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Other fun things that Kurt really likes - an admittedly eclectic gathering of odds and ends
Hey, a good ship or war movie makes a great background to ship modeling - or a nice break when things get frustrating!
The Final Countdown. Ok, lets not look to closely at the science fiction premise, but this story of the USS Nimitz being transported back to December 6, 1941 is still entertaining, with plenty of eye candy for the naval enthusiast. A guilty pleasure perhaps
Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World. Buy it for the battles, but enjoy it for the story too. The special effects were nominated for an Academy award, and it shows. Who know what will happen when these wizards take on a modern naval battle someday.
The Hunt for Red October VHS I always wanted to use the phrase " a ripping good yarn". And now I have. The Classic Tom Clancy book, made into a good movie. Sometimes even Hollywood surprises. But read the book if you get a chance. DVD version here.
Crimson Tide (1995) - Nonsensical story with some good acting and great shots of subs in action DVD
Das Boot - The Director's Cut (1982) - One of the great ones, a must have for your naval war movie collection DVD
Sink the Bismarck Another classic movie, with special effects that hold up surprisingly well for a 40 year old film. The obligatory love interest does not detract from good battle scenes. A must for Bismarck fans! VHS Now on DVD, in a widescreen format and with some extras, such as a movietone reel on the chase.
The Enemy Below The submarine versus destroyer movie of all time. VHS
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) The Clark Gable - Burt Lancaster classic DVD
Tora! Tora! Tora! VHS Great effects, a no nonsense story. In some ways, superior, even in effects, to Pearl Harbor. DVD Version here
Midway (Collector's Edition) (1976) Would have been a better movie had it paid more attention to Tora Tora Tora, but still a decent telling of an important story. DVD
They Were Expendable (1945) A classic John Ford account of PT Boat Combat DVD
Pearl Harbor (2001) Some great effects, some abuse of recent warships, and a maudlin love story. This DVD is pretty cool, or get the VHS version
U-571 - Collector's Edition (2000) - a sometimes silly film, but check out the cool depth charge effects. Just try and ignore that "German Destroyer" if you can... DVD
K-19 - The Widowmaker (2002) available December 10, 2002 - Harrison Ford stars in this cold war potboiler DVD
The Guns of Navarone (Special Edition) (1961) - One of the classic war movies DVD
In Harm's Way (1965) - A great movie, with perhaps the worst special effects seen in many decades. They blew up a lot of plywood in this movie, but John Wayne playing the Rock (the Admiral, not the WWF incarnation) is worth the price of admission. DVD
Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) The classic movie about CS Foresters Napoleonic naval hero. VHS
The Crimson Pirate (1952) A light hearted and very fun movie, with Burt Lancaster swashbuckling his way across the screen. The soundtrack is very good too! VHS. Now available on DVD!
Pirates of the Caribbean - another fine Pirate movie, with great effects.
James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck - Great animation of the battle, underwater footage, and film of the Bismarck passing through the Kiel canal are just a few of the features of this 2 DVD set that make it worth owning. DVD
Victory at Sea - now on DVD, this classic series features outstanding wartime footage, coupled with some of the finest music of all time. A must have!
The World at War - the best documentry on World War II ever. Highly recommended, now on DVD.
The Great Ships - Destroyers - traces the development of the destroyer VHS
Anti-Submarine Warfare Watch as the US Navy practices anti sub warfare VHS
Nuclear Weapons of the U.S. Navy (Declassified Films) VHS
National Geographic's Search for Battleship Bismarck (1989) VHS
Mighty Mo: Battleship USS Missouri BB-63 (1998) VHS
USS Arizona - USS Missouri: From Tragedy to Victory (2002) VHS
Pearl Harbor - The USS Utah & USS Arizona Revisited VHS
Situation Critical - The U.S.S. Forrestal (1997) VHS
QE2: The Queen of Ships The last of the real ocean liners VHS
Walking with Dinosaurs OK, not about ships, but what the heck. This video is amazing. Through special effects and digital cleverness, the producers who made this video have made a 3 hour documentary that looks like it was shot by National Geographic. See dinosaur births, life, and inevitable violent deaths on land, sea and in the air. Breathtaking visuals. Get the DVD version if you have one of those.
We Were Soldiers (2002) A great war movie; don't let Mel Gibson drive you away - no mugging here, just an intense telling of the story of the first large scale battle between US and North Vietnamese forces in Vietnam at Ia Drang. Embellished a bit from the book, but it still rings true to the spirit of those who fought in that great battle. Be sure to check out the deleted scenes, especially the one at the lake. DVD. You can get a copy of the book here.
Band of Brothers (2001) - The highly acclaimed HBO Miniseries that chronicled "E" company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from training to D-Day, Holland, Market Garden, Bastogne and into Germany. I have watched this series twice so far, and still find it moving and powerful. DVD Also available on VHS.
Schindler's List (1993) Oscar winning picture by Steven Spielberg about the Holocaust, a moving experience, tough to watch, but you owe it to yourself to see it.
From the Earth to the Moon. Highly acclaimed HBO Series now on DVD. My favorite episode is "Spider", dealing with the design and construction of the Lunar Module, but the whole series is fantastic. Highly recommended
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