Iwo Jima/Clint and Kyle Eastwood

June 19, 2007

Milan Records has introduced a 2 CD set which includes both Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima in a deluxe package, 40 page booklet giving you the history, biographies of flag raisers, film information, and a map of the island. With a suggested retail price of $29.95 this set represents an excellent value because you also receive 5 additional bonus tracks totaling 52 minutes of time. It includes interviews with Kyle and Clint as well as marine combat recordings from 1945.

Eastwood in his later years as a director/producer appears to be in a position to be able to take on whatever subject matter he feels he wants to tackle. While this two film project might not have been the financial success the studios were looking for it is certainly a look at an important part of history. To be able to tell the story from both the Japanese and American views of an absolutely horrific time of WW2 is in my opinion an extremely important contribution not only to film but to history. Some of the younger generation just doesn’t realize how many tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides in a relatively short period of time.

Flags Of Our Fathers has already been reviewed http://www.goldenscores.com/?a=articles&id=23 on the golden score website and somewhat follows the trend of Clint Eastwood composed scores. His melodies are simple, repetitive, but effective in the film. He doesn’t use elaborate complex arrangements or orchestrations. Let’s just say that Rimsky-Korsakov wasn’t a person he studied for any of you somewhat familiar with classical music. This film uses a lot of source music appropriate to the 40’s era, again very effective. Kyle, following in the tradition of his father, also offers us a simple, repetitive, but effective melody used on the piano, strings, and trumpet for the japanese side of the battle Letters From Iwo Jima. The theme itself is almost like an exercise that one would perform in school as part of practice if one were in the band. There is nothing that is groundbreaking, ear catching, or unique. On the otherhand, it is a somewhat effective soundtrack to a film that depicts the horrors of this hopeless fight from the japanese side.

My father who had some involvement in the cleanup portion of the battle has a great deal of interest in the map, booklet, films, as well as the music. The appeal of this deluxe package lies with anyone who feels the importance of this part of World War 2. The same could also be said to any historical buffs, World War II collectors, and Clint Eastwood collecting. It is very hard to criticize the Eastwood family scores as part of the film package. As a stand alone experience they leave somewhat to be desired because of their simplicity, but not when you view the film. They do fit what you see on the screen like a glove. These are films which most of us should watch and then judge the music.

http://www.milanrecords.com/iwojima/

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