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The British War Collection (1954)

Region: (unknown)
UPC/Barcode: 7321900384681
Released: 27th May 2002
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: D038468
Category: Feature, War
Format: DVD / Limited Edition
The British War Collection (1954) (Limited Edition) (Deleted)

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Story: Four film box set of classic 1950s British World War 2 drama. 'The Colditz Story' is a docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'. 'The Dam Busters' tells the true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with scepticism. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. In 'Ice Cold in Alex' John Mills stars as an officer leading his small unit after the fall of Tobruk. Two English Army officers and two nurses drive an ambulance through occupied North Africa to Alexandria. They pick up a South African officer and more than once avoid capture and death whilst crossing the German lines and minefields laid on the way. However, as the South African officer begins to undermine their confidence, they come to suspect him of being a German spy. Finally, in 'The Cruel Sea' Lt. Commander Ericson (Jack Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.

Starring: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Eric Portman, Lionel Jeffries, Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, Denholm Elliott, Donald Sinden, Bryan Forbes, Christopher Rhodes, John Stratton, John Warner, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews, Ian Carmichael, Bruce Seton, Liam Redmond, Richard Wattis, Virginia McKenna, Peter Arne, Frederick Valk, Moira Lister, Diane Clare, Michael Redgrave, Anton Diffring, June Thorburn, Richard Leech, Richard Todd, Eugene Deckers, Glyn Houston, Basil Sydney, Theodore Bikel, Megs Jenkins, Ursula Jeans, Dennis Shaw, Alec McCowan, Derek Farr, Meredith Edwards, Robert Shaw, Andrew Cruickshank, Bill Kerr, John Fraser, Patrick Barr, George Baker

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson, Guy Hamilton, Charles Frend, Michael Anderson

Music by: Francis Chagrin, Alan Rawsthorne, Leighton Lucas, Louis Levy, Eric Coates

Produced by: W. A. Whittaker, Robert Clark, Ivan Foxwell, Leslie Norman

Written by: Christopher Landon, Ivan Foxwell, R.C. Sherriff, T. J. Morrison, Guy Hamilton, Eric Ambler, Guy Gibson, Paul Brickhill

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Studio/distributor: Warner Home Video

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