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55 Days At Peking [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Charlton Heston , Ava Gardner , Nicholas Ray , Andrew Marton    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson, John Ireland
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray, Andrew Marton
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and the support of the Boxers by the Chinese Empress and her generals.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood: Fin de Siècle 6 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
This epic, set in China at the beginning of the twentieth century, has everything: top-notch Hollywood stars, including David Niven, Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner--to all appearances, still in their prime; magnificent costumes and sets; high production standards; thrilling action scenes, and a cast of thousands without computer generation. In fact, they just don't make 'em like this anymore!

Particularly memorable are the opening scenes in which each of the foreign legations at Peking--including the British, French, German, American, Russian, and Japanese [all the usual suspects] are raising their flags at dawn, to a cacophony of competing national anthems (a scene echoed at the end, when after pulling together for 55 days against a common enemy--the Harmonious Fists, or Boxers--the besieged foreigners revert ominously to their separatist ways. Equally interesting are the scenes in the beautifully recreated Forbidden City at the court of the Manchu Empress, whom the incomparable Flora Robsen invests with sympathy as well as inscrutability. Robert Helpmann, the great premier danseur of the Royal Ballet, plays the sinister prince Tuan, and Leo Genn performs the role of his rival, the general Wen Lu, who has conducted a secret love affair with the enchanting Russian Countess (Gardner), whose reputation has been consequently ruined [It seems to me that some of Genn's scenes have unfortunately been cut or lost with the passage of time].

The transfer to DVD is sharp and does not seem to have diminished in color, and the sound is excellent with one important exception. Lamentably, Dimtri Tiomkin's musical score, which accompanies the opening titles has not been re-mastered properly, and it sounds tinny and wobbles slightly off tune.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Print I have ever seen 19 Feb 2010
This if by far the best print of 55 Days At Peking I have ever seen. With the Intermission included and great song at the end. Beautiful wide-screen transfer with brilliant colours as well as audio. Thoroughly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning transfer! 11 April 2014
By Pilou
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
55 Days at Peking is already one of these classics all lovers of such should or will have in their DVD library. But the Blu Ray version is something else. I received mine yesterday and as I started to watch the movie I simply couldn't stop marveling at the sharp details, the vivid colours and the stunning level of granularity of the Blu Ray transfer.

A must-have in my opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore! 4 Jun 2014
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A domestic sect called Boxers take it upon themselves to terrorize the foreign element in 1900 China. The Dowager Empress (Flora Robson) unofficially supports their attempts to ouster the foreigners (colonialism was still very much part of the landscape) who all reside in a guarded compound. But the league of nations under the leadership of a British diplomat (David Niven) stands its ground. It's just a matter of time before a full out rebellion begins. One of the last of the great movie epics, this is the kind of movie making that we'll never see the likes of again. The producer Samuel Bronston actually built the entire city of Peking in Spain and there are no CGI effects. When you see see a thousand Chinese attacking the compound, those are a thousand humans not 100 people multiplied via CGI to look like a thousand. Though the film's sympathies lie with the foreign legations, the screenplay allows us to see the Chinese point of view and their frustration at how foreign powers are dividing up China like a pie. The romantic narrative between a U.S. Marine (Charlton Heston) and a Russian baroness (Ava Gardner) isn't very compelling but the action set pieces are first rate. I'm not sure how much of the film can be called a Nicholas Ray film. Though he is the only credited director, there are allegations the film was finished by other hands when he had a breakdown. Whatever ... it remains an enjoyable picture of its kind. A marvelous score by Dimitri Tiomkin. With John Ireland, Leo Genn, Paul Lukas, Harry Andrews, Kurt Kasznar, Elizabeth Sellars, Robert Helpmann and Jacques Sernas.

The Anchor Bay blu is a stunning wide screen transfer from a 70 millimeter negative of the original Roadshow release.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray.I loved it. 13 Jun 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This review is a technical issue as the story of the film has been covered well by other reviewers.
Lovely transfer to High Definition of the film, vision and sound..However the disc,released by Anchor Bay is bare bones and no extras at all, not even a trailer, except, a comparison between the original negative and the restoration. However, it's the film that is the most important. All the Samuel Bronston block busters have now been done on B/R.
This is how an epic should be made. Good crew, art direction, excellent script with dry humour intersperced within the dramatics.Thousands of extras, top stars, acting and not just speaking the lines. Massive sets, being destroyed with no computer enhancements. To boot, music by Dimitri Tiomkin that varies with the action on screen, not wall to wall music composed for modern films, that one could fit into any film genre. This film and many others of the period have stood up for around 50 years, I wonder if in 50 years time wether films made today, will be restored for the then modern audiences. I have just watched the film again and it's one heck of an thrilling, epic adventure. You could not wish for a better quality transfer.John Paul Jones [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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1.0 out of 5 stars Anchor Bay sucks
Are you kidding me? All the money spent to produce this classic film on Blu-ray and they couldn't include subtitles for the hearing impaired so that I and many others could enjoy... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Adrian Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars chinese magic
great adventure yarn with Charlton Heston and ava gardner, not forgetting the very reliable david niven grand stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A perfect transaction, all good.
Published 6 days ago by joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Best print yet.
Loved it - the quality of the transfer is the best print I have seen. Vivid colors and superb sound that bring this Samuel Bronston classic back to life. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RobertoGreenPoint
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good road show version of the film
A very good road show version of the film. Taken from the original 70mm print the clarity and colour is exceptional.
Published 23 days ago by Nicholas M. Tash
5.0 out of 5 stars 70mm Epic At Its Best!!!!!
70mm at its best this has to be the best version ever of this great movie, colour photography at its best Super Technirama 70mm to be precise by Jack Hildyard and what a music... Read more
Published 25 days ago by cinemascope
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great epics in movies history
This movie is just fantastic if you good give ten stars I would>The blu transfer is just amazing every detail is as clear as crystal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flicky Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Blu-Ray transfer, good story subject plenty of action if you like this type of history film.
Published 1 month ago by EDDIE LOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very fast service, exactly as described.
Published 2 months ago by P MCKENNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An extremely good quality version of the classic film. The picture quality is superb.
Published 2 months ago by modiolus
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