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If the switch to DVD has accomplished nothing else, it's forced the studios to do new transfers from upgraded sources of their classic films. Nowhere is this more to be appreciated than with Edward Dmytryk's The Caine Mutiny. The movie went through a couple of laserdisc editions that never looked half as good as the film-to-video transfer used for the DVD. And anyone who grew up watching the relatively faded, flat presentations of The Caine Mutiny on television will be amazed by the color in the opening credits, ...
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If the switch to DVD has accomplished nothing else, it's forced the studios to do new transfers from upgraded sources of their classic films. Nowhere is this more to be appreciated than with Edward Dmytryk's The Caine Mutiny. The movie went through a couple of laserdisc editions that never looked half as good as the film-to-video transfer used for the DVD. And anyone who grew up watching the relatively faded, flat presentations of The Caine Mutiny on television will be amazed by the color in the opening credits, the beautiful flesh tones in the nightclub scene near the beginning of the movie, and the sharpness of the skin textures everywhere. The film was released in 1954, a year into the advent of the era of widescreen movies, and although it wasn't shot with anamorphic lenses, it was intended to be shown in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, which is how it is offered on one side of this disc. A comparison between the full-screen and letterboxed versions leads one to favor the latter -- the framing on the full-screen film is too tight throughout and misses the subtleties of camera movement (especially in the climactic trial scene) that the director was aiming for. The movie has been treated well, with 28 chapters that mark out all of the highlights. The menu pops up automatically on start-up, and the disc comes with the trailer from The Caine Mutiny and also, for unexplained reasons, one from another Bogart movie, Dead Reckoning, which has never surfaced on DVD (though one wishes it would). The trailer for The Caine Mutiny is fascinating as a document of the impact of the original novel by Herman Wouk; in its time, it was one of the biggest-selling novels of the 20th century -- rivaling Gone With the Wind -- and the trailer was able to mention specific scenes from the novel with the confidence that most filmgoers would know exactly what it was referring to. The insert that comes with the disc purports to tell the background on the movie, but it really doesn't; there were behind-the-scenes studio machinations on The Caine Mutiny that had a lot to do with making it as profitable as it was, and it also bailed Columbia Pictures out of a losing contract with producer Stanley Kramer, none of which is mentioned. Those omissions, however, detract not at all from the film itself, which hasn't looked or sounded this good in decades.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In bringing Herman Wouk's novel about life aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II to the screen, producer Stanley Kramer was working under numerous constraints. Knowing that The Caine Mutiny would be Kramer's final film for the company, Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn made sure the budget on The Caine Mutiny was cut to the absolute bone, and took the chance that Bogart's name, coupled with the popularity of the book, would ensure a hit film. From such a financial and creative straightjacket, a great film was made, mostly by virtue of Edward Dmytryk's direction and some excellent central performances: not just Humphrey Bogart's tired, troubled Lt. Comdr. Queeg, but also Van Johnson as the well-meaning but ultimately foolhardy first officer Lt. Maryk; Robert Francis as the naïve and very foolish Ensign Keith; Fred MacMurray as the glib-tongued, manipulative Lt. Keefer; and Jose Ferrer as the unwilling defense attorney Barney Greenwald, who achieves a victory that has nothing to do with justice, right and wrong, or truth. Bogart gives one of his finest late-career performances, calling up the same mixture of bravado, fear, and irrationality that informed his performance as Fred C. Dobbs in John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre six years before, crawling with little neurotic affects that make him startling to watch. Coupled with MacMurray's smooth-talking treacherousness and Johnson's stalwart performance, plus Francis' bright-eyed, bushy-tailed enthusiasm, the characters make for a memorable and compelling two-hour-plus dramatic experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/1998
