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Gold [1973] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Peter Hunt
  • Producers: Mike Klinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roger Moore and Ray Milland star in this 1970s action drama. Rod Slater (Moore) becomes involved in a web of intrigue following a rock fall at a South African gold mine owned by Harry Hirschfeld (Milland), in which general manager and veteran miner Frank Lemmer (Norman Coombes) is killed. Hirschfield's managing director, Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), is plotting with financier Farrell (John Gielgud) to flood the Big Dyke, thus destroying the mine and raising the value of gold worldwide, and tricks Slater into excavating the seam of gold beyond the river. Meanwhile, Slater becomes passionately involved with Steyner's wife (Susannah York), unaware that the scheme hatched by her husband will result in his death.

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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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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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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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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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Fairly exciting adventure yarn filmed in South Africa during the apartheid regime. A syndicate headed by John Gielgud conspires with the son in law (Bradford Dillman) of a wealthy gold mine owner (Ray Milland) to destroy the mine thus enabling the syndicate to profit in share dealing. The general manager (Roger Moore) of the mine is unaware of this and is being used as a dupe by Dillman. In addition to Moore who was playing James Bond at the time, the film utilizes several other Bond personnel including its director Peter Hunt (ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE), film editor John Glen (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) and title designer Maurice Binder (DR. NO). Their combined particular talents give the film a polish it may not have had in other hands. Outside of the usual noble black man who sacrifices his life to save the white hero storyline, it's good solid action fare. Strong score by Elmer Bernstein which includes the Oscar nominated song Wherever Love Takes Me sung by Maureen McGovern. With Susannah York, Tony Beckley and Simon Sabela.

After years of inferior pan and scan public domain prints, it's a treat to have the film in its original wide screen 2.35 aspect ratio. Thank you, Slam Dunk Media!
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