On Region 2 Blu-Ray in full-frame (shouldn't it
be wide?), but rousing still and more so for higher definition. This was the
WWII mission that broke German dams and flooded miles of factory installation,
plus civilian housing. I'm told such targeting was later forbade by the Geneva
Convention. Don't know enough historic detail to judge accuracy, but The
Dam Busters is handsomely made and the climactic raid's a lulu. Science that
led to zero-in is province
of Michael Redgrave as
brains behind the plan; audiences after the war liked now-it-can-be-told
accounts of preparation for major attacks only surface-covered to that time.
Richard Todd as flight team leader is likeable and democratic to a fault,
unlike, somesay, actual pilots too stressed for much hail fellowship on the
ground (and who could blame them?). Warners released The Dam Busters in the US, made
cuts/changes (more action, changing a mascot dog's name ... that last an urgent
necessity), and took $498K domestic rentals for their pains. Region 2's Blu-Ray
is fortunately the complete and unexpurgated UK cut.