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The Dam Busters: Special Edition (Digitally Remastered) (Blu-ray)

Released on 14 June 2010

Featuring: Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans & Richard Todd

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

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Dr Barnes Wallis was possessed with a seemingly crazy idea - the creation of a bouncing bomb, designed to destroy the Ruhr dams and paralyse the enemy's industrial nerve centre. He fought persistent scepticism and disbelief that such a feat was possible though even with the matchless skill of RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron could such a mission succeed?

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 boxoffice success of 1955. Shot in black and white to allow the integration of original footage of the bomb trails, the film boasts a 'gritty', documentary-style reality.
  • Digitally Remastered
  • Dambusters: 617 Squadron Remember - Exclusive New Documentary narrated by Max Arthur

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 Vast improvement !

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This British classic gets the BD treatment and what a massive improvement! I have the original DVD and the picture quality, although watchable, was very soft. The BD picture quality is awesome. Super sharp and extremely clean. My only moan was the soundtrack (mono) and the apparently fullscreen format. Otherwise, it's worth every penny, and after all, it is a fifty-odd year-old film.

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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
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 55 minutes (approx)