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  • Actors: Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd, Basil Sydney, Ursula Jeans, Derek Farr
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Producers: Robert Clark, W. A. Whittaker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAQ7Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with scepticism in the Second World War. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. Also starring Richard Todd and Ursula Jeans.

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Something of a cult item among British war movies (and brilliantly spoofed a few years back by a lager ad), The Dam Busters turns a minor World War II incident into a saga of heroic stiff-upper-lippery in the classic British style. A bombing raid is proposed on a strategically vital Ruhr dam, but its position is inaccessible. Enter eccentric inventor Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave in best daffy professor mode) who comes up with a genius idea--a bomb that will bounce on water like a skimmed pebble. Naturally the top brass pooh-pooh it, but gallant Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) is persuaded, and between them flyer and boffin forge ahead. The touches of carefully understated emotion now verge on self-parody, but it's hard not to get caught up in the narrative sweep, especially when the bombers take off on their mission and Eric Coates' stirring march hits the soundtrack. The modelwork, state-of-the-art for its early 1950s period, still looks impressive, and the death of Gibson's beloved black Labrador (embarrassingly called Nigger) is a three-hanky moment to rival the shooting of Bambi's mum. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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208 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Martin Thomson on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Anyone who has only ever seen Michael Anderson's definitive 1954 war film on a muddy, soft television transmission or the previous standard definition DVD should prepare themselves to be floored when they sit down to watch this new 1080P Blu-Ray.

The visual presentation is nothing short of perfection, and I do not say such things lightly. To their credit, Optimum have got absolutely EVERYTHING right on this one.

Firstly, the frequent temptation with HD to crop films that were originally shot Academy down to fill a 16:9 frame has been resisted, with the film retaining its full original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, pillar-boxed within the 16:9 frame.

The clarity of the image is so stunning that I cannot imagine they used anything other than the original negative, which would mean that the film would have had to have undergone a full-blown restoration (not cheap!)

Grading is absolutely first rate, with a terrific grey scale and no discernible clipping of white areas of the image. I did notice some slight black crush on very dark jackets, but this may well just be my TV. The image is as sharp as a razor, with the amount of extra detail being revealed nothing short of staggering for a film made over fifty years ago.

Most importantly, this sharpness is entirely natural and I did not detect the slightest bit of artificial processing of any kind; no edge enhancement, no artificial sharpening and no DNR.

The image retains a wonderfully natural, film-like quality with grain present throughout, as it should be, but always mild and controlled, and never bothersome.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of the best of British stiff-upper-lip War films, and pretty faithful to its factual subject. It tells the two stories - of the invention of the bouncing bomb which would do severe damage to the Ruhr dams, and of the raid which used those bombs to inflict that damage - well. Characterisation is good and the performances of Richard Todd as Guy Gibson and, particularly, Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis, the inventor, are entirely appropriate and convincing. While the special effects of the raid itself are very much 1954 and now unconvincing, the tests of the bomb are very well depicted and seem true to life. It is perhaps worth knowing that Todd, with John Mills and others one of the archetypal British-military-hero film actors of the 50s, found one scene difficult to play, and that the very last one, when he tells Wallis that he must go away and write to the parents and families of those who did not come back ; difficult because, as a wartime officer himself in reality, he had done that more often than he cared to remember. The film generally carries that stamp of authenticity and, as such, is a good deal more than just an exciting tale. Well worth watching
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By brucek@tpg.com.au on 26 May 2000
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Richard Todd plays a convincing Guy Gibson and casting Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis was an excellent choice. A thoroughly entertaining and generally accurate portrayal of how Wallis' conviction that the main Ruhr dams could be breached was carried out. The film includes actual footage of the trials carried out on the English coast. Students of military history, as well as those who simply want a good yarn well told, will enjoy this. (Incidentally, as it is an historical account, I see no reason why references to terms that may be politically-incorrect today need to be erased. If that credo was adopted there would be few accurate historical records available in the year 2000).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Mason on 23 Feb. 2011
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I absolutely love this film.

My Dad, God Rest His Soul, was an Historian for 617 Sqdn "The Dambusters", and I am so very fortunate to have met many of them, and have been able to call them my friends.
So many have gone now, it is so very sad. Those boys were certainly made of stronger stuff in those days.

A fantastic film, brilliantly re-mastered. Picture quality is excellent. The roar of those Merlin engines, and the Dambuster Theme Tune never ceases to send shivers down my spine.

Looking forward to the remake, which I believe it being made in New Zealand. It will contain much more information than the original, as because of the Offical Secrets Act, the original film had to omitt many crucial points, which can now be disclosed.
It's been put on hold, it should have been released by now, so I am a little frustrated, as I can't wait to get my hands on it!! Oh well, patience is a virtue and all that!!

Would highly recommend this film.....We should NEVER EVER forget what these brilliant, brave men did for our Country, and our Freedom.

"Lest We Forget, We Will Remember Them"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barrie J. Vinten on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
I knew the film well from having seen it many times, including when it first came out in 1954. This remastered version, with dog's name intact thank goodness, is excellent and, together with the documentary featuring some of the original DBs, is very good value.
I do hope that the occasionally talked and written about remake never happens. Most, if not all, of the original cast were all alive at the time of the raid and many, notably Richard Todd, actually took part in WW2. To remake it now with a cast who would have no memories of the 40s and 50s would be pointless. I dread to think who would be cast in the leading roles and what film score would they use; how could you better Eric Coates famous music.
The original film should remain as a tribute to those who took part in the raid.
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