PT 109-Movies & TV: On Sale-WBshop Savings-wbshop_categories  WBshop.com | Warner Bros.

PT 109

Cliff Robertson stars in this stirring saga of Kennedy’s wartime exploits as skipper of a PT boat in the Solomon Islands.



Free shipping icon GET FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM! Learn How

Ships to U.S. only. 

Made To Order DVD
Genre:   War
Rating:
Director:   Leslie H. Martinson
Cast:   Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Grant Williams
Theatrical Release Date:   06/19/1963
Item#
Product:
Qty:
Price:
 
1000179956
PT 109
Price:$15.59
$19.99
(save 22%)

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PT 109
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (26)
  • Informative (17)
  • Broad appeal (14)
  • Relevant (12)
  • Good resource (11)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (3)

Best Uses

  • At home (23)
  • Adult viewers (14)
  • Younger viewers (12)
  • Perfect gift (11)
  • Travel (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (21), Avid moviegoer (5), Casual viewer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

PT 109 on WB DVD!

This review references the WB Archive DVD that became available in 2011 -- it's great! What more do you want? Get it!Prior to the Warner Archive release, the film has been released ...Read complete review

This review references the WB Archive DVD that became available in 2011 -- it's great! What more do you want? Get it!Prior to the Warner Archive release, the film has been released on VHS in pan & scan and widescreen and also on laserdisc. Why this film has never been previously released on DVD remains a mystery but this Warner Archive release blows previous releases out of the water!Warner Archive discs are DVD-Rs -- not mass-pressings. Warner Archive source materials are of variable quality but usually pretty darn good. This keeps studio costs down and spares the studio the cost of full-fledged remastering. Archive releases are bare bones -- don't expect anything more than the featured film. Hopefully, WB will start offering Blu-ray options in this series. Hats off to Warner for their continued pioneering efforts in home video."PT 109" was theatrically released in July 1963. I was a high school sophomore when I saw the film in its initial release -- it was quite impressive on the big screen. The film was a modest success in its limited release. Four months after it premiered, tragically, Kennedy was assassinated. Warner pulled the film from circulation.For this 2011 DVD release, Warner states: "This Warner Archive Collection presentation of PT-109 has been sourced from a recently-created HD 1080p master, derived from newly-manufactured film elements. The feature is presented in 16x9 Letterbox format, preserving the film's original 2.40 theatrical aspect ratio."Image quality here *is* excellent! Maybe this is a dry run for a Blu-ray release? Contrast is good. Colors are rich and clean as befits the South Pacific locale -- albeit most exteriors were filmed around the Florida Keys and Hollywood stages. Aspect ratio of this Panavision film is 2.35:1 and that's we get here! [@]. And Panavision's figure differs slightly from WB's.)Sound quality is quite good with very discernible dialog -- something that is often lacking in current films where dialog gets buried under loud sound effects and louder music. And it's mono. Why, I really don't know. This was, after all, a major, high-profile WB production -- "under the personal supervision of Jack L. Warner" though reportedly he was never on the set -- and WB knows how to do sound. (Take into consideration The Beatles releases of the time were mono.) Apparently the film was released in mono. But as I say, it sounds quite good -- the balance of dialog, sound effects and music is exemplary.Menu. Well, again, Warner Archive releases have zilch menus. In this case: "Play" and "Trailer" with a picture of a WB water tower in the background. That's it.The production is top notch -- money spent shows on the screen. Cast and crew are excellent. Story and character development are good though I wish they didn't tinker with the order of and depiction of historical fact -- the marine rescue occurred subsequent to the demise of the 109 while Kennedy commanded the 59, a memorial service was held for the crew of the 109 while the survivors were still stranded, the natives were sent by the coast watcher to find the survivors, Kennedy deeply regretted the loss of life in the incident, etc. These things could have been handled better. The producers needed to make an entertaining film so fact, as usual, is fodder for the mill. Switching directors early on may have led to some structural issues? I've never read the original script and am in no position to second guess. The film score is serviceable -- it works well in film -- but it could have helped to shape the film better. And maybe that's the issue here, the shaping of the film as a whole.This isn't film for everyone. The story takes its time, unfolding slowly (some may say too slowly). There are occasional lapses of logic -- say, don't PT boats have anchors to prevent drifting? All in all, make no mistake, this *is* a well crafted, (sometimes) engaging film that keeps your attention for its 140 minute length. It's good -- but it could have been great.I sincerely hope WB plans to do a proper remastering for a future Blu-ray. What we have here really looks and sounds great. But there are a couple of minor timing issues when cutting between location exteriors and studio interiors, a stereo mix would be very desirable and a plethora of extras would be *most* welcomed.All minor quibbles aside, this is a fine film with a fine presentation and I'm glad to have it at long last! Thanks to WB for making this available on DVD -- it's a keeper!Now -- bring on the WB Collector's Edition Blu-ray!)PS -- For a different look at PTs in the South Pacific, have a look at the excellent John Ford / John Wayne film "They Were Expendable".

