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Run Silent, Run Deep [Blu-ray]
(Robert Wise, 1958)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,260,108,327 bytes
Feature Size: 19,586,623,488 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 23rd, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1580 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1580 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Description:The contrasting acting styles of Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster serve to increase the already high tension level of the WW2 drama Run Silent, Run Deep. Gable plays submarine commander "Rich" Richardson, who assumes command of the USS Nerka. Because his previous sub was sunk by the Japanese under highly suspect circumstances, Richardson inspires nothing but animosity from his new crew. Particularly hostile is executive officer Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), who'd assumed that he was next in line to command the Nerka. Obsessed with tracking down the Japanese destroyer that sank his old sub, Richardson drives his crew mercilessly, and even disobeys direct orders from his own higher-ups. The Nerka manages to blast the Japanese vessel out of the waters, but in so doing the sub is placed in dire peril in enemy waters. In his desperate efforts to save the Nerka, Richardson at long last wins the respect of Bledsoe and the rest of the crew. Featured in the cast of Run Silent, Run Deep are Burt Lancaster's old circus partner Nick Cravat, and, in his unbilled movie debut, Don Rickles.
You have to like submarine pictures to like "Run
Silent, Run Deep," the Hecht, Hill and Lancaster
entry that arrived at the Victoria yesterday. For this
is a submarine picture, every tense, exciting moment of
the way—a straight tale of undersea adventure, all-male
For all the restrictions they pose in terms of setting, submarine films have long been a popular sub-genre of the war movie. Their success continues to this day with such films as U-571 (2000) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002). The confined space actually helps to heighten the sense of danger and tension, while the vessel's mission makes for exciting action sequences. And both of these aspects are exploited to great effect in Run Silent, Run Deep (1958).
In a story that has echoes of Moby Dick, Clark Gable plays the captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during World War II who is given a chance to command another one after a year at a desk job. Focused almost entirely on revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel, he finds himself pitted against his second-in-command (Burt Lancaster) and facing a mutiny for putting his new crew in unnecessary danger.
Lancaster's rise to the highest pinnacle of Hollywood fame enabled him to find projects and produce the films he wanted to make under the banner of his HHL production company. Typically, HHL would find the material and convince United Artists to finance and distribute the movies, but in this case, it was the studio that bought the property, a novel by 30-year naval officer Capt. Edward L. Beach. HHL was asked to develop it. Lancaster saw himself in the role of the daring executive officer who bucks the more conservative and hard-nosed commander. For that role, the company struck a one-picture deal with Clark Gable, who was no longer top box office but still one of the most enduring and popular stars of Hollywood.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The classic submarine thriller Run Silent, Run Deep has arrived on Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber. The single-layered image is a shade inconsistent texture but generally contrast has some very pleasing layers. It can look quite strong with plenty of instances of depth. A bit of noise creeps into some scenes but it looks more like weakness in the source that a flaw in the 1080P transfer. There is a tightness and depth - in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. I was pleased with the presentation. This Blu-ray should export an appealing image on most systems. There is little-to-no damage.
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Kino use a DTS-HD Master stereo track at 1580 kbps. There are plenty of submarine effects that sound solid in the lossless. More impacting is the powerfulFranz Waxman (Rebecca, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) score that adds a keen edge of suspense to the proceedings. There is some depth via the uncompressed. There are optional English subtitles offered (see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer. This is a very strong film and deserves some discussion - or better, a commentary - but we have none.
September 19th, 2014
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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