Directed by Lloyd Bacon
USA 1951

 

  The brave and daunting feats of World War Two underwater demolition teams are brought to life in this classic film, with Richard Widmark leading the way

In Hollywood, there are hard men and then there's Richard Widmark. Described by filmmaker Don Siegel as "the sort of man who could make you shit just by looking at you", Widmark might not have been lauded in the same fashion as Cagney, Bogart and Eastwood, but the star of Madigan, Night And The City and Kiss Of Death was every bit as tough as all of them.

He's certainly pretty daunting as Lieutenant Commander John Lawrence. Indeed, Widmark makes co-star Dana Andrews - himself no stranger to playing indomitable heroes - look a bit of a sissy. As a new UDT (Underwater Demolition Teams) leader who must win the respect of his crewman, Widmark isn't afraid to show his sensitive side. However, when there is man's work to do - such as disarming an unexploded torpedo that's slammed into the side of his vessel - there's no prizes for guessing who's the first to get his hands dirty.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 24th, 1951

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Also available in The Heroes of War Collection - Naval Battles which also includes The Enemy Below, Morituri and Sink the Bismarck!
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:36:18 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.85 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), DUBs: Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• 3 theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

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The digital noise is a little heavier on this release than you might notice on other Fox transfers of this films of the 50's. Detail is not pristine but it is acceptable. Other than that it is pretty much standard fare for a Fox release - progressive, clear audio, optional yellow subtitles and at a very reasonable price.

The film is very good but the conflicts between Widmark and Andrews didn't seem as believable to me. Definitely worth watching though.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Also available in The Heroes of War Collection - Naval Battles which also includes The Enemy Below, Morituri,  and Sink the Bismarck!
Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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