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Frank Sinatra - The Main Event | DVD | (28/01/2002)
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Part of a new collection of DVDs charting the outstanding range of Frank Sinatra's live performances. A man who put a unique stamp on the music of the 20th Century. Featuring many classic songs. Tracklist: Instrumental Medley of It Was A Very Good Year All The Way & My Kind Of Town The Lady Is A Tramp I Get A Kick Out Of You Let Me Try Again Autumn In New York I've Got You Under My Skin (Bad Bad) Leroy Brown Angel Eyes You Are The Sunshine Of My Life The House I L
Live Aid | DVD | (08/11/2004)
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The greatest show on earth and a gargantuan humanitarian effort to help those starving in Africa Live Aid took place on July 13th 1985 and brought together some of the biggest music stars of all time! ""Twenty years ago they not only played 'real good for free ' they took an issue that was nowhere on the agenda of the political world and placed it at the very top "" says concert organizer Bob Geldof. ""By buying the Live Aid DVD that day continues far off into some distant but hopeful
Band of Brothers | DVD | (20/11/2002)
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Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Recreated With Stunning Special Effects And The Second Collaboration Between Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg, The SeriesIs Both A Profound And Captivating Look At The Reality Of War.
The Hurting | DVD | (20/01/2014)
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High Fidelity Pure Audio is the exciting new range of physical HD audio products from Universal Music Group which uses Blu-ray technology to deliver the ultimate listening experience to the user. High Fidelity Pure Audio discs are playable through all Blu-ray devices. Universal Music are therefore proud to announce the release of another selection of some of the finest albums ever created. <strong>Tracklist</strong> The Hurting Mad World Pale Shelter Ideas As Opiates Memories Fade Suffer The...
Sarah Brightman--One Night in Eden | DVD | (18/09/2000)
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As a performer, Sarah Brightman has never sought the comfort of the pigeonhole. In a career now well into its third decade, she's danced with Hot Gossip, been a teenage pop star, developed into a seasoned West End and Broadway musical star, and extended the range of her pure, classically trained soprano voice for the opera stage and concert platform. British critics, unable to pin down an obvious but diverse talent tend to dismiss her as the flaky ex-wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber and leave it at that. But as this 1999 South African concert shows, she's a megastar beyond her own homeland. Brightman is a guileless artist with eclectic tastes, from Queen to Puccini and Morricone. She remains loyal to her former husband's work and is at her best in the numbers from Phantom of the Opera. In other hands some stuff could be overripe: an Italian version of "My Heart Will Go On", and the ubiquitous "Nessun Dorma", for example. But her sincerity and soaring voice carry it all off. And Brightman proves herself a thoroughbred live singer, knocking today's manufactured pop babes into a cocked hat. The programme also includes an interview with the singer. --Piers Ford
Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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The Complete 12 and a half hour series on 4 DVDs Jazz is an extraordinary amazing tour de force. This is what classic brilliant television looks like... The Sunday Times Over twelve and a half hours long Jazz is the critically acclaimed definitive history of Jazz music from its roots in the 19th century up to today. Produced by Ken Burns - one of America's most celebrated and respected documentary film-makers - this BBC co-production cost in excess of 000 000 and took over six years to make. Jazz features literally hundreds of rare and classic recordings and live performances from a century of Jazz music supported by exclusive interviews and rare or never before seen film clips and still photographs.
The Rolling Stones - Four Flicks | DVD | (17/11/2003)
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The juggernaut four-disc set that is the Rolling Stones Four Flicks is taken from their unique three-in-one 2001 tour when they combined a stadium tour, an arena tour and a theatre tour into one 54-truck peregrination. It's the kind of epic endeavour that brings to mind William Burroughs' remark on Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave: "Y'know, I prefer to watch this kind of thing on TV. Tones it down." Of the four discs, there's one devoted to each of the three sets plus another of documentary footage which is every bit as entertaining as the concerts, with the chaps coming across as the bunch of lovable old monkeys they resemble these days. The track listings speak for itself, but there are quite a few nice insights into the way in which the band operates musically. Jagger's voice is nowhere near as strong as it was, yet, like Miles Davis did when his chops began to desert him, he simply knits any shortcomings into his style of delivery. One side-effect of this, though, is that the more recent material, presumably written with this in mind, is much more effective here than the classics; "Brown Sugar", for example, its lyrics now neutered to avoid giving offence, finds him resorting to all sorts of shortcuts. No matter, though, the Stones still put on an incomparable show. Keith "the Human Riff" Richards is in fact playing better now than he ever has. It's well worth getting yer ya-yas out for. On the DVD: Four Flicks presents its material in such an integrated way that it's hard to say where the main event ends and the extras begin. As well as the concerts, you get to see the band working with AC/DC, Sheryl Crow and various other associates, there's a fun feature which allows you to zoom in on any individual member on a few tracks (revealing the secret of Charlie Watts's propulsive drumming to the percussion-minded observer) plus a great deal more. --Roger Thomas
Def Leppard - Historia / In The Round In Your Face | DVD | (23/09/2002)
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Historia' covers seventeen tracks including the UK and US versions of both 'Bringing On The Heartbreak' and 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'. 'In The Round In Your Face' covers fourteen numbers filmed live over five nights in Denver and Atlanta.
