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Who Dares Wins [Blu-ray] [1982]

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  • Actors: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Edward Woodward, Richard Widmark
  • Directors: Ian Sharp, Produced by Euan Lloyd
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TVT5K0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins - The Professionals and Edward Woodward - The Equalizer.

The anti-nuclear movement is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the SAS. Captain Peter Skellen (Collins) risks his career, his family and his life to infiltrate the terrorist group before they can unleash an attack that will devastate the country.

Relive a classic cold war thrill ride which remains relevant to this day... Who Dares Wins, a violent lesson in how to deal with the enemy within.


In an uncanny piece of art imitating life, Who Dares Wins came out in 1982 just after the infamous storming of the Iranian Embassy by the legendary British Special Air Services (SAS) unit. The plot builds up to that unshakeable image of black-clad troops abseiling the front of a stately home and smashing through the windows, and pays off expectations with a thrilling finale. Anyone expecting two hours of military instruction will be disappointed however. After the opening 10 minutes with the troops, the almost James-Bond-like story follows Lewis Collins (riding high in those days after TV's The Professionals) as he infiltrates a radical anti-Nuclear society. Operation: Destroy requires him to go undercover with their potentially insane leader Frankie (Judy Davis), ignoring his wife and child. The period detail is often the film's most entertaining feature as Collins tours across 1980s London constantly eluding spies on his tail. Apart from the endless permed hairdos and the fact that the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament hasn't got much to demonstrate about these days, there's the fashions and low-tech gadgetry to enjoy. In the US the film was called The Final Option.

The DVD includes a photo gallery, and a history of the SAS. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By PJL on 10 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I have loved this film for many years and to have the widescreen special edition is just great, all previous issues having been 4:3 format. As others have stated, this film just works almost DESPITE itself! By that I mean that that it isn't by any means a great film - the script often leaves much to be desired, and the plot is somewhat simplistic - but for all that it is fantastically entertaining and fun. I would say it is uniquely British and has a charm in the same sense as, for example, the "Carry On" movies. If you like British films in general, and particularly the more "vintage" variety, then you will almost certainly appreciate this. One of those comparatively rare instances when a fims supposed "failings" actually add something almost intangible but nevertheless greatly boost its entertainment value. In my opinion this is British cinema at its most entertaining.

As a footnote to those who do not realise it, the Blue-ray issue also contains an identical issue on DVD, and this is what the "2 disc" reference is about. Somewhat confusing, as no mention is made of this in the product decription on Amazon or for that matter on the front of the disc case! I suspect most people will therefore think that it is simply a Blue-ray release! Very odd marketing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Inspired by the SAS's spectacular solution to the 1980's Iranian embassy siege in London, there's a decent 50-minute episode of The Professionals trying to escape from Who Dares Wins, but unfortunately producer Euan Lloyd is much more interested in turning it into a big political statement than delivering a satisfying torn-from-the-headlines exploitation flick. Which is a big problem for someone with as bizarre and confused political views as Lloyd - this was, after all, a man who made a film about mercenaries killing innocent people to rescue Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison because people should stop going on about Nazi war crimes that happened years ago. This time his target is the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament: he may change their name to the People's Lobby for legal reasons, but makes sure the symbolism is all at the forefront, even down to casting Kenneth Griffith as a Bruce Kent figure and shooting scenes at some of their ban the bomb rallies. In Lloyd's book the CND were a bigger menace than any of the legitimate terrorist groups he could have chosen for his baddies, a bunch of kill-crazy homicidal fanatics and bad performance artists backed by a consortium of those natural allies Arab terrorists, neo-Nazis, Christians, Marxists and the Labour Party and determined to start World War Three by firing a nuclear missile at the Holy Loch submarine base in Scotland "in the name of peace." And unfortunately all too often it's the Daily Mail politics which occupy centre-stage rather than action scenes, which are fairly few and far between, turning what should have been a decent Boys Own adventure film along the lines of his earlier The Wild Geese into something that even the UK Independence Party might think was a bit too silly for one of their party political broadcasts.Read more ›
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Norton on 26 July 2010
Format: DVD
A punchy British action flick from the same people who brought you punchy British action flicks "The Wild Geese" and "The Sea Wolves". SAS Captain Peter Skellern (Lewis Collins) is assigned to infiltrate an anti-nuclear terrorist group, the Revolution for Peace movement of the People's Lobby, as it prepares a spectacular publicity coup by taking top-level US and British dignataries hostage at a dinner in London and threatening to execute them unless a nuclear missile is fired - "in the name of peace" - at the US submarine base at Holy Loch. When negotiations stall and one of the hostages is killed, the SAS are sent in to rescue the others. That is the film in a nutshell. It isn't sophisticated, it isn't subtle, and if you are a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament then you may have a claim to feeling personally slighted. But as a solid action movie, "Who Dares Wins" is excellent - yes, it could very easily be taken as a feature-length episode of "The Professionals", although it would be unfair to say that Collins is merely reprising his Bodie role; Captain Skellern is for starters married (to Rosalind Lloyd) with a child, and while this doesn't stop him from being a complete tart for Queen and Country it does call for a little less smirking glibness than we got with the unattached, carefree Bodie. Skellern has more cares.
It is not action all-the-way, and this is to the film's advantage because, contrary to what some have said, "Who Dares Wins" is not gung-ho. The SAS are portrayed simply as a body of men doing the job they are ordered to do. Indeed, as the SAS Commanding Officer (a crisp Tony Doyle) explains in the early stages of the film: "When we are called to do a job, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It is a filthy and difficult job.
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Format: Blu-ray
This review refers to the Arrow blu ray release. Film: 4 stars. Blu ray picture quality: 2 stars (at best).
A highly enjoyable action film where the pace and interest is maintained throughout the film by tight editing, good acting, a credible script and some uplifting action sequences, especially the helicopter sequences in the armed raid of the US Ambassador's residence. This is Lewis Collins's finest hour as he confidently fits the part of Skellen, an SAS Captain perfectly. Also good to see the familiar faces of Patrick Allen and Edward Woodward playing minor roles. I also enjoyed the rare sequence where Ingrid Pitt as a female terrorist fights with a mother who is protecting her baby against Ingrid. The choice language uttered in the struggle was beautifully realised by Ms Pitt! Classic!
Now for the down side - the picture quality. This has to be one of the poorest blu rays I have played. The picture shows no sign of any restoration, with a lack of sharpness that appeared blurred for most of the playing time, (almost as if the three primary colours of the Panavision system had 'slipped'?). I was disgusted with Arrow for having the cheek to release such a poor level of quality while boasting "High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation". By comparison Network's current release of The Professionals series is FAR superior than this 'quick buck' release. I have played better looking DVDs than this release. These comments are made having evaluated the blu ray through a pj system. This pathetic release comes nowhere near to what is possible on blu ray (eg Vertigo or To Catch a Thief, both far older films). I will be very wary of ever trusting Arrow in any more blu ray releases. Arrow take note and start spending money on some restoration work. This Arrow release is shameful.
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