War on DVD this May from Warner
With the 60th Anniversary of D-Day upon us, Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of 8 classic action-packed War films and a moving documentary on 31st May 2004.
Films of fact and fiction of distinction will be priced at £12.99 RRP each and range from the American blockbusters Where Eagles Dare and The Dirty Dozen to the stunning British classics Against the Wind, The Small Back Room and Aces High. Headlining the collection is the affecting documentary film D-Day to Berlin featuring rare colour footage from a soldier's point of view living the war. Filmed by Hollywood director George Stevens (Giant) during his service in the US Army, D-Day to Berlin is an astounding achievement.
D-Day to Berlin (1994) - An amazing documentary containing rare colour footage of the liberation of Berlin filmed by director George Stevens (Giant, Gunga Din, I Remember Mama) and narrated by his son George Stevens Jr. Contains one hour of colour film footage of some of the most important events of WWII, including the D-Day Armada, the liberation of Paris and the nightmare discovery of Dachau.
Cert tbc, tbc mins, Aspect Ratio: tbc, Audio: tbc, Subtitles: tbc
Where Eagles Dare (1968) - The mission: to rescue an important US general from the hands of German High Command. The obstacle: the most inaccessible fortress in the world. The stakes: the very outcome of WWII.
A favourite film of contemporary cult movie director Quentin Tarantino, this terrific suspense movie contains a marvellous series of ingenious plot twists and multiple climaxes, superbly wrought by screenwriter Alistair MacLean, with a super cast headed by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. This is grand-scale high-budget entertainment directed by Brian G. Hutton, with tremendously spectacular action sequences.
• On Location: Where Eagles Dare' featurette
• Theatrical Trailer
Cert PG, 149 mins, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch, English Hearing Impaired & Italian Hearing Impaired
The Dirty Dozen (1967) - Academy Award winning testosterone filled epic directed by Robert Aldrich (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?). A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview violent criminals for a strike force team. Their job is to undertake one of the most bizarre and dangerous combat missions of World War II…. Stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland.
• Making of featurette (tbc)
Cert 15 tbc, 143 mins, Aspect Ratio: tbc, Audio: tbc, Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Dutch & English, Italian Hearing Impaired
Against The Wind (1948) - An Ealing spy thriller set in World War II London. It involves a group of very different people working together in an attempt to confuse the enemy and further the war effort. Stars Jack Warner and directed by Charles Crichton (A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob).
Cert PG, 92 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono
Dive Bomber (1941) - The true story of the American Naval Air Corps' unsung heroes who flew into danger more for science than glory. Errol Flynn appears as a naval surgeon devoted to aviation medicine, experimenting with ways to eliminate black-outs, altitude sickness and night-blindness. The drama of his personal life inter-twines with airborne tragedy. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Mildred Pierce).
Cert tbc, 127 mins, Aspect Ratio: tbc, Audio: tbc
They Who Dare (1953) - Set during World War II, the film follows a British raiding party who are despatched to Rhodes to destroy German airfields. Stars Dirk Bogarde and Denholm Elliott. Directed by Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front, Muting on the Bounty).
Cert U, 103 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono
The Small Back Room (1949) - Directed by the great Powell and Pressburger and adapted from Nigel Balchin's famous novel about a military bomb disposal wizard, The Small Back Room traces the struggles of Sammy Rice (David Farrar), a crippled, neurotic scientist. Sammy, plagued by feelings of inferiority because of his lameness, labours to solve the problem of a new type enemy bomb that is causing many casualties.
When a close friend and collegue is killed attempting to dismantle one of the bombs, Sammy is forced to face his demons, take his life in his hands and prove his worth to the military and himself. Also stars Michael Gough, Sid James and Cyril Cusack.
Cert PG, 102 mins, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Audio: Mono
Aces High (1976) - A moving story of comradeship and bravery, loneliness and fear, from award winning director Jack Gold (The Medusa Touch). Aces High contains some of the most magnificent aerial battles ever staged leading to a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography and Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Under Gold's sensitive direction, this is a moving portrayal of the futility of war. The superb British cast includes Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Peter Firth and Simon Ward and features cameo appearances by Sir John Gielgud, Trevor Howard and Richard Johnson.
Cert PG, tbc mins, Aspect ratio: tbc, Audio: tbc
Battleground (1949) - The guts! The girls! The glory! of a lot of wonderful guys! A group of American soldiers and their part in the Battle Of The Bulge in 1944. Nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of two, Battleground stars Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) and James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption).
Cert tbc, tbc mins, Aspect Ratio: tbc, Audio: tbc, Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovenian, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Romanian, English & Italian Hearing Impaired