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Sands Of Iwo Jima / Flying Tigers (1950)

John Wayne , John Agar , Allan Dwan , David Miller  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Wayne, John Agar, John Carroll, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker
  • Directors: Allan Dwan, David Miller
  • Writers: Barry Trivers, Harry Brown, James Edward Grant, Kenneth Gamet
  • Producers: Edmund Grainger
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SHW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sands Of Iwo Jima / Flying Tigers" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

SANDS OF IWO JIMA - John Wayne catapulted from Hollywood leading man to All-American hero with his Oscar-nominated performance as Sgt. Sryker, a hard-nosed Marine sergeant who must mold a company of raw recruits into a combat-ready fighting machine. Feared by many and hated by all, Stryker's training is soon put to the test in a full-scale assault against the Japanese on Iwo Jima - an infamous battle that will live forever in one of cinema's most famous scenes, the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi. FLYING TIGERS - They were the terror of the sky, a small daring band of American mercenaries who soared into battle against the Japanese in defense of China's freedom. They were aces, adventurers and heroes, America's hottest fighter pilots - THE FLYING TIGERS! Possessing unmatched skill and bravery, Jim Gordon (John Wayne), the Tigers' commander, is the top gun of China's skies. But he faces a battle on the ground when his good friend Woody Jason is suspected of recklessly causing the death of a fellow pilot and is accused of stealing Jim's fiancee. Jim's fight to retain his respect for Woody while maintaining the solidarity of his pilots is an explosive battle of courage and heroism that lights up the sky with action!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Wayne double feature, can't beat that March 4, 2007
This is really great, a double feature of John Wayne's World War II classics. Both of these movies are favorites of mine and have a common theme. John Wayne is the the leader trying to develop the men of his command. Flying Tigers is the hotshot fighter pilot movie. Can John Wayne tame a hotshot pilot who is out for his own glory? John Carroll is great as the flamboyant hot shot who learns his lesson the hard way, at the cost of another's life. Sands of Iwo Jima is a classic that way an Oscar nomination for Wayne. Can he reach the son of an officer and friend? Can he find a way to make John Agar grow up? This features used actual footage to add to the realism. This is a bargain, get it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saddle up ! Lets Get Back To The War ! June 17, 2008
By R. Webb
John Wayne's best of the best war movies, Sands Of Iwo Jima, Flying Tigers, showcase the Duke at his take charge military best. Sands Of Iwo Jima, a prime example of fighting men in action, featuring real World War II footage, and as you're watching this film you think about joining the Marines, when they're raising the American Flag on top of Mt. Suribachi. John Wayne was nominated for an Oscar for the role of Sgt. Stryker, the tough no-nonsense Sgt...Flying Tigers, another piece of war history- U.S.A. aiding China against Japan, in which World War II started shortly afterwards, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The basic scenario-The Duke is Gordon in command of this independent flying unit of expert gung-ho pilots playing it for keeps, always keeping tabs on their daily Zero kills. This Republic Pictures dvd is remastered, black and white like the original films at a reasonable price, can't beat two John Wayne classic war films on one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne 2-DVD Pack Sands/Flying Tigers July 7, 2008
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Easily two of Wayne's finest films. If you like John Wayne, you should buy this 2-DVD set. The film quality is great, very clear. There are 2 separate DVDs in one case. Both films are very entertaining on a few levels. The storyline/plot is interesting and causes the viewer to want to find out how it concludes, the characters are multi-facetted and believeable, and the action scenes in both films are very well done. I heard that they used actual WWII combat footage for some parts of the Sands of Iwo Jima, but I can't confirm if this is correct. Often you'll see companies putting one great film packaged with a not so great film, but in this case, both movies in the set are winners. You can't go wrong with this 2-DVD set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a Marine! May 24, 2010
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This is the corp at it's best! Anyone that see's this film will watch it over and over again. John Wayne did more for America and it young men back then. On other person and or film shown what The Marine Corp is about. We place God 1st Country 2nd And our live last! American's watch this film and maybe you can see what they Died for! Most americans forget why we have such a diverse country---FREEDOM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Getem Duke June 18, 2012
First a great value , for two good war movies.
They Were Expendble is the better (more memorable) film of the two.

It is my understanding that PT's did not sink any war ships during WWII.
A fib in this film that omitted would have told the better story.
I think the film is too long and that director John Ford really
beat the theme of expendabilty to a fine mash.
Flying Leathernecks is a good war movie, plenty of action,
and inteligently left the romance on the home front unlike another film I
recently purchased, The Hunters.

PS One reviewer complained of getting only one disk, the product description lists two.There is one movie on each side of my one disk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of the Duke May 17, 2009
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What more can I say? A must have for any serious fan of the "Duke". Excellent war footage mixed in with studio footage. You almost feel as if you were right there during shooting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black and white classics January 12, 2011
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It's great to be able to get DVDs of these old classics. In one of my other John Wayne reviews I mentioned I watched a lot of his movies in theaters in my younger days. These are two more of them. The technology leaves a little to be desired but there were few computers in those days and none capable of enhancing movies. So, some scenes look a little funky like the same Japanese airplane getting flamed twice. But, if you're like me and just enjoy movies for content without a critical eye, these are a couple movies worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great old classic Duke films...... February 27, 2010
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These are simply two more great movies made to encourage patriotism and support for our troops and the war efforts. I enjoyed them both, but then, I have not found a John Wayne movie that I didn't enjoy in some manner..... some more than others of course. If you want to go back in time to WWII era John Wayne and if you enjoy the old war movies, you will love'm both. Enjoy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne always entertaining
Hey, it's John Wayne, what else can I say.
Published 2 days ago by A. Contini.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Both movies are great, especially if you like war movies. And none better than John Wayne.
Published 21 days ago by canfield51
4.0 out of 5 stars DUKE SCORES TWICE!
Now out-of-print Duke double-feature that, thankfully, have been recently rereleased individually. Two of John Wayne's best war films. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Movies
What more can be said than it is classic John Wayne. The only movie better than these two is Red River. But a good John Wayne movie is treat any time.
Published 8 months ago by D Clinkenbeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
I watched these movies with Gpa and I was so happy I found these that way my Dad and I can watch them together.
Published 9 months ago by Shauna McEntegart
5.0 out of 5 stars Twice the Duke.
Two times the Duke, what more can you ask for.
Both are classic Wayne settings.
He will forever be the hero.
Published 10 months ago by Ernest Egley
5.0 out of 5 stars iwo jima
good series I enjoyed it and I look foward to viewing the rest of the dvd it was a real treasure
Published 12 months ago by Steven Henstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage John Wayne
Flying Tigers was an early war film for John Wayne and it shows with the anti-japanese flavor to the film. But still a nice movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Phillip J. Kearnan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke
Almost anything with the Duke in it we have on DVD, also in a book. He has served America very well, even though he wasn't in the military. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dawn Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Flying Tiger film
This was John Wayne's Oscar nominated performance and it was vintage wayne. A newer version of the Flying Tiger story which is epic American heroism is underway and viewers will be... Read more
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