Film Movement Classics Releases Three Gloriously Restored WWII Classics to BD: THE DAM BUSTERS (1955), DUNKIRK (1958) & ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958) – March 23

THIS MARCH, CINEMA AFICIONADOS AND MILITARY BUFFS ALIKEWILL THRILL TO A TRIO OF GLORIOUSLY RESTORED BRITISH WWII CLASSICS PRESENTED IN HD ON BLU-RAY, PACKED WITH EXTRAS THE DAM BUSTERS (1955) DUNKIRK (1958) ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958) 

The Dam Busters

SYNOPSES 

Commemorate the bravery of a nation at war and experience all the explosive drama across land, sea and air with a stunning trio of classic WWII films from Britain, all digitally restored in HD for optimal viewing. Previously only available in North America in the 5-disc BD collection, THEIR FINEST HOUR, these three acclaimed award-winners are available as individual Blu-ray releases for the very first time, including Michael Anderson’s Oscar-nominated THE DAM BUSTERS (1955), as well as two box-office hits, DUNKIRK (1958) and ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958).

Capturing the spirit of British inventiveness and dogged determination, THE DAM BUSTERS (1955) tells the thrilling true story of Operation Chastise, the Royal Air Force’s successful 1943 strike on the German industrial heartland. Faced with a seemingly impossible objective, engineer and scientist Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) develops “bouncing bombs” for Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Richard Todd) and the pilots of 617 Squadron to use during their daring raid on the Ruhr Valley dams.Shot in black and white to allow the integration of original footage of the bombing trials, the film boasts spectacular aerial combat sequences, which would become a major inspiration for Star Wars’ climactic final assault on the Death Star. (125 mins. | 1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio | Mono)

BONUS FEATURES

The Making of The Dam Busters documentary

Sir Barnes Wallis documentary (1972) and 617 Squadron Remembers documentary

Footage of the Bomb Tests

The Dam Busters Royal Premiere footage

Restoration of a Classic featurette

The Dam Busters 75th anniversary trailer

DUNKIRK

One of the most authentic cinematic representations of World War II, DUNKIRK (1958), directed by Leslie Norman, recounts the dramatic events of Operation Dynamo, the Royal Navy’s evacuation of over 350,000 Allied troops from Nazi-occupied France in 1940. Told from dual perspectives, the epic film follows stranded British Army Corporal “Tubby” Binns (John Mills) and civilian volunteers Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee) and John Holden (Richard Attenborough), whose destinies intersect on the beaches of Dunkirk. (135 mins. | 1.66:1 Widescreen | Mono)

BONUS FEATURES

  • Dunkirk Operation Dynamo newsreel
  • Young Veteran Ealing Studios documentary (1940)
  • Interview with actor Sean Barrett
  • John Mills home movie footage

ICE COLD IN ALEX

The year is 1942. Along the barren North African coast where war has turned towns into smoking ruins, Captain Anson (John Mills), a commanding officer in the Royal Army Service Corps, is tired and thirsty. Separated from his unit while evacuating Tobruk, Anson must navigate a dilapidated ambulance with desperate passengers across perilous, enemy-patrolled terrain. Hundreds of miles away in Alexandria, safety and an ice cold beer await. Nominated for four BAFTA Awards and winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1958 Berlin International Film Festival, ICE COLD IN ALEX from director John Lee Thompson remains one of the most gripping war epics ever made. (130 mins. | 1.66:1 Widescreen | Mono)

BONUS FEATURES

  • Extended Clip from A Very British War Movie documentary
  • John Mills home video footage
  • Interviews with Melanie Williams, Sylvia Syms
  • Steve Chibnall on J. Lee Thompson

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