The Human Condition Trilogy Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD | Blu Ray | (19/09/2016)
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Kobayashi's monumental film can clarify and enrich your understanding of what it is to be alive. (A.O. Scott, New York Times) One of the towering masterpieces of Japanese and world cinema, this three-part war epic has rarely been seen in the UK, at least partly because of its dauntingly gargantuan nine-hour length. Director Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri) was attracted to Junpei Gomikawa's source novel because he recognised himself in the character of the protagonist Kaji, a pacifist and socialist who came of age during the aggressively militaristic 1930s and 40s. Following Kaji's career from factory worker to Japanese army private, Kobayashi unflinchingly examines the psychological toll of appallingly complex decisions made along the way, where being morally ˜right' risks an outcome ranging from ostracism to savage beating to death. As Kaji, Tatsuya Nakadai (Sanjuro) is in virtually every scene, providing a rock-solid emotional anchor and a necessary one in Japan, where the film was hugely controversial for being openly critical of the nation's conduct during WWII. But it's this willingness to confront national taboos head-on that makes it such a lastingly powerful experience.
Magic Circle Festival 2008 Vol. II DVD | DVD | (19/01/2009)
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From Wednesday July 9 until the sun set on Saturday July 12 2008 35.000 true metal fans from 44 different countries across the globe poured onto the festival grounds in Bad Arolsen Germany and experienced the ultimate in true heavy metal: the second annual Magic Circle Festival. Now you can experience the power the passion and the excitement of those four days with the Magic Circle Festival 2008 Vol. II DVD. Two DVDs with a stunning 32 page booklet in a unique Steelbook package make this DVD something no metal fan should miss. Only on this DVD can you see nearly 2 hours of live highlights from the loudest band on earth the true Kings of Metal MANOWAR as they played their first 6 albums from start to finish in Bad Arolsen. Along with many MANOWAR classics you can experience songs which have not been played live in decades or ever been played live at all such as: Fast Taker Black Arrows and ''Shell Shock'' - just to name a few. Special live versions of ''The Crown and the Ring'' including a full choir and the new single ''Die With Honor'' are some further highlights of this special set. Also included are live appearances by HolyHell Majesty Jack Starr''s Burning Starr Titanium Black Kobus and more. Mixed by Grammy nominee Rich Breen in full 5.1 surround sound and packed with loads of exclusive bonus materials and special features the Magic Circle Festival 2008 DVD is an absolute must-have.
John Mills - Centenary Collection Vol.2 | DVD | (02/06/2008)
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This box set features the following films: Car Of Dreams (Dir. Graham Cutts and Austin Melford) (1935): John mills stars as playboy Robert Miller the son and heir of a wealthy tycoon who owns a musical instrument factory. Robert is in love with Vera Hart (Grete Mosheim) a poor girl who works at his father's factory--but neither is aware of the other's true identity. When Robert anonymously buys Vera a Rolls-Royce he discovers her low social class and must further conceal his identity to avoid a family scandal. This Happy Breed (Dir. David Lean) (1944): A dramatisation of Noel Coward's play which details the lives of ordinary people between WWI and WWII. The Way To The Stars (Dir. Anthony Asquith) (1945): In 1940 a deserted airfield somewhere in the heart of England becomes a bustling bomber command station. In 1942 advance units of the American Air Force arrive to join The Royal Air Force and help turn the tide of World War II. So unfolds the story of a group of flyers and their 'missions'. Peter Penrose (John Mills) a young RAF pilot is sent to Halfpenny Field close to the small town of Shepley. His Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave) gives him inspiration and encouragement and they fast become friends. They are joined by a young American pilot Johnny (Douglas Montgomery) which complicates the friendship. This is the story of the group's private lives - particularly their loves during war-time. The Long Memory (Dir. Robert Hamer) (1952): After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit a man is torn between revenge or making a new life for himself. The Vicious Circle (Dir. Gerald Thomas) (1957): When Dr Howard Latimer finds the German Actress that he has just met at London Airport murdered in his flat it leads him into the world of murder blackmail and a fake passport scam. Above Us The Waves (Dir. Ralph Thomas) (1955): The dramatic World War II story of Britain's heroic attempts to sink the monster German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian Fjord using midget submarines. In this adventure of unsurpassed courage the crews of the Navy become human torpedos. Tiger Bay (Dir. J. Lee Thompson) (1959): Polish sailor Korchinsky (Buchholz) is furious to discover his lover has left him for another man and in a confrontation murders her. The crime is witnessed by 10 year old Gillie (Hayley Mills) who steals the gun used and as officer Graham (John Mills) closes in Korchinsky abducts Gillie... Forever England (Dir. Walter Forde) (1935): A war drama based on the story by C.S. Forrester in which the illegitimate son of a British naval officer singlehandedly brings about the downfall of a German battleship during World War I.
