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The Sand Pebbles (1966) (Blu-ray) (Region 2) (Import)

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  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Mako
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041M63VS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Danish Edition, PAL/Region 2 Blu-Ray 1080p High Definition Widescreen 2.35:1 - DTS-HD Master Audio: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English. Nominated for eight 1966 Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Steve McQueen and Best Picture, The Sand Pebbles blends explosive action with stirring drama as it tells the tale of war-torn China in 1926, and an American sailor (McQueen) caught in the middle, who has given up trying to make peace with anything - including himself.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2011
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This is one of my favourite films, and now available on blu-ray. The scenery is doubly impressive in this high definition version the picture is sharp and simply perfect. Add in the fabulous plot and great cast this is a real winner. But for me this film really showcases the acting talent of Steve McQueen the only actor who could act by a simple look or facial expression. This is without doubt his finest performance. The film for me is as fresh today as when it was first released. A must have for all serious film collectors.
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A movie made at the time the Vietnam was escalating and beginning to raise questions in America. The parallel is obvious: China in the 1920s was a divided country with foreign powers meddling in its internal affairs and supporting the opposing sides of the civil war. Japan had invaded, the USSR supported the Communists, the Western powers supported the Nationalists. Western powers did not invade but had a military presence on the coast and, as this film shows, inland as well.

It is an anti-colonial film too. It shows how China, while not strictly speaking colonized, had been in fact the object of foreign interference and prevarication for many decades. Yet the film also shows the brutality of the colonialists' victims, with Chinese killing Chinese, sometimes for very little reason.

The human dimension of the film reminds me of Vietnam too. Frenchy falls in love with a Chinese woman and wants to marry her amidst many difficulties, just as it happened for many GIs in Vietnam.

The Blu-ray edition also contains interesting extra features, like an interview with the director and cut scenes, as well as a "the making of" featurette. This was before any CGI of course, so it is interesting to see how special effects were done in those days.
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