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Sands Of Iwo Jima / Flying Tigers

4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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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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  • 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 (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SHW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sands Of Iwo Jima / Flying Tigers" on IMDb

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By Daniel Lee Taylor VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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Now out-of-print Duke double-feature that, thankfully, have been recently rereleased individually. Two of John Wayne's best war films. A good transfer for this label, but I think I would go for the individual rereleases for any kind of restoration on the original.
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In Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne plays Sgt. Stryker, a tough, mean instructor who takes a collection of recruits and is ordered to make them combat ready. Among the trainees is John Agar who plays the son of Wayne's former dead commander. Wayne's idea of the commander was that he was the greatest Marine to ever exist and the son a sorry excuse for a Marine. In between their days of training the movie focuses on the soldiers as they drink, fall in love, and fight. They take part in the battles of Tarawa which has excellent scenes of combat with some being real and includes the only piece of actual combat film of Japanese soldiers in combat against Marines. Finally Agar and Wayne come to an understanding and Agar finds he is more like his father than he thought.
Flying Tigers is strictly make believe, but based on the famous Flying Tiger squadron of American mercenary pilots fighting for China before the U.S. entry into the war. Wayne plays the commander of this collection of patriots, get rich quick, egomanaics, and flers for the honor of flying pilots. At the same time he is having a relationship with a nurse. The film was made during the war and was strictly for propoganda, but has excellent combat footage and a fair story line.
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Sands of Iwo Jima & Flying Tigers

John Wayne was featured in many Westerns, urban dramas, and adventure movies. I think these were his two best movies from the 1940's. His many low-budget Western movies from the 1930's are seldom shown on television today. See the individual reviews for more details.

“The Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949) presents a story about the taking of this black sand island by the US Marines. Its capture created an unsinkable aircraft carrier for B-29 bombers to reach Japan and create massive destruction. It is like a training film that warns of the dangers when one man slacks off and endangers the rest of his team. The capture of Mount Suribachi and the photograph of the flag raising became justly famous. This is the best WW II movie if not the most financially successful.

“The Flying Tigers” (1942) is based on the history of the American Volunteer Group of fighter pilots who flew to protect China from Japanese aggression. It too has lessons about the proper conduct during wartime; one man can endanger others besides himself. There is more personal drama, and the need to manage pilots who may be too eager for their own good. Pilots must be ever vigilant, or they will be shot down. The story is good but not great. If one pilot doesn’t do the right thing it can endanger others. “Pappy” refers to Boyington, the future Marine pilot ace.
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