TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: War (Battle of the Bulge / The Dawn Patrol / Gunga Din / Operation Pacific)
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All the prints are good picture an good sound and the price is right. The packaging mine came in shows 2 double-sided DVDs but the package contained 4 single sided DVDs with labels.
The insert for the case describes two double-sided discs and tells which side which movie is on. Based on other reviews, this may have been true at one time. My case had four single-sided discs stacked on one post. Unless the discs are blank, I don't like stacked discs. I'm not a fan of double-sided discs either. Both can increase the chances of scratching the disc or getting smudges on the disc which can cause the disc to freeze during playback. All of these non-standard cases have created playback issues for me. A simple 4-disc case with individual spots for each DVD would have reduced the chances of these problems. With the current design, you have to touch the other discs too much. You might have to handle all four discs if the movie you want to watch is at the bottom of the stack - stack 3 discs off to the side as you handle the 4th disc you plan to play then put the 3 other discs back on the post/spindle.
I enjoyed all four movies with Gunga Din being my favorite. These bad case designs make it difficult to recommend this collection. However, if you're careful, you may be OK. Also invest in normal cases. I'm ordering some 4-disc cases for this and another set that gave me problems. Some players may also handle disc scratches and smudges better than others.
'Gunga Din' is an all-time top notch classic that will never lose its pride of place in every list of cinema greats.
'The Dawn Patrol' is also a classic, albeit arguably just a shade under the high caliber of 'Gunga Din.' The script is rather dated, but I expect it will always be lovely just to see onscreen Errol Flynn and David Niven together in their youthful prime.
'The Battle Of The Bulge,' is a widescreen (filmed in the Cinerama process) epic that veers far from the actual history of the battle by using fictional characters in fictional narratives woven into and around the unfolding of the actual battle, yet it's quiet watchable for its own suspense and action flair.
'Operation Pacific,' a WWII U.S. Navy submarine tale, is not one of John Wayne's best movies, but it's not one of his worst either.
At least three of these discs have the enjoyable extra features of 'Warner Night At The Movies' to put you into Hollywood Golden Age mood.
In sum, if you find this set's price to be right, you'll get plenty of bang for your buck.
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This was ordered for my 80 year old dad, and let me tell you, HE LOVED THEM! It's so good to see him happy and watching his favorite old movies while eating his bowl of popcorn. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kimberly
I am very pleased with my investment in this very nice piece of entertainment.Published 7 months ago by Alexander Myers
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