The Film Chest announced this past week that it has unearthed and digitally remastered the original 1954 theatrical release of director Isaac Kleinerman’s Victory at Sea for DVD distribution on Mar. 17.
The Emmy-winner series of the same name delivered 26 episodes during the 1952/53 prime time television season that focused on the U.S. Navy during World War II through the use of actual combat footage. Since television was still in its infancy, it was not uncommon during this period for multi-part programming, including both TV series and theatrical serials, to be re-edited and presented as self-contained theatrical releases (actually reaching a much wider audience during the summer of 1954).
Narrated by noted Shakespearean actor Alexander Scourby, this 98-minute presentation is tightly edited and delivers a superb overview of the wide-ranging array of naval engagements that marked an entire world at war between 1939 and 1945. This is quite the find by The Film Chest!