It is 1944 and the war in the Pacific is at its height. On a small, deserted Pacific island a Japanese naval officer and U.S. naval pilot find themselves marooned. The two men are bitter wartime enemies but now stranded and with no one else to help them, will they decide to fight each other to the death, or work together for survival? As adversaries, can their mutual hatred, suspicion and mistrust be overcome and can humanity survive under such extreme conditions?
Hell in the Pacific was made in widescreen: 2.35:1 according to the IMDb. What is available here is a cropped 4:3 version. Since this is such a powerful classic film and a lot of the interaction between the two characters is lost, this is not good. On the US import featured on Amazon the ratio is correct.
The rating is for the film, not the presentation.
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Missing something, even for a so-called 'classic'
- Hell in the Pacific review by AB
Obviously, never having been in this position, I think that a spark of humanity would exist between 2 trapped people with some sort of common decency like trying to communicate to each other without shouting would be a basis.
Unsatisfactory and poor ending
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Pan and scan butchering of widescreen film
- Hell in the Pacific review by MR
After the widescreen 2:35 opening credits end the DVD switches to a pan and scan 4:3 version which means you lose more than 50% of the original picture. I immediately stopped watching and found a version on streaming. Pan and scan really is the worst and I wish Cinema Paradiso would not offer these discs without a clear warning as I would avoid like the plague.