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Trio of classic war films. 'The Colditz Story' (1954) is a docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, and re-tells the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'. In 'The Cruel Sea' (1953), World War Two Lt Commander Ericson (Jack Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good. 'The Dam Busters' (1954) is 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. The film also stars Richard Todd and Ursula Jeans.
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.
This was very appropriate and very moving especially for the recipient whose father played his part in the Second World WarPublished 20 months ago by Janette Burt
takes you back to the days when actors really needed to act ;-) gives a little taste of what it must have been like to live through such awful things !Published 22 months ago by Aa Fielder
I bought the set as it was supposed to be region 2, viewable in europe. while one DVD was ok, the others were not viewable. I had to see them on a computer....Published on 9 July 2013 by FBSOPS
I have always loved old british films.I remember seeing these years ago at the cinema and really enjoyed watching them again, my only problem was one of the discs I had to turn the... Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by tinashubby
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