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Flags Of Our Fathers
Special Collector's Edition
Genre: Drama

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

Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, Barry Pepper, Jamie Bell & Paul Walker

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features, which were pretty much missing from the first release, can be found on Disc Two. They include a five-minute introduction from Director/Producer Clint Eastwood, and six featurettes: "Words On A Page" (17 minutes), "Six Brave Men" (20 minutes), "The Making Of An Epic" (30 minutes), "Raising The Flag" (three minutes), "Visual Effect" (15 minutes), and "Looking Into The Past" (nine minutes). Plus the theatrical trailer. If you like up-front previews, go to Disc One.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12351
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For sequences of graphic war violence and carnage, and for language
(Retail Price): $36.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(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:
During World War II, thousands of Marines rushed the small island of Iwo Jima, and what ensued was a battle of horrific carnage, death, and destruction. But in the aftermath, an American Flag was raised and photographed, and that image became an inspiration for the American people in a time when inspiration was desperately needed. "Flags Of Our Fathers" is based on the book by James Bradley with Ron Powers. (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
Like the previously reviewed release, the desaturated look of the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is reminiscent of other movies set in this time period, making it look much older than it actually is. Black levels are deep, and good shadow delineation reveals many details in the darkness that lesser releases would hide. Minor edge enhancement and pixilation are noticeable, but are not overly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

Again, the Dolby