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Reviewed May 21st, 2001 by Len D. Martin


Cast: Ronald Regan.

Directors: John Ford, Frank Capra.

DVD #1: “Kamikaze” - A documentary on the Pacific War beginning with Japanese preparations before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ending with the U.S. dropping the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
“Know Your Enemy” - Frank Capra uses images and sounds to give the American soldier a look into the mentality of the enemy in Japan.

DVD#2: “December 7, 1941” - John Ford's Award Winning recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
“Pearl Harbor Newsreel” - Special on the Pearl Harbor attack.
“Formal Japanese Surrender” - The Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri to end the war with the allies.
“Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter” - Ronald Regan as a fighter pilot learns about the Japanese Zero fighter plane.

DVD#3: “Appointment In Tokyo” - A WWII documentary covering the entire American Pacific campaign from the Bataan retreat to the surrender of Japan. Many of the film's scenes have been compiled from captured Japanese newsreels.
“Japan's Air War” - Film sequences capture the awesome sights of bombing missions and aerial dogfights as American airborne firepower hammers at Japan.

DVD#4: “Iwo Jima” - A documentary on the epic, bloody battle of the island known as Iwo Jima.
“Okinawa” - American and Japanese footage detail another intense island battle.

DVD#5: “The Rise Of The Japanese Empire” - Japan's armies surge into China. Japanese militarists eagerly plan their next conquests. America goes to war after a surprise Japanese bombing raid at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“Surrender and Occupation of Japan” - Extensive footage documents military, political and social events in Japan following the war's conclusion

Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Video: Standard 1.33:1

Extras for each DVD: Direct Scene Access; Trivia Quiz; Slide Shows; Biographies; Newspaper Excerpts; War Zone Photographs.

Comments: Another “Winner” from Madacy. This is a superb set. It has been years since I have seen any of these documentaries and newsreel footage, and Madacy has done an excellent job in digitally mastering these materials. If you are a World War II enthusiast, then this 5-DVD set is the one you have to buy.


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