U2 - Zoo TV | DVD | (18/09/2006)
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Believe. U2 live from Sydney in 1993 with their unique Zoo TV performance. Disc One - Tracklist: 1. Show Opening 2. Zoo Station 3. The Fly 4. Even Better Than The Real Thing 5. Mysterious Ways 6. One 7. Unchained Melody 8. Until The End Of The World 9. New Year's Day 10. Numb 11. Angel Of Harlem 12. Stay (Faraway So Close!) 13. Satellite Of Love 14. Dirty Day 15. Bullet The Blue Sky 16. Running To Stand Still 17. Where The Streets Have No Name 18. Pride (In The Name Of Love) 19. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car 20. Lemon 21. With Or Without You 22. Love Is Blindness 23. Can't Help Falling In Love Disc Two: Bonus Tracks: 1. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around the World (live from the Zoo TV Special Yankee Stadium New York August 1992) 2. Desire (live from the Zoo TV Special Yankee Stadium New York August 1992) 3. The Fly (live from the Stop Sellafield Concert G-Mex Centre Manchester 19th June 1992) 4. Even Better than the Real Thing (live from the Stop Sellafield Concert G-Mex Centre Manchester 19th June 1992)
The Complete War Collection (12 Discs) | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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A complete collection of the best of British war movies! Films comprise: 1. The Colditz Story (Dir. Guy Hamilton 1955) 2. The Cruel Sea (Dir. Charles Frend 1953) 3. The Dam Busters (Dir. Michael Anderson 1954) 4. I Was Monty's Double (Dir. John Guillermin 1958) 5. Ice Cold In Alex (Dir. J. Lee Thompson 1958) 6. Went The Day Well? (Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 1942) 7. The Wooden Horse (Dir. Jack Lee 1950) 8. They Who Dare (Dir. Lewis Milestone 1954) 9. Cross Of Iron (Dir. Sam Peckinpah 1977) 10. The Way Ahead (Dir. Carol Reed 1944) 11. In Which We Serve (Dir. Noel Coward/David Lean 1942) 12. The Battle Of The River Plate (Dir. Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger 1956)
Barry Manilow Box Set | DVD | (12/11/2007)
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This 5-DVD set contains over five hours of Manilow's first television specials that originally aired between 1977-1988. This box set features the following: 1. The First Barry Manilow Special (1977) 2. The Second Barry Manilow Special (1978) 3. The Thrid Barry Manilow Special (1979) 4. One Voice (1980) 5. Barry Manilow: Big Fun On Swing Street (1988)
Genesis - The Movie Box 1981-2007 | DVD | (16/11/2009)
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Tracklist Disc 1 - Three Sides Live 1. Abacab 2. No Reply At All 3. Who Dun It? 4. In The Cage (Medley - Cinema Show/Slippermen) 5. Afterglow 6. Me & Sarah Jane 7. Man On The Corner 8. Turn It On Again Disc 2 - The Mama Tour 1.. Abacab 2. That's All 3. Mama 4. Illegal Alien 5. Home By The Sea 6. Second Home By The Sea 7. Keep It Dark 8. It's Gonna Get Better 9. In The Cage/Cinema Show/Afterglow 10. Turn It On Again - Final Medley 11. EXTRA FOOTAGE - The Making of the Mama album Disc 3 - The Way We Walk 1.. Land Of Confusion 2. No Son Of Mine 3. Driving The Last Spike 4. Old Medley 5. Fading Lights 6. Jesus He Knows Me 7. Dreaming While You Sleep 8. Home By The Sea 9. Hold On To My Heart 10. Domino 11. The Drum Thing 12. I Can't Dance 13. Tonight Tonight Tonight 14. Invisible Touch 15. Turn It On Again Disc 4 - Live At Wembley Stadium 1. Mama 2. Abacab 3. Domino (Part 1. In The Glow Of The Night) 4. Domino (Part 2. The Last Domino) 5. That's All 6. Brazilian 7. Land Of Confusion 8. Tonight Tonight Tonight 9. Throwing It All Away 10. Home By The Sea 11. Invisible Touch 12. Drum Duet 13. Los Endos 14. Turn It On Again (Medley) Disc 5 - Genesis - Behind The Music Remastered
AC/DC - Plug Me In | DVD | (20/10/2007)
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Disc 1 Tracklist: 1. High Voltage [King Of Pop Awards Australia October 1975] 2. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) [Bandstand Australia February 1976] 3. School Days [St. Albans High School Australia March 1976] 4. T.N.T. [St. Albans High School Australia March 1976] 5. Live Wire [Super Pop/Rollin' Bolan London July 1976] 6. Can I Sit Next To You Girl [Super Pop/Rollin' Bolan London July 1976] 7. Baby Please Don't Go [Myer Music Bowl Melbourne December 1976] 8. