Little Big Man;Tora! Tora! Tora!
Little Big Man Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway (1970, Image/FoxVideo, wide-screen, $69.98, PG) Tora! Tora! Tora! Martin Balsam, Soh Yamamu-ra (1970, Image/FoxVideo, wide-screen, $59.98, G) American self-loathing was all the rage in 1970, and that mood is slickly sucked up to in these polemically correct epics. Little Big Man, anxious to vilify the Old West cavalry, makes the American Indian an unfailingly saintly, martyred hippie, while Tora! Tora! Tora! wants so much to avoid demonizing the Japanese who bombed Pearl Harbor, it never achieves any real perspective. But however narrow their revisionist politics, these movies finally look properly broad on disc. Their wide-screen battle scenes, cropped to the point of inscrutability in tape versions, have sensational impact here-and, despite the tame ratings, boast extraordinarily vivid violence. Man: B+ Tora!: B-SD
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