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

When JFK became a hero

Good war story on DVD where there was no problems or defects. No special features though, which was kind of disappointing.

Good war story on DVD where there was no problems or defects. No special features though, which was kind of disappointing.

Reviewed by 31 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

speed sailing

By oldtimer

from redding, ca

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Relevant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about PT 109:

    movie was presented in a clear crisp widescreen format with good sound

     
    5.0

    Great DVD

    By Paul

    from Menasha, WI

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Very Entertaining

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about PT 109:

    I was glad to see this DVD released. The last time I saw this movie was when it was originally released to movie theaters back in the 60's.

     
    5.0

    Some Leaders are born to lead.

    By AmericanEagle

    from Louisville,KY

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Entertaining
    • Good Resource
    • Informative
    • Sticks To The Facts
    • Well Told Story

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • History buffs
    • Jfk Fans
    • War movie fans
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about PT 109:

    One more for the collection of the old, great war movies. In this case, a true event.Haven't seen it in years, even on TV or cable. Never could get it on VHS.
    This copy has excellant color and detail. The audio is good, once set, didn't have to adjust it again. I was young, part of the last generation to remember President Kennedy-this film shows his leadership during the war and the people skills he possesed that would serve him so well in the future.It is a highly entertaining and informative film. The only thing is the ending-it was designed to just leave you hanging-and it does. But that was the movies intent, so I can't complain too much.

     
    3.0

    When JFK became a hero

    By Boomer

    from Mt. Laurel, NJ

    About Me Avid Moviegoer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Good Resource

    Cons

    • Limited Appeal

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • In The Car
    • Travel
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about PT 109:

    Good war story on DVD where there was no problems or defects. No special features though, which was kind of disappointing.

     
    3.0

    Excellent movie with good transfer

    By gweyers

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Informative
    • Reliable Research

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers

      Comments about PT 109:

      Not a bad transfer. The film that should get a restoration and BluRay treatment.

       
      5.0

      One of My Favorites

      By Mike

      from Madera, CA

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Entertaining
      • Good Resource
      • Informative
      • Relevant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Perfect Gift

        Comments about PT 109:

        One of my favorite movies.

         
        5.0

        A very good buy!

        By Anne Marie

        from Pennington, NJ

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Entertaining
        • Very Good Quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Perfect Gift
        • Travel

        Comments about PT 109:

        The resolution is of great quality. I am very pleased with the product.

         
        5.0

        Great Movie!

        By phil

        from erie, pa

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Good Resource
        • Informative

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • In The Car
          • Travel
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about PT 109:

          What a good movie. very informative, but very entertaining.

           
          4.0

          A Great Movie Revisited

          By McGee

          from SoCal

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Entertaining
          • Reminiscent

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Perfect Gift

            Comments about PT 109:

            A great reproduction of the film. I remember watching it with my dad on television numerous times when I was young, so I bought this for him. I'm sure he will really enjoy watching it again, and it will remind him of family viewing and talking about the film during commercials!

             
            5.0

            GREAT MOVIE

            By CaptJohn

            from Urbana, MD

            About Me Casual Viewer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Good Resource
            • Informative
            • Relevant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about PT 109:

              They don't make movies like this anymore.

              Displaying reviews 1-10

              Back to top

              Previous | Next »

              Facebook Twitter
              Sign up for our latest news & special offers: