Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (4 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [Steelbook] £6.99 delivered @ Play
 Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (4 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [Steelbook] £6.99 delivered @ Play

Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (4 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [Steelbook] £6.99 delivered @ Play

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Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history.

As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective.

Critically hailed as an instant classic, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterwork of uncommon humanity and a harrowing, unforgettable indictment of the horrors of war. In an unprecedented demonstration of worldly citizenship, Eastwood (from a spare, tightly focused screenplay by first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita) has crafted a truly Japanese film, with Japanese dialogue (with subtitles) and filmed in a contemplative Japanese style, serving as both complement and counterpoint to Eastwood's previously released companion film Flags of Our Fathers. Where the earlier film employed a complex non-linear structure and epic-scale production values to dramatise one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and its traumatic impact on American soldiers, Letters reveals the battle of Iwo Jima from the tunnel- and cave-dwelling perspective of the Japanese, hopelessly outnumbered, deprived of reinforcements, and doomed to die in inevitable defeat.

While maintaining many of the traditions of the conventional war drama, Eastwood extends his sympathetic touch to humanise "the enemy," revealing the internal and external conflicts of soldiers and officers alike, forced by circumstance to sacrifice themselves or defend their honour against insurmountable odds. From the weary reluctance of a young recruit named Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya) to the dignified yet desperately anguished strategy of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Oscar-nominated The Last Samurai costar Ken Watanabe), whose letters home inspired the film's title and present-day framing device, Letters from Iwo Jima (which conveys the bleakness of battle through a near-total absence of colour) steadfastly avoids the glorification of war while paying honorable tribute to ill-fated men who can only dream of the comforts of home.


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Good price but I found both of these pretty slow

Both fantastic, at this price it's a steal.

Good price, hot deal, but for some people they might want to put the £6.99 towards a pot of paint and watch it dry.

Two superb films, if you have the ability to enter such films.....
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May be irrelevant to some people, but both these films are available to stream online if you have a LOVEFiLM unlimited disc account.

Iwo Jima is brilliant, Flags of Our Fathers is one of the slowest films I have ever watched.

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id rather have them on blue ray. iwo jima is excellent. Not surpising people on here found it slow considering peeps were raving about Gamer.

Letters is a fantastic film - the scene with the grenades was insane!

Flags was not a patch on it really...

Haven't seen either but have always wanted to - at this price for both films (and in steelbook) I've taken the plunge! Thanks for posting.

Both fantastic films but probably not for the 'crash, boom' brigade! ;-)

i remember paying £20 for this on release as it was an amazon exclusive steelbook - more lies from them!

also got both on hd-dvd too, but never actually watched them lol.

Personally I preferred Flags of our Fathers. Although I didn't dislike Letters from Iwo Jima I couldn't help but think throughout that Eastwood was trying so hard to make it appear balanced. Therefore to me, it felt contrived.

haven't seen two letters but thought flags of our fathers was a good film. Personally would prefer to watch band of brothers or the pacific all over again tho. Nice deal for the two as two letters is supposed to be a great film
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