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WWII Original Movie Classics: Box 1 (5 DVD + Bonus DVD) (Tin) (Das Boot, The Caine Mutiniy, Anzio) (1954)

Jurgen Prochnow , Herbert Gronemeyer , Edward Dmytryk , Duilio Coletti  |  Unrated |  DVD


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THE CAINE MUTINY: This classic film of modern day mutiny aboard a naval vessel was based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk. The nervous and inept behavior of Captain Queeg (Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart) during maneuvers aboard the U.S.S. Caine, a destroyer/mine sweeper, attracts the attention of the ship's crew members and its executive officer, Maryk (Van Johnson). When Queeg s neurotic behavior reaches a breaking point during a fierce typhoon, Maryk takes command of the ship. Queeg then retaliates by having Maryk court-martialed. In a tense courtroom sequence, Lt. Greenwald (Academy Award® winner Jose Ferrer), assigned to Maryk's defense, systematically breaks Queeg down on the stand. Maryk wins the case but the victory is short-lived as Lt. Greenwald reveals that the men have all been the unwitting victims of a deceptive shipmate named Lt. Keefer (Fred MacMurray), who actually instigated the mutiny for his own purposes. An all-star cast makes this film one to remember.

ANZIO: Screen greats Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy star in the riveting war drama Anzio, a vivid portrait of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. After landing with Allied troops at Anzio, Italy, in 1944, war correspondent Dick Ennis (Mitchum) and buddy Corporal Rabinoff (Falk) tell Anzio commander General Lesley (Kennedy) that the road to Rome is wide open. But instead of heading to Rome, Lesley attempts to build a coastal stronghold, only to discover that the Germans have outflanked them by enclosing the Anzio beachhead. Four months and over 30,000 casualties later, the Allied forces smash through the German lines and victoriously march to Rome. Directed by highly-acclaimed action director Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny, Back to Bataan), Anzio is a powerful film and a symbol of heroic tenacity.

DAS BOOT: A detailed look into the claustrophobic and terrifying world of a German U-boat crew hunting ships from undersea. Gritty, realistic, and peppered with black humor, this is one of the few sympathetic portrayals of the war from the German side to be released in western distribution. This is director Wolfgang Petersen's ultimate version of one of the most critically-acclaimed war movies of all time. This all-new restoration incorporates over one hour of additional footage and a completely new stereo soundtrack that delivers the theatrical experience to your home.

Films: Das Boot, The Caine Mutiny, Anzio
** Version with the bonus feature film contains: Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004) starring Tom Selleck (89 minutes; PG)

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