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Sink the Bismarck / The Enemy Below (2-Disc Double Pack) [DVD] (1960/1957)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Curd Jürgens, Carl Mohner
  • Directors: Dick Powell, Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: C.S. Forester, D.A. Rayner, Edmund H. North, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Dick Powell, John Brabourne
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Black & White, Colour
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, Spanish
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000092WDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A double bill of naval World War 2 films. 'The Enemy Below' takes place in the North Atlantic. An American destroyer detects a German U-boat and the US commander, Captain Murrell (Robert Mitchum), embarks on a game of cat and mouse with his German counterpart (Curt Jurgens). Walter Rossi won an Oscar for his special effects. Whilst 'Sink the Bismarck!' is Lewis Gilbert's dramatic re-telling of the Allied mission in the Spring of 1941 to find and destroy Germany's largest battleship, the Bismarck. The story is told from two angles, the ships involved and the war-room in London where Captain John Shepherd (Kenneth More) plots the manouevres using models of the ships. Shepherd has an emotional reason for wanting the battleship sunk, his wife was recently killed in a German raid on London and his son is missing in action, and struggles to keep his emotions in line whilst making decisions that effect hundreds of lives. The final scenes are a mixture of newsreel of the battle and up-dated special effects.

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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

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