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The Enemy Below [DVD] [1957]


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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, Theodore Bikel, David Hedison
  • Directors: Dick Powell
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O967U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's Mitchum vs. Jurgens as the commanders of an American destroyer and a German U-boat play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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The Enemy Below and Sink the Bismarck! form a double feature of semi-classic CinemaScope-era WWII naval dramas sailing from the Fox vault onto DVD for the first time.

In The Enemy Below Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are respectively captains of a US destroyer and a German U-boat whose vessels come into conflict in the South Atlantic. Both are good men with a job to do, the script noting Jurgens' distaste for Hitler and the Nazis and engaging our sympathy with the German sailors almost as much as the Americans. Made at the height of the Cold War of the 1950s, the film delivers a liberal message of cooperation wrapped inside some spectacular action scenes and a story that builds to a tense and exciting, moving finale.

Sink the Bismarck! is a British film dating from three years later and adopts a more documentary style in recounting the race against time to track and destroy what was in 1941 the most powerful battleship then built, the Bismarck. Shot in gleaming black and white so as to make use of genuine WWII archive footage, the film is held together by the introduction of a fictional naval officer in overall command of the operation, played excellently by Kenneth More. To add some human warmth he is given a tentative romantic subplot with a WREN played by the luminous Dana Wynter. Though initially slow to gather steam, Sink the Bismarck! finally delivers an epic, thoroughly horrifying conclusion.

On the DVD: The Enemy Below and Sink the Bismarck! come as a two-disc set with multiple language and subtitle options, including English for Hard of Hearing, but no extras other than the original trailers. These are presented at 16:9 and 2.35:1. Both are rather faded, but are fine examples of an era when watching the previews didn't guarantee a migraine. Both films are anamorphically enhanced in their original 2.35:1 CinemaScope, and, bar a little grain in some shots and the inevitably inferior archive footage, the picture quality is excellent. The Enemy Below boasts sturdy three-channel sound (left, front, right) while Sink the Bismarck! is in very well mixed stereo. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Two very good war films made within three years of each other. One British, the other American.

First things first, Sink The Bismarck is one of those stiff upper lip films exploring the conflict between the Royal Navy and the German Battleship Bismarck which was at that time one of the largest ships ever built. Kenneth More plays Captain Jonathan Shepherd, the director of operations who is given the uneviable task of trapping and the eventual sinking of this great ship. There is a great tragedy along the way with the terrible loss of HMS Hood which was blown up during an engagement with the Bismarck in the Denmarck Strait, only three survivors being picked up. This tragedy made it imeprative that the Bismarck had to be sunk at all costs. It was eventually sunk by numerous British ships off the French Coast. The final scenes showing its destruction are harrowing to watch. Supplemented with actual archive footage, and Ed Murrow playing himself adding a news commentary during certain scenes give the film an almost documentary feel. Alright, some of the ships are plainly models, but that doesnt distract from the film itself. Filmed in widescreen, black and white, with good print and sound. Worth seeing.

The Enemy Below made earlier in 1957 has remained one of those classic war films which is still enjoyable today. Some critics have pointed out that it may be too Hollywood, and not really a true reflection of war as it was at that time. But I did find this a very human drama, played out between two opposing captains, engaged in a cat and mouse chase between an American destroyer commanded by Robert Mitchum and a German Submarine commanded by Curt Jurgens.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2005
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During World Was II a U-boat and a destroyer are in a cat-and-mouse situation to the end. The question is who the cat is and who is the mouse? They use standard clichés and extraordinary tactics; however there is not need for anything supernatural or far fetched to hold your attention. It is a battle of wits and wills between the Commanders of both vessels. We are there as they both sweat out time or take chances.
For the most part everyone is speaking English so you will not have to strain your eyes to read the small print at the bottom of the screen. Being made before CGI we will watch some battles and scenes made with the use of models.
Yes you have seen this story portrayed again in such classics as "Das Boot" (1982). What is more interesting is even the same dialog is played out in the movie "Star Trek II - The wrath of Kahn" (1982)
You will find this movie worth repeated viewing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 29 Oct 2007
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This movie classic is one of the best action packed dramas of World War II dealing with an American Destroyer and a German U-boat. Robert Mitchum plays the American destroyer commander and Curt Jurgens plays the U-boat commander. Their sea craft cross paths in the South Atlantic Ocean and engage in a deadly cat and mouse game that can only end in the death of one of them. This duel of two very experience naval officers covers thousands of miles and is action packed. Over all the models are realistic enough that you can just sit back and be engrossed in the hunt. This movie not only shows us the mandatory hunting of the enemy in a deadly chess game where one mistake means defeat and death. But it also shows us that even in war there can be hope and one can show his humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
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Okay, so this film is now, quite remarkably, not too far short of its 70th birthday. However, it has aged very well. Set in the midst of WWII, The Enemy Below is a highly suspenseful story of a dogfight between a U.S. warship and a German submarine. Robert Mitchum stars as Murrell, the experienced captain of an American destroyer, who goes head to head against Curt Jurgens, the equally experienced commander of the German U-boat. The special effects, given that this film was made nearly 70 years ago, are frankly astonishing, and it's no surprise to learn that the movie won an Oscar for those effects. Despite the hostilities between the two countries, the two men grow a mutual admiration for each other's skills at the helm of their respective vessels, as they pursue one another across the North Atlantic. There is one stunning sequence when the destroyer is dropping mines into the sea, which I doubt could be bettered or made more realistic even with modern CGI. In fact, I suspect that modern CGI might well make that sequence with the mines a little less convincing. I think that Hollywood could and should make a brilliant modern version of this wonderful old movie, starring somebody like William Hurt in the role of Murrell. If you fancy a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the sofa, watching a good old fashioned war film that's none too heavy on the violence and doesn't bang on the anti-war drum, this movie works a treat.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2004
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During World Was II a U-boat and a destroyer are in a cat-and-mouse situation to the end. The question is who the cat is and who is the mouse? They use standard clichés and extraordinary tactics; however there is not need for anything supernatural or far fetched to hold your attention. It is a battle of wits and wills between the Commanders of both vessels. We are there as they both sweat out time or take chances.
For the most part everyone is speaking English so you will not have to strain your eyes to read the small print at the bottom of the screen. Being made before CGI we will watch some battles and scenes made with the use of models.
Yes you have seen this story portrayed again in such classics as "Das Boot" (1982). What is more interesting is even the same dialog is played out in the movie "Star Trek II - The wrath of Kahn" (1982)
You will find this movie worth repeated viewing.
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