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But Captain Dodge (Grammer) has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. He even gets the best from his mutinous crew and by the pirate scene rolls around(it's priceless) you might find that you are slumped on the couch, laughing your keester off. Because, that's what happens to me every time I hit that scene. I just fall off the couch, screaming with laughter. When I first saw this film, I liked this one so much, I rewound the (yeah, VHS) tape and played it all over again right then and there.
Yeah, it's another submarine film (I can't resist them!) and this one is...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED--and now it's available on DVD and download, so I can update from VHS at last!
If you have never seen this movie please see it, even if you rent it first, because as far as I'm concerned it is a true classic! I will be buying it the day it is released. I have been waiting for this to come to DVD for about three or four years now. All I can say is.....IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! See this movie! You'll have a "whale" of a time!
FIVE STARS for it's humor and wacky characters (the kind that you feel you actually know, and will miss when the movie is over!) ENJOY it with a group of friends!
I would love to have this movie on DVD.
But that's not the point. This is good, sophomoric fun, humor for humor's sake. It's not a movie that requires you to think that much. You might be better of if you didn't, and just sat back and enjoyed it. You might even learn something useful. As a Marine officer pointed out in a Naval Institute Proceedings article, Down Periscope may be a comedy, but Kelsey Grammer's Tom Dodge also represents a pretty good example of applied leadership skills.
Oh, and despite what some reviewers have suggested, the wide screen DVD isn't the "pan and scan" full screen version with the top and bottom of the screen cut off. It's just the opposite, in fact. The full screen version includes image area at the top and bottom of the screen that was never really intended to be shown. (Like the top of Dodge's golfing pants before the gag is revealed.) Most wide screen movies with heavy CGI effects are shot "flat" today, instead of with anamorphic lenses, and mask the unwanted image area in printing.
They did not put out the orignal print. This is the pan-and-scan version with the top and bottom of the screen chopped off. Its very apparent in several parts of the movie. I ran my VHS on one TV and the DVD on the home theater...its the same width of screen.
I was also not impressed with the 5.1 surround. Not nearly enough seperation and use of the back speakers, or subwoofer!! Buckman's fart should have come booming out of my subfoofer...Nada.
At least the colors and quality of print on the pan-and-scan side are better than my VHS copy.
Movie is great. DVD is not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has always been a favorite. Watched it last night. It has been over 10 years since I watched it. Still funnyPublished 6 days ago by Ronald B.
I bought this for my husband, who could not have been more excited (yeah, I know...). The movie played perfectly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Cheryl Yedrysek
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