Released in 1965, Operation Crossbow is getting a Blu-ray release courtesy of Warner Bros. It stars Sophia Loren and portrays a fascinating Allied mission to infiltrate a secret Nazi rocket research base and sabotage what could be a war ending weapon.
Operation Crossbow is a different type of war movie, where we get to follow covert operations carried out by gentlemen spies as they go deep into enemy territory. You can tell that this movie lays some groundwork for future movies with similar plots, with a decent amount of tension being built up, even if it is somewhat lacking in action. But hey, not all war movies need to be action packed. This one is a great example of using conversation to great effect to drive a plot line.
One thing to note about this film, is that a majority of it is spoken in German, which makes sense for realism, but can be distracting while watching.
Overall, I don’t have a lot to say about this film, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. The acting was spot on, and, even though it definitely feels like a movie from it’s time, it is still interesting and worth a watch.
As I have come to expect with Warner Bros. restorations, this movie looks really good. I just love how great older movies can look in HD with the proper care.
The Master Audio HD 5.1 channel surround was perfectly serviceable, just not very exciting. I wouldn’t expect or ask for more – this just isn’t the type of movie to have a booming and exciting audio track.
Unfortunately, there are no included special features.
Our Recommendation for Operation Crossbow:
Operation Crossbow gets a great transfer to the format, and is an enjoyable watch, but might not keep the attention of viewers who are expecting a more fast paced spy drama.