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Pearl Harbor (The Director's Cut) (Four-Disc Vista Series) (2001)

Ben Affleck , Kate Beckinsale , Michael Bay  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,260 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott, Greg Zola
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Writers: Randall Wallace
  • Producers: Barry H. Waldman, Bruce Hendricks, Chad Oman, Jennifer Klein, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Director's Cut, Collector's Edition, THX, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3TZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pearl Harbor (The Director's Cut) (Four-Disc Vista Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Mail-in Certificate for a $10 Rebate for Owners of Previous Editions, Expires 1/2/03
  • Disc One
  • Intro and letterbox explanation by Michael Bay
  • Pearl Harbor: The Director's Cut - Rated R (Part 1)
  • Disc Two
  • Pearl Harbor: The Director's Cut - Rated R (Part 2)
  • Disc Two, Three & Four
  • Hours of Interactive in-depth "Making Of" features
  • "Journey To The Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor" segments (approximately 45 minutes) including segments on Battleship Row Attack, Sandbag Explosion, Dorrie Miller At The Guns, The Airfield Attack, The Scramble To The Planes, The Dud Bomb, The Oklahoma Gimble, The Doolitle Raid
  • The Surprise Attack - A multi-angle breakdown of the film's most exciting sequence (approximately 30 minutes)--includes video intro by Michael Bay
  • Multiple video tracks that will include pre-visualization: Storyboards, artwork, animatics, effects plates, green screen, and final sequence--All accessible by switching angles
  • Commentaries from veterans
  • Pearl Harbor Historic Timeline - a set-top interactive feature produced by documentarian Charles Kiselyak.  Through an innovative animated timeline, viewers will be able to select historic videos, audio clips, text, or photos that set the stage for the events in Hawaii, or follow how they impacted world events that transpired as a result of the conflict. (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • Soldier's Boot Camp - This segment follows the actors as they take preparation for their roles to an extreme.  In the first segment, Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and their co-stars are put through grueling paces by an over-enthusiastic drill sergeant.  The second segment follows Alec Baldwin through his officer training. (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • "One Hour Over Tokyo" - The History Channel's documentary
  • Super-8 Montage - A collection of unseen super-8 footage shot for potential use in the movie by Michael Bay's Visual Assistant, Mark Palansky
  • "Deconstructing Destruction" - an in-depth conversation among filmmakers with interactive industrial light and magic sequences
  • Nurse Ruth Erickson interview
  • "Unsung Heroes" - The History Channel documentary

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

PEARL HARBOR: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT Vista Series DVD is the most extensive exploration of moviemaking ever presented. Four discs showcase more than 60 new shots in the film and over 12 hours of new special features. There's never been anything like it before. History comes alive in the unforgettable epic motion picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Astounding visual and audio effects put you at the center of the event that changed the world -- that early Sunday morning in paradise when warplanes screamed across the peaceful skies of Pearl Harbor and jolted America into World War II. This real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, and personal courage focuses on the war's devastating impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck (ARMAGEDDON) and Josh Hartnett (BLACK HAWK DOWN), and a beautiful, dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale (SERENDIPITY). PEARL HARBOR is extraordinary moviemaking -- a breathtaking reenactment of the "date which will live in infamy" and a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who lived it.

Sometimes bigger is actually better. Nearly matching the size of director Michael Bay's ego, this massive four-disc set is a veritable Pearl Harbor archive, and ironically, Bay's film remains the least interesting component. It's a purely conventional Hollywood take on the tragedy, using a clichéd love triangle between two ace pilots (Josh Hartnett, Ben Affleck) and a Pearl Harbor nurse (Kate Beckinsale) as an "intimate" means of spectacularly re-creating the attack that thrust America into World War II. The director's cut adds little to the previous DVD release, apart from authentic R-rated carnage during the Japanese raid, and minor expansion of the Hartnett-Beckinsale romance. Commentaries range from superfluous (Bay and film historian Jeanine Basinger) to highly entertaining (Ben Affleck and costars) and technically informative (primary production team), and a spirited examination of visual effects (with Bay and ILM supervisor Eric Brevig) is guaranteed to fascinate anyone interested in physical effects and CGI. A broad "making of" documentary is noteworthy for one-time viewing, while abundant historical records make this a valuable compilation of definitive materials.

The History Channel's "One Hour over Tokyo" and "Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor" provide depth that Bay's movie lacks, and Charles Kiselyak's interactive timeline is arguably the finest feature included, providing an in-depth historical perspective on U.S.-Japan relations. Even a brief reenactment of a Pearl Harbor nurse's journal is moving in a way that Bay's film can only try to be, while the "Interactive Attack Sequence" provides a multifaceted exploration of the entire production process (a highly educational feature for aspiring filmmakers). All in all, these four discs offer an admirable balance between Bay's technically impressive but ill-conceived epic and a thorough, fitting tribute to those who endured hell on that fateful Sunday in 1941. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

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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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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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30 of 36 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 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deep Six Pearl Harbor January 16, 2002
By A Customer
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
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what i wanted.
Published 1 day ago by gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and gut-wrenching
I love this movie because it gives our younger generation an idea of how horrible this event really was. Read more
Published 1 day ago by JIsaacs8
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in Bluray
This is a great movie and have itt in Blu ray is even better. Better color and sound. I recommend anyone that likes movies about Pearl Harbor to buy or rent it to own.
Published 8 days ago by Michael Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Visited many of the areas where this was filmed and felt it was a good representation (albeit Hollywood's rendition) of the events. Loved this version.
Published 9 days ago by Karen P Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well do movie Special effects are great!This is amust for all who enjoy movies about World War2
Published 10 days ago by Stephen Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If your looking for a micheal bay film than you found it
Published 11 days ago by James Swayne
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgot about the looooong love story, wanted more
Watched this a looong time ago and fired it up again. Forgot about the looooong love story, wanted more action
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars in terms of visuals it is a delight, but the plot is horrendous.
Despite its great visuals, perhaps one of the worst WWII films, and in terms of retelling the story of Pearl the absolute worst. Read more
Published 16 days ago by sgt_maddog
1.0 out of 5 stars So good, it's bad
I am a connoisseur of bad movies. That is to say, that I love them with my whole heart. Pearl Harbor is one of those movies that is so bad, and so awful, that it can't even be... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jasper
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Does anyone other than me think that this is a truely touching story...
Sorry Megan but your on your own. Love stories set during war aren't uncommon, as a matter of fact there are tons of the damn things.

However, and even though I'm not an American, to take a subject like Pearl Harbour and turn it into this rubbish, it really does a disservice to every one of the... Read More
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