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Force 10 From Navarone [DVD]

Harrison Ford , Robert Shaw    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Carl Weathers, Franco Nero
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUVG2U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Generally under-rated by critics, this 1978 sequel to the famous Guns of Navarone finds a miscellaneous group of commandos and spies trying to hinder the Nazis by destroying a bridge between them and the partisans. The story (based on a novel by Alistair MacLean) has nothing to do with the first film, but it is a tightly woven and entertaining piece with sharp performances and delightful character alliances. Director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger) brings his trademark eye for handsome vistas to the canvas as well, so this is hardly the shoddy and dull knock-off many reviewers have previously suggested. No classic, perhaps, but a lot of fun. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

This semi-sequel to 'The Guns of Navarone' sees the Allied special operations squad Force Ten dispatched on a mission to blow up a bridge vital to the German war effort. In charge of the squad is Major Mallory (Robert Shaw), while the man entrusted with engineering the bridge's destruction is American explosives expert Barnsby (Harrison Ford). However, the mission is put in peril by a traitor amongst the squad's ranks.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super new transfer of the extended version 9 Aug 2005
Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Edward Fox, Carl Weathers, Franco Nero, Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel star in this belated sequel to The Guns of Navarone with Shaw & Fox taking over the Gregory Peck & David Niven roles of Mallory & Miller immediately after the end of the first film. This time around, the Alistair Maclean plot takes our motley crew of heroes on a mission to blow up a bridge vital to the Nazis....but there is a traitor in their midst....
Big thumbs up to Sony for finally releasing this film in an restored & extended anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen version. This is a big BIG improvement over MGM's Region 1 edition, although it loses the fullscreen American theatrical release version which is about 7/8 minutes shorter, and the original theatrical trailer, both of which were present on the R1. Instead we get trailers for "From Here to Eternity," "The Guns of Navarone," and "The Bridge on the River Kwai."
The picture quality on this new Region 2 release is nothing short of superb, with increased sharpness, noticeable lack of grain, and what appears to be corrected colour & contrast too (especially when compared with the R1's non-anamorphic transfer which was very soft and often distractingly grainy with very poor colour & contrast resulting in orangy complexions and lack of detail in shadows). Sound remains in a dual-channel mono track and is very clear indeed, allowing Ron Goodwin's great hummable score full breathing space.
As said above, this is the restored & extended version, although a few scenes have been removed with some re-edited into different portions of the film. In addition, some dialog has removed and some redubbed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remember it! 8 Sep 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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You know, when I first saw this movie many years ago, I was so disappointed - it was such a lame exercise in low quality film making after the superb Guns of Navarone.

However, watching it now, and trying to divorce it from any connection with the original, it really is a much better film than I gave it credit for.

The most obvious difference is that this restored version really does change the whole quality of the transfer, making the scenery stand out the way it should. The widescreen presentation really makes a huge difference over the pan and scan TV version.

But the whole `boys own' adventure nature of the movie is more fun than I remember it too.. and that is the crux of it really - the movie is intended not to be any deep character study, but to capture some of the fun of Maclean's novel. Sure, there is no Gregory Peck and he is keenly missed, but Robert Shaw is great casting as the laconic hero of the novel, and who can forget him delivering that last line as the camera pans back at the end of the movie, when you think all has been accomplished?

Edward Fox is a little grating as a Niven replacement, but really the casting reaches absurdity with Carl Weathers - he might have been popular back in the 80's, but now he looks incredibly out of place in this sort of movie. Harrison Ford looking spookily young, plays his part straight and true, if uninspired, and as if that was not enough we have the always excellent Franco Nero as the ? bad guy, and Barbara Bach as a Partisan member - although it's something of a stretch to believe that they had such beautiful Partisan members getting down and dirty with the fighting while keeping that long hair immaculate, but its all part of the necessary suspension of belief required to get into the spirit of the movie.

No, it's not a classic, but its darn good boys own fun. Well worth a budget purchase for a Saturday afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Force 10 from Navarone is directed by Guy Hamilton and adapted to screenplay by Robin Chapman. It stars Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Edward Fox, Carl Weathers, Franco Nero, Richard Kiel and Barbara Bach. Music is by Ron Goodwin and cinematography by Christopher Challis.

