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Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray]

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History comes alive in the unforgettable epic motion picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Experience the groundbreaking special effects that place you at the center of one of the watershed events of the twentieth century, presented for the first time through the magic of Blu-ray Disc technology! Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale star in this real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, personal courage and sacrifice. See the battle as never before in 1080p high definition, while the astonishing 5.1 48 kHz, 24-bit uncompressed audio will make you feel as though you're in the cockpit of your own fighter plane. The unparalleled realism of Blu-ray Disc technology delivers a breathtaking reenactment of the "date which will live in infamy."

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To call Pearl Harbor a throwback to old-time war movies is something of an understatement. Director Michael Bay's epic take on the bombing that brought the United States into World War II hijacks every war movie situation and cliché (some affectionate, some stale) you've ever seen and gives them a shiny, glossy spin until the whole movie practically gleams. Planes glisten, water sparkles, trees beckon--and Bay's re-creation of the bombing itself, a 30-minute sequence that's tightly choreographed and amazingly photographed, sets the action movie bar up quite a few notches. And in updating the classic war film, Bay and screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) use that old plot standby, the love triangle--this time, it's between two pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and a nurse (Kate Beckinsale) who find themselves stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, during what they thought would be a nice, sunny tour of duty. Then, of course, history intervened.
br/> For the first 90 minutes of the movie, Affleck and Beckinsale find a nice, appealing chemistry that plays on his strengths as a movie star and hers as a serious actress--he gives her glamour, she gives him smarts. Their truncated romance--the beginning of which is told in flashback so we can get right to the point where he has to leave her to go to England--works, thanks to their charm. They're no Kate and Leo from Titanic (a strategy the film strives hard toward), but they're pretty darn adorable in their own right. Hartnett, as the not entirely unwelcome third wheel, squints bravely but makes only a slight dent in the film. Everyone else in Pearl Harbor--from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brave navy seaman to Jon Voight's able impersonation of FDR--is pretty much a glorified walk-on, taking a backseat to the pyrotechnics and action sequences that keep the three-hour film in fairly constant motion. But when that action does take hold, Pearl Harbor is quite a thrilling ride. --Mark Englehart

Special Features

"Journey To The Screen" -- The Making Of PEARL HARBOR|"Unsung Heroes" -- Interview Feature With The Heroes Of WWII|Music Video -- "There You'll Be" Performed By Faith Hill|Theatrical Trailer|Teaser Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,617 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JVSUS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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Much has been made of historical inaccuracies in this film, but what a viewer should consider is whether they want to be entertained or given a history lesson. There are wonderful documenteries that will give the "true" story, this film is aimed at being an entertainment with a historical background and on that level it is tremendously successful. In a program on the History Channel, "History VS Hollywood", two historians pointed out the flaws, but came to the conclusion that it is basically "history". If nothing else the film illustrates an important event that many in today's audiences really do not know anything about. For this reason alone, it is an important film.
Critics have been hard on the love story that takes up the opening section. This part of the film is really necessary as it puts a human face on the horrible attack and the subsequent bomber raid on Japan. Yes, it is a typical "lovers seperated by war, brought together by tragedy" script, but it is very well done. Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett are excellent and moving as the three caught in a situation they never wanted. Their story is much more involving and believable than the romance that James Cameron forced on "Titanic".
A number of actors who usually star in other films are used to advantage in smaller roles. Alec Baldwin is an excellent "Jimmy Doolittle". It is amazing that on a recent talk show, the host, in her late 30s, did not know who Doolittle was (an example of why this film is important in bringing history to the younger audiences). Jon Voight is a wonderful President Roosevelt. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in a very small, but important role, is a standout.
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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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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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The only thing that saves this movie from being a complete waste of time is the attack itself. That entire sequence is harrowing and a very tough watch. Kudos to the Special Effects people. It was as if history came alive. However, the tremendous carnage and bloodshed displayed here I'm quite sure paled in comparison to the real thing, and that realization saddened me even further. I couldn't help but think that all those brave souls didn't stand a chance. Thanks to the Military Industrial Complex, they weren't given the opportunity to defend themselves, and they went down fighting the best they could.

As for the rest of the movie, the makers thought they could use the love-triangle formula from Titanic, and in that respect they fail miserably. The moment that first bomb landed in Pearl Harbor, everything else was rendered meaningless. All of a sudden, the problems of three people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, yet I'm supposed to still care about these people and their pitiful concerns.

I could more than tolerate Kate Beckinsale. She did an admirable job, and the horror and disbelief he displayed when the victims started rolling in after the attack began was probably not too far off from what the real-life nurses demonstrated that day. She was very much in the moment. While I thought that Ben Affleck was excellent in Argo, he brought nothing here. I think he's come a long way since this mess. In what was supposed to be his big "breakout" role, Josh Hartnett exhibited a range similar to that of wallpaper.

Aside from the attack, the other reason I don't despise this film with every fiber of my being is that I saw this for $6.50 at a matinee. For some reason, that made the whole experience less painful.
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