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The Great Fox War Movies (Patton - Special Edition / The Longest Day / Tora! Tora! Tora! - Special Edition)


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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton
  • Directors: Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck, Franklin J. Schaffner, Gerd Oswald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 493 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJ5F0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Disc 1: Patton - Special Edition (Color)
  • Disc 2: The Longest Day (B&W)
  • Disc 3: Tora! Tora! Tora! (Color)
  • 162-page Hardcover, full-color book

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Disc 1: PATTON SPECIAL EDITION Disc 2: LONGEST DAY, THE Disc 3: TORA! TORA! TORA!

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Patton: One of the greatest screen biographies ever produced, this monumental film runs nearly three hours, won seven Academy Awards, and gave George C. Scott the greatest role of his career. It was released in 1970 when protest against the Vietnam War still raged at home and abroad, and many critics and moviegoers struggled to reconcile current events with the movie's glorification of Gen. George S. Patton as a crazy-brave genius of World War II. How could a movie so huge in scope and so fascinated by its subject be considered an anti-war film? The simple truth is that it's not--Patton is less about World War II than about the rise and fall of a man whose life was literally defined by war, and who felt lost and lonely without the grand-scale pursuit of an enemy. George C. Scott embodies his role so fully, so convincingly, that we can't help but be drawn to and fascinated by Patton as a man who is simultaneously bound for hell and glory. Filmed on an epic scale at literally dozens of European locations, Patton does not embrace war as a noble pursuit, nor does it deny the reality of war as a breeding ground for heroes. Through the awesome achievement of Scott's performance and the film's grand ambition, Patton shows all the complexities of a man who accepted his role in life and (like Scott) played it to the hilt. --Jeff Shannon

The Longest Day: This special collector's commemorative edition has been issued in honor of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of France, which marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen. The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour recreation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes, and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two 1962 Oscars® (Special Effects and Cinematography), The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.

Tora! Tora! Tora!: "Sir, there's a large formation of planes coming in from the north, 140 miles, 3 degrees east." "Yeah? Don't worry about it." This is just one of the many mishaps chronicled in Tora! Tora! Tora! The epic film shows the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both sides in the historic first American-Japanese coproduction: American director Richard Fleischer oversaw the complicated production (the Japanese sequences were directed by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, after Akira Kurosawa withdrew from the film), wrestling a sprawling story with dozens of characters into a manageable, fairly easy-to-follow film. The first half maps out the collapse of diplomacy between the nations and the military blunders that left naval and air forces sitting ducks for the impending attack, while the second half is an amazing re-creation of the devastating battle. While Tora! Tora! Tora! lacks the strong central characters that anchor the best war movies, the real star of the film is the climactic 30-minute battle, a massive feat of cinematic engineering that expertly conveys the surprise, the chaos, and the immense destruction of the only attack by a foreign power on American soil since the Revolutionary War. The special effects won a well-deserved Oscar, but the film was shut out of every other category by, ironically, the other epic war picture of the year, Patton. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

This book is on the making of the three great 20th.
Gary P. Cohen
Directed in part by Ken Annakin, war epic THE LONGEST DAY was originally advertised as having a cast of 42 stars.
Annie Van Auken
The problem is the DVD's are in paper inserts in the Book.
Emil Mack

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Directed in part by Ken Annakin, war epic THE LONGEST DAY was originally advertised as having a cast of 42 stars. For some reason, several of these were North American pop singers: Panl Anka, Fabian, Sal Mineo (yes, he recorded for EPIC) and Tommy Sands. One drawback of such an enormous roster is many actors (like Rod Steiger) are limited to a minute of screen time.

You have to admire the scope of this work in its attempt to simultaneously depict events of 6/6/44 from four points of view: German, French, British and American. Three languages are spoken (subtitles provided) and a limited amount of vintage stock footage is included.

Besides military actions of that day, we see activities of French civilians and Resistance operatives as the Normandy shoreline is invaded by the largest military force in history. Brief comic relief in what is deadly serious business provided by Sean Connery (who looks GREAT!) and Red Buttons. Events are personalized as we witness behaviors of leaders, private soldiers and anonymous citizens.

From the German point of view, blame is placed for a successful Allied invasion on Adolf Hitler, who'd taken a sleeping pill and issued a "DO NOT DISTURB" order. But the reality is: nothing short of a miracle could stop such a colossal movement of men and materiél. The best the enemy could've hoped for (if they had available panzers to augment a Luftwaffe force of TWO planes) was a delay of the inevitable.

The Allied incursion into France along with an approach of the Russian Army from the west, plus overwhelming numbers would eventually crush German resistance like a bug between a giant thumb and forefinger.
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By Emil Mack on November 18, 2008
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The Great Fox War Movies (Patton - Special Edition / The Longest Day / Tora! Tora! Tora! - Special Edition)
I purchased this set and the DVD's (6) Were Damaged. I requested a replacement. The Replacement was also damaged. The problem is the DVD's are in paper inserts in the Book. They are not protected. In the packaging process by FOX ( Not Amazon ) The DVD's get all scratched and will not play.
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As I said in the title, I can't vouch for the content as this was purchased as a gift for my Dad. However, the packaging is great. I thought Amazon made a mistake and sent a book instead of the DVD package, but it turned out to be BOTH a book and the DVD's (guess I should have read the description better). In any case, I know they are classic movies and this deluxe presentation will make an impressive gift.
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By Crystal P on August 8, 2008
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These are 3 fantastic WWII movies. First, there's George C. Scott's tour-de-force, Oscar-winning performance as Patton. Second, the Cornelius Ryan all-star classic, The Longest Day. Finally, the definitive Pearl Harbor movie, Tora! Tora! Tora!, which is told from both the American and Japanese points-of-view. You can't go wrong here. Lots of action and limited gore.
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Saw this book listed and available for $20 (movies not included) and I didn't want to pass it up. Upon receiving it I read it from cover to cover in a very short time. The information included in the behind-the-scenes of these three war movies is fascinating and detailed, and thoroughly enjoyable if you like the production side of movie-making. I already had the movies so not having the disks included with the book was no big deal, and I thought $20 for the book was a reasonable price. Glad I made the purchase.
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