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Guadalcanal Diary

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Overview

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Richard Tregaskis, Guadalcanal Diary is a two-fisted World War II drama that is sure to entertain fans of war movies. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD looks and sounds fantastic, especially considering that the movie was originally released back in 1943. Presented in its proper full-frame format (1.33:1), the black-and-white picture has been cleaned up considerably and really looks great. The high contrast picture is stable throughout and ...
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Overview

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Richard Tregaskis, Guadalcanal Diary is a two-fisted World War II drama that is sure to entertain fans of war movies. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's DVD looks and sounds fantastic, especially considering that the movie was originally released back in 1943. Presented in its proper full-frame format (1.33:1), the black-and-white picture has been cleaned up considerably and really looks great. The high contrast picture is stable throughout and perfectly balanced. Blacks are appropriate and there is very little glare to the whites. The movie's soundtrack has also been given a boost. Although the original English mono track is available (and sounds fine), the disc comes equipped with an excellent two-channel English stereo track as well. Given the nature of the subject matter, and that there are plenty of opportunities to feel the thunder of the war scenes in the comfort of your own home, the new stereo option is the one to go with. But Fox should be thanked for also including the original mono track. The disc has also been given English and Spanish language subtitle options. The original theatrical trailer has also been included, as well as trailers for other Fox war films.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Full frame [aspect ratio 1.33:1]; Audio: English stereo, English mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • UPC: 024543025337
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,318

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Preston S. Foster Father Donnelly
Lloyd Nolan Sgt. Hook Malone
William Bendix Taxi Potts
Richard Conte Capt. Davis
Anthony Quinn Jesus "Soose" Alvarez
Richard Jaeckel Pvt. Johnny Anderson, ("Chicken")
Roy Roberts Capt. Cross
Minor Watson Col. Grayson
Ralph Byrd Ned Rowman
Lionel Stander Butch
Reed Hadley Correspondent
John Archer Lt. Thurmond
Eddie Acuff Tex McIlvoy
Harry Carter Dispatch Officer
Robert Rose Sammy Kline
Jack Luden Major
Louis Hart Lieutenant
Miles Mander Weatherby
Selmar Jackson Col. Thompson
Warren Ashe Col. Morton
Walter Fenner Col. Roper
Larry Thompson Chaplain
Martin Black Marine
Charles Lang Marine
George Holmes Marine
Russell Hoyt Marine
Tom Dawson Captain
Paul Fung Japanese Prisoner
Allen Jung Japanese Officer
Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Fred Allen Editor
Islin Auster Associate Producer
James Basevi Art Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
Jerry Cady Screenwriter
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Bryan Foy Producer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles [:14]
2. A Peaceful, Lazy Day of Rest [1:54]
3. The Bold and Brave of Heart [6:16]
4. The Great Day Itself [1:54]
5. Moving In [7:20]
6. First Crack at the Enemy [7:30]
7. The Cover of Darkness [3:25]
8. All Dead [4:22]
9. Going Back for Blood [2:40]
10. Mail [4:42]
11. Blow the Place to Pieces [:47]
12. Proof Through the Night [3:46]
13. Air Support and Reinforcements [2:36]
14. The Great Offensive [5:35]
15. Last Day on the Island [3:59]
16. The End [4:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English Stereo
         English Mono
      Captions & Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
   Extra Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      War Trailer
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      Men of Honor
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      Tora! Tora! Tora!
      The Young Lions
      Wing and a Prayer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Guadalcanal Diary

    A great movie and historically correct about the U. S. Marines in the earliest days of WWII.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the Best from the war years

    Richard Tregaskis was a correspondent during world war II who from his dispatches back to the United States from Guadalcanal told the story of America's first offensive of the war. He compiled his dispatches and published a book called Guadalcanal Diary. For years people in the states had seen films depicting the Nazis, but little was said about the practices of the Japanese in war. This film showed America what kind of enemy they were fighting.

    The cast is good and appropriate for the film. Anthony Quinn and Lloyd Nolan being the most notable. For those who know little about the battle it would probably be good to read something about it before seeing the film or otherwise you may wonder what is going on.

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