title: Pearl Harbor - Strength and Honor (fanedit)
Tagline: December 7, 1941 - A day that shall live in infamy.
Release Title: Pearl Harbor - Strength and Honor (fanedit)
Original Name: Pearl Harbor
TmDb Url: http://www.themoviedb.org/movie/676
Imdb Url: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0213149
Release Date: 5/21/2001
Genre: War | Action | Drama | History | Romance
The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Pearl Harbor - Strength and Honor (fanedit)
Format: AVI (no sound on WMP, use VLC)
Quality: Audio 10, Video 9
Pearl Harbor - Strength and Honor by ADigitalMan: This is one of the rare examples that a turd can actually be polished if a great creative and skilled mind is behind it. By removing the love triangle this turns out to be a great action and war movie about a day the US will never forget.
Original film name Pearl Harbor
Film studio name Touchstone
Film release date 25 MAY 01
Original runtime 183 minutes
Fanedit release date 23 OCT 05
New runtime 128 minutes
Amount of time cut/added 55 minutes cut
INTENTION and EDITING DETAILS:
I write this having completed my first viewing of the final cut. This may be the finest re-edit I’ve done. Using the R-rated Director’s Cut as my basis, I have completely removed the awful romantic love triangle and thereby turned this into a kinetic war movie that focuses entirely on the lead-up and attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Like Titanic, Pearl Harbor was really two movies in one. A story of a historical disaster, and a love story. It made Titanic float, but it made Pearl Harbor sink. By removing the ham-fisted love story, the movie becomes a visually stunning actioner that hits the gas and doesn’t let up for two hours.
We see the genuine comradery between lifelong buddies Rafe and Danny without any pointless tension thrown in. We respect Evelyn as a capable nurse who rises to an incredible challenge. She isn’t romantically linked to either character, which keeps the focus on the looming war from all sides â€? Rafe’s combat post in the RAF, Danny, the other flyboys and nurses posted at Pearl, the newsreels, the intelligence and analysis in Washington, and the preparation of the Japanese for the attack. When all hell breaks loose, we’re squarely focused on it, and not on false tensions written out of a marketing playbook.
Some scenes were moved around in the first act to improve flow, but rather than pulling out little bits here and there, I mostly lopped out giant sections and left others intact. Just remember, the Ritalin-challenged quick-cut editing style is Michael Bay’s work, not mine. The most finessed part of the edit is the bar scene upon Rafe’s return. Instead of having lifelong friends sniping at each other and descending into fisticuffs over a woman, we have Danny somewhat speechless and in awe of his friend who has returned from the dead. Moments like that aren’t moments for anger and hate, they’re cause for celebration, and that’s how the scene now plays out.
Oh, and Bruce Willis is taken right the F#@k out of this film. If there ever was a moment that pulled me out of a movie, it’s was seeing John McClane limping around in triage behind Jennifer Garner’s bewildered Nurse Sandra. That one shot drained all the emotional investment the attack built up. All it needed was a “Yippie-kay-yay” as a final punch. Whatever. It’s gone, and Jennifer Garner’s moment of clueless despair right along with it. It only improves her character and keeps you emotionally invested in Nurse Betty’s death.
Kate’s voiceover brings the film to a pitch-perfect close. No cheesy scenes of “the family” flying about in the clouds. The end is more patriotic, more noble, and yes, more uplifting than a crop duster.
What we’re left with is a film that pays genuine tribute to the men (and women) who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, and those who lived on to fight out World War II. Clocking in at 2 hours 8 minutes (including credits) it feels like the perfect length.
Ben Affleck ... Capt. Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett ... Capt. Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale ... Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Petty Officer Doris Miller
Jon Voight ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Alec Baldwin ... Lt. Col. James Doolittle
Tom Sizemore ... Sgt. Earl Sistern
William Lee Scott ... Lt. Billy Thompson
Greg Zola ... Lt. Anthony Fusco
Ewen Bremner ... Lt. Red Winkle
Jaime King ... Nurse Betty Bayer
Catherine Kellner ... Nurse Barbara
Jennifer Garner ... Nurse Sandra
Sara Rue ... Nurse Martha
Michael Shannon ... Lt. Gooz Wood
Dan Aykroyd ... Capt. Thurman
Colm Feore ... Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
John Fujioka ... Nishikura
Mako ... Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Jesse James ... Young Rafe
Reiley McClendon ... Young Danny
William Fichtner ... Danny's Father
Steve Rankin ... Rafe's Father
Brian Haley ... Training Captain
Graham Beckel ... Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
File Size: 1.36 GiB
Overall Bitrate: 1 519 Kbps
Duration: 2h 8mn
Video Codec Type: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1 061 Kbps
Resolution: 640 X 272 pixels
Aspect ratio(AR): 2.35:1
Quality Factor(QF): 0.254
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps
Audio Codec: AC-3
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Bitrate: 448 Kbps
Channel Count: 6 channels (Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE)
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