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be [Sight & Sound In Concert London October 1977] 9. Rocker [Sight & Sound In Concert London October 1977] 10. Rock And Roll Damnation [Apollo Theatre Glasgow April 1978] 11. Dog Eat Dog [Apollo Theatre Glasgow April 1978] 12. Let There Be Rock [Apollo Theatre Glasgow April 1978] 13. Problem Child [Rock Goes To College Colchester October 1978] 14. Sin City [Rock Goes To College Colchester October 1978] 15. Bad Boy Boogie [Rock Goes To College Colchester October 1978] 16. Highway To Hell [Countdown Holland August 1979] 17. The Jack [Countdown Holland August 1979] 18. Whole Lotta Rosie [Countdown Holland August 1979] Disc 2 Tracklist: 1. Shot Down In Flames [Nihon Seinenkan Tokyo February 1981] 2. What Do You Do For Money Honey [Nihon Seinenkan Tokyo February 1981] 3. You Shook Me All Night Long [Nihon Seinenkan Tokyo February 1981] 4. Let There Be Rock [Nihon Seinenkan Tokyo February 1981] 5. Back In Black [Capital Center Landover MD December 1981] 6. T.N.T. [Capital Center Landover MD December 1981] 7. Shoot To Thrill [The Summit Houston TX October 1983] 8. Guns For Hire [Joe Louis Arena Detroit MI November 1983] 9. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [Joe Louis Arena Detroit MI November 1983] 10. Flick Of The Switch [Capital Center Landover MD December 1983] 11. Bedlam In Belgium [Capital Center Landover MD December 1983] 12. Back In Black [Tushino Airfield Moscow September 1991] 13. Highway To Hell [Tushino Airfield Moscow September 1991] 14. Whole Lotta Rosie [Tushino Airfield Moscow September 1991] 15. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) [Tushino Airfield Moscow September 1991] 16. Gone Shootin' [VH1 Studios London July 1996] 17. Hail Caesar [Entertainment Center Sydney November 1996] 18. Ballbreaker [Entertainment Center Sydney November 1996] 19. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution [Entertainment Center Sydney November 1996] 20. Hard As A Rock [Stade De France Paris June 2001] 21. Hells Bells [Stade De France Paris June 2001] 22. Ride On [Stade De France Paris June 2001] 23. Stiff Upper Lip [Circus Krone Munich June 2003] 24. Thunderstruck [Circus Krone Munich June 2003] 25. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) [Downsview Park Toronto Rocks July 2003] 26. The Jack [Downsview Park Toronto Rocks July 2003] 27. You Shook Me All Night Long [Downsview Park Toronto Rocks July 2003] Disc 3 Tracklist: 1. She's Got Balls [St. Alba
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen | Blu Ray | (01/11/2010)
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Anello Del Nibelungo (L') / Der Ring Des Nibelungen (4 Blu-Ray)
Pink Floyd: Uncut - An Independent History Tour | DVD | (25/11/2013)
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This is the ultimate definitive review of the music of Pink Floyd from 1967 through to 1996 album by album in concert on the record and on film. These 10 DVDs represent the most painstaking and detailed exploration of the work ever undertaken. Featuring extensive archive interviews with Syd Barrett Roger Waters Nick Mason Richard Wright and David Gilmour alongside extremely rare footage of Pink Floyd in performance from film and television archives around the globe. This authoritative independent review is essential viewing for every Pink Floyd fan. Features: Includes a review of a rare 1970 performance of Atom Heart Mother performed by the band alone Also reviewed is the famous performance broadcast across Europe from a floating stage on the lagoon at Venice during the Delicate Sound of Thunder tour. Disc 1Pink Floyd a Critical Review 1967-1974 Disc 2Pink Floyd a Critical Review 1975-1996 Disc 3Rock Milestones the Piper at the Gates of Dawn Disc 4Rock Milestones a Saucerful of Secrets Disc 5Rock Milestones Ummagumma Disc 6Rock Milestones Atom Heart Mother Disc 7Rock Milestones Meddle / Dark Side of the Moon Disc 8Wish You Were Here Disc 9The Wall / The Final Cut Disc 10A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns | DVD | (08/10/2001)
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The BBC, sceptical about the British appetite for extended documentary programmes, edited Ken Burns' epic 17-hour history Jazz back to around 12 hours. That's what's presented in this box set of the series, and while the flow of the original is preserved, so are its idiosyncrasies. The film dwells at length on early jazz, particularly on its origins in New Orleans, and there's a good deal of absorbing history here. On the other hand, in suggesting that the important work of jazz was done by 1975, Burns gives us cause to question how much of his earlier research is awry too. There isn't much here to reflect the brimming vitality