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Pearl Harbor [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Ben Affleck , Josh Hartnett , Michael Bay    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,132 customer reviews)
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Sometimes bigger is actually better. Nearly matching the size of director Michael Bay's ego, this massive four-disc set is a veritable Pearl Harbor archive, and ironically, Bay's film remains the least interesting component. It's a purely conventional Hollywood take on the tragedy, using a clichéd love triangle between two ace pilots (Josh Hartnett, Ben Affleck) and a Pearl Harbor nurse (Kate Beckinsale) as an "intimate" means of spectacularly re-creating the attack that thrust America into World War II. The director's cut adds little to the previous DVD release, apart from authentic R-rated carnage during the Japanese raid, and minor expansion of the Hartnett-Beckinsale romance. Commentaries range from superfluous (Bay and film historian Jeanine Basinger) to highly entertaining (Ben Affleck and costars) and technically informative (primary production team), and a spirited examination of visual effects (with Bay and ILM supervisor Eric Brevig) is guaranteed to fascinate anyone interested in physical effects and CGI. A broad "making of" documentary is noteworthy for one-time viewing, while abundant historical records make this a valuable compilation of definitive materials.

The History Channel's "One Hour over Tokyo" and "Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor" provide depth that Bay's movie lacks, and Charles Kiselyak's interactive timeline is arguably the finest feature included, providing an in-depth historical perspective on U.S.-Japan relations. Even a brief reenactment of a Pearl Harbor nurse's journal is moving in a way that Bay's film can only try to be, while the "Interactive Attack Sequence" provides a multifaceted exploration of the entire production process (a highly educational feature for aspiring filmmakers). All in all, these four discs offer an admirable balance between Bay's technically impressive but ill-conceived epic and a thorough, fitting tribute to those who endured hell on that fateful Sunday in 1941. --Jeff Shannon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget..this is entertainment! Jan. 18 2002
By B Trip
Does the film deliver as entertainment? Yes. That is the bottom line. Does it deliver for historical accuracy? Well...pretty much.
I am glad the movie includes lesser known, real life characters and their exploits. Have to give the filmmakers credit for that. It also captures the real feel of the 40s, where travel and communications aren't like they are today. The scene where the nurses arrive at Pearl Harbor is great. They are wide-eyed in this place they had never seen or been to before. I thought that was a good touch.
Love story- lots of reviewers mention the cheesy love story. As a 36 yr old, I have no idea just how difficult relationships are in times of war. I thought PH actually did a good job portraying the conflict of feelings, and how one deals with the uncertainties of wartime romance. The phenomenal Battle of Britain scenes help keep the movie from bogging down until the immediate build up to the Pearl Harbor attack.
Glad it ends with the Doolittle Raid- that story deserves each and every opportunity to remind the world about those incredibly brave sailors and airmen. Also glad scenes of the Eagle Squadron at the Battle of Britain are included as a way to remember those brave american volunteer airmen that helped the British in their most desperate hour.
Remembering the film is entertainment...sit back and enjoy the aerial scenes and turn up the volume!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Dec 31 2004
Format:VHS Tape
In Pearl Harbor, the infamous attack on the Amercian naval fleet in 1941 forms the backdrop for an intriguing love triangle. Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett play best friends and pilots, while Kate Beckinsale is the woman they both love.
Despite the inevitable comparisons to Titanic, this historical drama -- more gritty than grand -- soars on its own. It features accomplished direction by Michael Bay, whose only miscalculation comes during the aftermath of the attack: the footage is blurred to accentuate the nurses' confusion, but good acting and editing would have sufficed. However, the attack scene alone is worth the price of admission, and it's an extraordinary feat to have outdone the impressive recreation depicted in the otherwise embarrassing Tora, Tora, Tora. The film also offers two riveting aerial battles, clever newsreel segments, stunning cinematography, and A+ sound. Hans Zimmer's score is both memorable and moving, but the theme song "There You'll Be" is no match for "My Heart Will Go On."
The script by Randall Wallace vividly captures an era of innocence and hope, and speaks of duty, determination, and courage. Though the Japanese are not portrayed as bloodthirsty villains, it leaves their motives to the history books. Unfortunately, there is an unnecessary and lengthy postscript that tries to prove America's superiority by detailing a retaliatory raid on Tokyo. Since we all know the U.S. triumphed in the end, the flag-waving should have been dispensed with -- indeed, it would have been more effective to end the film with the title assault.
Ben Affleck gets top billing, but he is clearly not ready for leading-man status; some of his facial expressions are laughably bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor Feb. 7 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent film qui fournit un son du tonnerre avec un cinéma/maison. Le délai de livraison fut passablement rapide. Très satisfait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh Dec 15 2011
I hear people talk about Pearl Harbor as though it were the worst film ever made. I didn't personally think it was that bad. It wasn't necessarily good, but it was entertaining in a very cheesy, hokey kind of way. There was some pretty terrible dialogue (Not anxious to die, just anxious to matter), a little too much focus on the love story and some consistency/accuracy issues (I had no idea that you could take a train from the US to London). I thought the acting was all right. Again, the writing was atrocious in some areas, but I think the actors made due. I don't think Cuba Gooding Jr. had a big enough role. I think the biggest redeeming thing for this film was the attack scene. I thought it was quite well done. The piloting, the effects, the stunts, I thought they did a great job recreating the actual attack, from what I've seen of footage and pictures. I wasn't there, so I can't speak to its accuracy, but it looked amazing on screen.

