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War At Sea Box Set (Cruel Sea, The/For Those In Peril/San Demetrio) [DVD]

David Farrar , Ralph Michael , Charles Crichton , Charles Frend    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: David Farrar, Ralph Michael, Robert Wyndham, John Slater, John Batten
  • Directors: Charles Crichton, Charles Frend
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Robert Hamer, Leslie Norman
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041A7OPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Triple bill of war dramas set at sea. In 'For Those in Peril' (1943), Pilot Officer Rawlings (Ralph Michael) is turned down by the RAF for air service on medical grounds and instead joins Air Sea Rescue, helping to pull downed Allied airmen out of the sea. Rawlings is initially resentful of his new job, but gradually comes to appreciate its importance. When the crew of a Boston bomber become stranded at sea in a dinghy, Rawlings and his colleagues become involved in a race against time - and the elements - to save their lives. 'San Demetrio, London' (1943), set in 1940 during the battle of the Atlantic, is based on a true story. The crew of the petrol tanker San Demetrio are left with a near impossible task when she is torpedoed by the Germans. The crew are forced to abandon ship in three lifeboats. Two are picked up by other ships in the convoy, but the third drifts for days until its crew spies the burning San Demetrio on the horizon. Do they board the ship, try to put out its fires and get it back to English shores or do they stay in the drifting lifeboat in the hope of being rescued? In 'The Cruel Sea' (1953), based on the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, 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.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget 19 Mar 2012
Three excellent films depicting the lesser known aspects of our sea-going heroes of WW2.
San demetrio has long been a favourite of mine...understated portrayal of an oustanding feat of seamanship (and accurate to boot!).
Cruel sea...again understated but shows the horrors that our merchant seaman had to endure and the vailiant efforts of the Royal Navy to protect them.
For those in Peril has more a feel of a documentary about it but is interesting because of the background detail.
All in all three grand tributes to the unsung heroes of the battle of the atlantic and air-sea rescue.
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2.0 out of 5 stars DVD diappointment 9 July 2013
By FBSOPS
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i bought these DVD as i expected them to be region 2, viewable in europe. it was not the case and i had to see them on a computer. i think it is rather misleading for customers like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two out of three 18 May 2013
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Couldn't fault the Cruel Sea (don't know how many time I've seen this film) - San Demetrio London - what great film. First watched this on TV years and years ago and went out and bought the book. 'For those in peril' - a little disappointing, but for the price to obtain all three & to complain of one means I'm being picky.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War Films 22 Sep 2012
By john W
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I really enjoyed the Cruel Sea with it's really authentic feel and wonderful acting. San Demetrio london, also excellant and a true story. Special effects are a little poor, but consider the age of the film. For Those In Peril was propaganda tosh. Shame as I would have given the first two 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAR AT SEA - 3 DVD WW2 SET 27 Aug 2012
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5 STARS ***** TO STUDIO CANAL FOR THIS SUPERB COLLECTION OF WORLD WAR TWO SEA FARING MOVIES. THE CRUEL SEA STARRING JACK HAWKINS, DONALD SINDEN, DENHOLM ELLIOT. TOTAL ADMIRATION FOR THESE ACTORS WHO BROUGHT REAL CHARM AND LIFE TO THE COMPLEXITIES OF OF THOSE TERRIFYING CONVOYS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.
FOR THOSE IN PERIL, A STORY OF A RAF PILOT WHO LOST HIS NERVE BUT FOUND IT AGAIN RISKING ALL TO SAVE OTHER DOWNED RAF PILOTS IN THE COLD OCEAN BLUE OF WW2.
SAN DEMETRIO, LONDON PURE BRILLIANCE, FACTUAL STORY OF HOW BRAVE THESE GUYS WERE AND HOW THROUGH BEING SHOT UP BY A LARGE 11" GUN GERMAN BATTLESHIP THEN SUFFERING THE COLD HARSHNESS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FOR TWO DAYS IN GIANT SWELLS. COME ACROSS THEIR ABANDONED SHIP LEFT FOR DEAD. USING THEIR COURAGE AND BRAINS FIX THE SHIP AND MAKE IT HOME.
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By milo
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The Cruel Sea a good sea story about the WW11. Jack.Hawkins great acting made the film very true to life as it was in the time of war Those In Peril .and San Demetrio , London very good a must for all interested in war films of the sea a good price for three films
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much enjoyed 3 Jan 2014
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This DVD was ordered as a present and the recipient has watched it several times. Packaging is always very good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars San Demetrio
I saw San Demetrio about 60 years ago and have been wanting to watch it again for the last 50 Years. Show just how hard they had it then and how resourceful they were. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars Old sailors joy
Very happily received and enjoyed classic navy war film collection. Great to see these lesser shown titles remastered and also good value for money.
Published 6 months ago by Chauvesouris
5.0 out of 5 stars war at sea
Bought this for my ex-navy husband as a Christmas gift so they have not been opened. I am sure he will love it.
Published 7 months ago by manicnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classics
Three of my favourite old sea war movies, atmospheric and realistic these are tiomelesss classics which I will undoubtably watch over and over.
Published 8 months ago by TonyF
5.0 out of 5 stars war at sea box set
I have seen two of the three films many times and knew what good films they are.The DVD quality is very good for such old films.
Published 9 months ago by partner
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Box Set
Probably THE best WWII box set covering the 'War At Sea' EVER!
i absolutely loved this box set, I've always liked The Cruel Sea but for me the other 2 films where complete... Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Superb films, If I could give 10 stars I would. Watch and learn when hero's were hero's.

These stories will (in my opinion) appeal to anyone who has been to sea.
Published 17 months ago by Snapper
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