Anzio [DVD] [1968]

Director Edward Dmytryk was no stranger to action-filled war dramas. Before commandeering this chronicle of the World War II battle of the same name, Dmytryk also brought to audiences the military courtroom drama The Caine Mutiny and Back to Bataan, among others. Anzio comes to DVD in both a widescreen (2.35:1) and full-frame versions. The picture for the former is excellent and sharp, nicely retaining the original compositions. The pan-and-scan version (available on the flip side of the disc) is grainy and chops off much of the screen action from the sides. The picture is also stretched at times (just observe the opening credits sequence with Robert Mitchum galloping up the steps) and is definitely inferior to the widescreen option. The disc is available in an English mono soundtrack and also in French. Multiple subtitle options are available as well. The original theatrical trailer has been included, as well as for other Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment releases. A good disc overall.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen and full-screen presentations
  • Audio: English [mono], French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections


This Dino De Laurentiis-produced re-creation of the decisive Italian military operation top-bills Robert Mitchum as a battle-weary war correspondent. Robert Ryan and Arthur Kennedy play generals, Peter Falk is the lovable Brooklynese corporal, and Earl Holliman is the country-boy sergeant. Anzio was based on the book by Wynford Vaughan Thomas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Mitchum
    Robert Mitchum - Ennis
  • Peter Falk
    Peter Falk - Rabinoff
  • Earl Holliman
    Earl Holliman - Stimler
  • Mark Damon
    Mark Damon - Richardson
  • Arthur Kennedy
    Arthur Kennedy - Gen. Lesley

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