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Submarines: The Silent Service in World War II


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Periscope Film LLC
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014A95SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed most of America's Pacific Fleet. Untouched were America's submarines. They would extract a deadly form of revenge, inflicting catastrophic losses on the Japanese fleet and merchant marine in World War II.

Featured on this DVD are five rare U.S. Navy films made in the WWII era - including a rare full COLOR film - showcasing the capabilities that led to America's triumph in the Pacific war.

Watch a rare, silent newsreel of the recovery of the USS Squalus and its crew after a diving accident left it stuck at the bottom of the sea. See recruits train for action in the pre-war silent service, and watch full color WWII combat footage as U.S. fleet boats enter Japanese home waters, operating with impunity and sinking everything in sight.

Also featured is a film showing one of the great triumphs of the anti-submarine war in the Atlantic: the capture of the Nazi U-boat U-505 at sea.

The DVD concludes with a showcase of post-war developments including the launch of the nuclear Nautilus.

Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm prints, many of these films have never been available to the public. Some have only recently been declassified. Please note, due to their age and rarity, image and sound quality can vary.

All films are black and white and COLOR. Running time: 90 minutes.

IMPORTANT: This DVD is presented in the DVD-R format. It may not be compatible with older DVD players. Please check your DVD player's manual for more information.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Bob Prater on October 23, 2005
Format: DVD
Without exception, "The Silent Service in World War II" is the absolute best depiction of the United States submarine fleet during this period. None of the footage that you'll see in this DVD is a Hollywood conception of what was. This is the real McCoy. As a veteran submariner and old smoke boat sailor, this is a DVD that you won't be able to stop watching. This is a must have for the any Naval historian, submarine sailor, school or anyone that would like to see how it really happened.

You'll see the exciting capture of an actual German U-boat and it's recovery. View the rescue and recovery of the USS Squalus and it's crew. Hear accounts from Japanese regarding the massive damage inflected by our pig boats after they attacked Pearl Harbor. I highly recommend this DVD to everyone. You're library just isn't complete until you own this one.

Bob Prater, USS Remora (SS-487)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By FullFathomFive on August 21, 2005
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I just recently bought the "Silent Service in WWII" DVD and spent the better part of an evening watching it. If you're a fan of books like "The Hunt for Red October" or "Run Silent, Run Deep" -- or the movies of the same name -- this DVD is for you. It has five interesting films made by the U.S. Navy and featuring real-life footage of some of the most historic submarines of the 1930-1945 era. The "Submarine War Story" film is a special treat, in that it shows how the U.S. fought Japanese surface forces throughout the war with subs. It has some amazing footage from 1945 of subs sinking sampans and junks, and rescuing pilots whose crippled planes could not make it back to Tinian and Iwo Jima. Some of the other films show how sub crews were trained, and there is a short, silent newsreel that shows rare material from the Squalus accident (profiled in "The Terrible Hours" by Peter Maas). The DVD is one of a planned set of five discs, and I look forward to getting the other four when they are available (looks like only a couple have been released so far).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joe David Solis on June 15, 2008
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This beautifully packaged DVD is a revelation because it includes several different B&W films including actual full-color footage taken on the USS SCULPIN with its, then, Cmdr. who was later killed while on deck shooting at the Japanese enemy; Submariners between War Patrols relaxing at The Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki, etc. Also, the reproduction availability of WWII Fleet Type Submarine manual and supplement, as well as other products beautifully demonstrated. All in all, a great issue/find!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. McGuinnes on January 13, 2009
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My husband was pleasantly surprised by this DVD - he loved it. My 8 year old son sat and watched it too. I thought it might be a little old for him but he sat through the whole thing and shushed us if we made any noise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Shapiro on January 26, 2012
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This dvd is made up of various U.S. Navy short films documenting service aboard World War II submarines. Some of these documentaries were shown to recruits as they began training for the Silent Service, while others were made mainly for civilians, arguably to boost morale at home and to sell war bonds. None of them show the complete picture of life aboard submarines, but that's understandable given the secrecy in which they had to operate. The dvd could have been made better if it included some more detailed post war films after they were de-classified. If you're looking for an action/adventure film, this one isn't for you. However, if you like history and want to see the kind of fare the Navy was producing during, and shortly after, the war, this dvd provides some good examples.
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