Directed by Client Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers is based on the
book of the same name by Ron Powers and James Bradley
which begins during the closing moments of the battle of Iwo Jima.
What made this battle so legendary was a photos taken of a group of
American soldiers hoisting the flag of the United States of America
on Japanese soil.
This magnificent photo became an inspiration for Americans and the
three "surviving" men who raised the flag have become war heroes,
although they are struggling with effects of this war.
Starring Ryan Philippe as John Bradley, Jesse Bradford as Rene
Gagnon and Adam Beach as Ira Hayes, questions are raised about those
who sacrificed their life and whether they should be classed as war
The film is quite critical of war and the impact this photo had not
only on the individuals involved but society itself is gripping from
start to finish, however for those believing that this may be the
next Saving Private Ryan should look elsewhere as this movie is
about the individuals and not the war itself per se. Featuring
strong elements of politics and the justification of war, Flags of
Our Fathers truly gives a human face to the gruesome aspects of war.
Apart from the strong story and directing by Eastwood, what sets
this movie apart from others is the video presentation which simply
looks amazing on Blu-ray thanks to its 1080p presentation with solid
black levels, exceptional sharp images and vibrant colours.
The audio features Dolby Digital 5.1 which is quite crisp and clear
that matches the soundtrack perfectly. The early war scenes almost
make you feel like you are part of World War II and really needs to
be heard on a surround sound system to be not only enjoyed but also
appreciated. The Blu-ray edition also features a wide gamut of
interesting special features that are not forced or contrived but
are actually quite immersive and interesting. Just look below for
the amount of content available.
an introduction by Clint Eastwood
words on the page - Clint Eastwood
along with screenwriters Paul Haggis, William Broyles and writer
James Bradley discuss the creation of the book and the
adaptation of the script, along with the challenges and
victories each possessed.
six brave men - Clint Eastwood and
the key cast members introduce us to the real- life characters
portrayed in the film; including their roles in the historic
events and their relationships to one another.
the making of an epic - led by
Clint Eastwood, we take an inside look at the creation of the
film with many of the key players involve d, including the
production design with Henry Bumstead; the photography with tom
stern; editorial with Joel Cox; and the rest of the team that
brought this epic film together.
raising the flag - Clint Eastwood
and key cast members discuss reenacting the historic
flag-raising on Iwo Jima.
visual effects - the visual effects
team (including visual effects supervisor Michael Owens, and
Julian Levi and Mathew Butler of digital domain) discusses the
approach and creation of the “invisible” digital effects in the
film, including before and after examples, as well as the
various steps taken to realize them.
looking into the past - a
documentary, real- life look at the battle, the two flag
raisings at Iwo Jima and the resulting bond tour, using
historical footage and newsreels.
conclusion Flags of Our Fathers is not a glorified war movie,
however is about the impact of war on individuals and how politics
and society interpret war for their own agendas. Definitely a
powerful story that could be watched time and time again that is
presented in glorious high definition which is a must have Blu-ray