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Battle for Iwo Jima Collector's Edition, The

Flags of Our Fathers: while the US government is having problems raising funds to support the war effort, at Iwo Jima a bunch of soldiers get their picture taken while planting the American flag. This picture gets sent all over and three surviving marines are sent back home to start a huge tour to raise additional funds for the government.

Letters frmo Iwo Jima: the Japanese forces at Iwo Jima are preparing for battle with the US military starting a major offensive. The Japanese government, however, doesn’t want to leave the mother country undefended and with the combined naval forces having been slaughtered by the US, there’s not enough support anymore for the troops on Iwo Jima.

Sound and Vision:
Both movies have excellent image quality. There’s plenty of detail, the picture is extremely sharp, the contrast is excellent and the colors are almost absent which adds to the overall atmosphere. Print damage or compression errors are absent, it’s been a while since we’ve seen such great transfers.

The same comment can be given to the soundtracks. Although not DTS, they’re both excellent with lots of use of the surround speakers and subwoofer during the combat scenes. Excellent!

Extras:
Flags of our Fathers comes with a second disc that has all the extras. These are the following:
– Introduction by Clint Eastwood
– Words on the Page: feature that focuses on the book that formed the basis for this movie
– Six Brave Men: 20 minute feature that focuses on the main cast and the characters they portray
– The Making of an Epic: pretty standard and promotional Making Of that covers the different aspects of the production of the movie. Also there’s a tribute to production designer Henry Bumstead who died recently.
– Raising the Flag: the attempts to recreate the famous picture in the movie are the subject of this feature
– Visual Effects: 15 minutes of talk by special effects artists from Digital Domain
– Looking into the Past: archive footage and news reels

Letters from Iwo Jima only has one decent extra:
– Red Sun, Black Sand: short making of

Conclusion:
Both Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima are created by Clint Eastwood who again shows us just how good he is at what he does. We get to see the same moment in time but from two different points of view and while there’s plenty of action to get you to the tip of your seat, it’s mostly the inner troubles of the main characters that will keep you interested. Both movies do an excellent job in bringing forth the psychological horrors of war and combined with the almost art-like images this makes for a terrific experience. It’s like Saving Private Ryan in Asia.

This Collector’s Edition box that contains both movies has plenty of interesting extras and I can only say that anyone that has any affinity with war movies should just go out and get it. Must-have!

Our Score:
9.0

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