Clint Eastwood Boxset (DVD)

American Sniper / Letters From Iwo-Jima / Flags of Our Fathers

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American Sniper

Biopic of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most-celebrated sniper in American military history. In the aftermath of 9/11, Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. But with each tour of duty, he grows more detached from his wife and children.

As the story opens, we meet carefree brothers Chris and Jeff (Keir O'Donnell) as they work the Texas rodeo circuit. They're cowboys through and through, and despite being notably older than the usual enlistee, Chris pays a visit to his local recruitment office and decides to become a Navy SEAL. Later, at the firing range, he draws on his hunting lessons with his stern father to become an expert marksman. A booze-fueled barroom chat with pretty brunette Taya (Sienna Miller) soon leads to wedding bells, and following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Kyle is deployed to Iraq for his first tour of duty. There, his reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies.

With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from Taya and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences.

Flags Of Our Fathers

Clint Eastwood's early-21st-century output has endeared him to Academy Awards voters, and he makes another bid for their attention with this tale of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Eastwood cuts back and forth between the battle that led to the flag being firmly planted in enemy soil, and the tour undertaken by three of the flag-planting Marines (played by Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach) in the aftermath of World War II. The re-creation of Iwo Jima features impressive APOCALYPSE NOW-style battle scenes, the air full of thick plumes of smoke, zinging bullets, and pounding explosions. But the most interesting part of the movie comes as the three men are paraded in front of the American public, as they vacillate between embarrassment and anger at the public relations campaign they find themselves embroiled in, while also pleading with the public to help provide funds for the soldiers who are still at war.

Eastwood uses a script co-written by CRASH director Paul Haggis and a source book written by James Bradley, the son of John "Doc" Bradley (played by Phillippe in the film), to tell this affecting tale. Tom Stern, who worked with Eastwood on MILLION DOLLAR BABY, employs his skills as a cinematographer once again, deftly coupling vast panoramic battle scenes with darkly contemplative moments between the touring soldiers. Fascinatingly, the director's next jaunt behind the lens was LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, which provided the Japanese perspective on this famous event.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood's companion piece to FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is again set during World War II. But in LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, he looks at the war from the Japanese perspective, using Japanese dialogue. With American forces on their way, General Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe, THE LAST SAMURAI) arrives on the island to find his troops woefully under-trained and hopelessly outmatched. Japanese pop and television star Kazunari Ninomiya plays Saigo, a young soldier who asks, "Am I digging my own grave?" as he creates trenches. With no hope of reinforcements, these men have little hope of leaving the island alive.

Eastwood and director of photography Tom Stern paint their picture in a palette of taupes and grays. The landscape of the volcanic island is desolate, providing a hellish experience for the stationed soldiers but a stark beauty for the audience. With this bleak setting, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is a powerful ode to duty in dire circumstances. General Kuribayashi and Saigo provide the emotional center of the film, giving a glimpse into the minds of both seasoned officers and drafted novices. Eastwood doesn't deal in simple heroes and villains; these characters are sympathetic and real, whether their motives are pride, fear, or loyalty to their country. Though only the Academy-Award-nominated Watanabe is a familiar face to American audiences, each of the actors involved displays his experience working in Japanese film, television, and theater. The battle scenes are breathtaking and brutal, but it's the actors who are the core of the film. The picture has the standard tropes found in any modern war film, like verbal abuse by a superior and battle scenes filled with severed limbs. But Eastwood goes beyond the war-movie boilerplate with this impressive film that deserves every accolade it earns.

Product Details

Barcode
6009707515323
Department
Movies & TV
Released
7 Apr 2017
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Military & War
Region
Region 2
Year
2017
Language
English
Subtitles
English SDH
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Studio
Warner Bros. Pictures
Number of Discs
3
Runtime
405 min
Age Restriction
16LV
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
American Sniper
Release Year
2014
Running Time
132 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
American Sniper: The IMAX Experience
Categories
Action/Adventure / Biography / Action / America / Biographical / Military / War
Synopsis
Biopic of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most-celebrated sniper in American military history. In the aftermath of 9/11, Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. But with each tour of duty, he grows more detached from his wife and children.

