Midway [WS]

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An expensive war epic, Midway emulates The Longest Day and Tora! Tora! Tora! in attempting to re-create a famous World War II battle from both the American and Japanese viewpoints. The 1942 battle of Midway was the turning point of the War in the Pacific; the Japanese invasion fleet was destroyed, and America's string of humiliating defeats was finally broken. Though the battle itself was sufficiently dramatic to fill two films, Midway also has plotline involving the mixed-race relationship between Ensign Garth (Edward Albert), son of Navy Captain Matt Garth (Charlton Heston), and Haruko Sakura (Christina Kokubo), a Hawaiian girl of Japanese descent. The real-life personages depicted herein include American Admirals Nimitz (Henry Fonda), Halsey (Robert Mitchum) and Spruance (Glenn Ford), and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (Toshiro Mifune, his voice once again dubbed by Paul Frees, whom Mifune personally selected for the job). For its original road show release, Midway was offered in the "Sensurround" process, which electronically shook and vibrated the audience's chairs during the battle sequences. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
10/30/01 
Studio
Universal Studios
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
2 hours, 12 minutes
Sound
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
  • PCM Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Original featurette
  • Documentary featuring new interviews with producer Walter Mirisch, director Jack Smight, editor Frank J. Urioste, and Charlton Heston
  • Featurette on composer John Williams
  • Featurette on Sensurround Sound
  • Production photographs and portraits with score by John Williams
  • Additional scenes exclusively shot for the network television version
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers
Number of Discs
1

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