Pearl Harbor 2001 PG-13 CC

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Recreation of Pearl Harbor and the harrowing wartime aftermath.

Starring:
Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett
Runtime:
3 hours 4 minutes

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Pearl Harbor

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance, Action
Director Michael Bay
Starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett
Supporting actors Kate Beckinsale, William Lee Scott, Greg Zola, Ewen Bremner, Alec Baldwin, Jaime King, Catherine Kellner, Jennifer Garner, Jon Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Shannon, Matthew Davis, Mako, John Fujioka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Colm Feore, Dan Aykroyd, Reiley McClendon
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Not in "pearl harbor".
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This is a very realistic movie with great special effects also.
Shannon
It was one of the best movies I've ever seen.-
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93 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Shane Bushman on January 30, 2007
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie was definitely one to show off the Blu-Ray format, but some corporate genius decided not to pay MS royalties for the use of VC-1, and they went with MPEG2 again on PH. Unless you have the sharpness dialed down on your set, or a 720p display blocking can be seen on this title pretty easily. If you're not sensitive to it then you're lucky. It comes through looking almost like a second layer of grain, but not the very fine grain of good film we're used to. I know some films are intentionally grainy, but rather than error diffusion (like real grain) this movie exhibits patterned grain. It is an artifact of MPEG2 block in motion.

Titles released on Blu-Ray in VC1 encoding have proven how much better they can look. Why won't they maximize the potential of the format already?
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Paul Huang on November 6, 2007
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is very enjoyable in plot and special effects. But, unfortunately the video transfer was poorly done in Blu-ray. If you already have standard DVD version, save your money.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Chillianis on January 6, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Where to begin?
OK.
Why in Heaven's name would the producers go through all the effort to digitally recreate "Battleship Row" and waves upon waves of attacking Japanese aircraft, only to show a US NAVY NIMITZ Class nuclear carrier in another scene, and try to palm it off as a Japanese carrier? And the footage of the TICONDEROGA Class Guided Missile Cruisers (First commissioned in 1980), interspersed with the WWII battleships getting blown up, was another anachronistically lovely touch as well.
Add to this a sophomoric love triangle to titillate the pre-pubescent girls (and some of their mothers) in the audience, and pitch it all as a tribute to the fighting men of WWII, and you have the recipe for a totally overhyped, "film that will live in infamy".
The most enjoyable part of the tape, for me, was the "History Channel" program that followed the movie, and showed actual footage from 1941, and told the story of some of the unsung heroes of that day. It's a shame that the producers couldn't spare a few minutes from their three hour long tribute to "Love Story", so rudely interrupted by a few obligatory battle scenes, to do justice to these brave men's story.
Do yourself a favor and get the Widescreen version of "Tora, Tora, Tora" instead. No digital "magic", but an infinitely better telling of the story of the "date that will live in infamy". Sorry girls, no Ben Affleck either.
By the way, the passenger car outside Ben Affleck's train window, "Silver Horizon" was built for the "California Zephyr" in 1948, 7 years after Pearl Harbor. But that's being real picky, I know.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
Format: DVD
For aviation and warbird afficianados, the much-anticipated flying scenes are sorely disappointing. The Battle of Britain is inaccurately depicted. Sorry to say (particularly for the Brits), late model Mark V and IX Spitfires (cannon-armed & 4 blade props!) weren't available for the Battle. It's understandable that a low-budget film would have to show late models for "real" ground & taxiing shots, but the computer-generated aerial battles could have at least been rendered with correct models. Here's another...Ben Affleck is shot down & ditches in the Channel where moments before he was in sight of Beachy Head. Goes MIA for weeks? Rescued by a French boat? How long did you tread water Ben? Maybe the Brits didn't want to rescue this one! Here's my vote for editing award of the movie. Look carefully and you'll see the yellow-nosed Bf109 which waxed Ben's fanny viewed from the rear in a hanger at Pearl Harbor! Reverse lend lease? Do you really think Doolittle would draft 2 single-engine flyboys for the Tokyo raid? Bit of an insult to the B25 crews there. Bottom line if you want the aerial view of the Battle of Britain, rent the movie by same name. For Pearl, go with Tora Tora Tora & Finally 30 Seconds Over Tokyo is still the definitive movie on the Doolittle Raid.
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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on June 16, 2002
Format: DVD
The Vista Series has released the biggest and greatest DVD package ever assembled with "Pearl Harbor- The Director's Cut." The new 184 Minute cut is edited better. The attack sequence is more realistic and graphic, the reason for this cut's R-rating. And the four-disc set features hours of behind-the-scenes footage, two documentaries on the real attack and the Doolittle Raid, and commentary tracks from Michael Bay and Janine Basinger; Jerry Brucheimer, Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Alec Baldwin; The Director of Photography, Costume Designer, Visual Effects Supervisor and Composer. A great addition to the DVD collection. And if you think this is good, then get ready for the November release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring- The Director's Edition" four-disc set! Movie Grade: A+; DVD Grade: A+
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Theodore E. Kim on May 28, 2001
A budget-buster worthy of a gander. Taking a page from the romance-driven epic 'Titanic,' this film is heavy on the lovey-dovey kitsch early on. Ben Affleck is his usual charming self as a hot-shot pilot and Kate Beckinsale sparkles as a Navy nurse. But the good stuff doesn't start until the middle of the movie, when hundreds of Japanese 'zero' planes descend upon Pearl Harbor like a pack of ravenous mosquitos. The buildup to the fateful 'Day of Infamy' is intense, and the destruction of America's Pacific Fleet is both stunning and catastrophic - a milestone in moviemaking that is not to be missed. But while it is clear that Director Michael Bay (Armageddon) knows how to charm and thrill an audience, he fails to captivate the imagination. The movie concludes with the riveting 'Doolittle raid' of Tokyo. Yet instead of contemplating the tragedy that was Pearl Harbor, the viewer is left with a vacant feeling in the gut and, more importantly, the heart. Sure, we get bucket-loads of 'How it looked.' But this movie is soft in what could have been it's most important attribute: 'Why was it important?'
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