Director Clint Eastwood delivers the good, bad and ugly of World War II with the DVD release of his two companion pieces — ‘‘Letters From Iwo Jima’’ and ‘‘Flags of Our Fathers.’’ The former tells the story of the fall of the key island from the Japanese perspective, and the latter explores the iconic flag-raising image and the politics surrounding it.
They're both fantastic, gripping and graphic films. But the bloodiest release of the day goes to Mel Gibson's ‘‘Apocalypto.’’
It's essentially a chase movie, set in the rainforest, but the greater theme includes the fall of South American native races. It's not for the squeamish, but it is a beautiful, terrible film.