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National Geographic - Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack
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The video deals almost as much with the present as it does the past, switching back and forth between then and now in a pattern which basically takes you through the overall sequence of events on the day that will forever live in infamy. Personally, I could have done with much less footage of Ballard's search for the Japanese midget sub; it's certainly interesting, but the search fails to provide us with any important new information. The footage taken by robotic vehicles from inside the Arizona was also interesting; this was, after all, the first time the interior of the ill-fated battleship has been seen since the morning of December 7, 1941.
I won't quibble very much about the description and footage of the attack. Obviously, this one video could not go into all of the tragic events of that day, but it does offer a good overview of the situation, does great honor to those who died that Sunday morning as well as those who survived, and gives mention to several facts that aren't mentioned all that often - e.g., the fact that a sub was spotted approaching Pearl Harbor four hours before the attack (and three hours before a second sub was sighted and fired upon by the Ward).Read more ›
The DVD is multifaceted. In part it showcases Bob Ballard and his quest for a Japanese midget sub. That is interesting enough, but that isn't the real attraction of the documentary. The more important part of the film are images of the December 7, 1941 attack, the haunting footage of the 'Arizona' as she is now (including unbelievable interior shots), and most powerfully of all, the interviews with Pearl Harbor survivors. There are also some interactive maps, a behind the scenes feature and extended survivor interviews as bonus features.
I really must emphasize the importance of the survivor interviews. These interviews are unstructured, and they tell the audience what they think is important. It is all important. I can't imagine that anyone can listen to these men recount their experiences without feeling a huge debt of gratitude to them. They are true American heroes. This DVD is about sacrifice and the things that are good about the United States. It is hard to watch what they went through, but it is important that we never forget.
Buy this DVD and remember the lessons of Pearl Harbor.
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This is a great movie to watch. Definitely good to watch about the History of Pearl Harbor.Published 1 month ago by southernlass
I used to watch this show on Netflix but they removed it from their listing. I've watched it so many times I practically have it memorized. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mom2benbryan
I just love National Geographic DVD's... this one was no exception. Perfect price and works great!Published 18 months ago by Robert J. Wlodarski
First off, it's so awesome that Tom Brokaw himself narrates this great and important part of history. Second, the overall picture, sound and story are great. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Thomas M. Kensil
The documentary had a great combination of telling the story about what happened on Dec. 7, 1941 and interviews with WWII Pearl Harbor survivors. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. Hunt