Ice Station Zebra

Ice Station Zebra

Rock Hudson
Director: John Sturges Cast: Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
, Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine
, Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
John Sturges

DVD (Wide Screen)

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John Sturges' Ice Station Zebra (1968) was an extremely long movie -- but not the longest he ever did; it just seemed that way. The movie was so long, in fact, that it used to get shown over two nights when it was broadcast on network television, which proved disastrous because the second half, set at the polar ice cap, barely allowed one to see the stars that mattered to the network audience, and also moved at a leaden pace (evidently not even the presence of Ferris Webster as editor could save this movie's pacing). As a DVD, it's a long session, complete with the entrance music and intermission music and 40 chapter markers. It looks good, letterboxed to 2.35:1 or thereabouts (it was shot in Super-Panavision and marketed as single-lens Cinerama), and sounds okay, but it's still a long haul, especially the second half. The bonus features include a selection of trailers from what are generally better movies, including Sturges' best picture, Bad Day at Black Rock -- all letterboxed, of course -- and the featurette "The Man Who Makes a Difference," which is about the making of the movie but really deals with the work and career of John Stephens, the movie's second unit director. In all, it's a decent and reasonably diverting if unambitious presentation of a flawed but interesting movie, no more and no less, though it does look great on big-screen monitors, and anyone who's suffered through it cropped on television will find the letterboxing a revelation.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0012569524828
Original Release: 1968
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:30:00
Sales rank: 5,351

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage making-of featurette "The Man Who Makes the Difference"; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Cmdr. James Ferraday
Ernest Borgnine Boris Vaslov
Patrick McGoohan David Jones
Jim Brown Capt. Leslie Anders
Tony Bill Lt. Russell Walker
Lloyd Nolan Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald O'Loughlin Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose Lt. George Mills
Ron Masak Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lee Stanley Lt. Mitgang
Joseph E. Bernard Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard Survivor
Michael T. Mikler Lt. Courtney Cartwright
Jonathan Lippe Russian Aide
Ted Kristian Wassmeyer
Boyd Berlind Bruce Kentner
David Wendel Cedric Patterson
Ronnie Rondell Lyle Nichols
Craig Shreeve Gafferty
Michael Grossman Kohler
Wade Graham Parker
Michael Rougas Fannovich
Jed Allan Peter Costigan
Buddy Garion Edward Rawlins
T.J. Escott Lt. Carl Mingus
Buddy Hart Hill
Gary Downey Lorrison
Robert Carlson Kelvaney
Don Newsome Timothy Hirsch
Bill Hillman Philip Munsey
Dennis Alpert Gambetta
James Dixon Earl McAuliffe
James Goodwin Survivor
Lloyd Haynes Webson
L. William O'Connell Survivor

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director
John Calley Producer
John M. Connolly Consultant/advisor
George W. Davis Art Director
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Harry Julian Fink Original Story,Screenwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Addison Hehr Art Director
Douglas Heyes Screenwriter
Earl McCoy Special Effects
Michel Legrand Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
H.E. Millar Special Effects
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Thomas Schmidt Asst. Director
Carroll L. Shepphird Special Effects
Clarence Slifer Special Effects
John M. Stephens Cinematographer
Ralph Swartz Special Effects
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer
Ferris Webster Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [1:49]
2. Credits [3:11]
3. Arctic Landing [2:27]
4. Ferraday's Orders [4:27]
5. His Passengers [3:57]
6. Trustworthy Fellow [3:12]
7. Dive [4:46]
8. Not Too Buddy-Buddy [3:47]
9. All You Need to Know [3:09]
10. Pickup at Sea [3:57]
11. Talkative Boris [3:37]
12. Marine Methods [2:36]
13. All This Power [4:38]
14. Big Ice [8:01]
15. Frozen Barrier [4:35]
16. Second Attempt [3:26]
17. Torpedo Room Emergency [5:25]
18. Going Down [4:22]
19. Saboteur [2:34]
20. Zebra's Whereabouts [2:47]
21. Intermission [2:45]
22. Entr'Acte [1:40]
23. Narrow Escapes [2:01]
24. Station Remains [6:13]
25. The Only Ones Left [3:48]
26. After Something [3:10]
27. Dangerous Desirable Film [5:29]
28. Impeccable Scenario [4:58]
29. Incoming Aircraft [3:05]
30. The Drop on Jones [4:37]
31. One on One [4:31]
32. Marine Down [3:42]
33. Out of the Sky [3:14]
34. Ultimatum [3:48]
35. Take the Capsule [4:46]
36. Handing It Over [4:25]
37. Nobody's Prize [4:08]
38. Dasvedanya [1:57]
39. Cast List [2:36]
40. Exit Music [1:05]

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