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February 6, 2007


DVD of the Week – Flags of Our Fathers (2006)


Originally, the plan was to release the behemoth and run over the awards season. Flags of Our Fathers was supposed to be a great war that would live for the ages. Unfortunately, although the film received a warm critical reception, it just didn’t resonate the way the studio thought it would. There was some awards buzz, but it didn’t look promising for Flags of Our Fathers.

But wait, Clint Eastwood shot another picture at the same time called Letters from Iwo Jima. This was a smaller, less accessible picture. It was even in Japanese! The studio originally slated it for a spring release, but decided to push it up when they determined that it too, was awards worthy. So Letters from Iwo Jima racks up all the awards while Flags of Our Fathers takes a backseat.

What people are forgetting is that Flags of Our Fathers is still a good film. This is louder, flashier, more accessible older brother to Letters from Iwo Jima. It might be a little more interesting to view history from the point of view of the enemy, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our own history.

The DVD is available in both widescreen and full screen versions. It doesn’t look like there are any special features on this DVD, which leads me to believe there is going to be another one coming down the road, perhaps in a two-disc package with Letters from Iwo Jima. So, this is a rental, not a purchase.

Other new releases this week: Boynton Beach Club Flicka, The Grudge 2, Hollywoodland, Running with Scissors, The Science of Sleep, Trust the Man

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. laura
    Feb 6 2007

    Well-Haven’t seen it but it didnt look very interesting. I feel like I have seen the film 8 million times before. Yeah I know it is in the Pacific and most WWII movies are set in the Atlantic ( well except for that sweeping epic that was Pearl Harbor- Will it be Ben or that shy, hunk Josh?).
    Anyhoo the fact that the movie deals with what a real hero is versus what the media makes a hero out to be seems interesting – but the trailers just didnt take me there.

  2. Steve
    Jul 6 2007

    >>Flags of Our Fathers was supposed to be a great war that would live for the ages.

    And that’s exactly what it is. That millions of dumb ass kids didn’t want to go see it has no bearing on the movies quality. As ever with Eastwood Flags is a subtle, thoughtful work in a minor emotional key.