(aka 'Operation Burma')

Directed by Raoul Walsh
USA 1945

 

  This 1944 war film is a very pure, almost abstract statement of Raoul Walsh's themes and style, with Errol Flynn as the leader of an American platoon sent on a jungle mission against the Japanese. The problem, essentially, is to travel from point A to point B; the enemy remains all but unseen, and the journey becomes a test of endurance and personal drive. The film is long (142 minutes), claustrophobic, and intense, yet it works with elegance and rigor, like a philosophical problem stated and solved.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr's capsule at the Chicago Reader located HERE.

Flynn and a handful of his fellow paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines into Burma's 'Jap-infested jungle', to destroy an enemy radio station. Their task accomplished, they find themselves without a way to get back when the Japanese overrun their arranged pick-up point. A highly effective, action-packed war film of the old guard, Objective Burma! was banned in Britain after its initial release for failing to mention Blighty's role in the campaign. Its anti-war message is somewhat diminished by the glory it attributes to its bunch of invincible paratroopers, but this is an exemplary, old-fashioned war movie for the boys.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 26th, 1945

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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The individual title is unavailable in many locations but it is in the upcoming WWII three-pack including Objective, Burma! / Never So Few and Go for Broke at a ridiculously low price. We assume the image quality (and extras) will be the same as in the individual releases.

              

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:21:40 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 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.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: The Rear Gunner
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Featurette: The Tanks Are Coming
• Raoul Walsh and War
• Trailer
• Cast and Crew

3-pack DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2006

Keep Case (original was in snapper case)
Chapters: 36

 

 

Comments:

 

 

Firstly, this is an amazing film. Two similar works crossed my mind as I watched - Anthony Mann's Men in War and Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (the latter steals from it in some respects). A propaganda film with a slight anti-war edge.

The image is very strong. Typical of Warner's best transfers of films from this period - sharp with excellent grey scale contrast. Audio is clear, consistent and defined. There are optional subtitles.

Extras include two featurettes - The Rear Gunner (20:27) with Burgess Meredith and Ron Reagan and a Technicolor flag-waver The Tanks are Coming (20:04). Both obvious propaganda shorts played prior to main features in the theatre.

The single-disc version of this disc appears to no longer be available but a very reasonably priced three-pack by Warner is coming out with Objective, Burma! / Never So Few and Go for Broke - it is only over 2 discs, but I'll still assume the same transfers (and probably the same supplements). A great deal that we recommend sight unseen!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

The individual title is unavailable in many locations but it is in the upcoming WWII three-pack including Objective, Burma! / Never So Few and Go for Broke at a ridiculously low price. We assume the image quality (and extras) will be the same as in the individual releases.

              

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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