D-Day, the Sixth of June

D-Day, the Sixth of June

Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter

     
 

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Henry Koster's World War II drama D-Day, the Sixth of June comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0, while French and Spanish soundtracks are recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible.See more details below

Overview

Henry Koster's World War II drama D-Day, the Sixth of June comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0, while French and Spanish soundtracks are recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. 20th Century Fox deserves credit for releasing this old film with such strong picture and sound quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Henry Koster was a seemingly improbable choice to direct D-Day The Sixth Of June -- although he'd worked in several different film categories in a career dating back 25 years, including religious melodrama, fantasy, and drama, his greatest success was as a maker of comedies, usually built around younger female protagonists such as Deanna Durbin et al. That said, he does an amazingly good job with a movie that is told almost entirely in flashbacks from the early morning hours of June 6th, 1944, aboard a ship sent in ahead of the first units of the main invasion force. Koster knew how to use the CinemaScope frame better than almost anyone in Hollywood, having helmed Fox's debut widescreen entry, The Robe (1953). D-Day The Sixth Of June is filled with beautifully composed shots: The close-ups of Robert Taylor and Dana Wynter in their first lunch together, with a violinist joining the shot for a moment of comic relief; Taylor and Wynter by the river as the ships move past, which is also exquisitely lit; the reunion between Taylor and Wynter 54 minutes into the movie; Taylor and Wynter kissing against a backdrop of barbed wire on the British coast; and Taylor and Wynter's farewell; the sequence in the Brigadier's home, with actor John Williams on the extreme left the frame at the dramatic nexus of the scene, with Wynter on the extreme right; the scene in which Edmond O'Brien's rival enters O'Brien's office, only the eagle shoulder insignia visible, instantly telling us of his new promotion and the end of thetwo officers' bitter rivalry; and most of the battle scenes. Indeed, Koster and cinematographer Lee Garmes did their jobs so well in creating a solid, substantial CinemaScope release, that D-Day The Sixth Of June proved impossible to appreciate in the decades of television showings that have followed, its image heavily cropped. In that regard, the DVD release is a godsend. The movie has its flaws, to be sure, including the 19 year age difference between Taylor and Wynter and the fact that Taylor, by the time of the D-Day invasion, with three years of soldiering behind his character, looks like the oldest captain in the United States Army. On the plus side, the script does capture the genuine ambivalence of the British to the presence of the Americans as they began arriving in 1942, and has the temerity to mention such unmitigated disasters as the raid on Dieppe (which nearly sank Churchill's government); and it delves into the darker side of the motivations behind some of the Americans serving in England, including the desire for personal aggrandizement and glory-hunting. The irony is that D-Day The Sixth of June is an infinitely better account of the two and a half years leading up to the invasion, than it is of the invasion.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543039525
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Brad Parker
Richard Todd John Wynter
Dana Wynter Valerie
Edmond O'Brien Col. Timmer
John Williams Brigadier Russell
Jerry Paris Raymond Boyce
Robert Gist Dan Stenick
Richard Stapley David Archer
Ross Elliott Maj. Mills
Alex Finlayson Col. Harkens
Cyril Delevanti Coat Room Attendant
Marie Brown Georgina
Rama Bai Mala
Dabbs Greer Atkinson
George Pelling Capt. Waller
Conrad Feia Lieutenant at Party
Boyd "Red" Morgan Sgt. Brooks
Richard Aherne Grainger
Pat McMahon Suzette
John Damler Lt. Col. Cantrell
Thomas Brown Henry Gen. Bolthouse
Damian O'Flynn Gen. Pike
Ben Wright Gen. Millensbeck
Queenie Leonard Corporal
Howard Price American War Correspondent
Chet Marshall Lt. Clayford Binns
Parley Baer Sgt. Gerbert
Ashley Cowan Lance Corp. Bailey
June Mitchell Waitress
Geoffrey Steele Maj. McEwen

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Charles Brackett Producer
Harry Brown Screenwriter
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
William Mace Editor
Ivan Moffat Screenwriter
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:43]
2. Special Force Six [4:36]
3. Thoughts of Valerie [7:10]
4. A Yank in England [3:34]
5. The Ugly Americans [4:52]
6. Brad and Valerie [5:34]
7. Feeling Safe [2:13]
8. Calling It Off [8:19]
9. Operation Jubilee [2:53]
10. One Shot [2:07]
11. Timmer's Interview [4:17]
12. No Harm Done [4:38]
13. Love in the Rain [1:08]
14. Reassigned [2:04]
15. Algiers [1:48]
16. Back to England [1:48]
17. John's Return [2:39]
18. In Training [3:43]
19. Valerie's Decision [3:32]
20. An Open Secret [3:30]
21. The New Commander [4:47]
22. Hitting the Beach [3:51]
23. Taking the Cannon [:49]
24. Going Home [4:04]
25. A Fatal Step [4:04]
26. Goodbye, My Darling [2:08]

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