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Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDJOO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

Editorial Reviews


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 DVDs. 2006/color/132 min/R/widescreen.

Customer Reviews

This movie is just boring.
J. Antin
Eastwood uses cinematography with a heightened visual reality that makes the film a wonder to behold.
Joshua Miller
This film depicts war as war is and the way men are affected in battle.

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Susan Palmbach on 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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on February 15, 2007
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With Flags Of Our Fathers receiving so many negative reviews, I hesitated in buying the DVD. Still, I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood as both an actor and a director, plus I love movies about World War II. I purchased the film and found myself really liking it. I was surprised. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting big things to happen. Anyway, I had no trouble with the flash-backs, or the character development, or the fact that the battle for Iwo Jima wasn't covered as heavily as was the effort to raise money with the rallies for War Bonds. I had no problem following the movie and was caught up in it within the first few minutes. I thought the performances were excellent by all three of the main actors (Jesse Bradford, Ryan Phillippe and Adam Beach), and that Clint Eastwood did a marvelous job of conveying the fact that war is hell and that no soldier goes untouched by what he or she experiences. In fact, the movie made me feel sad for what the real-life soldiers--John "Doc" Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes--had to go through once the war was over. One day you're a celebrity, then the next day no one wants to return your phone calls. I have nothing bad to say about Flags Of Our Fathers. I really enjoyed this movie and look forward to seeing Letters From Iwo Jima when it comes out on DVD in a few months. As far as extras go, there are none on this DVD. If you want to buy it, my suggestion would be to wait for the Director's Cut, or the Special Two-disc Collector's Edition, to come out some time in the next couple of months. Mr. Eastwood always does a Special Edition of his Oscar nominated films. Though I'll always see Clint Eastwood as his most famous character, "Dirty" Harry Callahan, I have to admit to being extremely pleased with how he's done as a director. This is one man who'll always make your day, if you give him the opportunity. A great film maker with a great story to tell!
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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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