DVD Title
 Battle of Okinawa
International Title
 Battle of Okinawa
Movie Length: 149 minutes Original Length: 149 minutes
Company: AnimEigo Release: 2007
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1Discs: 1
Language/Sound: Order
Mono (2.0 Stereo)
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (15)
· Trailers: Battle of Okinawa, Japan's Longest Day
· Image Gallery
· Program Notes (English)
Andrew Nguyen (submission)

Released in 1971 and directed by Kihachi Okamoto (the director of Japan's Longest Day) it tells the story of the Battle of Okinawa from the perspective of the Japanese.


The movie is shot in color and widescreen and although it turns out fine with vibrant coloring, there are grainy elements scattered in parts of the movie and it does look a bit blurry at times. Still it doesn't provide that much distraction from the enjoyment of the movie.

Battle of Okinawa is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.

 Audio: Star Rating

While coming in mostly clear, there are sometimes when I found the sound to be a bit harsh. Also there seems to be a small buzzing sound that is noticeable at the beginning at the movie though it's easy to ignore once the movie really starts getting underway. The audio is accommodated by removable subtitles with three different modes (full subtitles, limited subtitles, and captions). The full subtitles deal with translating what the actors are saying as well as the historical information that is listed throughout the movie while the limited subtitles deals with the actors and the caption option deals with the historical information.

 Extras: Star Rating

As before with the release of Japan's Longest Day, the DVD has a release in terms of a limited number of extras with the same common categories as in Japan's Longest Day. There are only two trailers this time with one for the movie itself and the other for Japan's Longest Day. The image gallery has a slideshow of images from the movie while the program notes list somewhat more detailed information and this time it focuses on the battle of Okinawa as well as the present state of the island, a biography of Kihachi Okamoto, notes that are used in the film, the Japanese commanders on Okinawa, and a few notes about the kamikazes.

 Overview: Star Rating

After considering all of the facts, it's a pretty good release still though a bit inferior to the earlier release of Okamoto's Japan's Longest Day. The price of between $25 and $30 for the DVD may also provide some problems in terms of wanting to make a grab for it as well.