Run Silent, Run Deep

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Al Barnes

Plot: What’s it about?

The Crimson Tide of its day Run Silent, Run Deep is a stand out submarine movie I enjoyed as a boy and still enjoy now on DVD. Clark Gable loses his sub in the Bungo Straits near Japan to a seemingly invincible Japanese destroyer that has sunk numerous American subs. Tired of being behind a desk Gable belays…that’s Navy talk…the promotion of Burt Lancaster who was ready to take command of the Nerka. As Gable fights the resentment of the crew and Lancaster he risks the boat and crew on a personal vendetta to sink the destroyer responsible for the loss of his submarine. Ignoring orders Gable ventures into the dreaded “area seven” on a voyage to the bottom of the sea…hey, I have an artistic license and I’m not afraid to use it. The Japanese destroyer isn’t Gable’s only nemesis as Lancaster challenges his authority in an attempt to save his boat and crew from certain destruction. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead to the exciting conclusion of this WW II drama.

Robert Wise is at the helm of this clash of the Hollywood titans Gable and Lancaster…the only time they appeared together. Wise has a most impressive lists of movies as an editor (Citizen Kane) and director…The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, The Sand Pebbles, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and The Andromeda Strain…to name a few. Like Crimson Tide, the accuracy of the submarine set (the Navy provided $500,000.00 of real submarine gadgetry) and the true lexicon of the silent service are just a few of the reasons this was a box office hit in it’s original release and now on DVD. I wonder how much $500,000.00 in 1958 would equate to in today’s dollars?

Video: How does it look?

I was surprised with the quality of the transfer based on the fact that the original is 42 years old. Black and White adds to the nostalgia of this classic.

Audio: How does it sound?

Gladly they left it in mono and didn’t try some sound studio tricks to supposedly modernize the release.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Just a trailer on the DVD but a great 8 page booklet with great insights to the behind the scene facts, most of which I never knew.

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