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The Dam Busters (Blu-ray)

Released on 21 September 2009

Featuring: Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans & Richard Todd

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson's 1954 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany's industrial complex, and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination. Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but ultimately successful development of a new weapon by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second and pacier section deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen.

Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill's book Enemy Coast Ahead and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates' stirring theme tune), The Dam Busters was Britain's biggest box-office success of 1955. Shot in black and white to allow the integration of original footage of the bomb trials, the film boasts a 'gritty', documentary-style reality.

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 Average rating (5 reviews)

 a story of determination and courage.

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the film depicting the couragous raid on the 'ruhr' dams is worth '5' stars of anyone's rating.
yes the film is shown on a 4.3 screen, no the film is not a 'high defenition' transfer, yes it does have the odd scratch showing, however the picture is a 'little' sharper than the 'dvd' version., one has to remember it is filmed in 'black and white' to accommidate the 'real' pic's of the actual testing of the 'bomb's, also the special effects on this '55' year-old film are obviously 'dated'
the story tells of the struggle 'dr barnes h wallis' had in convincing both the 'military' and 'political' authorities of the time that his idea to hit at the heart of the german industial complex was a viable option.
when the plan was finaly accepted, 'wing commander' 'guy gibson' was appointed to both train the air-crews, and then lead the the mission.
the raid would be fraught with danger from both enemy-fire and the low-flying that would be needed to release the bombs on the 'dams'
it truly reflects the bravery of the men involved on the raid, in fact '8' lancaster's and there '54' crew members never returned.
'guy gibson' had been involved in many missions both before and after this event, his luck did finaly run out when his plane suffered a fuel problem flying over dutch territory 'september' 1944........he was '26' years old.
the film was a massive hit way back in 1955, and of course includes one of the best known 'music' scores of all time.
this is a great and true story, well worth owning.

 The Dambusters

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This transfer to Blu Ray is terrible.The picture quality is awful and the sound is no better. There are no extras on the disc and my 42" plasma TV was unable to convert the 4.3 ratio to 16.9.

 the dam busters (blu-ray)

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an excellent 50's war film - looks stunning on blu-ray. , shows up 50's special effects somewhat, but part of its charm. pity it isn't widescreen.. some extras would have been nice. perhaps a doc on the real events? but good value disc, heroic movie.

 Know what you are talking about before 'reviewing'

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Pity those who say, shame it isn't widescreen, won't expand to fill my telly and appalling transfer no not of what they speak. This film was made over 55 years ago, and deliberately made in 4:3 to fit with the archive footage used in it. Expanding it out to fill the screen entirely misses the point. Do you do the same with your widescreen that leaves bars top and bottom too? As for the transfer - it's way better than many of the prints I have seen, some TV showings have been truly dreadful, this is the best version I have seen thus far. No, the sound quality isn't up to todays standards, but look again at the vintage of the film and keep it in perspective. It's perfectly suited to the understated nature of the film, no fake let's make it 5.1 with a few whizz bangs around the back remix for this. Doesn't get 5 stars, because the print could have been restored, there are some large scratches in a couple of scenes, and a full restoration job to paint out these could have been undertaken to produce the ultimate. But then again, it doesn't claim to be restored. Hugely enjoyable still, Richard Todd splendid as Gibson, and the slightly over boffined and white hair powdered Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallace, a total joy. Go on buy it and relive your childhood Sunday afternoons on BBC 2 .... Da Daaa da Daaa da da dar daa,,,,,

 Enemy Coast Ahead!

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I can only say that the Blu ray I have is light years ahead of the DVD copy I own. It is crystal clear and sharp.
If this version is anything to go by, the remastered version should be stunning.

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ActorsMichael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Richard Todd, Nigel Stock, Robert Shaw, Richard Leech, George Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Bill Kerr & Laurence Naismith
DirectorMichael Anderson
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
Year1954
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish
SubtitlesNone Listed
Duration2 hours (approx)