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Letters from Iwo Jima Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 2006 | 140 min | Rated R | May 22, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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War42%
History39%
Epic33%

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Letters from Iwo Jima

 (2006)

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Sixty-one years ago, US and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. The Japanese soldiers are sent to Iwo Jima knowing that in all probability they will not come back. Among them are Saigo, a baker who wants only to live to see the face of his newborn daughter; Baron Nishi, an Olympic equestrian champion known around the world for his skill and his honor; Shimizu, a young former military policeman whose idealism has not yet been tested by war; and Lieutenant Ito, a strict military man who would rather accept suicide than surrender. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, whose travels in America have revealed to him the hopeless nature of the war but also given him strategic insight into how to take on the vast American armada streaming in from across the Pacific. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Almost 7,000 American soldiers were killed on Iwo Jima; more than 20,000 Japanese troops perished. The black sands of Iwo Jima are stained with their blood, but their sacrifices, their struggles, their courage and their compassion live on in the letters they sent home. From Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood comes the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their General who defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima.

For more about Letters from Iwo Jima and the Letters from Iwo Jima Blu-ray release, see Letters from Iwo Jima Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Ryan Carnes, Shidō Nakamura
Director: Clint Eastwood

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Letters from Iwo Jima Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Warner's BD-50 features a VC-1 codec and an aspect ratio of 2.4:1. Eastwood opted for a more subdued look for the film, toning down vibrant colors for a homogenous feel common to several recent war movies that make use of computer-generated images, including Flags of Our Fathers. Very few scenes in either movie included digital images--the landing of U.S. forces on the island being one notable exception. That scene is dramatic in demonstrating the scale of the assault, with dozens of battleships offshore and amphibious assault vehicles coming onshore. The resolution was not only impressive but absolutely essential in showing the invasion in this brief scene. It harkens back to the much longer, famous scene in Saving Private Ryan, when U.S. forces stormed Omaha Beach. Indeed, the film treatment was similar and not surprisingly Steven Spielberg coproduced the film with Eastwood. NTSC could simply not resolve the individual U.S. soldierss invading the beach of Iwo Jima from the camera's vantage point.

Contrast and black level are excellent, and the detail adds to the stark realism of the production. Much of the action takes place at night and in dimly lit caves dug into the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima. I noticed no pixelation or artifacts in black areas of the screen and overall the picture was remarkably "undigital", as if coming from a projector. During one of the most haunting scenes in the film, as Saigo defies the general's orders and buries the letters rather than burns them, watch the detail and crisp accuracy of the picture as it ranges from shadow to light--even smoke is resolved with stunning clarity. The resolution lends itself to microdetail and Eastwood's characters and landscapes deliver an endless supply of interesting visual cues. However, if you are looking for reference-quality vibrance, depth and realism, Letters from Iwo Jima falls short.



Letters from Iwo Jima Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

With no LPCM track, the film falls short of audio reference quality as well. The Dolby TrueHD Japanese 5.1 delivers convincing, detailed vocals, explosions, small arms sounds and plane engine roar, but lacks that open, ultrarealistic soundstage audiophiles crave. With no English track, the subtitles become especially important, but it is instructive to hear the officers' commands and dialog in Japanese, and the chants of "banzai, banzai, banzai". The audio engineering makes excellent use of surrounds and LFE content.



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