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DVD - Single-disc
Warner Home Video 111208 - Region 1
List Price: $19.97 (Check Price at Amazon.com)
Available on DVD 12/19/2006
Dolby Digital Mono
When I was a kid, we lived many miles away from the closest movie theater. The Saturday afternoon movie on one of our local TV stations was the best way to be entertained without having to leave the couch. While I don't recall "Up Periscope" being one of those movies (Tarzan and Godzilla are the first ones that come to mind), watching this movie brought me back to those times. It just seems like a great war movie that was light on the reality of war and heavy on the bravado and quasi-drama that a war backdrop provided.
While lightweight by today's action movie standards, this 1959 movie is still very watchable.
The video quality was acceptable, but showed its age with occasional color shifts and other artifacts that were probably more a result of a poor master than a poor quality encoding. That said, none of these artifacts got in the way of enjoying the movie, and quite possibly, it contributed to the feel of an older movie being watched on a Saturday afternoon in years past.
My Pioneer DVD player reported an average of a range of bit rates between 4.5-7.5 Mbps during several samples in the movie.
The original movie was good old mono, and this disc produces that soundtrack as such, with no annoying attempts at adding channels that didn't exist in the first place. Of course, this means that "Up Periscope" won't be on your demo list, but this movie doesn't necessarily need cool sound effects to get its point across. No artifacts or problems were noticed.
I like to see the theatrical trailer included with every movie, which is a feature that's becoming less common. I think it provides a nice context in which to understand how the studio was marketing the movie to audiences at the time of theatrical release. It's interesting to see how much emphasis was placed on Garner's turn in the "Maverick" TV show.
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