4 Film Favorites: John Wayne Collection DVD
SKU ID #317016
- Technical Specs
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 441 Minutes
- Region: 1
- Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
- Language: English
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Closed Captioning: Yes
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
- Color: Black & White / Color
It's David vs. Goliath on the seas when Rusty Ryan and John Brickly lead the Navy's new PT boats into the Battle of the Philippines during the early days of WWII. Outgunned and outmanned, the skippers and their crews defy the odds and prove the effectiveness of their highly maneuverable boats. They hit, they run, they return to fight again - and they play a vital role in the holding action that buys valuable time for the U.S. after the crippling attack on Pearl Harbor. Montgomery and Wayne turn in acclaimed performances in this powerful film that is widely recognized as one of director John Ford's all-time greatest works. Scripted by naval Commander Frank Wead and based on the novel by William I. White, it is one of the best contemporary films about the war.
World War II rages across the Pacific and Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford is in the thick of it. He evacuates children from enemy-held islands. Oversees the development of torpedoes at Pearl Harbor. And prowls the depths in the submarine Thunderfish for a chance to aim his improved "tin fish"-torpedoes-at the enemy.
John Wayne plays Gifford in Operation Pacific. "I'm no theory man. I'm a line officer," Gifford barks. He backs it up with lots of bite in several feverish sea battles. He's also a man with a loving wife at home (fellow Academy Award winner Patricia Neal). Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood, World War II commander of all U.S. Pacific submarines, was technical advisor for this adventure packing real you-are-there thrills!
Marine fighter squadron VMF 247 is in the thick of it on Guadalcanal. The besieged airstrip they hold is hammered almost nightly by offshore batteries. Malaria and combat fatigue grip many of the men. Fuel is low. Replacement parts for the squad's Wildcat planes are few. And the only things not in short supply are the enemy...and Major Don Kirby's determination to keep fighting with whatever he has.
American icon John Wayne is in the cockpit and in command as Kirby, a courageous leader at odds with his executive officer (Robert Ryan) and the forefront of tacticians eager to coordinate ground combat with low-flying aerial sorties. Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) directs, skillfully incorporating actual battlefield and dogfight footage. Flying Leathernecks has the flight stuff!
Back to Bataan
1942 - The Philippines. Enemy forces take control of the island nation. But as one type of war ends, anther begins. Col. Joseph Madden and others like him organize uncaptured American troops and Philippine fighters into effective guerilla-warfare operatives.
With equal parts grit and patriotic zeal, John Wayne portrays Madden in this heroic salute to the Philippine resistance forces who continued the fight in the years leading to General MacArthur's return. Among the true life incidents in the film's morale-boosting narrative is the liberation of prisoners from Cabanatuan-an event underscored by an on-screen roll call of real life U.S. soldier freed by that daring rescue. Seeing these haunted but happy faces was a touching moment for audiences then. It remains so today.