Run Silent, Run Deep: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray A - America - Kino Lorber
Review written by and copyright: Noor Razzak (16th January 2024).
The Film

"Run Silent, Run Deep" is a classic submarine film directed by legendary Hollywood filmmaker Robert Wise, released in 1958, and based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach Jr. The movie is set against the backdrop of World War II and follows the intense rivalry between a determined submarine captain, Commander Richardson (Clark Gable), and his executive officer, Lieutenant Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), as they strive to sink a Japanese destroyer named the Akikaze.

The film's portrayal of the psychological toll that war takes on the characters is one of the most impressive aspects of this production. The tension between Commander Richardson and Lieutenant Bledsoe adds depth to the narrative, and the exploration of the personal sacrifices made in the pursuit of victory provides a compelling human element. Gable and Lancaster deliver powerful performances that contribute to the emotional impact of the story, making the audience empathize with the struggles of these two men.

The film also excels in its depiction of submarine warfare. The claustrophobic and tense atmosphere within the submarine is effectively conveyed, immersing viewers in the perilous conditions faced by the crew. The strategic cat-and-mouse game between the American submarine and the Japanese destroyer is gripping, creating a sense of urgency and suspense that keeps the audience engaged throughout.

Furthermore, the cinematography and special effects of "Run Silent, Run Deep" for its time are commendable. The underwater sequences are skillfully executed, considering the technological limitations of the late 1950's. The use of model submarines and effective sound design enhances the realism of the underwater scenes, contributing to the overall authenticity of the film.

However, the film is not without its flaws. Some of the dialogue and character interactions may feel a bit melodramatic by contemporary standards. Additionally, the portrayal of the Japanese characters lacks depth, adhering to certain stereotypes prevalent in films of that era. While it's essential to consider the historical context of the production, modern viewers may find these elements somewhat dated and one-dimensional.

"Run Silent, Run Deep" remains a noteworthy classic in the submarine warfare genre. Its exploration of the psychological toll of war, coupled with strong performances and engaging underwater sequences, solidifies its place in cinematic history. Despite its age, the film remains an exciting and thought-provoking watch for those interested in war dramas and submarine thrillers.


Kino Lorber once released this film on disc back in 2014 with a ratio of 1.66:1 and on a 25GB disc, this re-release "Special Edition" features the same transfer but on a bigger 50GB disc allowing for the film to have a higher bit-rate, which makes the film look slightly better. The 1080p 24/fps high definition image is mastered using AVC MPEG-4 compression and for a film of its age looks pretty good. The black and white image is fairly clean and detailed, textures look good and film grain is present. For a ten year old mastering the result still holds up today and the added room a 50GB disc provides certainly helps. I don't have the older release to compare but this is solid transfer but uncertain if it really warrants an upgrade if you own the older release. One thing to note is that the packaging incorrectly states ratio at 1.85:1 it is in fact 1.66:1 widescreen.


The same audio track from the 2014 release is included in English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, dialogue is clean and clear, score sounds good, and the audio design and sound effects are well presented despite feeling a little flat. This is obviously the limitation of audio technology from the 50's and nothing related to the mix. It's a serviceable sound track. Optional subtitles are included in English for the hearing impaired.


Kino Lorber has re-issued this film as a "Special Edition" with a notable new extra, an audio commentary, the original theatrical trailer is also included. Below is a closer look at these supplements.

The new feature here is the audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Steve Mitchell and "Combat Films: American Realism" author Steven Jay Rubin. These two comment on the significance of the film, its groundbreaking effects for the time, war movies from the era, and other topics related to the making of the film. It's a worthy new addition.

The film's original theatrical trailer (3:03) rounds out the extras package.


First pressing includes a cardboard slip-case.


For a film of its age it surprising holds up despite some melodramatic acting and Japanese stereotyping, Kino has re-issued the film on a lager disc and included a new audio commentary, some may consider this enough to warrant an upgrade, but honestly it's fine if you have the older disc and choose not to upgrade.

The Film: B Video: B Audio: B Extras: B Overall: B


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