David Lean and Noël Coward's In Which We Serve (1942) makes its first appearance on DVD in America courtesy of Diamond Entertainment, which has treated it as a public domain title. It's also added a brace of extras, including a history of the picture, bios on Coward and John Mills, and an array of facts and trivia about the movie, all accessible through a simple two-layer menu. It's difficult to say for certain, but the film itself appears to have been mastered from a laserdisc source, to judge from the combination of clarity and anomalies that show up in the image. The result is a picture that, though somewhat softer than it would be if mastered from a proper source, is also very consistent and balanced, and offers a better quality than is typical for these unauthorized DVD releases. The audio has also been mastered at a good, healthy volume, with above-average clarity. The 114-minute movie has been given eight chapters, a bare minimum for a film of this complexity. On the other hand, the fact that it's a budget-priced release overcomes that one lack of attention, at least until an authorized version with some serious extras shows up, if ever.
Side #1 -- 1. The Story of a Ship [14:19] 2. H.M.S. Torrin [15:23] 3. State of War [14:30] 4. Honeymoon [13:06] 5. Torpedo Amidships [13:41] 6. Time Marches On [13:16] 7. Blitzkrieg [15:20] 8. Eternal Pride [14:36]