Tora! Tora! Tora! [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1970]

  • SKU: 7860308
  • Release Date: 05/23/2006
  • Rating: G
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (141 out of 143)

Special Features


  • Commentay by directore Richard Fleischer & Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith lV
  • Two historical documentaries
  • AMC backstory: "Tora!Tora! Tora!"
  • Behind-the-scenes still galleries
  • Ten fox movietone news features
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Tora! Tora! Tora!
This 25-million dollar epic collaboration accurately recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on the American naval base during World War II. With Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the wheels are set in motion by Japan to plan the attack. After internal differences in the government, the Japanese quickly mobilize plans for the assault. Key American personnel ignored warnings of the possibility of Japanese aggression. The first part of the film divides scenes from both countries. Part two contains spectacular battle scenes of the bombing that destroyed the American naval base of operations in Hawaii. Governmental errors on both sides add to the confusion, but the Japanese ultimately carry out the deadly mission. The film did well in Japan, did not do well in the he United States, and took years to make back the production costs. It remains an insightful and well crafted World War II action drama that was the result of years of negotiations between the two countries. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Martin Balsam
    Martin Balsam - Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
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    So Yamamura - Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Joseph Cotten
    Joseph Cotten - Henry L. Stimson
  • Tatsuya Mihashi
    Tatsuya Mihashi - Cmdr. Minoru Genda
  • E.G. Marshall
    E.G. Marshall - Lt. Col. Rufus S. Bratton



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 143 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it, Buy it, Buy it.

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    Philip
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    If you haven't seen "Tora, Tora, Tora !!!" then you must first know that this is a nearly literal treatment of what historically took place. The research was immense; but do not look for a razzle-dazzle action film. Yes, there's plenty of action, here; after all, it was Pearl Harbor. But its all treatment in the context of what took place. With that in mind, I was more than pleasantly surprised about what I purchased. I had seen early incarnations of this film on VHS and was bored. It looked terrible. But in wanting to review this film for its content, so many years later. I was watching something altogether different. The BD picture quality is as perfect as one can get; for a film that's 48 years old. The compositions of the photography opened this film all the way up; as opposed to the cropped square I saw in the VHS format. And the sound was just as impressive. This BD made "Tora, Tora, Tora !!!" ,as I once knew it, created an entirely different ballgame in all its scope.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Let Us Not Forget this History Lesson

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    CWLW
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    Tora! Tora! Tora! provides primarily the Japanese prospective of the attack on Pearl Harbor which includes their planning, intra-service considerations of the attack, realistic training work-up and graphic detail for their 350 plane pre-dawn carrier launch of attach aircraft on the morning of December 7, 1941, and vividly depicts the complete state of the surprise that the Japanese Naval Air Forces achieved during their attack on the American Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor and their ensuing confusion. The film is filled with many dramatic aerial sequences which were realistically portrayed. The scheduled follow-up 2nd attack was canceled due to the apparent overall success of the first attack and the fleet turned Northwest in retirement to Japanese waters.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Before CGI and still pulls it off!

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    filmfreak
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    "Tora! Tora! Tora!" is not exactly a great film, with mediocre acting and script. However, it contains one of the greatest battle scenes ever shot on film, if not the greatest. It's a treat for war film lovers to watch. I still find the simulation of the Pearl Harbor attack to be a totally mesmerizing spectacle. This film, being done before CGI, does a great job utilizing methods available at the time.(1970). This fact makes this film much more amazing. (This film must cost 300 million to make nowadays!) After watching I think you'll be hard-pressed not to say, "Wow!"

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    Posted
    Wings
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    This is what the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor" should have been. No silly love triangle story with the attack simply as a back drop. This is a film on the events leading up to the attack as seen by both the U.S. and Japan. The disc contains the U.S. version of the film as well as the extended Japan version. PQ and Audio is great for a 40 year old film. Audio is available in 5.1 as well as 4.0. Plenty of extra content round out the 50GB Disc. All packaged in a nice digibook with 22 pages of photos and bio's on the actors. This is a most have for anyone interested in WW2 and the events that lead the U.S. into war.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic looking great!

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    ShopperNJ
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    OK, this is a classic. A movie made by people that are masters at making movies. And no CG effects to spoil any of it. I'm very glad I purchased his movie, because I haven't seen since I was a kid. And a here to tell you, I've never seen it look so good. If you're into war movies, and I'm not a fanatic about them, I really think you need to look into getting this one. I don't think you'll be disappointed by how it looks, because it looks wonderful.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tora! Tora! Tora! Remains Classic War Cinema

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    pallacod
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    There are a plethora of films about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but this remains as the one that the others that followed can look back on as a classic. I enjoyed the perspectives from both the Americans and the Japanese.The detail and story line remain at the forefront of the film, and it doesn't appear to have lost its value as a war movie to be seen about the day that will ,live in infamy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent depiction of the events of Pear Harbor

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    KennyB
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    Unlike the movie starring Ben Affleck, this depiction of the attack in Pearl Harbor is more documentary in nature. You get to see both sides of the attack including how many times things could have been turned into more diplomacy instead of war. If you don't know this film you should definitely add it to your collection. The Blu-Ray is stellar.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tora, Tora, Tora=Great, Great, Great

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    Durb
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    Ever since my parents took me to see this film in 1970 (I was 8 years old then), I have loved it. That this Blu Ray includes the Japanese release of the movie (with additional material) makes it even better! Without question, "Tora, Tora, Tora" is so much better than the 2001 "Pearl Harbor" with Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsdale.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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