Objective Burma-any reviews?

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  1. steve blake

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    objective burma is released on the 13th ,and i was wondering if anyone knew if there was any reviews anywhere?its about time errol had some decent releases on dvd,and at long last it seems we are going to get some.
     
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    A good looking transfer; long version of the film; with Errol Flynn and James Wong Howe, how can you go wrong?
     
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    I was looking forward to seeing it on dvd as well - considering that the laserdisc version I had previously kept an eye out for on ebay was seldom offered and sold for prices that made it difficult- at least for myself - to bid on. So yes it is great news to see it finally arrive!(As a matter of fact it is apparently avaiable now locally - but I spent my allowable allotment so will have to wait) I really think it was one of Errol Flynn's best acting roles and the movie itself did not seek to glorify the war. A very interesting character study that reinforces the need to have many other classic films released to dvd. It is a perfect example of the lost art of film making and why there are so very few made these days that are worthy - most unfortunately are mere shadows of those of the past. It also looks like the month of May will have the largest number of titles released that I am keenly anticipating since starting the collecting of dvds - about 2 years for myself. In fact this year is simply gratifying in terms of output from the various Studios. I take my hat off to Warner Bros., MGM , Fox, Universal, Columbia TriStar ( enjoyed King Rat ), and Disney. Keep them coming!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Randy A Salas

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    I was wondering the same thing today, since I had planned to write about it on Tuesday (May 13), its release date. I got a note back from Warner Home Video saying they didn't have copies yet and that it was late coming to them. That might explain why you haven't seen reviews yet (and why I'll have to bypass it next week [​IMG] ).
     
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    I wonder what I was seeing (on their website) - if what Randy is saying is true about the release date perhaps there was a mistake by the local retailer here. I will have to look into that and verify if they actually have any copies available.
     
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    My dvd copy is on the way to me and I will review it this weekend.




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    I received my dvd copy today and will watch it tonight then post my thoughts about it tomorrow morning. I've must have seen this film at least 30 times in my lifetime so hopefully it will be a pleasure to watch it on the dvd format.
     
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    As RAH stated, how can you go wrong?[​IMG]

    Again, Warner does another great job with this dvd presentation. I've never seen the film look as good as it does on this dvd. The dvd also contains two 20 minute shorts that were obviously made to strike our patriotic cord back in 1945. One of them is "The Tanks are Coming" starring George Tobias who also starred in "Objective Burma". An added bonus is that this short was filmed in technicolor and it looks gorgeous. The theatrical trailer is on the dvd too along with a Raoul Walsh profile of the war films he directed.

    Anybody that is a fan of this film should pick up this dvd right away.

    I also received the dvd copy of "Operation Pacific" starring John Wayne, Patricia O'Neal, and Ward Bond that I will watch later today and post my thoughts about it's dvd presentation.





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  10. Randy A Salas

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    I haven't seen this DVD yet, but look forward to purchasing it on Tuesday. One of Errol Flynn's best films, and members' comments about the great new transfer are all the more exciting.

    As an FYI to Mr. Crawford's comment: THE TANKS ARE COMING was somewhat famous in its day, having received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.

    I think it's terrfic that Warner has started adding vintage short subjects to their releases.
     
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    Well, I've been waiting for a Brit to showup and speak against this film, but this isn't the thread to discuss that issue. If you want to discuss it further then start another thread in Movies where we can properly discuss it.




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    I had forgotten about this Errol Flynn dvd so will try and find it and watch it

    thanks again

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    Robert suggested ,
     
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    I neglected to mention a score by Franz Waxman.
     
  17. Brad Vautrinot

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    I watched Objective Burma last night and it was more than I ever hoped for - a beautiful transfer, excellent extras, clean soundtrack, etc. No complaints at all about this release and hope that the other studios follow suit.

    I did have a couple of questions about the movie, though. I noticed that in several scenes, Errol Flynn was carrying a folding-stock M-2 carbine throughout most of the movie. Interestingly, in some of the scenes where it would cut to a different angle, he was shown carrying a 1928 Thompson w/o the clip in what seems to be an attempt to disguise the fact that the carbine wasn't available which doesn't make sense since the scene was in the same time frame. Also, I noticed that all the Thompsons were non-firing replicas (bolt was always in the closed/forward position, no ejector port, etc.) except for the few scenes where they were firing real ones for the scene. The light .30 cal mg's were like nothing ever seen in the US military arsenal.

    I don't know where the movie was filmed (perhaps in a country where full auto weapons are outlawed) but was wondering if anyone has any answers to the above anomalies. Someone said this was the long version so were the Flynn gun swapping scenes added in later, thus the change in arms?

    I'm just curious about this and not at all denigrating this movie which I really like and have anticipated coming to DVD for a long time.
     
  18. TimJS

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    Any B&Ms carrying this title? How about Battle Cry or Commandos Strike At Dawn ?

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    I don't know where the movie was filmed (perhaps in a country where full auto weapons are outlawed) but was wondering if anyone has any answers to the above anomalies.
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    Most of the exteriors were photographed at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, Ca.
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    http://www.r2-dvd.org/article.jsp?se...articleId=5636

    this dvd will also be released in the UK on July 21 as part of a 3 www II movie pack together with Battle Cry & John Wayne's Operation Pacific

    The special features for Objective Burma are

    Special Features - 2 classic Warner Bros. wartime shorts & Theatrical Trailer
    £12.99 RRP, Black & white, Cert PG, 135 mins, Mono Soundtrack, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
     

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