An unnecessary and belated follow up to The Guns of Navarone (1961), Force Ten follows the same formula but doesn't have the class of the earlier movie. It's another men on a mission movie that sees the guys en-route to blow up a dam in Second World War Yugoslavia. Cue a spy in the ranks who needs fleshing out, scrapes and tribulations involving partisans and inevitable capture, and the presence of Weathers' Sergeant Weaver gives the story a whole bunch of racial tension.

Sadly suspense is very much lacking within the two hour running time, director Hamilton (probably under orders) just stringing the plot along in undemanding fashion. There's the usual quota of machismo, although Barbara Bach's token female interest tries to lower the testosterone levels, and Goodwin's brisk militarised score is pleasant enough. Cast performances are credible, with Fox the most watchable, and real Yugoslavian location usage is truly a plus point.

Not awful, just hackneyed and instantly forgettable. File in the DVD cabinet under title "Disposable Men On A Mission Movies". 5/10
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Force 10 From Navarone is a lazy and (very) belated sequel from the will-this-do? school of filmmaking right at the tail-end of the Alistair MacLean `genre.' After this and the barely released Bear Island, it was straight to video for future adaptations. Not that this bears much resemblance to his novel, or even the original film, with Gregory Peck and David Niven replaced by a slumming it Robert Shaw and Edward Fox, more King Edwaaahhhrrrdddd than the Jackal here. They're sent to Yugoslavia to identify and kill the traitor who `blew them' on Navarone - pretty tricky since he's changed from the rat-like Tutte Lemkow into the I'm-too-sexy-for-my-`tache-and-don't-I-know-it Franco Nero - tagging along with a remarkably stilted and uncomfortable young Harrison Ford as the least convincing colonel in the US army who has been sent there to blow up a bridge with his small force of Rangers (you'll never guess their code number). Naturally they end up doing each others jobs, going through the usual run of captures, escapes, bluffs, double-crosses, traitors within, shooty bang-bangs and big explosions (here a dam rather than big guns), all shot as functionally as possible by a complacent Guy Hamilton to the accompaniment of Ron Goodwin's jolly and catchy score.

Fellow Bond veterans Richard Kiel and Barbara Bach are along for the ride, the latter briefly getting out her jubblies for no good reason other than keeping the dads dragged to see this by their kids happy, though Michael Byrne's bemused Nazi probably makes the biggest impression in the supporting cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Force 10 from Navarone

Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British-produced war film loosely based on Alistair MacLean's 1968 novel of the same name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
I have had this film on a VHS tape for about 15 years and have watched it numerous times. It was about time I upgraded it to DVD - hence making this purchase
Published 2 months ago by ploppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Force 10 From Navarone DVD
Brilliant. Had the film on video but video conked out some time ago. A film worth seeing time and time.
Published 3 months ago by Bracon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WW2 Novel
Miller! What would happen to the bridge if it was suddenly hit by several million tons of water? My favourite fraze in this WW2 based movie. Excellent family film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars WAR FILM
Published 13 months ago by black cat
1.0 out of 5 stars This product was incompatible in the Uk
This product came from Quebec Canada and was designated zone 'A' and therefore would not play on my equipment in the UK. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII action movie
Not as classic as The Guns of Naverone ... but a worthy film in its own right. Interesting story of destroying a vital bridge to stop the germans, good action, good cast, worth a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Josh
3.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended!
Comparisons are odious, they say, but are inevitable by the inclusion of Navarone in the title. The Guns of Navarone was a classic. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Speedygee
4.0 out of 5 stars Force 10 from Navorne
A classic war film. How war films should be made without too many special to ruin it. Brillant acting from a team of well known actors and actresses.
Published 20 months ago by Four Star
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a better reputation
This film has never been popular with the critics and certainly doesn't have the reputation of `The Guns' - I can't see why as it's a great World War 2 mission movie. Read more
Published 24 months ago by J & K
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