As for the DVD itself, it has a seperate disc with extras that are pretty entertaining and informative. They have behind the scenes features, about how things were shot, and they also have some historical pieces about Pearl Harbor.

I'd say it's worth picking up. Just perhaps keep your expectations in check.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie on Blue Ray Nov. 14 2009
By Shades
I love this movie, it's a great watch. It is of course more of a chick flick, but I'm a chick.
The Blu-Ray version is just that much better. Especially if you have a high def big screen to watch it on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect nice movie July 9 2014
perfect nice movie, my gf love its, and me too, action and love. dvd in perfect shape. parfait pour les amoureux action pour lui et amour pour elle, les dvd etait en parfait état.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super June 18 2014
By Rick
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
verry great movie, with verry great actor ( in particular the magnificent Kate Beckinsale) is one of my best movie for wath happed at pearl harbor, i love it for the picture, the sound, and specialy for the FX. thanks to the seller and to amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
My all time favorite movie. Not just because of the romance but the real story of the war that happened at pearl harbor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cupcake
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor is an excellent war movie
Pearl Harbor has a wonderful script, fantastic action scenes and moves well. I enjoy war movies and Tora, Tora, Tora is a classic favourite. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bruce Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reinactment!
This was the best remake of the movies that I have seen so far. We both enjoyed watching it. Great Movie to watch.
Published 5 months ago by Ladyonwheels
5.0 out of 5 stars En tous points
Un film dont le scénario, le jeu des acteurs et la musique sont parfaits ! C'est un classique que je recommande.
Published 7 months ago by Caroline Champigny
4.0 out of 5 stars well done
An epic story of the bombing of Pearl Harbour that draws us into the impact that the war made personally on people involved in the fighting and those who cared for the wounded and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor
Once again, wanted to see this movie to relive the Pearl Harbour experience of visiting PH last winter.
The triangle love story is heart breaking but beautiful.
Published 12 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of fact and fiction
Good story with a love interest. War well depicted, especially the Pearl Harbor sequence and a poignant ending but not too unhappy
Published 12 months ago by Colleen Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars WRONG REGION
Published 13 months ago by Dave Harvie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
They showed the true historical event on screen and the attack scenes were incredible and fantastic. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Koolmomo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great anachronostic action
Very good movie for the action buff but quite a disapointment to anybody seeking historical accuracy. A good story line that will appeal to both men and women, good acting... Read more
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