Damn the Defiant!

Overview

Lewis Gilbert's Damn the Defiant! was among the last historical films of its kind, produced with a big-name cast (Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, etc.) on a multimillion-dollar budget. It was also shot in CinemaScope, which means that the DVD is a major revelation. Since its theatrical run in 1962, hardly anyone had ever seen it in widescreen, and the movie never made it to laserdisc. Television showings looked grainy and, mastered in full-screen, the film was always missing half its original image. ...
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Overview

Lewis Gilbert's Damn the Defiant! was among the last historical films of its kind, produced with a big-name cast (Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, etc.) on a multimillion-dollar budget. It was also shot in CinemaScope, which means that the DVD is a major revelation. Since its theatrical run in 1962, hardly anyone had ever seen it in widescreen, and the movie never made it to laserdisc. Television showings looked grainy and, mastered in full-screen, the film was always missing half its original image. In addition, considering the way that Gilbert utilized the background of his 18th century warship setting in practically every shot -- decorated accurately down to the smallest detail -- this was a major loss. To further illustrate the difference, one side of this DVD contains the film mastered in full-screen, while the other gives us the proper, letterboxed, 2.35:1 anamorphic image, in stunning detail and color. Audiences finally get something akin to what theatergoers were paying for in 1962, with good acting throughout, an excellent story, and a ton of activity and production values at every corner of the screen. The original advertising art is included in the supplementary materials, though the best material is in the printed insert, giving the entire pre-production history of the movie, in addition to its literary and historical origins. The 101-minute movie has also been given a very generous ration of 28 chapters, accessible through a straightforward menu that opens automatically on start-up.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio; Anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Vintage advertising; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles; Scene selections; Production notes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • UPC: 043396082595
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,912

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness Capt. Crawford
Dirk Bogarde Lt. Scott-Padget
Anthony Quayle Vizard
Tom Bell Evans
Maurice Denham Surgeon Goss
Nigel Stock Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Walter Fitzgerald Adm. Jackson
Victor Maddern Dawlish
Murray Melvin Wagstaffe
Johnny Briggs Wheatley
Richard Carpenter Lt. Ponsonby
Bryan Pringle Sgt. Kneebone
Joy Shelton Mrs. Crawford
David Robinson Harvey Crawford
Peter Greenspan Johnson
Ray Brooks Hayes
Michael Coles Flag Lieutenant
Ann Lynn Young Wife
Andre Maranne Col. Giraud
Declan Mulholland Morrison
Russell Napier Flag Captain
Anthony Oliver Tavern Leader
Brian Phelan Grimshaw
Robin Stewart Pardoe
Toke Townley "Silly Billy" Whiting
Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director
Lord John Brabourne Producer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Peter Hunt Editor
Nigel Kneale Screenwriter
Arthur Lawson Art Director
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Terence Morgan II Set Decoration/Design
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Clifton Parker Score Composer
Ernie Sullivan Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side#1--
0. Side#1--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start. [2:31]
2. A few men short. [2:26]
3. Navy men. [6:23]
4. Recruit parade. [4:20]
5. Sea drills. [2:20]
6. Surgeon Goss. [2:32]
7. Impulse of anger. [2:12]
8. Witnessing punishment. [3:18]
9. Questioning orders. [4:34]
10. No favoritism. [7:46]
11. Goss' suggestion. [1:46]
12. Returned to duty. [3:25]
13. "We need a lawyer." [2:37]
14. Trial run. [3:13]
15. Informal address. [1:32]
16. Sea battle. [2:35]
17. Mistake corrected. [6:27]
18. A hard lesson. [1:33]
19. A single frigate. [2:02]
20. Colonel Giraud. [4:53]
21. Unauthorized flogging. [2:46]
22. "It's fit. Eat it." [1:53]
23. Mutiny. [3:06]
24. The safety of England. [2:44]
25. An urgent dispatch. [5:48]
26. Done in. [1:40]
27. The fire ship. [6:11]
28. No mutineers aboard. [5:36]
Side#2--
0. Side#2--
0. Scene Selections
1. Start. [2:31]
2. A few men short. [2:26]
3. Navy men. [6:23]
4. Recruit parade. [4:20]
5. Sea drills. [2:20]
6. Surgeon Goss. [2:32]
7. Impulse of anger. [2:12]
8. Witnessing punishment. [3:18]
9. Questioning orders. [4:34]
10. No favoritism. [7:46]
11. Goss' suggestion. [1:46]
12. Returned to duty. [3:25]
13. "We need a lawyer." [2:37]
14. Trial run. [3:13]
15. Informal address. [1:32]
16. Sea battle. [2:35]
17. Mistake corrected. [6:27]
18. A hard lesson. [1:33]
19. A single frigate. [2:02]
20. Colonel Giraud. [4:53]
21. Unauthorized flogging. [2:46]
22. "It's fit. Eat it." [1:53]
23. Mutiny. [3:06]
24. The safety of England. [2:44]
25. An urgent dispatch. [5:48]
26. Done in. [1:40]
27. The fire ship. [6:11]
28. No mutineers aboard. [5:36]
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Menu

   Play Movie.
   Audio Set-Up.
      English(Mono)
   Subtitles.
      English
      Spanish/Español
      French/Français
      Portuguese/Português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features.
      Vintage Advertising.
      Talent Files.
         Lewis Gilbert(Director)
         Alec Guinness
         Dirk Bogarde
      Theatrical Trailers.
         Damn the Defiant!
         Das Boot
         The Caine Mutiny
         The Guns of Navarone
   Play Movie.
   Audio Set-Up.
      English(Mono)
   Subtitles.
      English
      Spanish/Español
      French/Français
      Portuguese/Português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features.
      Vintage Advertising.
      Talent Files.
         Lewis Gilbert(Director)
         Alec Guinness
         Dirk Bogarde
      Theatrical Trailers.
         Damn the Defiant!
         Das Boot
         The Caine Mutiny
         The Guns of Navarone
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