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Gold [1973] [DVD]

Roger Moore , Susannah York , Peter Hunt    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Peter Hunt
  • Producers: Mike Klinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0JQ8C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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PETER HUNT'S CULT CLASSIC COMES TO LIFE WITH A ROUSING ELMER BERNSTEIN SCORE,ALSO STARS SIR JOHN GIELGUD AND SUSANNAH YORK.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure story, sadly mistreated 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen at last! 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "GOLD" starring Roger Moore et al. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE PRICE OF 'GOLD' 14 Nov 2013
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by John Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars gold bluray.
Great film quality bluray
Published 1 month ago by goldeneye ;-)
5.0 out of 5 stars love it i love this film
this film ive been hunting for for a long time couldn't wait to watch this film again great delivery as well
Published 2 months ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture Improvement
Picture quality much better than my old DVD. Movie may not be Oscar quality but enjoyable and good to see Roger in another role.
Published 3 months ago by Hering Choker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 'old style' adventure thriller
Some aspects are a little dated, but then the film did come out in the 1970's so some of the dress 'sense' is a little off. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aremess
4.0 out of 5 stars U r gold gold
Mr Eyebrows does it again. You could prop the mine and the story up with those brows.

A great yarn excellent cinematography and a great role well acted by Moore and a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by cm
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD THRILLER
VERY GOOD FILM TO ENJOY AT LEISURE , VERY GOOD ACTING BY ROGER MOORE AND OTHER ACTORS AND ACTRESSES , WELL RECOMMENDED
Published 7 months ago by Mr. David F. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars action in the mines
acdo love a good action film all of the way down in the mines the bad guys
were making sure it would all go wrong and along comes mr slater to
save the day great stuff
Published 9 months ago by roy
2.0 out of 5 stars Moore -Bond
Made by the Bond production team. This is not so much Moore doing a different type of movie away from the Bond stable between the lucrative Bond productions(Was made between Live... Read more
Published 19 months ago by One view
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid action fare
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... Read more
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