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Windtalkers (Special Director's Edition) (2002)

Nicolas Cage , Adam Beach , John Woo  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: Joe Batteer, John Rice
  • Producers: Alison R. Rosenzweig, Arthur Anderson, C.O. Erickson, Caroline Macaulay, John J. Smith
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PBZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Windtalkers (Special Director's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never-before-seen director's cut with over 20 minutes of new footage
  • Personal on-camera introduction by John Woo
  • "The Code Talkers: A Secret Code of Honor" historical documentary
  • "American Heroes: A Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers" WWII tribute piece
  • "The Music of Windtalkers" featurette
  • Battle sequence multi-view of four key action scenes
  • Four fly-on-the-set scene diaries
  • "Actors' Boot Camp" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
  • John Woo biography pages
  • John Woo liner notes
  • $10 mail-in rebate for buyers of the standard edition of Windtalkers

Editorial Reviews

In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award(r) winner*Nicolas Cage) guardsand ultimately befriendsBen Yahzee (Adam Beach), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret? John Woodirects this "exciting" (Premiere),

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91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
Windtalkers is the story of two American soldiers (one played by Christian Slater, the other played by Nic Cage) who are assigned to protect two Navajo soldiers who work as windtalkers, transmitting messages past Japanese codebreakers using their code based on Navajo language.
Yes, there's a lot of violence. Yes, it's grim. The bodyguards, Cage and Slater, are instructed to kill the windtalkers rather than let them fall into enemy hands.
This is a big war movie, not quite on the scale of Saving Private Ryan, but somewhere between something that grand and magnificent and, say, Behind Enemy Lines. Cage and Slater do a good job with their parts, which aren't very fully fleshed out characters.
Woo's direction used to be so over-the-top and artsy... the fight scenes used to be like cartoons, with bad guy and good guy blazing away at each other with two pistols... the most violent scenes were often preceded by or accompanying flocks of birds taking to flight, and bullet-riddled bodies always seem to pirouet in slow motion before they fall down dead. Woo has left a lot of the old personal director's style out of this one, actually. There ARE a lot of bullets, and a lot of the fighting scenes are very unrealistic (true to old Woo there), and there is one scene very reminiscent of old John Woo, where a butterfly floats gracefully above a river then suddenly a bloody body falls into that river, destroying the gorgeous image, juxtaposing a graceful natural image with a gory violent one, etc.
ANYWAY, mostly this is a shoot 'em up war movie, and the old John Woo style is MOSTLY absent.
The story has that one feature going for it, the protection of the Navajo codetalkers, but otherwise it's a very standard war movie, in terms of plot.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who was the movie more focused on? June 27, 2006
Format:DVD
As a nephew of a Navajo Code Talker, I would like to express my thoughts on WINDTALKERS.

First of all, if the focus of a Navajo Code Talker movie is supposed to focus on the Navajo Code Talkers and their involvement in WWII, why is the movie centered around Nicolas Cage's character while Adam Beach and Roger Willie play supporting roles?

Second, since a lot of folks are not informed about this part of WWII history, wouldn't it have been a much better movie if they showed the origin of the Code Talkers before they faced the horrors of war in the Pacific Theatre?

My uncle stood proud among the surviving Code Talkers as they were recently honored for their service in the Pacific. (note: at the beginning of the movie, he is the elder in the hat that talks to Yahzzie before he gets on the bus. He also served as technical consultant.) I'm sure after seeing the movie and having survived WWII, I doubt he enjoyed seeing the Code Talkers' back-burner depiction in the film.

Nice "action" movie, though.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII: John Woo-Style April 7, 2006
Format:DVD
Sure, it's overly melodramatic, and at times historically inaccurate, but if you've ever wanted to see John Woo try his hand at making an epic war film, this film is probably what you would have imagined. Woo reteams with Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater to bring you the story of Navajo American Indians who became code talkers for the United States during the battles in the Pacific. If this DVD is what I think it is, then it is Sony re-releasing a single-disc edition of the Director's Cut that was found on the 3-disc set released by MGM in 2003. Unlike many other "new cuts" released by studios, which incorporate only a few minutes of new footage, the Windtalkers Director's Cut includes 20 more minutes of footage, including scenes that beef up the relationship between Nicolas Cage and Frances O'Connor's characters. This is a much-needed addition, as their relationship in the theatrical version felt underdeveloped. Overall, I think Windtalkers is a triumph for John Woo. While it surely won't be regarded as his best work, there is definitely an audience for this action-packed war story of courage and honor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story lies buried in here somewhere June 15, 2002
From mid-1942 to the end of the Pacific war, approximately 400 Navajo Indians served in all six Marine divisions, Marine Raider battalions and Marine parachute units as "code talkers". Their job was to transmit military traffic by radio and telephone in their native language. It was a code the Japanese never cracked. This is the inner kernel of the script for WINDTALKERS.
Nicolas Cage plays Sgt. Joe Enders. He's already demonstrated his ability to follow orders. In the Solomon Islands campaign, his unit fought to the last man - Enders himself - to defend some piece of scummy swamp. After recovering from injuries, Joe is assigned as guardian to a newly enlisted Navajo, Pvt. Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach), who's a rookie radioman in a Marine recon outfit that's part of the assault on Saipan. Joe's orders are to protect the Navajo code "at all costs", which means, in effect, that Enders must be ready to kill Yahzee rather than allow the latter to be captured by the enemy.
Director John Woo has buried the nugget of a pretty good story in so many dead bodies and special effects that it's virtually lost to view. Woo must have been trying to outdo WE WERE SOLDIERS and BLACK HAWK DOWN in body count. Even when the beleaguered Marines discover they're almost out of ammo, they still manage to mow down the onrushing Japanese in scores. Joe Enders himself, suffering the guilt and rage from being the only survivor of his former Solomon Islands unit, is a one man killing machine seemingly capable of storming Tokyo single-handed. The hapless Ben finds himself put in harm's way as he's forced to trail along after his minder and watch the carnage. The combat action isn't even always plausible.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Kristi Dorsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Will someone please make a real movie about the Diné Code...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Beach is a talented and remarkable Native American actor and I'm...
based on a true story,this depiction of Navajo code-talkers in WWII is a must-see. Adam Beach is a talented and remarkable Native American actor and I'm pleased to see him getting... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie gives knowledge on the Navaho indian and their great contribution to the military
Published 13 days ago by jeff green
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Husband like it better than me.
Published 15 days ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Nicolas Cage at his best! I don't like ALL of his movies, but this is one of his winners. I ordered it for a WWII veteran, and he LOVES watching it.
Published 18 days ago by shadetree351
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Longer than it needed to be.
Published 23 days ago by Linda Walrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie, love it.....
Published 25 days ago by William Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Video quality was not what you'd expect for hd.
Published 28 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie
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