The Caine Mutiny
Columbia / 1954 / 120 Mins / Rated PG

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MOVIE
It's good to see some of the great older movies getting a chance on DVD. The Caine Mutiny is still one of my favorite Humphrey Bogart movies. Bogart plays Lt. Commander Queeg the newly assigned commanding officer of the U.S. minesweeper "Caine" At first things seem to go along normally, Queeg just seems like a very strict officer, but as we learn the new commander is just a little mentally unstable. During a typhoon during an operation the second officer (Van Johnson) and fellow officers take control of the vessel as they believe the captain's actions will get them killed. The captain charges the second officer with mutiny and the trial promptly begins. Look for a great performance from Jose Ferrer as the defending attorney and for Bogart's great performance on the stand.
VIDEO

For a movie that was made in 1952 the transfer is generally quite good. Granted there is some grain in the film but this is a fault of the original source material not the transfer. There were no MPEG artifacts seen.

The Caine Mutiny is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an RSDL disc with the layer switch occurring at 69.30

This is a single-sided, Dual  layer disc.

AUDIO

Because of the age of this movie there is only a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. The case states a 1.0 soundtrack. The 2.0 mix still is very flat and there is no surround or .1 channel use, but it does sound better than my old VHS version.

The dialog was clear throughout

EXTRAS
Not many extras here, just the theatrical trailer in Dolby Digital 2.0 sound in a full screen transfer. You also get some bios of the main stars and the director. There are also some photos included as well but these are of limited value.
FINAL THOUGHTS
The movie is great but the transfer isn't as good as some movies. If your a fan of older movies and are looking for a movie with more story than action this is it. 

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:00:49 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 120 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 14/9/1999
Catalog Number: D10018
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: Sony DVD Center
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

2.0 Mono

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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