As the story opens, we meet carefree brothers Chris and Jeff (Keir O'Donnell) as they work the Texas rodeo circuit. They're cowboys through and through, and despite being notably older than the usual enlistee, Chris pays a visit to his local recruitment office and decides to become a Navy SEAL. Later, at the firing range, he draws on his hunting lessons with his stern father to become an expert marksman. A booze-fueled barroom chat with pretty brunette Taya (Sienna Miller) soon leads to wedding bells, and following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Kyle is deployed to Iraq for his first tour of duty. There, his reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies.

With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from Taya and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences.
Cast & Crew
Director
Clint Eastwood
Star
Bradley Cooper / Kyle Gallner / Luke Grimes / Sienna Miller / Ben Reed / Elise Robertson
Co-Star
Bryan Anderson / Erik Aude / Fehd Benchemsi / Hector Bucio / Max Charles / Eric Close / Robert Clotworthy / Assaf Cohen / James Dever / Zack Duhame / Greg Duke / Brando Eaton / Brett Edwards / Leon Charles Farmer / Amie Farrell / Fahim Fazli / Rey Gallegos / Evan Gamble / Tami Goveia / Tim Griffin / Jonathan Groff / Shane Habberstad / Jason Hall / Brian Hallisay / Mido Hamada / Cory Hardrict / Melissa Hayden / Sam Jaeger / Anthony Jennings / Jet Jurgensmeyer / Chance Kelly / Jonathan Kowalsky / Kevin Lacz / Eric Ladin / Joel Lambert / Luis Jose Lopez / Benjamin Mathes / Kathe E. Mazur / Jake McDorman / Aidan McGraw / Madeleine McGraw / Paul Meixner / Billy Miller / Navid Negahban / Tony Nevada / Keir O'Donnell / Marne Patterson / Ferguson Reid / Leonard Roberts / Kevin Ryan / Ricky Ryba / James Ryen / Ryan Sadaghiani / Salah Salea / Nick Salter / Ayman Samman / Jacob Schick / Elizabeth Schmidt / Vincent Selhorst-Jones / Jad Mhidi Senhaji / Sammy Sheik / Victoria Reina Sigloch / Luke Sunshine / Brandon Salgado Telis / Quay Terry / Mark Thomason / Troy Vincent / Jason Walsh / Pamela Denise Weaver / Wade White / Owain Yeoman
Screenwriter
Jason Hall
Source Writer
James DeFelice / Author: James Defelice / Jim DeFelice / Author: Jim DeFelice / Chris Kyle / Author: Chris Kyle / Scott McEwen / Author: Scott McEwen
Special Effects
Nathaniel Acord / Marc Banich / Lenny Dalrymple / Michael Kay / Javier Lomeli / Matt O'Dell / Scott Roark / Alan Roberts / Richard Schwalm / Ryan Senecal / Jake Valdez / Vance VanBoxtel / Thomas VonBadinski
Director of Photography
Tom Stern
Hairstylist
Terry Baliel / Carol Pershing
Assistant Director
David Bernstein / Ahmed Hatimi
Sound
Tom Ozanich
Sound Re-Recording
John Reitz / Gregg Rudloff
Stunt Coordinator
Faical Attougui / Jeff Habberstad / Trevor Habberstad
Set Decorator
Judy Farr / Gary Fettis
Visual Effects Designer
Cara Davies / Image Engine / Lola / MPC / Pacific Title & Art Studio / Sony Pictures Imageworks
Production Manager/UPM
Tim Moore
Special Effects Supervisor
Steven Riley
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"AMERICAN SNIPER's Iraq sections add up to a continuous, taut war-movie narrative..." -- Grade: B
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (23 Dec 2014, )
Chicago Sun-Times
"Cooper gives maybe the best performance of his career....Cooper infuses him with humanity and dignity."
Richard Roeper (15 Jan 2015, )
Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he fitting combo of Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper have created a thrilling Iraq war story that manages to both honour the necessities of heroism and ruminate on what heroism might cost a man."
Ian Nathan (9 Jan 2015, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER is a film that evokes complicated emotions."
Chris Nashawaty (25 Dec 2014, )
Hollywood Reporter
"A taut, vivid and sad account of the brief life of the most accomplished marksman in American military annals, AMERICAN SNIPER feels very much like a companion piece -- in subject, theme and quality -- to THE HURT LOCKER."
Todd McCarthy (11 Nov 2014, )
Los Angeles Times
"Eastwood's impeccably crafted action sequences so catch us up in the chaos of combat we are almost not aware that we're watching a film at all."
Kenneth Turan (24 Dec 2014, )
New York Times
"Faithful in shape and spirit to the real Chris Kyle’s memoir, AMERICAN SNIPER also reaffirms Mr. Eastwood’s commitment to the themes of vengeance and justice in a fallen world."
A. O. Scott (24 Dec 2014, )
RogerEbert.com
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of the more tough-minded and effective war pictures of post-American-Century American cinema."
Glenn Kenny (25 Dec 2014, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood, working from a script that Jason Hall adapted from Kyle's 2012 memoir, fuses the explosive and the sorrowful as only he can. That's why his film takes a piece out of you."
Peter Travers (23 Dec 2014, )
Sight and Sound
"If you want to see what a movie looks like when made with clarity and lucidity by someone who knows exactly what it is that they're about, see Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER."
Nick Pinkerton (1 Feb 2015, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith a gripping series of life-and-death calls that recall THE HURT LOCKER in their power and urgency....It's good to see Eastwood back on target and firing live ammo."
Neil Smith (11 Jan 2015, )
USA Today
"It's clearly Cooper's show....He's thoroughly convincing in his portrayal of a man consumed by thoughts of soldiers he was unable to save."
Claudia Puig (24 Dec 2014, )
Washington Post
"From a narrative standpoint, it works. The battle scenes are alternately tense and thrilling, especially during one climactic sequence."
(15 Jan 2015, )

