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Tears of the Sun (Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: Alex Lasker, Patrick Cirillo
  • Producers: Arnold Rifkin, Cathy Schulman, Heidi Fugeman, Ian Bryce, Joe Roth
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 10 2003
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000095WW8

Product Description

Product Description

Willis/Hauser/Bellucci ~ Tears Of The Sun

Special Features

Because of the intense political nature of Tears of the Sun, it's no surprise that a good deal of the DVD content is devoted to the political and historical background of Africa. Director Antoine Fuqua discusses it in his feature-length commentary track, along with other comments about the film itself. Another commentary track, in which the authors recall the making of the film and the material that was cut, lasts 17 minutes and is not related to the portion of the film it accompanies. A pop-up "fact track" offers further background and production info, as does a 15-minute making-of featurette. Eight of the African actors discuss their harrowing personal experiences in "Voices of Africa," and eight deleted scenes wouldn't have added much to the film, other than introducing two small but important characters earlier. The sound mix is particularly involving during the climactic scene. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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By fmwaalex on March 29 2004
Format: DVD
I'am going to be honest, the only reason I watched this is because the director was the director from TRAINING DAY. I was surprised to see Bruce Willis doing such a good job. Don't get me wrong he is great in others but he also isn't in others. The casting for this film was pretty good, every one was real belivable. Antonie Fuqua did a good job directing it, and Alex Lasker & Patrick Cirillo wrote a good script. But the thing that made this film so good was that it was very bloody, and was also so depressing to see these people in the villiges being tortured and killed. Why is that good you ask, well it's because that is what really happens. The harsh reality of it is that those things really happen, in fact it's probably happing right now. All the extras in this film were crying on set because it brought back memories. On a better note the setting in Hawai was a great choice for location, it looks like the real places in Africa. Also on another note Joe Roth Executive Produced this, you might know him very well from works with Billy Crystal
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By J. B Kraft on March 19 2004
Format: DVD
First, the DVD appears to be an excellent transfer--gorgeous colors and photography and good sound really show off a home theater system. The extra features are excellent and explain the purpose behind the movie.
Second, this is a great story with first rate direction. It is patently an action movie that "cares" about people, and does a very good job of explaining why. The director does a great job of doing this by creating characters we care about in an intriguing plot, and avoids preachiness. I thought this was a great performance by all the actors, especially Bruce Willis whose character is laconic but nonetheless conveys the conflict raging between obedience to orders and a moral imperative to protect the helpless. Finally, I would advise that this movie depicts brutality and violence with frankness, and it is also suspenseful so I would not recommend this as "mere entertainment". To call this an action movie, while technically correct, denigrates the great emotional stakes this movie plays for.
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By A Customer on Feb. 20 2004
Format: DVD
This movie was far underated by critics and even some fans.
This is military themed movie making at it's best. (Along with
Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, and few others)
Thankfully, real SEALS served as technical advisors for the film.
While this is still Hollywood and things can't be exactly accurate, it is technically superior to most warfare films. The weapons are right(notice the point man carries a shotgun in the dense jungle), tactics are good(the team peels off and covers each other, fire short bursts,not spray and pray, etc.)
The military speak is accurate and the SEALS actually look and act like Spec Warriors.
The entire cast is great and the direction is first-rate. I recommend watching with director's commentary on for a second viewing. While very violent at times, it's necessary to show the struggle of the refugees and people of modern Africa. This is not a standard straight forward action film but, rather a film about redemption and doing the right thing even if it means the loss of your own life.
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Format: VHS Tape
Bruce Willis and his weary, but highly-skilled military go into the Nigerian countryside, during a military coupe/ethnic cleansing, to extract a few missionaries. When they arrive, the female missionary refuses to go unless Willis brings the 70 Nigerian nationals with. Orders are orders, and Willis' team prepares to extract only the woman they have clearance for. However...the horrors of seeing the bloodbath, and the reality of what will happen if Willis obeys his orders overwhelms him, and he chooses another course. What follows is a chase through the countryside that becomes unexpectedly intense. People die, and a few of the nationals are not who they seem to be (for good and evil).
Tears of the Sun (a clever title by the way) has strong, bloody action. It moves quickly, and logically. There are a few surprises, but, in the end this is a straight-forward production. The "crisis of conscience" so many reviewers have mentioned actually gets resolved fairly quickly, and as one would expect of a Hollywood production. The action is realistic, and does not glorify the necessary violence--a plus! Willis' brooding is key in this aspect.
Bottom-line: Tears of the Sun is a solid action movie, with just enough personal conflict to give it reasonable depth. The Nigerian characters are treated with dignity, and the story ends on a somber, yet optimistic note. I just kept sensing that something was missing. I kept waiting. Was Willis carrying some dark secret about a past mission gone bad? Was the missionary lady somehow involved in the country's politics? (After all, why send a team of highly-skilled soliders to extract one civilian missionary?) Was the U.S. government somehow implicated? Most of those questions went unanswered. A movie that hinted at having almost documentary-type intentions ended up simply a solid action movie + some crisis of conscience stuff that soldiers who see action often go through. Good, strong material--but not *****.
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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2004
Format: DVD
If you like action-packed adventures with a lot of gun fights and conflict, then this is the movie is for you. It has a lot of scenes where bullets and other weapons are just tearing through everything. A little gorey though, shows stuff that is we are better off not seeing. But since I'm a Navy SEAL buff (not a Navy SEAL, yet.) I think this movie potrays the SEALs in a bad way. It shows them as blood-thirsty, crazy, gun wild, "kill first, ask questions later" group of guys. Anyone who knows anything about the SEALs knows this is not true. For example, a SEAL never leaves another SEAL behind, wounded or dead. In this movie, everytime a SEAL gets killed the team leaves him and then tells the infantry go back and get him. Also, SEALs aren't the type of guys that disobey orders and don't follow the directions. When they're given a mission they complete it without any distractions. If a SEAL team had been in the same situation as the actors in the movie were, well they would of taken who they came for and left. I know it sounds mean but one of the few things this movie does show correctly is that when a commander leads his team off mission, people get killed. In this movie, several SEALs and Nigerian civilians die because of what they did. Anyyway, if you have an extensive knowledge of the military or the SEALs and you watch this movie you will probaly find yourself correcting the mistakes and errors the movie has. I believe the makers of this movie were mainly focused on the conflict the characters will face and what happens instead of who they are. In other words, they build thier own military unit and just give them the title of Navy SEALs. I belive the director should of done some better research on who his actors were potraying.
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