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The Sea Wolves
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Review by Marc Girdler | posted January 19, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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During World War II, a German U-Boat was recieving messages about incoming Allied vessels from a group of civilian German merchant ships. Of course, that is not very fair, but with the Germans having scouts such as the merchant boats, it would be impossible to send in a fleet without Germany already knowing it was coming. Also hindering the strike is the fact that the U-Boat floats in neutral waters, which bars a military attack without provocation. So what will England do about this madness? Well, they call up the veterans from the Calcutta Light Horse to help them out. Who are these men? Well, they are a group of gray haired soldiers who still have a little go left in them after all these years. Can these aging veterans pull off another mission and help win the war?

The Sea Wolves is based on a true story, which was kept secret until 1978, and revealed after British security restrictions were lifted. I was lookin forward to this disc, because I enjoy some of the older war movies, but I was thrown for a loop with this one. The movie is very well shot and cast, but it's a little slow moving for my tastes. The packaging says "Both action-filled and funny," the action is not there much and the laughs are frequent, but not that hearty. It's charming however, due to the superior casting, which showcases some great performances, if a bit over the top at times. Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, and David Niven have substantial screen time, and they are the real stars of this film. Readers who enjoy war movies will want to check this disc out, and anyone who enjoys comical performances in a dramatic setting will also want to rent this one.

The Sea Wolves is presented in both full frame as well as 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, so everyone should be pleased with this disc. The print is in decent condition, but it shows it's age at times, with noticeable flecks and other signs of wear. The colors seem a tad muted, but that could be a fault of the print, not this transfer. Flesh tones look solid and natural, and black levels are correct as well. While the image is less than perfect, Warner has done a great job with the print they had. The audio is also decent, but not much to listen to. The music and effects are mostly low key, with only slight surround activitiy to be found. Dialogue is crystal clear and that's the most important part of the track. The disc includes no extras at all.

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