John M. Stahl
Just a few months before entering the Service in a real-life role, Henry Fonda starred in this movie as a shy, self-doubting Canadian corporal, Colin Spence, who is thrust into a life-and-death position of leadership when his sergeant (Thomas Mitchell) is killed. As circumstance has it - most of the platoon are dead and the 4 remaining troops are stranded in the desert with water quickly running out. To sustain himself during this hardship, Spence, recalls flashes of the past and his courtship with Valentine (a stunning Maureen O'Hara). John Stahl directs Immortal Sergeant - a perfect war vehicle for Fonda while maintaining an adventurous and inspirational storyline. One of the better war action/drama's of its time. out of
Theatrical Release: January 11th, 1943
DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Mono)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
Fox are churning out these classics in fine form. Super image with a few minor damage marks and great contrast. It looks exceptionally good. Audio comes in 2 flavors - original mono (which is fine) and a bumped stereo mix. I'm not a fan of the yellow (optional) subtitles, but this is a perfect, pragmatic release with no real extras - and the price tag reflects that.
I was impressed with the film. Fonda carries much of it with his quiet demeanor and the flashbacks are a perfect touch. One man's successful search for identity. Strongly recommended!