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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

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"Journey To The Screen" -- The Making Of PEARL HARBOR

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 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • 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 (2,448 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JVSUS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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97 of 113 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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50 of 61 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jr on May 28, 2001
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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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56 of 72 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Foxx on December 8, 2001
Format: DVD
Michael Bay's latest epic sinks under it's own wright faster than the very ship-cum-movie which is obviously it's model. and whereas James Cameron's epic Titanic was actually involving, Bay's attempt, despite it's best intentions, is uninteresting and undramatic.
save, admittably, the highlight of the film - a full 40 minutes of Bay doing what he does best, that is to say, to blow stuff up good - Pearl Harbor is an uneasy drama and a pretty poor romance. it's also a cliched buddy movie from the opening scene, in which an eight year old repeatedly beats a World War I vet with a board and calls him a "dirty German". we're presented a poor collection of cliched characters - the Unseperable Buddies Who Always Wanted To Fly Bomber Planes, the Beautiful Woman Who Comes Between Them, the Stuttering Freind, and, yes, even the Token Black Guy. let's not forget the Evil Japanese. with no real back story or intertesting dialouge (most of it is damned laughable), the actors try their best to pull this thing out of the hole it's dug itself. they don't.
the story drags itself through beautiful sets without a hint of historical accuracy, through sappy and uninvolving romance, and finally up to 12/7/41, where the film's few pleasures can be found. stuff blows up real good - for over a half hour - and I suddenly found myself interested. regardless of the story that surrounds it, Bay proves here to be an able craftsman with obvious talent for directing stuff blowing up, sinking, crashing, and other forms of mass destruction - one wishes he were given something on the level of, say, Die Hard to work with. but he's not, and ultimatley the action, which takes up only about 21% of the movie's run time, is the only highlight in this amazingly disapointing cinematic train wreck.
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