Letters From Iwo Jima (2-Disc) (Special Edition) (Widescreen)

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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.

Featurettes, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.

"Red Sun, Black Sand: The Making of 'Letters From Iwo Jima'" - An inside look at the creation of the film with all key players; "The Faces of Combat: The Cast of 'Letters From Iwo Jima'" - Cast members introduce the characters they portray in the film; "Images From the Frontlines: The Photography of 'Letters Fron Iwo Jima'" - A still photo montage; November 2006 World Premiere at Budo-Kan in Tokyo; November 2006 Press Conference.

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Starring: Ken Watanabe I, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki
Director: Clint Eastwood
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 09/04/2007
Rating: R
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 140 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8
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