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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

4.5 78
Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale


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Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale are war-torn lovers in director Michael Bay's epic reenactment of the 1941 tragedy Pearl Harbor. Buena Vista has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (spread over two DVDs). All aspects of this picture look great, including even colors, dark black levels, and natural-looking fleshtones. Aside of a small


Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale are war-torn lovers in director Michael Bay's epic reenactment of the 1941 tragedy Pearl Harbor. Buena Vista has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (spread over two DVDs). All aspects of this picture look great, including even colors, dark black levels, and natural-looking fleshtones. Aside of a small amount of edge enhancement during one scene, this is a fine-looking transfer that should please fans. The audio is presented in DTS 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French, as well as an English 2.0 soundtrack produced for those listening with headphones. The Dolby 5.1 and DTS soundtracks are very full, featuring continuous use of surround sounds throughout the entire film. Bombs and explosions rocket around the viewer through most of the film's running time. All aspects of the dialogue, music, and effects are distortion-free. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. This two-disc Pearl Harbor set, while not jam-packed, includes a few well-produced extra features. Two documentaries, "Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor" and "Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor," are both extensive and very informative. The first documentary focuses on the making of the film, which includes interviews with stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and most of the main crew. The second feature takes a look at the real Pearl Harbor and includes interviews with survivors from that awful day. The second documentary is easily the more impressive and moving of the two. Finally, there is a music video by Faith Hill for the hit song "There You'll Be," a short promo for National Geographic: Beyond the Movie -- Pearl Harbor, as well as a teaser and trailer for Pearl Harbor. This is a nice, if insubstantial, DVD edition of Pearl Harbor.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
As oversized and sleek as a vintage Cadillac, this sprawling World War II epic directed by action-specialist Michael Bay is an old-fashioned melodrama retrofitted with all the high-tech special effects money can buy -- think Saving Private Ryan crossed with Titanic. Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer always dish out disaster and mayhem with style, but in Pearl Harbor they also add a healthy helping of romance. The story, which unfolds in Hawaii as Japan prepares for its fateful attack on the American fleet, follows two young farm boys turned ace fighter pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett), who find their lifelong friendship challenged when they both fall in love with the same beautiful young nurse (Kate Beckinsale). The characters -- unfailingly earnest, sentimental, patriotic, and heroic -- are a deliberate throwback to an earlier, less complicated era of American moviemaking. "We may lose this battle, but we’re gonna win this war," says Alec Baldwin, portraying the famed airman Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle with definitive bombast. "You know why?" he asks, pointing to Affleck and Hartnett. "Because of them." Pearl Harbor is that kind of picture; and one with plenty of retro Hollywood glamour on display, too. The three stars -- Beckinsale, with her ruby-red lips and Veronica Lake hairdo; the young men, all broad shoulders and rippling muscles -- never look anything less than gorgeous, whether dodging bombs or posing in period bathing suits against surging surf. The high point of the film, of course, is the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and here Bay truly excels. State-of-the-art cinematography and effects make for a thrilling and harrowing extended sequence that plays like a mini disaster movie. It brings the horror of America’s first "Day of Infamy" vividly to life. Viewed in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, Pearl Harbor, for all its gloss, resonates and moves in ways that Bay and Bruckheimer probably never could have imagined when they made it.
Los Angeles Times
Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the entire cast and crew have given us a Pearl Harbor to remember. Kevin Thomas

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering]
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Special Features

"Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor"; The History Channel documentary "Unsung Heroes"; DVD-ROM feature "Definitive Bibliography"; Faith Hill music video "There You'll Be"; Dolby headphone soundtrack; DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified -- Includes THX Optimizer; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound French-language track; Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale Evelyn Johnson
Cuba Gooding Doris "Dorie" Miller
Tom Sizemore Earl
Jon Voight Franklin D. Roosevelt
Colm Feore Admiral Kimmel
Mako Admiral Yamamoto
Alec Baldwin Jimmy Doolittle
William Lee Scott Billy
Michael Shannon Gooz
Scott Wilson General Marshall
Peter Firth Captain of the West Virginia
James King Betty
Catherine Kellner Barbara
Jennifer Garner Sandra
Dan Aykroyd Captain Thurman
William Fichtner Danny's Father
Frederick Koehler Wounded Sailor #3
Ewen Bremner 1st Lt. Red Winkle
Jesse James Young Rafe McCawley
Guy Torry Seaman Teeny Mayfield
Sara Rue Martha
Bret Roberts Baja Sailor No. 7

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director,Producer
Pete Antico Stunts
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Barton Editor
Kenny Bates Associate Producer
Jon Billington Art Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
William Hawkins Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Hendricks Executive Producer
K.C. Hodenfield Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Klein Associate Producer
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Barry H. Waldman Executive Producer
Randall Wallace Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --Disc 1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Tennessee, 1923 [:05]
2. The European War [:26]
3. Playing Chicken [4:10]
4. Looking for Trouble [:17]
5. Medical Examination [3:31]
6. A Nose for Champagne [2:20]
7. Pickup Lines [5:54]
8. Saying Goodbye [:03]
9. Flying Towards War [3:18]
10. Messages [3:14]
11. The Battle of Britain [7:41]
12. A Fight for Respect [3:29]
13. Remembrance [3:43]
14. Time To Move On [2:15]
15. Confusion [3:09]
16. Pearl Harbor at Sunset [:43]
17. Spine-Tingling Feeling [2:55]
18. "I'm Alive" [4:11]
19. Fight at the Hula House [:34]
20. December 7th [4:54]
21. Hostility Imminent [1:43]
22. First Strike [2:05]
23. Airfield Attack [:55]
24. A Call To Arms [:04]
25. Trapped [2:53]
26. Hospital Chaos [1:18]
27. Takeoff [1:46]
28. Airborne [4:22]
29. Shooting Back [4:20]
30. Aftermath [4:03]
31. Declaration of War [3:56]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
0. Chapter Selection
1. Retaliation [:03]
2. Flying Out [3:40]
3. Mission Briefing [1:18]
4. Lightening the Load [4:57]
5. Tip of the Sword [1:35]
6. Launch Now! [2:41]
7. The Enemy's Backyard [3:39]
8. Empty Tanks [1:02]
9. Pinned Down [2:53]
10. Sacrifice [4:11]
11. Home [1:10]
12. Danny [4:12]
13. End Credits [1:39]

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