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Silent Victory: Submarine Warfare in WWII - Embossed Slim-Tin Packaging (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0099PW0UK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After the devastating losses to America's Pacific Fleet in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial Navy ruled supreme in the vast Pacific Ocean. In time, the Pacific Fleet was able to rebuild to take on the Japanese. Much of the publicity went to the aircraft carriers and the Naval Aviators who flew from their decks. Yet, as important as the carriers were, the most significant naval warships in actually prosecuting the war toiled in almost complete obscurity. While battles like those that occurred at Midway, Santa Cruz and Leyte Gulf grabbed the headlines, the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force quietly went about the task of isolating Japan. The submarine fleet crippled Japan's industry and prevented re-supply and reinforcement of Japanese island garrisons by virtually destoying her merchant fleet.

Silent Victory includes rare archival footage of epic naval battles and exclusive veteran interviews, covering the submarine war from the declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare after Pearl Harbor to Japan's unconditional surrender in Tokyo Bay.

Devil Boat follows a group of Portland, Oregon PT Boat veterans as they attemt to resurrect a PT boat from the ravages of time and neglect, sixty years after the war's end. Their aim was to restore PT 658 to its original state, complete with armaments and the original compliment of three 1,200-horsepower Packard engines.


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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let the Cheesy Packaging Fool You! April 28, 2010
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"Silent Victory" is terrific! It is a well-produced, professional effort, a great documentary betrayed by terrible packaging! I'm guessing this twin-pack (also featuring another winner, "Devil Boat, the Saga of PT 658") is available at "Big Box" electronics stores with other "shut-up" or "impulse-buy" DVDs and had I encountered it there my response would likely have been "nah!" and walk away, the previous and enthusiastic review had me ordering this right away. As I said, this is a remarkably professional effort, the writing, direction, and editing are all top notch and the original film employed is fantastic! There is much use of really well-preserved color as well as clean black & white footage. The music is complementary and unobtrusive, the scripting accurate and concise and the animated graphics are also well done! Interspersed within the film are "on-camera" anecdotes by many veteran submariners, including USS TANG survivor Jesse DaSilva and even some pilots, including Alex M. Vraciu, 4th ranking Navy Ace in the Pacific. My only gripe-a tiny one-is the lack of any rank/rating given with the names of the submariner interviewed. I know both Mendenhall and Ruiz were officers but the rest? All in all, "Silent Victory" belongs in your DVD collection if you're as goofy about WWII submarines as I am and believe me, I'm mighty goofy!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for a little more, but....... August 15, 2010
By Dave
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The DVD about submarines lasted for 94 minutes - the DVD about the PT boat lasted 66 minutes. While the story of the PT boat was fairly interesting, I could have done without it - if that meant more time had been devoted just to subs. Like another reviewer, I would have liked more coverage of sub construction and layout. I learned some things, but I had been expecting more. I don't regret buying it, though.

Update: I just lent the discs to a sub vet from WWII (Pacific theater). He was most appreciative, and said it was the best documentary about subs that he had ever seen. He even recognized some of the people who were in the interviews. So I just changed my rating from four stars to five.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic viewing for sub nuts April 7, 2010
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If you are interested in American submarine warfare in the Pacific during WWII don't hesitate to buy this DVD. I was a little put off by the cover art, the low price, and the fact it was bundled with a DVD about PT Boats. Now that I have watched the video I can't believe I waited so long to order. There is a significant amount of color footage of the fleet boats in action, outstanding commentary by WWII sub vets (including Ron "Warshot" Smith, Jesse DaSilva, Ken Ruiz, among many others), and the maps and graphics are as good as anything on The History Channel. More than anything else, however, I appreciate the fact that it describes the evolution of both operations and doctrine over the course of the war - a really comprehensive overview of the service history, warts and all (the "skipper problem", the torpedo scandal, materiel limitations, etc). You can probably tell from my glowing review that I give this DVD an enthusiastic "thumbs up"!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to the SILENT SERVICE during WWII July 3, 2010
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A fantastic documentary about WWII submarines and the great men that served on them! Great archival footage of WWII sea warfare coupled with interviews from the men that served make this a wonderful piece. In addition, you get the DEVIL BOAT dvd. This is the story of PT Boats during WWII and the restoration of one such boat by PT Boating vets.

A great set! Absolutely worthy of ownership.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like this, please January 2, 2012
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The disk about submarines was fascinating and I never realized that in the early part of the war they had so many problems with torpedoes. The documentary was well done and the archival film used was, for the most part, very good to excellent. There are a couple of places where, for dramatic purposes, they cut in film from Hollywood movies but these did not detract from the overall feel of the documentary. Extremely well done but much too short.
The disk about the PT boats was also informative but there could have been a little more on their actual operation. The segments on the veterans rebuilding a nearly-derelict old PT boat was interesting and I will probably make a trip up to see it since my uncle served on a couple of boats during WW2. Two well-worthwhile documentaries at a great price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice for a Different View of World War II January 19, 2014
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Having been stationed aboard a fast attack boat some years ago I've always had a healthy respect for the earlier submariners.

What we had and took for granted aboard our 637 class boat these vets would have been amazed to have or use. They put up with primitive equipment and deplorable conditions in wartime.

This video does a wonderful job of portraying our Navy's Silent Service at a time when our country was at war with the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Also, as a high school teacher of U.S. and World History, these discs will aid in my student's understanding of our veterans, their work in the war effort and tactics involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great. October 10, 2010
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This is a great account of WW2 submarine warfare. The material is well narrated and organized. I specially like the maps, a criticism I often have about these documentaries.The video is of acceptable to good quality. But this does not diminish the value of the presentation. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loved studying WWII so we used this in home schooling ...
My Father was a submariner in the Pacific after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My son loved studying WWII so we used this in home schooling studies.
Published 26 days ago by Kathleen B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product.
Published 29 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Items is exactly what I wanted and I was pleased with the purchase and shipping experience.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew B. Rector
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the Silent Service of the 1960's but worth the price!
First of all I am from a generation spoiled by the original Silent Service with Rear Admiral Thomas Dykers Ret. former legendary skipper of the WWII submarine Jack. Read more
Published 2 months ago by submariner
4.0 out of 5 stars great value
Two quality docos in excellent packaging at a give away price. What more could you want.A pleasure to watch for sub and PT boat fans.
Published 3 months ago by dennis foran
5.0 out of 5 stars submarine war
I enjoyed the Silent Victory dvd's this told a story of the dangers of a submariner in world war 2 from people that were there a must see for submarine war buffs!
Published 3 months ago by Ted Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars submarine in ww 2.
a lot of real and factual reading and watching the disk. there is not a lot of off the wall in this disk
Published 4 months ago by James M. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Content
Brief but comprehensive history of the Silent Service. Enjoyed it very much. As a submarine veteran, I foung it accurate.
Published 4 months ago by Gary S.
5.0 out of 5 stars US NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICE IN WW11
Nicely put together compilation of the Silent Service in World War 11. Anyone that researches the Submarine service in WW 11 will enjoy this presentation of actual missions.
Published 4 months ago by rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Well worth the money spent. Came as promised and is great viewing for the World War II buff for sure!
Published 5 months ago by Lyn Spencer
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