Movie

Title
Flags of Our Fathers
Release Year
2006
Running Time
132 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Japan / Theatrical Release / True Story / World War II / WWII
US Box Office
$33.6 million
Official Website
http://www.flagsofourfathers.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes®
73% 69%
Metacritic
79
Synopsis
Clint Eastwood's early-21st-century output has endeared him to Academy Awards voters, and he makes another bid for their attention with this tale of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Eastwood cuts back and forth between the battle that led to the flag being firmly planted in enemy soil, and the tour undertaken by three of the flag-planting Marines (played by Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, and Adam Beach) in the aftermath of World War II. The re-creation of Iwo Jima features impressive APOCALYPSE NOW-style battle scenes, the air full of thick plumes of smoke, zinging bullets, and pounding explosions. But the most interesting part of the movie comes as the three men are paraded in front of the American public, as they vacillate between embarrassment and anger at the public relations campaign they find themselves embroiled in, while also pleading with the public to help provide funds for the soldiers who are still at war.

Eastwood uses a script co-written by CRASH director Paul Haggis and a source book written by James Bradley, the son of John "Doc" Bradley (played by Phillippe in the film), to tell this affecting tale. Tom Stern, who worked with Eastwood on MILLION DOLLAR BABY, employs his skills as a cinematographer once again, deftly coupling vast panoramic battle scenes with darkly contemplative moments between the touring soldiers. Fascinatingly, the director's next jaunt behind the lens was LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, which provided the Japanese perspective on this famous event.
Notes
Theatrical Release: October 20, 2006
Poster
Poster for Flags of Our Fathers
Cast & Crew
Director
Clint Eastwood
Star
Adam Beach / Jamie Bell / Jesse Bradford / John Benjamin Hickey / Neal McDonough / Robert Patrick / Barry Pepper / Ryan Phillippe / John Slattery / Paul Walker
Source Writer
James Bradley / Author: James Bradley / Ron Powers / Author: Ron Powers
Producer
Steven Spielberg / Robert Lorenz
Director of Photography
Tom Stern
Screenplay
William Broyles / Paul Haggis
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"Eastwood sets his film in two different worlds, cutting back and forth between the Battle of Iwo Jima, in all its shattering chaos and horror..." -- Grade: B-
Owen Gleiberman (27 Oct 2006, p.49-50)
Film Comment
Ranked #13 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."
Film Comment Staff (1 Jan 2007, p.36)
New York Times
"[H]ere, at age 76, is Clint Eastwood saying something new and vital about the war in his new film....The film works, among other things, as a gentle corrective to Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN."
Manohla Dargis (20 Oct 2006, p.E22)
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood's film, a fierce attack on wartime hypocrisy and profiteering, is also an indelibly moving salute to the soldiers who don't deserve to walk alone for following their own sense of duty."
Peter Travers (2 Nov 2006, p.86)
Sight and Sound
"It is a dexterous sleight of hand on Eastwood's part that he simultaneously commemorates the dignified humanity of the three servicemen while excoriating the bluster of those in command on all sides."
Ali Jaafar (1 Jan 2007, p.58)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he war sequences are brutally realistic and visually arresting..."
Natalie Braine (1 Mar 2007, p.110)
Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "A film of awesome emotional power....Eastwood handles the film' parallel storylines with astonishing confidence and technical dexterity."
Allan Jones (1 Jan 2007, p.138)

