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Tora! Tora! Tora! (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1970)

Martin Balsam , S Yamamura , Kinji Fukasaku , Richard Fleischer  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Martin Balsam, S Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku, Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Gordon W. Prange, Hideo Oguni, Ladislas Farago, Larry Forrester
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), English (Dolby Digital 4.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHSVSC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tora! Tora! Tora! (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Richard Fleischer and Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith IV
  • Two historical documentaries
  • "AMC Backstory: Tora! Tora! Tora!" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes still galleries
  • 10 "Fox Movietone News" clips
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

"Tora! Tora! Tora!" is the Japanese signal to attack - and the movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore it's possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warn of it - but never reach F.D.R.'s desk. Radar warnings are disregarded. Even the entrapment of a Japanese submarine in Pearl Harbor before the attack goes unreported. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives - in the most spectacular, gut-wrenching cavalcade of action-packed footage ever. You'll see moments of unsurpassed spectacle and heroism: U.S. fighters trying to take off and being hit as they taxi; men blasted from the decks of torpedoed ships while trying to rescue buddies; savage aerial dogfights pitting lone American fliers against squadrons of Imperial war planes. It's the most dazzling recreation of America's darkest day - and some of her finest hours.

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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Confirmation? There's your confirmation!" January 12, 2004
Format:DVD
I first saw Tora! Tora! Tora! (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! in Japanese) in 1974, when I was 20 years old on Atlanta's Channel Two. As strange as this may sound, I have always liked movies about World War II. My stepfather had served in the Navy during the war and in fact he had joined the service shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which is the subject of this 2 hour and 25 minute-long Japanese-American 1970 production.
This movie was directed by several directors including Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasuka, but the American version (yes, there is a Japanese version) gives the credit to veteran director Richard Fleischer. Based on Gordon W. Prange's "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and Ladislas Farago's "The Broken Seal", the film accurately depicts the events on both sides of the Pacific leading up to the stunning attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Sunday, December 7, 1941.
Even though it covers an 18-month period between Admiral Yamamoto's (Soh Yamamura) initial planning for Operation Hawaii and the attack itself, Tora! Tora! Tora! (the title refers to the code used to inform the Japanese that the Americans had been caught by surprise) never drags or seems dull. I learned, for instance, that Japanese Ambassador Nomura was a skilled and honorable diplomat who did not know what his country's military leaders were planning, and that he hoped to avoid war. I was also stunned by how General Walter C. Short (Jason Robards) was so preoccupied by the threat of sabotage from Hawaii's 125,000 Japanese inhabitants that he foolishly parked all the bombers and fighters in Hickam and Wheeler Fields in neat rows, supposedly to make them easier to guard but actually making them sitting ducks.
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312 of 335 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not a big war-movie buff any more (THE SEARCH FOR PRIVATE RYAN cured me) but this is a worthwhile film if you have an interest in WWII. TORA! TORA! TORA! is a documentary-type film. Think of it as a Stephen Ambrose book recorded live. The film is neither a glorified fifties war-film (IN HARMS WAY, BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA), nor is it a Viet Nam noir-war film (PLATOON, THE DEER HUNTER). (Neither of which are particularly authentic.)
TORA! TORA! TORA! recreates war from the perspective of news correspondent-participant-observer. The story is presented from both the Japanese and American viewpoints and it is presented like a History Channel film.
It took the film crew several months to film TORA! TORA! TORA! I was living in Navy housing on Pearl Harbor at the time and a number of our friends and acquaintences found part-time jobs acting in the film. "Real" military pilots in-between rounds in Viet Nam flew some of the planes (this was 1969).
Much of the architecture in Honolulu was vintage WWII era or earlier and the rest of the island was relatively unchanged from the 1940s. The terrain looked very much as it had when my father-in-law passed through on his way to Guadalcanel and later Iwo Jima.
I cannot tell you the names of the aircraft (my husband could) but I was told that they used real aircraft from the period including the P40s the U.S. flew and the captured Zeros the Japanese flew. We drove up to Schoffield Barracks to look at the old airplanes lined up row on row. During the filming, one of these old planes crashed in a sugar cane field and burned up before the pilot could be rescued.
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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful
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I feel that the release by 20th Century Fox of the Japanese cinema version of Tora! Tora! Tora! on Blu-ray and with an additional ten minutes of Japanese produced scenes warrants further attention directed largely at its historical content. The Blu-ray is noticeably darker and the grain heavier in scenes such as the Japanese aircraft launch from the flagship Akagi in the pre-dawn of December 7.

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a gripping and mostly accurate account of Japan's treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and the events that preceded it. Fox intended that the film would be both historically accurate and balanced. To achieve that balance, Fox arranged for American and Japanese producers and directors to film their accounts of the Japanese attack independently and then blended both accounts into one story. For greater realism, Fox wisely chose to exclude top film stars, such as Charlton Heston or John Wayne, and selected a cast of fine character actors for the American and Japanese roles in the film. The American account appears to have been largely drawn from Professor Gordon W. Prange's authoritative history "At Dawn we slept" and does not shy away from depicting the succession of blunders that should have alerted the American armed forces in Hawaii to the approaching danger.

The logistical problems facing the producers were very challenging. When the film was being made in 1970, computer generated images (CGI) had not been invented. No Japanese aircraft dating from 1941 were available except in museums. So Fox converted American Vultee BT-13 and North American AT-6 Texan basic trainers to look like Zeros, Aichi "Val" dive-bombers, and Nakajima Navy Type 97 "Kate" level and torpedo bombers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good history lesson
When we visited Pearl Harbor in March, this movie was recommended by one tour guide. When I got home, I decided to get this movie and it spends a lot of time developing the plots... Read more
Published 2 days ago by kencal
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Hollywood war film
For starters, we don't come out winners at the end of the film - life is like that. Also, the producers managed to make a film without giving in to the conventional wisdom that... Read more
Published 7 days ago by W. Ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely incredible movie!
This movie addresses the events that led up to and surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, on December 7th, 1941. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Udayan Mallik
5.0 out of 5 stars Foul ups on both sides
This is a must for anyone interested in the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The in depth documentary on the two disk set lists all the errors that took place on both the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Wanda Hargrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Never, ever, underestimate the audacity of a foreign foe.
This movie is one of my all time favorites. A bit long but that is expected considering the nature of the planning and details that preceded the eventual attack.
Published 13 days ago by Louis A. Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Most accurate, balanced, yet exciting war movie ever
A surprisingly balanced and extremely accurate account of Pearl Harbor, from both points of view. The frustration of seeing all the missed opportunities that would have saved... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Orson Scott Card
5.0 out of 5 stars Tora Tora Tora
The Japanese speak Japanese, and they aren't stupid. LOVE the opening soundtrack. This is a 1970's classic and one of the few war movies that gets it right --- not too... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Paul West
5.0 out of 5 stars pearl habor movie
my husband and I were married on December 7th 1974 and we always watch this movie on our anniversary.i have it one vhs and needed it on dvd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars classic war story
Wanted something to compliment my Midway and other war movies. Some afternoons are just made for nostalgic movies. This was a great story and is close to true history.
Published 1 month ago by R. Conklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Tora! Tora! Tora! Good DVD
Good movie recommend any and every person watch this movies. This movie reminds me of the People who say "It is not possible, that would not happen or you did not realize how... Read more
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