  • UPC: 043396796492
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Capt. Philip Francis Queeg
José Ferrer Lt. Barney Greenwald
Van Johnson Lt. Steve Maryk
Fred MacMurray Lt. Tom Keefer
Robert Francis Ensign Willie Keith
May Wynn May Wynn
Tom Tully Capt. DeVriess
E.G. Marshall Lieutenant Commander Challee
Arthur Franz Lt. Paynter
Lee Marvin Meatball
Warner Anderson Capt. Blakely
Claude Akins Horrible
Katherine Warren Mrs. Keith
Jerry Paris Ensign Harding
Steve Brodie Chief Budge
Todd Karns Stilwell
Whit Bissell Lt. Cmdr. Dickson
James Best Lieutenant Jorgensen
Joe Haworth Ens. Carmody
James Edwards Whittaker
Don Dubbins Uban
David Alpert Engstrand
Don Anderson Radar Man
Herbert Anderson Ens. Rabbit
Robert Bray Court Martial Jury
Ted Cooper Sergeant-at-arms
Don Keefer Court Stenographer
Eddie Laguna Winston
Dayton Lummis Uncle Lloyd
Kenneth MacDonald Court Martial Jury
Paul McGuire Court Martial Jury
Tyler McVey Court Martial Jury
Patrick Miller Movie Operator
Richard Norris Court Martial Jury
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Court Martial Jury
Jay Richards Sailor
James Todd Commodore Kelvey
Donald Dillaway Chauffeur
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Henry Batista Editor
Michael Blankfort Screenwriter
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Clay Campbell Makeup
Lambert Day Sound/Sound Designer
Carter De Haven Jr. Asst. Director
Clarence Gaskill Songwriter
Freddy Karger Songwriter
Stanley Kramer Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Stanley Roberts Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Wouk Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [9:11]
2. The Caine [7:00]
3. Officers' Mess [10:24]
4. Lt. Commander Queeg [3:39]
5. Officers' Meeting [3:58]
6. Target towing [7:07]
7. Back to San Francisco [5:56]
8. Back aboard the Caine [1:33]
9. Battle orders [5:33]
10. "Yellowstain Blues" [3:57]
11. Unbalanced question [4:33]
12. General drill [1:38]
13. No more strawberries [3:59]
14. A very simple plan [1:46]
15. Article 184 [2:01]
16. Who ate the strawberries [1:37]
17. Official business [5:12]
18. Typhoon [4:45]
19. "I'm relieving you." [4:41]
20. Lt. Barney Greenwald [3:23]
21. The charge [1:13]
22. First witness [3:30]
23. Second & third witnesses [1:06]
24. Fourth witness [3:14]
25. Fifth witness [4:31]
26. Sixth witness [2:26]
27. The finale [7:53]
28. Celebration [8:29]
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [9:11]
2. The Caine [7:00]
3. Officers' Mess [10:24]
4. Lt. Commander Queeg [3:39]
5. Officers' Meeting [3:58]
6. Target towing [7:07]
7. Back to San Francisco [5:56]
8. Back aboard the Caine [1:33]
9. Battle orders [5:33]
10. "Yellowstain Blues" [3:57]
11. Unbalanced question [4:33]
12. General drill [1:38]
13. No more strawberries [3:59]
14. A very simple plan [1:46]
15. Article 184 [2:01]
16. Who ate the strawberries [1:37]
17. Official business [5:12]
18. Typhoon [4:45]
19. "I'm relieving you." [4:41]
20. Lt. Barney Greenwald [3:23]
21. The charge [1:13]
22. First witness [3:30]
23. Second & third witnesses [1:06]
24. Fourth witness [3:14]
25. Fifth witness [4:31]
26. Sixth witness [2:26]
27. The finale [7:53]
28. Celebration [8:29]
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Menu

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
   Play Movie
   Languages
      English
      Spanish
      French
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Caine Mutiny
      Dead Reckoning
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
   Play Movie
   Languages
      English
      Spanish
      French
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      French
      No Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Caine Mutiny
      Dead Reckoning
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-See Classic

    This is a brilliantly acted and directed film. All the leads, and even the supporting cast, give riveting performances. Fred MacMurray is particularly good as a shallow officer who starts the mutiny but refuses to take any responsibility. Humphrey Bogart gives a performance completely different from any of his private eye roles. If you have ever wondered why Bogart is considered one of the great actors of our time, this film will be your answer.

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