Movie

Title
Letters From Iwo Jima
Release Year
2006
Running Time
141 min
Language
Japanese
Categories
Dramas / Death / Epic / Historical / Japan / Military / Soldiers / Theatrical Release / True Story / World War II
US Box Office
$13.6 million
Official Website
http://iwojimathemovie.warnerbros.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.9
Rotten Tomatoes®
91% 86%
Metacritic
89
Synopsis
Clint Eastwood's companion piece to FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is again set during World War II. But in LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, he looks at the war from the Japanese perspective, using Japanese dialogue. With American forces on their way, General Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe, THE LAST SAMURAI) arrives on the island to find his troops woefully under-trained and hopelessly outmatched. Japanese pop and television star Kazunari Ninomiya plays Saigo, a young soldier who asks, "Am I digging my own grave?" as he creates trenches. With no hope of reinforcements, these men have little hope of leaving the island alive.

Eastwood and director of photography Tom Stern paint their picture in a palette of taupes and grays. The landscape of the volcanic island is desolate, providing a hellish experience for the stationed soldiers but a stark beauty for the audience. With this bleak setting, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is a powerful ode to duty in dire circumstances. General Kuribayashi and Saigo provide the emotional center of the film, giving a glimpse into the minds of both seasoned officers and drafted novices. Eastwood doesn't deal in simple heroes and villains; these characters are sympathetic and real, whether their motives are pride, fear, or loyalty to their country. Though only the Academy-Award-nominated Watanabe is a familiar face to American audiences, each of the actors involved displays his experience working in Japanese film, television, and theater. The battle scenes are breathtaking and brutal, but it's the actors who are the core of the film. The picture has the standard tropes found in any modern war film, like verbal abuse by a superior and battle scenes filled with severed limbs. But Eastwood goes beyond the war-movie boilerplate with this impressive film that deserves every accolade it earns.
Notes
Theatrical Release: December 20, 2006
Poster
Poster for Letters From Iwo Jima
Cast & Crew
Director
Clint Eastwood
Star
Tsuyosi Ihara / Tim Moore / Shido Nakamura / Hiroshi Watanabe / Ken Watanabe / Takeshi Yamaguchi
Composer
Clint Eastwood
Executive Producer
Paul Haggis
Producer
Robert Lorenz
Director of Photography
Tom Stern
Screenplay
Iris Yamashita
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[P]rofound, magisterial, and gripping....LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA enthralls in the audacity of its simplicity." -- Grade: A
Lisa Schwarzbaum (22 Dec 2006, p.57)
Film Comment
Ranked #16 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."
Film Comment Staff (1 Jan 2007, p.36)
Rolling Stone
Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[A] single, stinging portrait of war..."
Peter Travers (28 Dec 2006, p.118)
Sight and Sound
"[A]s a seasoned film-maker, he can render action -- especially sudden death or suicide -- as disorientating as it's startling."
Mark Sinker (1 Mar 2007, p.64)
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he performances ensure an emotional connection....LETTERS seeks to humanise the other side in a way FLAGS never did..."
Nev Pierce (1 Apr 2007, p.37)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "Eastwood treads a respectful and even-handed path."
Simon Edwards (1 Aug 2007, p.104)
Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "Directed with fluency and grace, LETTERS...illuminates a desperately dark episode with rare insight and conviction."
Tom Charity (1 Mar 2007, p.118)
Wall Street Journal
"In a larger sense, it's the second, and artistically superior, half of a single epic film that springs from a single act of compassionate imagination..."
(5 Feb 2010, )