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Letters from Iwo Jima (Two Disc Special Edition)
DVD - Two Discs
Warner Home Video 111292 - Region 1
List Price: $34.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on DVD 5/22/2007
Dolby Digital 5.1
The video quality was very impressive. The muted tones fit the movie perfectly, and I saw no artifacts.
Since quite a bit of the movie takes place in caves and at night, I recommend viewing it in a darkened environment with a calibrated display, so that you can enjoy the detail that went into the cinematography and how the shadows and light play a part in the look and feel of this movie.
The audio served the movie well. Since the movie is in Japanese, I couldn't tell if the dialogue was clear or not, but it sounded right to me. The sounds of the American invasion were loud and clear!
Even though this movie was an afterthought, it's a better movie than Flags of Our Fathers, in my opinion. The Academy had the same opinion, as they bestowed more Oscar nominations on it, including Best Picture and Best Director. You don't need to see the other movie to enjoy this one, and in fact, I watched "Letters from Iwo Jima" before seeing "Flags of Our Fathers."
Warner Home Video put together a nice two-disc package here. If you rent it, make sure that you get the second disc, so that you can enjoy the extras contained there.
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