of post-1960s jazz, and many listeners and musicians have been enraged by Burns' neglect of such pivotal figures as Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker--all players whose work responds vigorously to the question that Burns thinks nobody can answer: "Where are the modern equivalents of Armstrong, Ellington, Parker and Coltrane?" Armstrong and Ellington are the touchstones of Burns' film, providing the narrative thread around which the stories of other major figures turn, among them Bechet, Basie, Goodman, Parker, Miles Davis and Coltrane. Burns also finds populist mileage in the politicisation of jazz, making dramatic capital out of racial divides that most jazz players, black and white, have ignored. The fact is that almost all jazz players, regardless of race, have felt like outsiders. Despite such distractions, Jazz is the longest jazz documentary yet produced, and it's rich in musical examples and classic, rare and unseen footage. Even when working with simple stills, Burns uses seductive camera work and Keith David's epigrammatic narration to maximum effect. There's plenty to enjoy here, but viewers should be aware, as Joshua Redman points out in Musicians' Views in our Ken Burns' Jazz shop, that Burns' film is an often compelling perspective on jazz, not a definitive study. --Mark Gilbert
Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (4 Disc Special Edition) | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Thematically ambitious and emotionally complex, Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers is an intimate epic with much to say about war and the nature of heroism in America. Based on the non-fiction bestseller by James Bradley (with Ron Powers), and adapted by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis (Jarhead screenwriter William Broyles Jr. wrote an earlier draft that was abandoned when Eastwood signed on to direct), this isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic. In telling the story of the six men (five Marines, one Navy medic) who raised the American flag of victory on the battle-ravaged Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23rd, 1945, Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers (played by Adam Beach, Ryan Phillippe, and Jesse Bradford) became reluctant celebrities - and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign - after their flag-raising was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in the most famous photograph in military history. As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatising the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. Critically hailed as an instant classic, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterwork of uncommon humanity and a harrowing, unforgettable indictment of the horrors of war. In an unprecedented demonstration of worldly citizenship, Eastwood (from a spare, tightly focused screenplay by first-time screenwriter Iris Yamashita) has crafted a truly Japanese film, with Japanese dialogue (with subtitles) and filmed in a contemplative Japanese style, serving as both complement and counterpoint to Eastwood's previously released companion film Flags of Our Fathers. Where the earlier film employed a complex non-linear structure and epic-scale production values to dramatise one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and its traumatic impact on American soldiers, Letters reveals the battle of Iwo Jima from the tunnel- and cave-dwelling perspective of the Japanese, hopelessly outnumbered, deprived of reinforcements, and doomed to die in inevitable defeat. While maintaining many of the traditions of the conventional war drama, Eastwood extends his sympathetic touch to humanise "the enemy," revealing the internal and external conflicts of soldiers and officers alike, forced by circumstance to sacrifice themselves or defend their honour against insurmountable odds. From the weary reluctance of a young recruit named Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya) to the dignified yet desperately anguished strategy of Japanese commander Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played by Oscar-nominated The Last Samurai costar Ken Watanabe), whose letters home inspired the film's title and present-day framing device, Letters from Iwo Jima (which conveys the bleakness of battle through a near-total absence of colour) steadfastly avoids the glorification of war while paying honorable tribute to ill-fated men who can only dream of the comforts of home. --Jeff Shannon