Western Approaches DVD

Pat Jackson, 1944

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Film Details

Directed by Pat Jackson

Produced in 1944

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film


Captain Duncan MacKenzie, Captain W Kerr, Eric Fullerton


Classic War MoviesWar DocumentariesClassic British Film

Film Description

A documentary-drama depicting the hazards faced by the merchant seaman in the Second World War, this is undeniably one of the finest wartime examples of the work of the Crown Film Unit, and a deserved tribute to those who lost their lives in the service of the Merchant Navy. Filmed in Technicolor by cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Simply Media

Length: 90 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 4th October 2004

Cat No: 106167

DVD Extras

  • Digitally remastered
  • Audio commentary from director Pat Jackson & Dr Toby Haggith
  • Short Film: A Seaman's Story (1942), the story of a Newfoundler who had been torpedoed four times.

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by Anon on

Comparable to the best work of Humphrey Jennings, the extraordinary colour footage was shot by Jack Cardiff, cinematographer for the most vivid of the Powell/ Pressbur... Read on

by Anon on 8th December 2000

One of the best Naval films available. Nothing overstated, nothing cliched. Perfect. Read on


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