Crack torepedo-boat Captain Tyrone Power is detached from his beloved fast ships andassigned as second-in-command to Dana Andrews on a submarine. Power complains about thetransfer a little bit, but then sucks it up — duty, don’t you know. Tensions between the two menmount over the same woman (haven’t we had enough of that particular plot?), but they put asidetheir differences as they tail a Nazi freighter to a hidden base. There are good special effects here,but the romant…c subplot is so much delaying action. The film’s role as a 1943 morale boosteris also painfully obvious.
Some buzz is to be forgiven in a film over 60 years old, but there is still an uncomfortabledegree of it here. As well, the 2.0 remix is guilty of the same sins as most other examples of thiskind: indiscriminate surround, where everything, from music to voices, is pumped throughall speakers. Fortunately, the mono track is also present.
Some grain here, particuarly noticeable in the process shots. Other than the grain, the pringis in reasonably good shape, with very few speckles. The colours, at their best, look great, butthey aren’t entirely stable, fluctuating somewhat. There are also moments of very noticeablecolour haloes around some figures (the effect is not unlike what a 3D movie looks like withoutthe glasses).
Nothing beyond the theatrical trailer, plus trailers for What Price Glory, TheHunters and Morituri.
Another routine, stripped-down DVD in the War Classics series, featuring a film that isn’texactly a classic. Some decent action at the climax, however.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailers