There were several periods of video static or \"noise\" on the disc, like spots of dust appearing on the screen. Towards the end of the film a thin horizontal line ran across the entire image for a few seconds and ruined the dramatic effect of the Lafitte-leaves-Annette-with-her-father scene. I tried to mask these flaws by changing picture modes on my HD TV, but to no avail. These defects made the disc hardly Blu-ray quality and were especially disappointing because the rest of recording was great: the rich palette of vibrant colors, the balanced composition of expansive scenes. I returned the disc and ordered another one (available online only) for another ship-to-store delivery--and had to pay a couple of cents more due to a slight price increase; it is only pennies more, but it is galling that I'm not only put to the inconvenience of returning, re-ordering, and waiting for a (hopefully) acceptable disc, but also required to pay more for it. I am hoping that the next one will be acceptable and that these defects are not on all the discs.
Both overall director Richard Fleischer and his Japanese counterparts do a dull job, and the monotonously low-key tone of scene after scene almost suggests that each was filmed without a sense of ultimate slotting in the finished form.
IMHO, this movie was not only graphically entertaining, but also presented a truly accurate, historical representation of what led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The acting was superb and to add to the realism, the Japanese parts were spoken in Japanese with subtitles. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who is a WWII buff in search for facts. Yes, this is an older DVD, but the picture quality was very good. Sound lacked the 5.1\/7.1 envelope, but still not degraded the overall quality of this movie.