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Sailor of the King [Blu-ray]

Roy Boulting    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Roy Boulting
  • Language: English, German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CQ9B1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,326 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Michael Rennie, Jeffrey Hunter and Oscar winner* Wendy Hiller star in this action-packed drama of war at sea from celebrated British director Roy Boulting. 1940 A vital British convoy is crossing the Pacific, escorted by a cruiser squadron under the command of Captain Richard Saville (Michael Rennie). When a powerful German raider, the Essen, is sighted in the area, Seville despatches his cruisers to attack and destroy the Nazi warship before it can decimate the convoy. The resulting sea battle is brutal and devastating for both sides... When the badly damaged German raider slips into a tropical lagoon for repairs, an escaped Canadian POW (Jeffrey Hunter) makes a desperate bid for freedom. Armed only with raw courage and a sniper rifle, he must pin down the entire warship and its crew in the lagoon until the British fleet arrives... As Saville leads his squadron in a desperate race against time to find and destroy the Essen, neither man has any idea of the strange of twist of fate that connects them both... Originally released as single-handed in Britain and now digitally restored and remastered for its first ever UK DVD release - Sailor Of The King is based on C.S. Foresters stirring story Brown On Resolution and was filmed aboard genuine Royal Navy warships for extra realism.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great British war film with a cracking story. 31 July 2009
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
The first part of the film is a little dull as it is a love story between a naval officer( Richard Savile) and a young woman who he meets on a train during the first world war. It is very daring as they have obviously slept together.

They part and you hear no more of it.

Next we meet the naval officer Michael Rennie during the second world war in the pacific where he is involved in tracking down and destroying a German battleship the Essen.

The story concentrates on a Canadian naval rating Brown. He says his father is dead and his mother who is English brought him up in Canada with a love of the the navy.

He is a crack shot but is in signals. His ship is sunk and he escapes form captivity to give the Germans who have a damaged ship grief.

Richard Savile ( Michael Rennie) is now in command of a squadron of British ships hunting a raider called the Essen. He wants to engage the ship but is low on fuel so sends in two others The German raider outguns the British but is hit by a torpedo and has to stop for repairs.

One of the cruisers is sunk and only two survivors are taken on board by the Germans. One is the Canadian rating Brown. he manages to escape and is able to hold up the Germans for some time enabling the British to close with the Essen

One of the German survivors of the Essen tells the British there is a rating ashore who held them up.

We then go to the ending which either Brown died and Richard Savile meets his mum realising it is the lady he met all those years ago. There is then an alternative ending which is Brown is alive and receives the Victoria Cross.

It is a great story and even though I have seen it quite a few times it never fails to be an emotional ending.You still left in doubt as to whether Brown was Savile's son or whether he realises this fact.

A great British war film with a cracking story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good black and white BR. 13 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A good old post war British movie.
I bought this primarily for a look at the binoculars/ optical gear which I could recall from seeing it several years ago and for the close up detail of the ships themselves.
The picture quality is good and knowing the movie I was not disappointed so no complaints, plays well and the disc was technically perfect.
What more can one say - surprised to learn that the lead actor was later to play "Christopher Pike in the pilot of "Star Trek" sadly he died a fter an on set sccident.
Good movie in this format - detail wise the odd goof but only anoraks who don't get out much (like me) will lament on.... good movie for the era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Movie 29 Jan 2014
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This is a very good war movie and Michael Rennie, Jeffrey Hunter and Bernard Lee, give excellent performances and make the story believeable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic look at the Royal Navy in WW II 15 Dec 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The film is based on a short novel by C.S. Forester (the author of the 'Hornblower' series of novels set in the 18th century) and entitled "Brown on Resolution". The film follows the story quite closely. Being a film made in the late 50s, it's full of stock British actors who can be seen in just about every British war film of the period (Bernard Lee, Victor Maddern, Patrick Barr, etc.)

At the time that this film was made, there were still numbers of British warships around that had survived the war and (rather as in the "Battle of the River Plate" film) were available for filming. In this case we have the 'Town' class cruiser HMS Glasgow and the 'Dido' class cruiser, HMS Cleopatra taking the part of the ships of the British cruiser squadron and the fast minelayer, HMS Manxman, dolled up as a German surface raider, with a rather obvious set of plywood turrets! Never mind, for the naval 'buff', this is priceless stuff.

It might be argued that some of the acting is a bit wooden, but that was the style of the time. This is a great tale of 'daring-do' and one which is hugely entertaining. Would that the modern 'blockbuster' could tell a tale so well and so simply without CGI! Buy it and enjoy it!
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