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Letters From Iwo Jima
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase & Shidou Nakamura

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features can be found on Disc Two and include a 21-minute making-of featurette (Red Sun, Black Sand), 19 minutes about the cast (The Faces Of Combat), a three-minute image montage (Images From The Frontlines), footage from the world premiere at Budo-kan in Tokyo and from a press conference at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 111292
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For graphic war violence
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 140
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/22/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Clint Eastwood
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
As Flags Of Our Fathers told the battle for Iwo Jima from the American perspective, Letters From Iwo Jima tells us the story from the side of the Japanese. Under the strict command of Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Watanabe), Japanese soldiers defended their position on this now-famous island for 36 days, in a battle most of them knew they would not return from. From deep within the foxholes and tunnels they had dug, these men wrote letters to their family and loved ones, many of which were finally received long after their deaths. Based on Picture Letters From Commander In Chief by Tadamichi Kuribayashi. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The desaturated look of the anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD matches the storytelling well, and gives the images an almost sepia look. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is good, but contrast can be slightly lacking, giving the image a very flat look. Edge enhancement is minor, but noticeable, and minor pixelization and shimmering can be noticed from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)

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