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Guadalcanal: The Island Of Death

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Dolby, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00153ZR7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This 2 DVD set deals with the first US offensive in WWII against Japan. The campaign included the Marines and the Navy. The campaign to secure the island lasted six months and it included six major naval battles.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! April 10, 2010
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This is a spectacular documentary on Guadalcanal. It is the 2 disc version of the Timeless Media Group's Guadalcanal - Island of Death Documentary. There is a one disc version which has 9 reviews. This one has the wrong pubisher listed on the Amazon description which is why it might not get the proper attention it deserves.

It is nearly 4 hours (230 minutes) in length and does a specatacular job of telling the story. It contains commentary from 3 different historians and several veterans of the battle. It does a great job of highighting the ships lost in the various naval engagements. It does a nice job of comparing the aircraft involved. It uses computer animated maps to show troop movements for the major battles.

Here are the chapters on the two discs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good history lesson July 25, 2010
Good video, has good set up, i.e. battles before Guadalcanal. Covers all the sea battles around the island, Salvo island etc. Covers the Cactus air force and their air battles.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been Better January 6, 2011
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This production does have some interesting facts it presents, such as how the Navy Department tackled logistic problems and ship reinforcement during the first six months of the Japan-USA war, and the fact that other carrier based raids were carried out against the Japanese in the western Pacific during the period of the Dolittle raid on Tokyo. Food poisoning our Marines and sailors came down with when they were fed spoiled chicken (green meat)during the voyage from California to New Zealand, which is disgracefull.

But there are problems. First, one of the historians they interview is given to exageration, such as statements he made regarding the Battle of the Coral Sea. He states correctly that this was the first carrier vs. carrier battle in naval history, and the first naval battle in which neither fleet's ships sighted each other from on deck. But then, as if to confirm or emphasize these points, he states that only the carriers were engaged in the combat. Well, this is just not true, neither logically nor factually. The task forces for both sides sailed with a variety of escort ships- destroyers, cruisers, supply ships, etc. These ships on both sides were attacked by opposing aircraft during the battle, and of course, the guns on all those non-carrier ships fired back. So obviously, these ships were engaged in the combat, and some of them were sunk, and they shot down their share of aircraft.

Another thing that I have become frustrated with over the years, and is apparent in this film, is the rather free use of stock footage in this production, to the point that some segments might now be labelled as 'generic footage'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Guadalcanal- Island of Death DVD September 12, 2013
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Every video of Guadalcanal have the same sea battle scenes. I wanted to see land based combat photography+. The battle for Bloody Nose Ridge could have been done with graphics and narrative to give a more interest in this important battle.
Jim Wilson
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