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The Commandos Strike at Dawn

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Somebody at Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has been doing their homework -- that's the best explanation for the release on DVD of John Farrow's Commandos Strike At Dawn (1942), a nicely made wartime drama about life in occupied Norway and the resistance to the Nazis. The movie lacks the wartime heroics or the stylized bravado of the most enduringly popular films of the period -- it has an extraordinary cast, including Paul Muni, Lillian Gish, Ray Collins, and George Macready, and a lot of sincerity in its ...
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Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Coote, Ray Collins May 13, 2003 DVD Run time: 100 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1. Originally released: 1942. ... Language: English. Brand new unopened. Read more Show Less

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Somebody at Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has been doing their homework -- that's the best explanation for the release on DVD of John Farrow's Commandos Strike At Dawn (1942), a nicely made wartime drama about life in occupied Norway and the resistance to the Nazis. The movie lacks the wartime heroics or the stylized bravado of the most enduringly popular films of the period -- it has an extraordinary cast, including Paul Muni, Lillian Gish, Ray Collins, and George Macready, and a lot of sincerity in its script -- by Irwin Shaw from a story by C.S. Forester -- and intentions, as well as a fairly complex plot line that evolves carefully and manages to encompass both wartime patriotism and elements of a thriller. The movie is closer in spirit to, say, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing than to Michael Curtiz's Casablanca. The transfer is very good, the night shots all realistically dark but still revealing useful picture information, while the day scenes are all clean but generally avoid the studio-bound sharpness that was typical of the period -- understandable, since the movie was shot largely on Vancouver Island. The result is a seductive realism that is captured very nicely on the DVD. The audio quality is similarly good, bringing out the gentle nuances of Muni's dialogue and the subtle tones of Louis Gruenberg's score. The 96 minute film has been given a very generous 28 chapters that outline the plot perfectly -- there is no original trailer (though there are trailers for The Bridge On The River Kwai, From Here To Eternity, and The Guns Of Navarone). The selection of features includes English, French, and Japanese subtitles, all accessible through a dual-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & video ; Remastered in high definition ; Full screen presentation ; Audio: English ; Subtitles: English, French, Japanese ; Bonus trailers ; Interactive menus ; Scene selections
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • UPC: 043396100497
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Muni Erik Toresen
Anna Lee Judith Bowen
Lillian Gish Mrs. Bergesen
Cedric Hardwicke Adm. Bowen
Robert Coote Robert Bowen
Ray Collins Johan Bergesen
Rosemary de Camp Hilma Arnesen
Alexander Knox German Captain
Elisabeth Fraser Anna Korstad
Richard Derr Gunner Korstad
Erville Alderson Johan Garmo
Barbara Everest Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron Pastor
Louis Jean Heydt Karl Arnesen
Arthur Margetson German Colonel
Ann Carter Solveig Toresen
Elsa Janssen Mrs. Korstad
Ferdinand Munier Mr. Korstad
Lloyd Bridges Young Soldier
Walter Sande Otto
Philip Van Zandt Thirsty Soldier
George Macready Schoolteacher
Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Anne Bauchens Editor
Lester Cowan Producer
Louis Gruenberg Score Composer
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Irwin Shaw Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:09]
2. The Korstad Wedding [6:26]
3. Erik & Judith [1:23]
4. Solveig [1:36]
5. Sometime Is a Long Time [2:14]
6. September 3, 1939 [2:15]
7. No Resistance [1:37]
8. The Fuehrer Sends his Greetings [3:27]
9. German Occupation [2:54]
10. Solveig's School Lessons [3:54]
11. Bergesen's Homecoming [2:49]
12. The Norwegian Resistance [7:43]
13. Executed With Dispatch [2:14]
14. Hiding Solveig With Mrs. Olav [3:09]
15. "Erik Toresen's Wanted for Murder" [4:24]
16. A Secret Airfield [2:18]
17. "Help Me Get to England" [1:24]
18. Arnesen the Quisling [3:39]
19. "Lars Warned Them" [3:02]
20. Silencing a Traitor [2:39]
21. A Meeting With Admiral Bowen [7:07]
22. 24 Hours to Rest [3:06]
23. 30 Short Minutes With Judith [2:46]
24. The Plan [3:27]
25. The Commandos Strike at Dawn [7:26]
26. "They're Taken Solveig" [6:40]
27. Freeing the Village [1:42]
28. "We Will Come Back" [2:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Japanese
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      The Bridge on the River Kwai
      From Here to Eternity
      The Guns of Navarone
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