by RISHI AGRAWAL
Originally, the plan was to release the behemoth and run over the awards season. Flags of Our Fathers was supposed to be a great war that would live for the ages. Unfortunately, although the film received a warm critical reception, it just didn’t resonate the way the studio thought it would. There was some awards buzz, but it didn’t look promising for Flags of Our Fathers.
But wait, Clint Eastwood shot another picture at the same time called Letters from Iwo Jima. This was a smaller, less accessible picture. It was even in Japanese! The studio originally slated it for a spring release, but decided to push it up when they determined that it too, was awards worthy. So Letters from Iwo Jima racks up all the awards while Flags of Our Fathers takes a backseat.
What people are forgetting is that Flags of Our Fathers is still a good film. This is louder, flashier, more accessible older brother to Letters from Iwo Jima. It might be a little more interesting to view history from the point of view of the enemy, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our own history.
The DVD is available in both widescreen and full screen versions. It doesn’t look like there are any special features on this DVD, which leads me to believe there is going to be another one coming down the road, perhaps in a two-disc package with Letters from Iwo Jima. So, this is a rental, not a purchase.
Other new releases this week: Boynton Beach Club Flicka, The Grudge 2, Hollywoodland, Running with Scissors, The Science of Sleep, Trust the Man