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Sink the Bismarck [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A British captain and his Wren aide lead the 1941 pursuit of the sinister German battleship.

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I've always liked this British film, which tells how the Royal Navy went after and finally destroyed the German super battleship Bismarck in the spring of 1941. The Bismarck was newer, faster, more heavily armored and more powerful than any single ship the British could throw against her. Her job was to destroy convoys, and it was the convoys that were keeping Britain alive and in the war. As the movie points out, the Bismarck could stand off and sink every ship in a convoy and never take enemy fire herself. The British find out that the Bismarck and her accompanying battle cruiser have broken out into the North Atlantic. The task of the Admiralty is to locate the Bismarck, bring naval resources to bear against her, and then take whatever risks they must to destroy her. She is powerful enough that, in the first battle when she is engaged by the British battleship HMS Hood, Bismarck blows the Hood out of the water. From a crew of 1,500, only three survived.

The human face of the drama is in the operations of the Admiralty's War Room, led by the chief of operations Captain Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More). Shepard is a by-the-book officer, smart but up-tight. He had his ship sunk out from under him in the Mediterranean and he lost his wife to German bombs during a London raid. His only son serves in the air wing assigned to HMS Ark Royal, which soon will be assigned to the chase.

In the course of the movie we witness the maneuvering to locate and then bring the Bismarck to decisive battle. There is the first naval engagement in which the Hood is destroyed and the Bismarck is slightly damaged, but now has a slow fuel leak. There is the air attack with torpedos that manages to damage the Bismarck's rudder, slowing her down and making maneuvering impossible.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
SINK THE BISMARCK was produced as a factual account of the epic battle, overlaid with a thin patina of fiction involving a couple of the characters in order to put the events into human perspective. Specifically, Kenneth More stars as Captain Shepard, the new Director of Operations in the Admiralty's War Room, and Dana Wynter as his assistant, Lt. Anne Davis. It's Shepard's enormous bad luck that the German's decide to send the new battleship Bismarck on its first combat sortie (Operation Rheinübung) into the Atlantic during his initial day on the job. And, though Wynter is positively stunning in her "Wren" (WRNS, Women's Royal Naval Service) uniform, the acting, at least in the War Room, shows a distinct British reserve unlikely to elicit more than a tepid "Good show, what" from any viewer. But, after all, the story is principally about the great ships involved, and ships' models don't get considered for Oscars.
As far as it goes, the film's narrative is commendably consistent with the facts surrounding the Bismarck's departure from its home waters, its detection between Iceland and Greenland, the catastrophic destruction of HMS Hood, the pursuit by assorted ships of the Royal Navy, the Bismarck's ultimately fatal crippling by air attack, and the last battle when the Home Fleet finally brought its quarry to bay. However, there were several departures from accuracy as perceived in a recent PBS television presentation concerning deep dives to the wrecks of the Hood and the Bismarck, and other sources:
1. In the film, two British Swordfish torpedo bombers were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire during two attacks on the Bismarck.
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This is based on C.S 'Hornblower' Forrester's novel and gives people who were in the battle fictional names. The film starts with Captain Shepard (Kenneth More) taking command of the Ops room in the Admiralty. Shepard lost his destroyer at Narvik at the hands of Admiral Karl Lutjens.
The film wastes no time in getting to the chase as it were and is full of excellent action scenes and performances. Kenneth More steals the film in my humble opinion supported ably by Dana Wynter and Geoffrey Keen (the Minister from James Bond). More is effectively 'reunited' with Laurence Naismith who played Captain Smith in "A Night to Remember" alongside More.
The film uses exact replicas of the Bismarck, Hood, Prince of Wales for the battle sequences and is used excellently when the Swordfish attack.

An added bonus is that Ed Murrow himself appears in brief scenes 'replaying' his "This is London" broadcasts.
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The iconic Naval conflict movie, this film took well known actors of the time and cast them superbly in this tension packed account of the true story of the German Battleship Bismarck's first and ultimately last operation in the torrid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. The script is excellent and the actors all put in a memorable and exciting performance as the emotions swing from dismay, nervous excitement and to final relief as the film reaches it's climax. One of the most impressive features is the use of historically accurate models, depicting the action scenes very convincingly, and the interplay between them and live action is well edited.
All in all if tension, action and drama appeal to the viewer, then this film is a must see, and despite it's age will suit any taste. Actually, being filmed in black and white enhances the experience and is in no way detrimental to it's depiction of this exciting story.
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