'Men of Honor' leads wave of films with a naval theme

The U.S. Navy sails to the video shelves this spring. "Men of Honor," with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr., arrived in stores this month and leads the way for a number of new releases featuring naval themes.

The movie tells the story of an African-American sailor who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy master diver. With a drive to succeed, he overcomes all obstacles, including his biased training officer, portrayed by De Niro. The story was inspired by the life of Carl Brashear.

The DVD ($29.98) includes the featurette "Master Chief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear," 11 deleted scenes and a never-seen alternate ending, as well as commentaries by director George Tillman Jr. and Gooding.

A wave of videos hit the shelves marking the arrival of "Pearl Harbor," the mega-scale motion picture debuting in theaters May 25.

On Tuesday, Warner Home Video released the documentaries "Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor" (BBC) and "Return With Honor" (PBS). They will be followed by National Geographic's "Legacy of Attack: Pearl Harbor" and "Pearl Harbor: Beyond the Movie," scheduled in stores the week the movie opens.

Several other National Geographic war-related videos are being re-released, including "The Battle for Midway," "The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal," "Search for the Battleship Bismarck" and "Untold Stories of World War II." These videos are priced at $14.95 and are part of Warner's "buy three get one free" promotion. DVDs list for $19.98.

While it's not naval-themed, an interesting and informative six-volume set of "Just the Facts Learning Series: Inventions That Changed Our Lives" is available from GoldHil Home Media. The 30-minute videos look to the past to remind us that the devices and conveniences of today materialized from revolutionary ideas and tireless effort on the part of great inventors. The set is $99.95, or $19.95 each. For more information, call (800) 250-8760).


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