Three Came Home

Overview

Jean Negulesco's prisoner of war drama Three Came Home contains one of Claudette Colbert's best dramatic performances and comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is decent enough, but does not exactly inspire. Although there are no supplemental materials of any consequence, fans of the actress and genre enthusiasts will certainly find this Alpha Video release worth a look.
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Overview

Jean Negulesco's prisoner of war drama Three Came Home contains one of Claudette Colbert's best dramatic performances and comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is decent enough, but does not exactly inspire. Although there are no supplemental materials of any consequence, fans of the actress and genre enthusiasts will certainly find this Alpha Video release worth a look.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An engrossing, at times shattering, film, Three Came Home is a moving portrait of the horrors of war and, at the same time, of the humanity that exists under even the most difficult circumstances. Nunnally Johnson's excellent screenplay, adapted from the book by Agnes Newton Keith, is just about perfect. Johnson uses his considerable skill to create characters about whose lives we care almost immediately, and to demonstrate that there are always variations in character among individuals on both sides of a conflict. While the title character commands the greatest portion of the viewer's love and respect, Johnson has been careful to provide the character of Colonel Suga with several illuminating moments that make him nearly an equally strong and compelling presence. Jean Negulesco has directed beautifully; there is barely a misstep in tone or pacing through the entire picture, and he has created a film that is at all times vibrant, even when it is horrific. Three is also blessed with the sensational star performance of Claudette Colbert, who is simply riveting and whose stellar presence holds the film together from beginning to end. Almost her equal is Sessue Hayakawa as the Colonel, who finds shadings and nuances that are a wonder to see.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • UPC: 089218325495
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,766

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Agnes Keith
Patric Knowles Harry Keith
Sessue Hayakawa Col. Suga
Florence Desmond Betty Sommers
Sylvia Andrew Henrietta
Phyllis Morris Sister Rose
Howard Chuman Lieutenant Nekata
Drue Mallory Women Prisoner
Mimi Heyworth Woman prisoner
Helen Westcott Women Prisoner
John Burton Elderly resident
Campbell Copelin English radio announcer
Leslie Denison English Radio Announcer
Alex Frazer Dr. Bandy
Clarke Gordon Australian POW
Robin Hughes Australian POW
Virginia Kelly
Mark Kenning George
George Leigh Australian Prisoner of War
James Logan Australian POW
Lee MacGregor Sailor
John Mantley Australian POW
Harry Martin Australian POW
Pat O'Moore Australian POW
Melinda Plowman English girl
Duncan Richardson English boy
Li Sun Wilfred
Leslie Thomas Wet Man
Douglas Walton Australian POW
Patrick Whyte Englishman
Leonard Willey Governor General
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer, Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Milton Schwarzwald Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dorothy Spencer Editor
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [25:14]
3. Chapter 2 [21:08]
4. Chapter 3 [15:16]
5. Chapter 4 [20:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Index
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