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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" )


directed by Robert Altman
USA 1988

Set in early 1945, during the height of World War II, this is a powerful drama of naval trial proceedings with an exceptional cast. Oscar(r)-nominated director Robert Altman (1970, M*A*S*H, 1992, The Player) takes on the much-adapted tale of Lt. Cmdr. Queeg (played by Brad Davis), picking up at the court-martial of Lt. Maryk (Jeff Daniels) for relieving Lt. Cmdr. Queeg of command of the destroyer U.S.S. Caine at the height of a storm. Eric Bogosian plays Lt. Greenwald, the defense attorney who, despite being ambivalent toward his client, is forced to mount a defense on his behalf. Expertly directed by Robert Altman, written and featuring a screenplay by Herman Wouk, this made-for-television movie excels at revealing the tensions between its central characters, including Lt. Cmdr. John Challee (Peter Gallagher) and Capt. Blakely (Michael Murphy).

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Television Premiere: May 8th, 1980

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Runtime 2:01:48

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.46 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 Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2011
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I really enjoyed The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. I was impressed by most of the performances - Brad Davis might have been a little miscast, over-the-top, and young, for my personal vision of Queeg. Bogosian, Jeff Daniels, Peter Gallagher and Michael Murphy were all top-shelf. With Altman helming - there are some nice subtle touches. A fascinating courtroom drama.

This 2-hour TV production is put to a single-layered SD disc. It is progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks quite acceptable despite the very low bitrate. This is a Sony DVD-R (MoD). There is a touch of green cast to the visuals but there is no damage. The disc supports the film with a highly-watchable transfer with a few instances of stellar detail.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are no supplements not even a menu screen.

I'd certainly recommend this to all who enjoyed The Caine Mutiny with Bogie. It gives some background and the pace is never dull. I can see many getting right into this and appreciating the strong character-driven piece. Thumbs up!  

  - Gary Tooze



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