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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar. 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RXJN5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oscar Winner Lionel Barrymore*, Richard Widmark and Dean Stockwell star in this bittersweet and moving story of a young boy growing up on board a 19th Century whaling ship, directed by Henry Hathaway (True Grit, Niagara). Despite his increasing age and infirmity, whaling captain Bering Joy (Lionel Barrymore) takes his beloved grandson Jed (Dean Stockwell) on one last voyage to the treacherous South Atlantic to pass on his skills and to keep the family tradition alive. On board the whaler is a new First Mate (Richard Widmark), a college-educated man whose ideas clash with the old sea captain`s. As tensions rise between the two men, the ship slips deeper into some of the most dangerous sea in the world, where every frozen fog bank might conceal towering icebergs... A powerful maritime adventure in the tradition of Captains Courageous, Down To The Sea In Ships has been especially digitally restored and remastered for this, its first ever UK DVD release.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Rayner on 11 Mar. 2013
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THE FILM: Watching this film from the golden age of Hollywood really does show up modern films for the rubbish they mostly are. There was real picture-making talent around when this film was made, talent that no longer exists. Dean Stockwell was a really talented American child actor of the late 1940s and, watching him here as a 12 year old in 20th Century-Fox's "Down To The Sea In Ships", made in 1948 and released in 1949, it's clear why he was so highly rated and popular. He gave a wonderful performance as a juvenile crew member aboard a whaling ship out of New Bedford in 1887, captained by his elderly and infirm, but very stern grandfather (an excellent performance from Lionel Barrymore), with Richard Widmark (also excellent) as the first mate, whose job it was to teach the boy his book learnin'. A beautifully acted and written film about love, friendship and loyalty, it had me in tears before the end, due in no small part to Dean Stockwell's ability to show real emotion and to cry very convincingly on cue, involving the audience and taking them with him all the way. Not many child actors were in his league. Let's face it, he was brilliant, especially in this picture, which suited him down to the ground and is quite arguably his very best role. A really catchy and effective score by Alfred Newman compliments the film superbly. Director Henry Hathaway said of Dean Stockwell's performance: "He was marvelous....just a great actor...intense little guy!" 20th Century-Fox may have made more expensive pictures than this over the years, but none of them were as good as "Down To The Sea In Ships". It is a rare example of all the right ingredients coming together at just the right time to make a classic film. It really held my attention and involved me throughout and is Highly Recommended.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gunnar Weichbrodt on 14 Feb. 2014
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I love this picture. Made in 1949 by Henry Hathaway and with Richard Widmark in his first good guy performance. I think the life on board
this whaler is descibed in a fine way. You can feel the hard time without too much violence - and the black and white picture give an extra dimension in this case.
The story of the old captain, the young boy (an exellent Dean Stockwell, who was a great name at this time) and the first mate are well done.
I can recommend this movie to everyone who want's an old time sea adventure. - Young boys today should take it to their hearts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beric Norman on 9 Aug. 2013
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This was the first Widmark film I saw after his staggering 'Kiss of Death'; I loved it and wanted, after 50 years or so, to see it again. This time, however I found a thoroughly tamed Tom Udo wholly eclipsed by Lionel Barrymore's crusty whaler captain and Dean Stockwell as his troubled orphaned grandson. A vintage cast includes John McIntire, Jay C Flippen, Cecil Kellaway, Harry Morgan and other vintage 20th Century Fox salts, and despite monochrome and being filmed in a studio the whaling scenes are thrilling.
(Widmark never disappointed me again!
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By James Gordon on 24 May 2015
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very good
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Down To the Sea In Ships 15 Dec. 2012
By Rance A. Nethken - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie has been a long time in coming! I remember DTTSIS as a young man and it always was a movie I wanted to see 50 years later but it was never available until now. 20th Century Fox finally released it and I am really impressed with the quality of the picture as well as the sound of it. It rings true with the sense of whaling in the latter part of the 19th century. Widmark, Stockwell and of course Barrymore could not have been a better choice to see this movie in its full granduer! There are few whaling movies I am familiar with with the exception of Moby Dick with Gregory Peck as Ahab, but Barrymore brings a more intense, sincere and emotional style to this movie. Widmark was truly the "star" of this motion picture but I do not slighten Stockwell's performance with Widmark. McIntire, Flippen, Calloway and of course, Harry Morgan(M*A*S*H) rounds out the movie! Not being part of the sea(raised on a cattle ranch in Arizona), I always enjoyed movies about the sea and of course related movies. There are many but I can't recall them! I do hope that the studios will loosen their ties on the movie vaults and many more fine movies will be available in the near future. My 1200+ DVD's in my collection are mostly "classics" from the 40's through the 70's and of course Amazon made that possible. As I said, this is a VERY good movie and glad it was finally released. You, who do not know the sea as well as myself will find it a five star addition to any movie collectors library.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Down To The Sea In Ships a Treasure ! 9 Jan. 2013
By P.J. L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Available at long last to the public, a classic off to sea adventure taking place in the halcyon days of whaling in the U.S. this film is sure to please the average veiwer as well as the avid seafarer among us.
Full of historically accurate whaling practices and wrought with the human struggle of right versus wrong, a must see !
If you're a fan of Lionel Barrymore you owe it to yourself to get this movie and see what I believe to be one of his best performances. Also stars Richard Widmark and a young Dean Stockwell.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent sea drama 5 Dec. 2012
By Jim Tarleton - Published on Amazon.com
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This film centers on the grandfather/grandson relationship on a whaling vessel. It is quite a terrific movie and the cast is excellent. Dean Stockwell has always been a good actor and has always been a winner in his juvenile roles. For top adventure and drama and beautiful black and white photography, I highly recommend this film.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An unsung masterpiece 26 Mar. 2013
By J. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS is one of the very best movies ever to come out of Hollywood, and a DVD release is decades overdue. The five-star rating is for the movie itself; the DVD, however, only deserves four-and-a-half. The picture quality is gorgeous, as is the monaural audio; if only the disc had the supplements that this classic deserves, it would be a five-star disc. How I long for at least a commentary track by a knowledgeable historian (Memo to Fox Home Video: I'm available!). But let's not quibble -- the glass is still more than half full. DOWN TO THE SEA deserves to be one of the best-loved movies of all time, and now that we finally have this disc there's hope it'll find its audience among those who love heroic tales of the sea.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Whaling Ships out of New Bedford 19 Mar. 2013
By Seen Them All - Published on Amazon.com
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Sentimental story about an old whaling master (Lionel Barrymore) set to retire but wants one more voyage to insure his young grandson (Dean Stockwell) is prepared to assume the family tradition. The owners want him to retire but is willing to let him have one more voyage provided he takes along as first mate someone with a masters ticket (Richard Widmark). Lot of interaction between the 3 and some scenes of whaling. Overall a good story similar to "Captains Courageous". Worth watching.
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