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Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray] (2006)

Ben Affleck , Josh Hartnett  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,247 customer reviews)

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  • 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)
  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JVSUS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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

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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

Product Description

History comes alive in the unforgettable 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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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked this movie - Too bad it's another MPEG2 encode 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deep Six Pearl Harbor January 16, 2002
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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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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but so so video transfer November 6, 2007
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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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BETTER CUT & A GREAT DVD RELEASE! June 16, 2002
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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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Excuse For A War Film January 6, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Where to begin?
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 18 people found the following review helpful
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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About the aspect ratio of this movie on BD
It's widescreen and it looks great. Amazon's description is at fault.
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