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Gold (1974) [Blu-ray]


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Product details

  • Actors: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Peter Hunt
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EWJ69JG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,168 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Roger Moore and Susannah York star in Wilbur Smith`s explosive 1974 international conspiracy thriller, set in the South African goldfields and directed by Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty`s Secret Service). A ruthless global cabal of financial investors plan to manipulate the price of gold on the world market - by sabotaging one of South Africa`s top gold mines and flooding it with millions of gallons of water. All they need is someone to take the blame. Manager Rod Slater (Roger Moore) seems the perfect choice. He s brash, rough and impulsive - just the sort of man to make a fatal mistake. As Slater embarks on an affair with Terry (Suzannah York), the heiress granddaughter of mine owner Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland), the conspiracy tightens all around him and thousands of lives hang by a thread... Based on a best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith and filmed entirely on location in South Africa, Gold is an unforgettable thriller with a breath-taking climax and a fantastic cast which also includes John Gielgud and Bradford Dillman.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Lynas on 11 Feb 2002
Format: DVD
The Film: A fine slice of 1970's hokum, set in the world of South African gold mining. Rod Slater(Roger Moore) becomes general manager of the Sonderditch Mine when his predecessor is killed in an underground accident. It's not long before Slater becomes an unwilling pawn in a conspiracy to flood the mine and raise the price of gold on the world's markets.
It's great entertainment with Moore at his heroic best, aided by Susannah York as the love interest, and quality old school acting from John Gielgud and Ray Milland.
Peter Hunt directs some excellent underground action sequences, but that's hardly surprising....he had previously edited the early James Bond movies, and directed the vastly underrated "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
The music, from veteren Elmer Bernstein is suitably rousing, and the plot (from Wilbur Smith's novel "Gold Mine") keeps yor interest throughout.
The disc: Sadly everything has been spared in this very basic DVD. The picture quality looks as if it has been transfered direct from video, and the widescreen impact is totally lost in a 4:3 presentation. Extras ? None in sight! The film is the full, uncut version, so that is something to be grateful for at least.
This great adventure movie has been long overdue for DVD (or even video) release....such a shame it hasn't been treated with the respect it deserves.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A.Viewer on 4 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
At last this 1970's adventure film, from Wilbur Smith's novel "Gold Mine", gets a widescreen release, with only poor quality, full screen releases being previously available, including several different but equally poor US versions.

The film is now in its original 2.35:1 ratio, anamorphically enhanced and with a pretty decent transfer. It has 20 chapter stops, but no extras other than a rather pointless ten picture "image gallery".

Elmer Bernstein's score is particularly note-worthy and would well deserve a CD release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A group of high-flying businessmen plan to have 'South Africa's' largest
gold mine flooded to inflate the gold prices world wide, making a financial
killing, to ensure success they have the mines chairman's son-in-law 'Manfred
Steyner' in their pocket.
When the mines general manager dies by accident whilst working in the mine,
'Manfred' has lost his on-site puppet.
'Manfred' manages to persuade father-in-law 'Hurry Hirschfeld' to appoint
'Rod Slater' a young contender for the post,'Manfred' believes the cavalier
attitude of the new appointment will be the ideal candidate to attribute
blame to when the plan to 'blast' and flood the mine succeeds.
The film builds up toward a tense and gripping conclusion.
The picture quality on 'blu-ray' is superior to the DVD version, the sound
has been enhanced to a satisfactory level.
The story is of corruption and greed with a total disregard for the lives
that would be lost if the plan succeeds.
Enjoyable, well worth a spin.
There is little in the way of additional features.....just a 'Roger Moore'
documentary and trailers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Dec 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Gold certainly comes over better in widescreen than it does in the cropped and edited TV and Public Domain prints that have been floating around for years. The first of Roger Moore's trio of South African shot adventures (along with Shout at the Devil and The Wild Geese), it's very much of its time: this being the mid-70s, the villains are easy to spot - they're the ones who wash their hands, don't smoke and aren't any good in the sack - while the good guys aren't afraid of a little dirt or sleeping with the boss's wife. Along with Moore the credits are littered with many of the regular Bond team most of whom would go through the same flooding-the-mine routine again in A View To a Kill - but then, since the film's hiking-up-the-price-of-gold premise is borrowed from Goldfinger (albeit a tad more credible than setting off a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox), there's no real cause for complaint. Like Elmer Bernstein and Jimmy Helms' title song, it's not subtle but it's an entertaining two hours if it catches you in the right mood.

Finally available in its original widescreen ratio on an English-friendly DVD in Germany and in a UK release from SlamDunk Media after years of terrible fullframe releases from Public Domain labels, there are no extras apart from a poorly reproduced stills gallery. Odeon's 2013 Blu-ray release also offers the film in its original 2.35:1 ratio in a good but not outstanding transfer, faring better on the extras front - the original theatrical trailer and a 45-minute mid-80s US documentary on Roger Moore.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "bookworm1169" on 12 April 2005
Format: DVD
This is a very fine movie, well acted, good plot, excellent location. However, this DVD is the worst quality production I have ever seen in a commercial pressed DVD. Its miriad faults include:
* Appalling colour balance. Most of the film could be in sepia monochrome, and you would not tell the difference.
* Heavily cropped from the original panavision 2.35:1 to 4:3, so that just about half of the frame is lost. This makes several scenes just background to the action taking place (invisibly) to the sides.
* The penultimate scene is badly pressed, giving the first pressed DVD I have ever viewed that would not play without fault. A 15 second pause with blocky representation of a frame, followed by the next scene some actual six minutes later in the movie.
* Poor sound quality.
* Poor focus.
I suspect that the producers of this DVD used a seventh generation copy of the original film, not the master, or even a first generation copy. I completely fail to understand why the film was so heavily and unnecessarily cropped.
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