Warner Archive Press Release: Underwater (1954)

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UNDERWATER! (1954)
Run Time 99:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 2.0:1 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50

From masterful director John Sturges (BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, THE GREAT ESCAPE) comes this RKO romantic action adventure set in the exotic world of the Caribbean! Hollywood beauty Jane Russell is Theresa, girlfriend of ship operator Johnny (Richard Egan), who teams up with perennial rainbow chaser Dominic (Gilbert Roland). They hunt for fabled treasure lost in an old Spanish galleon off the Cuban coast. Amid the threat of rapacious sharks and the hazards of underwater salvaging, the adventurers work against time. They must raise the gold from its ghostly grave before the rotting old ship’s hull slips off the ledge where it has rested for centuries. If that weren’t enough, the group must also outwit a local pirate. This thriller is photographed in Technicolor® in a beautiful setting of lush tropical ports and unfathomable undersea locations, now restored to its original Superscope glory!

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  2. Richard M S

    Wow! I have always wondered about this film ever since I saw that photo of the huge Times Square billboard of Jane Russell !

    Yes! It played at the Mayfair (later renamed the DeMille) with that HUGE corner billboard right on Times Square!

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    The title is a favorite for those who remember the Medved Brothers books from the 70s-80's. This one was in THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS (I still have my copy!) and I loved reading about the money Howard Hughes poured into this and how he hosted a one of a kind (I believe) underwater premiere, complete with reviewers and guests in scuba gear watching the movie while being underwater and being served by "usherwets" (how they actually drank anything with the scuba gear on is a mystery to me but oh, well) that was a complete disaster.

    It's also the first film released in SUPERSCOPE. It was shot full frame and cropped to 2:1 (with anamorphic squeeze) for projection prints. This blu-ray is great news for a fun title (and I've never seen it, to boot!)

    JoelA

    Whoa! Talk about coming out of left field. Nice surprise though. Would love to see The French Line.

    Wouldn't that be great? I've never seen THE FRENCH LINE look like anything but shit and it would be nice to have a disc that gave an idea of what it must have looked like in 1954.

    JR in 3D…it'll knock BOTH your eyes out! (Really subtle, eh?)
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  3. I had this movie on Laserdisc but it was full frame not Superscope. I am curious about the movie again as it has been more than 25 years since I last watched it but I remember being disappointed in it and finding it pretty dull. Superscope may help. I will probably get this when it is part of a 4 for $44.

  4. Randy Korstick

    I had this movie on Laserdisc but it was full frame not Superscope. I am curious about the movie again as it has been more than 25 years since I last watched it but I remember being disappointed in it and finding it pretty dull. Superscope may help. I will probably get this when it is part of a 4 for $44.

    OMG Randy, I wasn't even paying attention! When you mentioned 4 for $44 I was like "oh poor Randy thinks it's WAC when it's SURELY coming from Kino!" Whoops! Hahah.

    This FEELS like a Kino title and I don't know why I assumed that's who was putting it out! Shame on me, I didn't read it carefully!

  5. I remember seeing this when I was three, and being startled by the spectacle of Jane Russell cavorting underwater; that overly saturated aqua seeming to overwhelm everything, even her. All I recall is that one image, and of course that big poster in front of the theater; I saw it in Syracuse, probably at the RKO Keith, so it was slightly smaller than that at the Mayfair, but not by all that much. It's probably not all that good, but because of that memory, I have to have it.

  6. I saw Underwater many times on the big 1.37 screen in my home town when I was a wee child. It was called La sirena del Caribe (The Mermaid of the Caribbean). I have never seen it in Superscope. But I have seen The French Line in 3D and it was great fun.

  7. lark144

    I remember seeing this when I was three, and being startled by the spectacle of Jane Russell cavorting underwater; that overly saturated aqua seeming to overwhelm everything, even her. All I recall is that one image, and of course that big poster in front of the theater; I saw it in Syracuse, probably at the RKO Keith, so it was slightly smaller than that at the Mayfair, but not by all that much. It's probably not all that good, but because of that memory, I have to have it.

    Damn, you got an excellent memory:)

  8. Robert Crawford

    Damn, you got an excellent memory:)

    That's what I remember as well: Russell cavorting underwater. Is there anything else to remember? I am somewhat older than Mark, since I was born in 1950.

  9. bujaki

    That's what I remember as well: Russell cavorting underwater. Is there anything else to remember? I am somewhat older than Mark, since I was born in 1950.

    Damn, you have an excellent memory too.:) At that age, the only thing I can remember is eating my cocoa puffs.

  10. Robert Crawford

    Damn, you have an excellent memory too.:) At that age, the only thing I can remember is eating my cocoa puffs.

    You must be younger, because I remember Cocoa Puffs first appearing in supermarkets when I was five.

    Anyway, I grew up in a family of movie buffs, and I was taken to all sorts of films at a very young age. One of the first films I remember seeing was A STAR IS BORN. During "The Man That Got Away" sequence, the projection booth caught fire, and we had to exit the theater through a emergency door that was to the left of the screen. In order to reach the door, one had to walk past Judy Garland's gigantic, ruddy complexioned face. Smoke was pouring out of the projector booth but the film was still running. That's something I will never forget. Anyway, I never saw the rest of A STAR IS BORN, so i tried to see the film again in an archival 35mm print at Columbia's School of International Affairs in the early 1970's and the projection broke down again during the very same scene. Anyway, that's what I remember.

  11. lark144

    You must be younger, because I remember Cocoa Puffs first appearing in supermarkets when I was five.

    Anyway, I grew up in a family of movie buffs, and I was taken to all sorts of films at a very young age. One of the first films I remember seeing was A STAR IS BORN. During "The Man That Got Away" sequence, the projection booth caught fire, and we had to exit the theater through a emergency door that was to the left of the screen. In order to reach the door, one had to walk past Judy Garland's gigantic, ruddy complexioned face. Smoke was pouring out of the projector booth but the film was still running. That's something I will never forget. Anyway, I never saw the rest of A STAR IS BORN, so i tried to see the film again in an archival 35mm print at Columbia's School of International Affairs in the early 1970's and the projection broke down again during the very same scene. Anyway, that's what I remember.

    Yup, eating Cocoa Puffs and watching Captain Kangaroo or Romper Room on the TV.:) I do have some vague memories of watching King Kong on the Million Dollar Movie when I was about 5 years old or so.

  12. Matt Hough

    Would love to that The French Line in 3D. What TCM occasionally shows looks absolutely horrendous.

    Never been much of a fan of Underwater! but I'd be willing to see it again in HD and widescreen.

    I don't think it was much of a movie either, because all I can remember is Ms. Russell in a swimsuit and really saturated colors. However, because that image is so strong, a Proustian remembrance if you will, at some point I'm going to have to get this, and watch it again.

    Still, this hasn't exactly been a stellar month for Warner Archive, though there may be more announcements tomorrow.

  13. Well, I for one am thrilled that this is coming on blu from WA. When Great Day In The Morning was released, I thought "Could Underwater be far behind?". I'm sure the naysayers would much prefer such creaky and dusty "classics" like The Great Ziegfeld or Marie Antoinette but I'll take Jane Russell over over Norma Shearer any day!

  14. Thomas T

    Well, I for one am thrilled that this is coming on blu from WA. When Great Day In The Morning was released, I thought "Could Underwater be far behind?". I'm sure the naysayers would much prefer such creaky and dusty "classics" like The Great Ziegfeld or Marie Antoinette but I'll take Jane Russell over over Norma Shearer any day!

    I'll raise you one: I'll take Russell and Shearer any day over Allyson.;)

  15. bujaki

    I'll raise you one: I'll take Russell and Shearer any day over Allyson.;)

    And I'll take Russell any day over Allyson and Shearer. Both of them, whatever their qualities as women and actress, are mannered in their performances in the extreme. They're like floating enigmas wrapped in a dream, which is perfectly ok, if that's what one is looking for. . While Ms. Russell, no matter what character she may be playing is simply Ms. Russell; unpretentious, straight-forward and marvelous in her unassuming humanity and sense of being real. Ms. Russell is someone I feel i can actually talk to, while Ms. Allyson would just give me a big bright flash of those saucer eyes of hers, and Ms. Shearer would simply drift away before I even got close. Anyway, that's my perspective.

  16. Thomas T

    Well, I for one am thrilled that this is coming on blu from WA. When Great Day In The Morning was released, I thought "Could Underwater be far behind?". I'm sure the naysayers would much prefer such creaky and dusty "classics" like The Great Ziegfeld or Marie Antoinette but I'll take Jane Russell over over Norma Shearer any day!

    I can't go on record on "Underwater" since I've never seen it (I did enjoy a TCM airing of "The French Line" though so perhaps I would find another Russell and Roland film entertaining), but I would love to see a blu-ray of "The Great Ziegfeld." One of my favorites of the 1930s.

  17. Robin9

    Listen gentlemen, I'm a Jane Russell fan too, but there's another gorgeous female in Underwater. Her name is Lori Nelson and she not only deserves a mention, she deserves a new photo in the Blondes thread. Leave that to me!

    I think this lovely makes a cameo appearance in this film.

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  18. Thomas T

    Well, I for one am thrilled that this is coming on blu from WA. When Great Day In The Morning was released, I thought "Could Underwater be far behind?". I'm sure the naysayers would much prefer such creaky and dusty "classics" like The Great Ziegfeld or Marie Antoinette but I'll take Jane Russell over over Norma Shearer any day!

    After reading these posts I want to see Underwater even more now, it looks like 1950's movie fun and Jane's onscreen persona, to me anyway, always seems modern and fun.

    Dropping back a few decades, though, I'd love to see Marie Antoinette on blu! It is a really good – and surprisingly accurate -.MGM movie! The dvd looked really good too. It would make a great double feature with A Tale Of Two Cities which I'd also LOVE to see released…..(however the "dustiest" creakly classic, has to be San Francisco. After the first 90 minutes or so of San Francisco, I couldn't wait for that damn earthquake to shake some life into the film.)

  19. I'm not knocking any of January's selections (I actually haven't seen any of them yet), but I will say that WAC is passing over the awesome opportunity of making "The Roaring Twenties" their first release of the new roaring twenties. 😀

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    And Will, here's one of the posters with the oh-so-subtle tagline "J. R. in 3D! It'll knock both your eyes out!". Son of Sinbad would be a fun release, also. Looking forward to Underwater!

    BTW, Perez Prado first recorded his version of Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White for Underwater! which became a smash hit single in 1955.

  21. I just recalled that I first saw Underwater in Brooklyn in the summer of 1955. I was 5 and spoke no English and there were no subtitles, so I just saw images in Superscope. It was later, in my home town, that I saw Underwater again and again (subtitled) and flat image. The tune stuck in my mind.

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  23. Robert Crawford

    It's a blind purchase for me so no recommendation from me.

    Wow. It's very rare when you haven't seen a classic film that's getting a lot of pre-release hype.

    I will probably end up ordering this blindly as well. I am rarely disappointed by any WAC title. I still have CRISS-CROSS to watch but it has been busy this week and I hope to get to it soon.

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