the... Read more
Mar 6, 2007 by Craig Ian Hutson |  See all 2 posts
special features?
I just received this today. There are zero special features; also the Amazon description which lists "2 discs" is wrong -- there is only one disc with the feature film plus trailers for Letters from Iwo Jima and Babel.
Feb 19, 2007 by Russell Webb |  See all 3 posts
Letters of Iwo Jima or Flags of Our Fathers?
"Letters" - for some reason I became more emotionally involved with the characters and story with "Letters" than wth "Flags". It would be nice if they released an HD-DVD multi-disc retrospective special edition of Letters instead of just "Flags"
Dec 11, 2007 by Techiedude |  See all 4 posts
FIVE-disc Flags/Letters set announced for 22 May! Be the first to reply
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