(aka 'The Great Spy Mission' or 'Code Name: Operation Crossbow ')
A crack squad of commandos plot to put a Nazi missile base out of action, in an overcomplex manner which would have warmed the hearts of Peter Graves and Bain - whose impossible missions may have been gently plagiarized from this movie. Peppard and Loren are the glamorous conspirators, and the script is by Pressburger, writing under a pseudonym. The film's most invigorating quality is that when its heroes infiltrate the German base, they are actually forced to speak German - as when Michael Caine does this sort of thing, bang on in a cockney accent with 'achtung' at the beginning of every sentence.
Commandos contrive to destroy Nazi missiles in this 1965 British feature directed by Michael Anderson, from a screenplay by Derry Quinn, Ray Rigby, and Emeric Pressburger (writing under the name Richard Imrie).
Theatrical Release: March 1965
DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.97 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 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
featurette: "A Look Back at Crossbow"
Exceptionally strong image from Warner with some minor speckles as the only negative. The anamorphic and progressive cinemascope ratio looks very impressive. There is a 5.1 track and an optional 2.0 French DUB. The 5.1 sounded darn good although I'll admit I am never the best judge.
Extras include a 9 minute vintage featurette - 'A Look Back and Crossbow' - it held my interest and from a historical standpoint shares some decent information. A trailer is also included. Another fairly good film adeptly transferred to DVD by Warner - certainly worth a spin or two. Recommended!