Battle Hymn

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Overview

A kindhearted former minister and World War II veteran joins the Air Force in hopes of helping Korean orphans in director Douglas Sirk's soul-searching war drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital with optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a trailer.
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Overview

A kindhearted former minister and World War II veteran joins the Air Force in hopes of helping Korean orphans in director Douglas Sirk's soul-searching war drama -- arriving on DVD courtesy of Universal Studios. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital with optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a trailer.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Battle Hymn was a change of pace for director Douglas Sirk, who took a respite from his usual glossy soap operas to produce this sensitive, cross-cultural biographical study of a World War II veteran who re-dedicates his life to helping Korean orphans. The film argues that the disputes of governments matter very little to ordinary people who suffer from the everyday horror and destruction of war, a message unusual in the Cold War 1950s. Sirk lends the film his distinctive visual style, aided by the solid work of cinematographer Russell Metty. Rock Hudson's performance is among the best of his career, and he is ably supported by such familiar supporting cast members as Dan Duryea, Martha Hyer, and Jock Mahoney. Battle Hymn was further evidence of producer Ross Hunter's knack for bringing together just the right elements for a Sirk film, even when the project's subject matter was a departure from the director's standard melodramas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 025192501425
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,653

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Col. Dean Hess
Anna Kashfi En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore Capt. Skidmore
Martha Hyer Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney Maj. Moore
Alan Hale Jr. Mess Sergeant
Carl Benton Reid Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo Gen. Kim
James Edwards Lt. Maples
Philip Ahn Old Man
Bartlett Robinson Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada Korean Official
Carleton Young Maj. Harrison
Art Millan Capt. Reardon
William Hudson Navy Lieutenant
Paul Sorenson Sentry
Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Vincent B. Evans Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Emrich H. Nicholson Art Director
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Actual Experiences (Main Titles) [3:20]
2. Words Aren't Good Enough [2:05]
3. Arm Your Bombs [5:57]
4. "Killer" Hess [8:48]
5. Enemy Contact [9:26]
6. Unauthorized Strike [8:40]
7. Guerrilla Sabotage [7:59]
8. Building Shelter [7:49]
9. A Way With the Little Ones [8:19]
10. Enemy Attack [5:37]
11. I Killed Today [4:08]
12. Impossible Mission [9:34]
13. Don't Know How to Die [5:10]
14. Until a Better Day [3:05]
15. Abandoning the Orphanage [6:16]
16. Pilgrimage to Safety [5:25]
17. Operation Kiddy Car [5:26]
18. End Titles [1:05]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hymn to Him and Her set against the winds of war.

    'Battle Hymn' is the story of a minister, Col. Dean Hess (Rock Hudson) who returns to the fray of battle and train Korean soldiers to fight after he feels he has lost his spiritual calling. Of course Hess finds redemption and his true faith when he becomes involved with a group of Korean orphans and a young Korean/Indian woman, En Soon Yang (Anna Kashfi) who cares for them. Despite several brilliantly staged action sequences this film is not so much a war saga as it is a tale of introspection and finding the courage within one¿s self to carry on. The logic behind the treacle is easily explained; the film's director is Douglas Sirk - known for his soppy, sloppy and gushy melodramas that ooze sentiment over substance. The blend of both adventure and drama is seamless enough, but the intrusion of love among the ruins is a bit awkward in spots. Nevertheless, 'Battle Hymn' is a reasonably intelligently-crafted and inspiring movie without being stoic or preachy. Overall the picture quality is nicely rendered but the ravages of time have not been kind in a few spots. Age related artifacts are present throughout - sometimes glaringly so. Black levels are often weak and fine detail is lost in the darkest scenes. Digital anomalies are not an issue for a generally smooth visual presentation. The audio is nicely presented - if somewhat dated. 'Battle Hymn' is finely wrought melodrama tinged with the prerequisite of combat that all war films have in common. The DVD is admirably realized but is not reference quality. Still, it's definitely worth a look.

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