Guadalcanal: The Island of Death

Guadalcanal: The Island of Death

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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death documents the historic American invasion of the Japanese-controlled island. Featuring footage taken from the National Archives, this film shows how the success of this brutal battle led directly to the American armed forces gaining a foothold in the Solomon Islands.

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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death documents the historic American invasion of the Japanese-controlled island. Featuring footage taken from the National Archives, this film shows how the success of this brutal battle led directly to the American armed forces gaining a foothold in the Solomon Islands.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
UPC:
0011301660947
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Timeless Media
Region Code:
0
Time:
3:50:00

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guadalcanal: The Island of Death
1. Day of Infamy [6:26]
2. The Rising Sun [7:02]
3. The Coral Sea [1:33]
4. Midway [11:28]
5. Pestilence [2:19]
6. Watchtower [13:40]
7. First Offensive [16:10]
8. Battle of Savo Island [3:35]
9. First Days Ashore [7:23]
10. The Tenaru [3:52]
11. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons [9:20]
12. Boredom and Fear [17:38]
13. Battle of Edson's Ridge [13:43]
14. Loss of the Wasp [3:42]
Disc #2 -- Guadalcanal: The Island of Death
1. Reinforcement & Reassessment [6:12]
2. Matanikau River Actions [8:47]
3. Battle of Cape Esperance [4:40]
4. The Bombardment [6:51]
5. Battle for Henderson Field [8:46]
6. Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands [9:16]
7. Point Cruz & Koli Point [12:25]
8. Naval Battle of Guadalcanal [11:10]
9. 2nd Naval Battle of Guadalcanal [10:08]
10. The Final Push [13:06]

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Guadalcanal: The Island of Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a comprehensive telling of the Guadalcanal story. The inclusion of the naval engagements in chronological sequence with the land and air battles really made the viewer understand the value that was put on the island by both American and Japanese forces. It showed the learning curve that American naval officers had to achieve in order to take advantage of a new technology called "radar". The Americans had radar on some ships but really hadn't fully mastered its possibilities at Guadalcanal; and some commanders simply didn't trust it. That's why the body of water next to Guadalcanal was dubbed "Iron Bottom Sound". Overall, well done and worth the investnebt.
tenspeed More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly accurate and concise presentation of the campaign for Guadalcanal. It seems well researched as to narration and film footage, but.... A major error in the writing brought out in the narration is the statement that the Enterprise and Yorktown were involved in the Battle of the Coral Sea--it was the Lexington and Yorktown. The film footage was a combination of "stock" footage from the Pacific Theater of WW II and some footage that, I must say, I've never seen before. On the down side as far as film footage is concerned, the use of footage from "Sands of Iwo Jima" turned me off. There MUST be combat footage that could have been used instead of Hollywood film footage. There was, also, repetition of scenes a minimum of two or three times to visualize the narration. Overall, though, I would have to say that it is possible that the author/historian Richard B. Frank, who wrote THE definitive book about the Guadalcanal campaign, would be impressed by, at least, the visual presentatio if not the narrative as it was written. Even though I may give some serious criticism of the writting and video, which could definitely have been better, on the whole this DVD set is a must have for mavens, afficianados, students and others interested in the Pacific Theater of WW II.