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Pearl Harbor
Director: Michael Bay
Screenplay: Randall Wallace
Producer: K.C. Hodenfield
Cast: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 183
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Features: Box set, Director's Cut
Studio:  Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jul 2002 Discs:  4 (Cloud) [$39.99]
Reviews:  Thrity or so years ago “Tora, Tora, Tora” splashed up on screen and it was historic because it tried to tell it the way it happened. “Pearl Harbor” tells a rudementary tale and no more. Watch the former to gain some history credit and watch the latter for special effects because it continues to amaze even me!

The cinematography (the position of the camera) looks outstanding, even the scenes which the bullets are not flying! The editing is subperb and the direction is right-on except for two things: a little more historical accuracy, and not too much on the love story. Yes, a love story but not too much, which is what we have here. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl chooses another boy, first boy shows up, girl is in a quandry, second boy dies leaving the first boy rein to corral the girl. In other words same old story but told in over-blown fashion.

However, the Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle raid on Japan are told, not historically minded, but interesting and mind-blowing when the special effects are brought in! I can’t believe the computer did all of that but it did (most of it). I was grabbed 1:30 minutes into the film by a bomb being dropped to the U.S.S. Arizona. I couldn’t believe that I was looking at a computer screen because the whole scene looked real!

It frustrates me that, once I have purchased the edition I did, they come out with a different one with added footage and a whole lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. I will one day watch it, but not buy it. Somebody ought to tell the marketing people that I, for one, am not made of money!

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