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North West Frontier [Blu-ray] [1959] [US Import]

Herbert Lom , Kenneth More    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Herbert Lom, Kenneth More, I.S. Johar, Eugene Deckers
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007MCPN92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In North West Frontier [1959], a British Army Officer struggles to protect a young Royal Prince in India at the turn of the century, and his efforts lead him on a 300 mile danger-filled journey. Stars Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall and Herbert Lom.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Indian adventure 2 Aug 2004
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Kenneth More is a British Army officer charged with taking a young Hindu prince to safety from Moslem rebels seeking the prince's death. With him is Lauren Bacall as the prince's American governess. They are obliged to make use of an ancient steam engine to take them on the hazardous journey. More and Bacall are both excellent in their roles, and there are great performances too from Wilfrid Hyde White as a dithery elderly bachelor, Urusla Jeans as a courageous Memsahib, Eugene Deckers as a sauve arms dealer, and Herbert Lom as a Eurasian journalist with a chip on his shoulder. The best performance in the film though is by I.S. Johar as the engine driver devoted to Victoria, his rusty old engine. Their hazardous journey is almost unbearably exciting, with one peril after another to surmount, not to mention the possibility of a traitor in their midst. The best line in the film comes at the end, where I.S. Johar is being carried off wounded and says triumphantly to Moore "they said Victoria was finished, no good except but for shunting, let them speak now. We showed them!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP TIP FOR BLU RAY REGION B WORRIERS 9 Feb 2013
Okay so you have just purchased this Blu Ray and are unsure if you can get it to work.
You put the Blu Ray in and hit play, and to your horror, it has come up that it is region A only and your blu ray player doesn't support this blu ray.

Try this trick. I have just read about it online and it worked for me.

Hit stop. So you exit from the status completely and go back to your start screen of the blu ray player. Hit 'top menu'. For some reason it will bypass the region coding page and allow you to watch the blu ray.

It works on my Panasonic blu ray player, when i was upset i couldn't watch the movie and now i am watching it as i type.

Hope this helps others.


As for the film, perfect storyline, script, acting, actors and time when they were making movies. What more could you want?

5 out of 5.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Adventure 26 Jun 2004
From the day as young boy when my late father took me to see this film on the cinema when it was first released, it has always stuck in my mind, for the "Indian English", spoken by the engine driver played by the Indian actor I S Johar.
Set on the Northwest Frontier of India in the days of the British Raj, Kenneth More plays the role of a British officer, tasked with taking a 5 year old Indian Prince to safety, 300 miles away from the a town under siege by rebels to safety.
With the last train already gone,Keneth Moore discovers an old railway engine driven by Gupta(I S Johar),It's Indian engine driver. The story them revolves around, the breakout, of the train from the beseieged town, and It's subsecquent journey to safety. Several other well known actors, Herbert Lom, Lauren Bacall, and Wilfred Hyde White, contribute to various sub plots within the the main story.
If there's anyone who's not seen it, and you love a classic British adventure, this is it!.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
In one of my favourite action/adventure films, Kenneth More gives one of his best-ever performances, ably supported by a sprightly supporting cast including Lauren Bacall and the inimitable Wilfrid Hyde-White. The direction by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone) is lean with little pause for breath or thought and the action scenes themselves put a lot of other films to shame!
The picture quality on this DVD is leagues ahead of the VHS; its pin sharp, in its original CinemaScope 2.35:1 aspect ratio but sadly not anamorphically enhanced. But as this is the first time I've seen it in its full widescreen glory I'm not complaining!
One to keep and treasure.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This film has been available on three dvds.I have owned all three:the 2004 release pictured here,the MGM Region 1 release 2009 and the Kenneth More Icon Box set release from 2007.

In a direct comparison,with two dvd players, the Kenneth More Icon Box Set release is the absolute winner.The 2004 release is totally washed out,colour wise,in comparison and is not anamorphically enhanced to maximise resolution.The MGM Region 1 release is anamorphic but again colour wise is still washed out,and has been contrast boosted which removes the subtle detail of the image.

Amazon UK sell the Kenneth More Icon Box Set for a bargain price,and the set includes other fine films as well.A hearty recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating adventure 16 Mar 2011
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I love this kind of movies, I must admit. The plot has been finely developed and the action is really amusing. Besides, the cast, needless to say, is outstanding (Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall). Sound and colour are astonishing. Highly recommendable for those who like action in British India and places like that. Roberto Mehaudy from Argentina
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FLAME OVER INDIA... 20 Jan 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This British film, released in the United States under the name "Flame OVer India", takes place in India in 1905, during the time of the British Raj. As usual, there is some insurrection taking place in the Northwest frontier, and a Captain Scott (Kenneth Moore) is charged with taking a young Indian crown prince, along with Catherine Wyatt (Lauren Bacall), his American governess, to safety. The prince is a Hindu, and it seems that some Muslim rebels wish to kill him.
Captain Scott, who keeps a stiff upper lip at all times, commissions an old wreck of a train with an illustrious name, The Empress of India, to get him and his charges to safety. They board this train with several others, both British and Indian, one of whom harbors a traitorous secret. As the train chugs along several hundred miles towards safety, this hardy band is beset by insurrectionist ambushes, train trouble, and the machinations of the traitor amongst them.
Kenneth Moore is full of British derring-do as the beleaguered Captain who is nearly undone by the enemy within. Lauren Bacall, as a governess, seems a little like a fish out of water, but manages to hang onto her role. I. S. Johar is delightful in the role of Gupta, the loyal native train conductor who comically struggles with his English. Wilfrid Hyde-White is endearing in the role of Bridie, the quintessential British civil servant. Ursula Jeans is charming as the stalwart and resolute Lady Windham. Herbert Lom is appropriately sinister as the half-Dutch, half-Indian journalist, who has very decided views on British colonialism, as well as a secret agenda.
This is a gripping, action packed, old-fashioned adventure film that should appeal to all those who enjoy Anglo-Indian themes, as well as those who enjoy a well-written and well-acted film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling epic.
Great movie, great actors and great scenery, most enjoyable. A great fan of Kenneth More and Lauren Bacall.
Published 17 hours ago by P. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best films.
Published 2 days ago by J. H. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with a good cast.
Great film with a good cast. I've seen it several times and enjoyed it each time. It's a real Boy's Own type adventure and Kenneth More as usual is excellent in the lead.
Published 11 days ago by Robert Frowde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great, never seen it before, I'll definitely watch it again, first class.
Published 23 days ago by J.Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good classic film
Published 1 month ago by Y. C. Ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars NORTH WEST FRONTIER
Published 3 months ago by black cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia!
Remembered seeing this film when it first came out and loved it. Wanted to see it again to see how I felt this ti,e! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kim Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated
this is one film that seems to be forgotten about but is one good watch. Well acted, and a good story.
Published 5 months ago by Macjim
4.0 out of 5 stars treat
Bought for my husband and me for a treat. Fab film and a great Sunday afternoon viewing. Well worth the purchase.
Published 5 months ago by Carol Howells
5.0 out of 5 stars a snapshot of the British Empire - a 'steam 'Stagecoach'
Great film, action packed and exciting with an excellent cast. More is ideally cast as he had the cheery truculence that characterised that type of Imperial Britisher (John Mills... Read more
Published 5 months ago by pete melvets
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