Lifeboat (Special Edition)
Starring: Tallulah Bankhead Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Lifeboat (Special Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Film Professor Drew Casper
  • "The Making of Lifeboat"
  • Still Gallery
  • Audio: English [CC]
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1944
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
    • Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes: "The Making of LIFEBOAT"
    • Audio Commentary: Drew Casper - Film Professor
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 01/26/1996
"...Hitchcock broke the champagne bottle on the [liferaft] subgenre....Carries a vigilante chill..." -- Rating: B+
Premiere - 11/01/2005
4 stars out of 4 -- "LIFEBOAT convinces us completely of its sincerity and urgency."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/21/2005
"Based on a Steinbeck novella, the film is both an allegory about the need for unity to combat Nazism and a technological marvel..." -- Grade: B+
Uncut - 04/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]ure cinema, with every shot finding a different angle."
Total Film - 06/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's well worth a gander for Hitch's inventiveness in devising varied camera angles in his confined space..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2012
"[I]t holds up remarkably. Inventive, suspenseful and witty, it's also fascinating as Hitchcock's first attempt to shoot almost entirely on a single-set..."

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Nominated for three Academy Awards, Alfred Hitchcock's World War II drama, is a remarkable story of human survival.

After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist, a tough seaman, a nurse and an injured sailor. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger - the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this legendary classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man's strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress.

Product Description:

Based on a story by John Steinbeck, LIFEBOAT tells of the desperate struggle for survival of a group of people whose boat was torpedoed by a German U-boat during the Second World War. In this gripping character study about eight diverse survivors, tensions mount after a Nazi is brought aboard. LIFEBOAT is an unusual yet thrilling film from Alfred Hitchcock.

Plot Synopsis:

LIFEBOAT is an intense thriller crafted around the psychological drama produced when eight unlikely companions are thrown together by drastic circumstance. The exceptional performances of its ensemble cast make it a classic, one credited with reviving Tallulah Bankhead's career. After a German U-boat torpedoes their ship, several survivors find themselves together in a lifeboat. Each is of a distinctly different background: Tallulah Bankhead's character, the radiant Constance Porter, is a famed fashion writer; others include tycoon Charles Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), marxist seaman John Kovac (John Hodiak), Stanley Garret (Hume Cronyn), a radio operator, a wounded furnace stoker, a nurse, a grieving mother, and a porter. The group is joined by the commander of the German U-boat (Walter Slezak), which was itself sunk in the exchange. Choosing to take him aboard as a gesture of humanity, and for the sake of his seafaring skills, proves to be a fateful decision. Production was done almost entirely in studio, using a range of specialized water sets and props to allow Hitchcock to achieve the camera angles he wanted while employing rear-projected seascapes shot off the coast of Florida.


Production Notes:

  • Hitchcock cameo: Hitch solved the difficult problem of how to make a cameo appearance in the middle of the ocean by appearing in a "before-and-after" diet advertisement in the newspaper Rittenhouse is reading.
  • Tallulah Bankhead developed pneumonia after hours of filming in wet clothes.
  • During filming Hitchcock went on a serious diet, reducing his weight from 300 to 200 pounds.

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