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Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [HD DVD] (2006)

Ryan Phillippe , Barry Pepper , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  HD DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford, Christopher Curry
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: James Bradley, Paul Haggis, Ron Powers, William Broyles Jr.
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: DreamWorks Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77QDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • High Definition (1080p)
  • HD-DVD 30 x 2
  • 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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69 of 74 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 100 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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best January 31, 2007
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I'm sick of people trying to compare this movie with Saving Private Ryan. They aren't even close enough or have enough similarities between them to compare. Saving Private Ryan was a flat-out action movie, and the character development wasn't as good as this. Don't get me wrong, Saving Private Ryan was one of my favorites, but in my opinion, Flags is better.

Flags of our Fathers is much more of a drama, and the battle scenes are stretched out in the movie, and when they do show themselves, they are brief, yet action-packed. Since Spielberg had a hand in the movie, the characteristic color-desaturation is apparent throughout the film. The effects are very good, and I got chills when they showed Suribachi being shelled from afar.

The character story is very deep in Flags, and you truly feel for each soldier that the movie focuses upon. Ira Hayes, played by Adam Beach, steals the show with his incredibly haunting performance. Never in this movie did I become bored. But as for you war-movie fans who only want blood and violence, this one will probably disappoint you, although its action scenes were done extremely well.

The majority of the movie is after the three surviving flag-raisers are taken home to take part in a bond-drive. The actual war-scenes are random flashbacks throughout the movie. The rest of the movie that hasn't been mentioned takes place before James Bradley wrote the book on which the movie was based. He is interviewing his father and such, and these scenes are quite a small percentage of the overall film, but very emotional.

Overall, this movie is one of the top films I've ever seen, and Clint's companion, Letters from Iwo Jima, was equally impressive. I was upset when Clint didn't get a best director bid for flags, but Letters is up for "best film," so I was ok. This movie will certainly be in the top of my collection for as long as I live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was a great movie great action in the landing scene second to...
this was a great movie. Great action in the landing scene second to saving private ryan. me and my dad watched it together
Published 6 days ago by Charisse Jenkins
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 13 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 27 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by ann perricone
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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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