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Souls at Sea [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, George Raft, Frances Dee
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EBXLXC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The OSCAR® nominated Souls at Sea is released for the very first time on DVD in the UK on 10 November 2008 by Eureka Entertainment. A ship has caught fire and only one lifeboat remains. Now, its captain, Michael Taylor (Gary COOPER) must decide who will live and who will surely die. The story begins at Taylor's trial where he is charged for the murders of the ship's passengers who perished. But what his prosecutors don't know is that he was actually onboard under British secret orders. Unexpectedly, he is awarded a new trial after a representative of the Queen of England steps forward with a detailed account of the tragedy. Next, the real story unfolds, via brilliantly photographed flashbacks, revealing Taylor and his partner's heroic mission to abolish the inhumane business of slave trading. But will the truth be enough to spare Taylor from a life behind bars? With its talented cast and compelling plot, Souls at Sea offers a rare combination of intensity, humour and thrilling action that is sure to please classic film lovers everywhere.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2010
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Despite boasting Gary Cooper and George Raft in the leads and being nominated for three Oscars back in 1937, Souls at Sea has been pretty much forgotten by time, one of those obscure titles in both men's credits that didn't even trouble TV schedulers looking for late-night fillers before turning up in a very impressive transfer on Eureka's UK DVD release. It's a shame, because it's a terrific and unusual yarn, lavishly staged and helmed with confidence by the undervalued Henry Hathaway. Coop is the sailor with a habit of being on slave ships when disaster leads to them freeing - rather than drowning - their human cargo who is persuaded by George Zucco's British intelligence man to set a trap for the biggest slave trader in the Americas with some altered sailing orders only to take passage on the ill-fated William Brown, which strikes disaster without any help from him and leads to him landing in the dock accused of mass murder. Very loosely based on fact, the finale was clearly a major influence on Cameron's take on the Titanic, with a fight on the sinking ship, two lovers in their cabin as the water rises and all-too convincing chaos and panic in a swamped and overmanned lifeboat.

Coop and Raft seem more interested in each other than Francis Dee's nominal love interest: indeed, a note that Coop writes to his friend is accompanied by the kind of romantic music more usually reserved for love letters, though, apart from the odd hero-worshipping gaze from Raft, that's about as far as the film goes down that particular alley.
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With Hollywood poised to celebrate 100 years of moviemaking, it will be noticed that Gary Cooper was one of the few stars who made a perfect transition from silent pictures to the sound era. A time when many major stars fell by the wayside because of their poor voices. Cooper, whose face was one of the most expressive in movie history, had a voice that matched perfectly with his appearance. In fact, as an actor, he is the most important link from the silents to the talkies.

"Souls at Sea" - from 1937 - may not be his Cooper's significant film but it is a most impressive one and he oozes screen presence in every scene. Directed by the redoubtable Henry Hathaway and co-starring George Raft ( in one of his best roles), this is a top notch seafaring adventure with a good story,some thundering action and lavish production values.
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This is a very intersting film with George Raft playing an out of charater role.He starts out as a tough slave trader but falls in love with a ladies made on board ship and this changes his perspective on life.Gary Cooper has a secret role as someone who tries to stop the slave trade with some success.All in all a very entertaining film.
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this picture shows a very good Gary Cooper and a surprisingly nice George Raft,a very good scenes on board of a sailing ship, a lot of thrills and suspects; it gives you an athmosphere of the time, the century, the feeling of men at sea. just great!
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Henry Hathaway has given us some masterpieces as well as a few duds--this is one of the masterpieces----check out also Shepherd of the Hills with the wonderful Betty Field. Don't be put off by the weird one star review below.
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Despite being helmed by Henry Hathaway, famed for directing action flicks, and co-starring George Raft, one of my favorite movie personalities, I was disappointed in the film. The transfer to dvd was good, but the pacing of the movie itself was sluggish, largely due to the script. Gary Cooper (like Raft, a good movie personality rather than an actor) showed that, by the time this film was made, he was no longer simply a male-model pretty boy, but a performer who understood film and the what the camerta could capture. Raft was given a chance to stretch in Souls at Sea (as he was in Limehouse Blues), yet while he was able to embrace his character physically and emotgionally to good effect, his distinctive voice--so suitable to steely portrayals--did not capture the accent of non-Americans
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