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For the first 90 minutes of the movie, Affleck and Beckinsale find a nice, appealing chemistry that plays on his strengths as a movie star and hers as a serious actress--he gives her glamour, she gives him smarts. Their truncated romance--the beginning of which is told in flashback so we can get right to the point where he has to leave her to go to England--works, thanks to their charm. They're no Kate and Leo from Titanic (a strategy the film strives hard toward), but they're pretty darn adorable in their own right. Hartnett, as the not entirely unwelcome third wheel, squints bravely but makes only a slight dent in the film. Everyone else in Pearl Harbor--from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brave navy seaman to Jon Voight's able impersonation of FDR--is pretty much a glorified walk-on, taking a backseat to the pyrotechnics and action sequences that keep the three-hour film in fairly constant motion. But when that action does take hold, Pearl Harbor is quite a thrilling ride. --Mark Englehart
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Critics have been hard on the love story that takes up the opening section. This part of the film is really necessary as it puts a human face on the horrible attack and the subsequent bomber raid on Japan. Yes, it is a typical "lovers seperated by war, brought together by tragedy" script, but it is very well done. Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett are excellent and moving as the three caught in a situation they never wanted. Their story is much more involving and believable than the romance that James Cameron forced on "Titanic".
A number of actors who usually star in other films are used to advantage in smaller roles. Alec Baldwin is an excellent "Jimmy Doolittle". It is amazing that on a recent talk show, the host, in her late 30s, did not know who Doolittle was (an example of why this film is important in bringing history to the younger audiences). Jon Voight is a wonderful President Roosevelt. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in a very small, but important role, is a standout.Read more ›
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?
The video imaging is quite clean throughout the film with no artifacting in any place that I could notice. With the many action scenes, stair stepping of some of the images might have prevailed but I saw none. Thus, I was pretty pleased with what I saw. Color imaging is, for most of the scenes, very warm yet not overly so. There was nothing artificial appearing in the transfer to Blu Ray. There is only the very slightest of small grain which was barely noticeable in a few scenes and would not be noticed at all if you weren't actually looking for it. The Mbps rate varied greatly from the low twenties to 40Mbps but I would say that the average rate was in the high 20's. Contrast was very good and neither overly sharp or soft. Small details in areas like a characters hair could easily be discerned and blacks appeared to be rich and true.
Keep in mind, however, that the quality of what you see and hear is also dependent upon the quality of the TV monitor you are watching on as well as the home theater set up you are using. The monitor I use is a fairly new Panasonic ZT 65" plasma and the amps, speakers, cables, BluRay player and Surround Processor I use are hi end esoteric gear to provide me with a more realistic and objective perspective.
The audio provided is a lossless LCPM track that provided very clean and transparent dialogue and soundtrack.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this classic WWII love story and am glad to add it to my film library for viewing anytime.
I highly recommend it to all romantics.
Very Awesome movie, also the quality of the screening on my Android Note 5 phone was clean and clear.Published 13 days ago by Andres Hinojos
AD states "Multi Format" I only received a bluray disc!!! No dvd or no digital copy.....
So.....not multi format!!!