It’s only a few days until Christopher Nolan’s epic, sweeping masterpiece DUNKIRK is released on DVD, Blu-Ray and other home entertainment platforms and it will be very interesting to see if the transition from huge theatrical screen to home-TV screens has an effect on the film’s enjoyment. The film worked so well in cinemas because it was designed to be seen on the biggest format possible and the limitations of it’s story and plot didn’t matter as audiences were swept away by the spectacle on show.

Christopher Nolan Dunkirk

Director Christopher Nolan recently spoke with the New York Times for their Anatomy of a Scene series, and discussed one of DUNKIRK’s most intense sequences, when the young soldiers find themselves trapped below deck after a torpedo strikes their ship, leaving them trapped in the dark. He had t he following to say on the scene:

“What I was interested in exploring in this scene is based on various first-hand accounts I’ve read of people who got evacuated onto large naval ships,” Nolan said, “they were put down in the hold to maximize the number of people they could get on one ship. But of course what this means is if the boat was bombed these ships would go down very quickly.”

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Nolan continued by saying that; “It’s about darkness, that absolute fear and claustrophobic sense of being trapped with hundreds of other people in a dark space rapidly filling with water. In our research, we looked at what happens to a navy vessel that’s torpedoed and it goes down very very quickly, there’s very little time to think.”

What is admirable about the way Nolan crafts his films is that he tries to keep the action as practically made as possible. One sequence in which a spitfire lands on a beech required the production to go to the lengths of making their location as real and official runway in order to get the shot!

DUNKIRK is released on all good home entertainment platforms on 18th December!