Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sands of Iwo Jima

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Sands of Iwo Jima movie scene

John Agar (l.) and John Wayne star in Sands of Iwo Jima

John Wayne (True Grit, Red River) did a bunch of war movies, but he garnered a 1949 Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his iconic role as the battle-hardened leader of a squad of recruits in Allan Dwan’s classic war film Sands of Iwo Jima, which makes its Blu-ray debut from Olive Films.

Haunted by his personal demons, Marine Sgt. John Stryker (Wayne) is both hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker’s rigid form of discipline, as he leads them into one of the most treacherous battles in the Pacific.

Co-starring John Agar, Forrrest Tucker, Richard Webb and Richard Jaeckel, Sands of Iwo Jima remains one of the quintessential Pacific arena WWII films.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.