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The Charge Of The Light Brigade [DVD] [1968]

Trevor Howard , Vanessa Redgrave , Tony Richardson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett
  • Directors: Tony Richardson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07QCG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,836 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A Bengal Lancer and his brother are posted to the Crimea where an over zealous army officer starts the Balaclava charge to even an old score with an enemy on the other side. Tony Richardson's historical epic (based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about Britain's role in the Crimean War) has an undeniable 60s look and feel and features several animation sequences by Richard Williams.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The blunder remains 4 Nov 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A truly superb film, but this still isn't the full version and is the same cut as the inexcusable BFI release. The full version (a different cut) has been shown on several occasions by BBC2 so why could this not be sourced for the DVD?
Missing, is an extension of the early wedding scene losing a metaphorical song: "Gaily goes the ship when the wind blows fair' and a later night scene where Raglan is almost shot by a picket.
Greatest loss though, is the scene where Nolan and Morris thoughtlessly rob three NCO's of their breakfasts, particularly Norman Rossington's character who has previously suffered a flogging and demotion out of loyalty to Nolan.
This was a major film in its day and I recall much publicity and a 'making of' feature, so why can't MGM put out a full version including commentaries by surviving members of the production?
If ever a classic film deserved a special edition its this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Charge of the Light Brigade 4 Aug 2004
I would have given this 5 stars, had it not been for the fact that this film has been quite severely cut, with various scenes edited out from the original cinema release. This was presumably done to include the extra 28 minutes of 'extras' such as the irrelevant 1912 featurette. This is a great shame, as this film should have been shown in its entirety as it is a film deserving of recognition. A missed opportunity
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Where Oh Where is the uncut version ...... 19 May 2009
......... I have now acquired two versions of this brilliant film only to be disappointed by the senseless cutting ........ again in this version the wedding scene between Clarissa (Vanessa Redgrave) and William Morris (Mark Burns) has been cut to the bearest intention and fails dismally in projecting the viewer into the cultural glimpse of Victorian England and the comradery and 'glue' of the Regimental social structure as depicted in the original Richardson ........ where paymaster Duberly (Peter Bowles) plays the piano mounted on a hay rick ... CUT ........ the picket scene where Raglan (Sir John Geilgud) has is hat shot through is vital for establishing the charatcter of Raglan and enlightening the viewer about the social structure of the Victorian officer corps and the anomolies of command by placing inept officers by recommendation of family and title rather than by (h)ability (Mog- Alan Dobie) ....... CUT .......the scene where Nolan(David Hemmings) and Morris (Mark Burns) are out riding beyond the Allied piquet lines and come across three troopers cooking breakfast, among them trooper Corbett of the 17th Lancers, nee Sergeant Major 11th Hussars (Norman Rossington) flogged, broken and disgraced by the unscrupulous Cardigan (Trevor Howard) when he refused to spy on Nolan at Cardigans order and made Cardigans intention known to Nolan ..... now has his breakfast pinched by Nolan and Morris ...... adding injury to insult !!! ...... important in establishing the general disregard of the enlisted man's sensibilites by the officer class at this time ... interestingly dressed as comradery .. CUT ... the second flogging scene where the trooper (Credit unknown)found asleep on Guard Duty is flogged ........ Read more ›
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You've Lost the Light Brigade. 26 Sep 2007
Even in its abused, neglected state (hence the four-star rating instead of five) Richardson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" is still a fantastic piece of cinema and a sadly overlooked classic in the same league as the wonderful "Oh, What a Lovely War". At a time when most modern young British directors regularly churn out terrible mockney gangster flicks, wet rom-coms or stagnant period dross it seems such a shame that this bold example of British cinema should suffer such a fate. Sir David Puttnam even recently stated how extremely angry he was that Light Brigade remains completely ignored as the quality piece of cinematic art that it obviously is.

Richardson himself had planned this film as his masterpiece but became so disillusioned with the reaction to his work that he mercilessly hacked out huge amounts of footage (including a sequence showing the charge by the heavy brigade) that had editor Kevin Brownlow weeping in frustration. In an age when tons of utter cinematic bilge is showcased in sparkling new prints with dolby-surround sound and released on DVD with hours of documentaries, trailers and director's commentaries it is about time that "Charge of the Light Brigade" was rescued, restored and re-issued in all its full FOUR hour glory (if all that extra footage still survives of course).

I want storyboards, interviews with cinematographer David Watkin (who scoured dusty old camera cupboards all over London looking for period lenses that would add a Victorian patina to the terrific photography). Add in all the production artwork that's fit to print, a whole section dedicated to Richard Williams' magical animated segments and other documentaries that span two discs. Maybe then some long overdue justice can be done in honour of this brilliant film. The BFI should hang its collective head in shame.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly great film on a disappointing DVD 23 July 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
"They will not fight unless they are flogged to it. Would you ask that of them? Would you ask they fight like fiends of Hell for money? Or h'ideas? That would be unchristian."

The Charge of the Light Brigade is one of those films that disappointed me on a first viewing (like many, I was expecting an epic adventure film) but which I love more each time I see it.

Charles Wood's delicious use of language makes the dialog a joy to listen to, and for the most part the performances do it justice - not just the likes of Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews and John Gielgud's delightfully vague Lord Raglan, but also the smaller roles like Norman Rossington's broken Sergeant and Alan Dobie's impoverished officer Mogg, who makes up in jovial and ignorant arrogance what he lacks in wit. It's an astonishingly ambitious film, and for the most part succeeds, painting a portrait not just of a time and place but a whole state of mind - it's not just the bungles of the Crimean War and the casual cruelty of the army in Richardson's sights but the blind stupidity of Britain's entire Victorian class system.

The film is even brave enough to have its nominal hero, David Hemmings' Captain Nolan, be as inadvertently unsympathetic as the superiors he rails against - he might seem more enlightened, but he'll still thoughtlessly finish off his men's breakfast (in one of several scenes cut for this DVD) or push away a wounded soldier. As careless with his men as Raglan is, you can see his point when he dreads the day when professional soldiers like Nolan will run a modern army - "It will be a sad day for England when her armies are led by men who know too well what they are doing- it smacks of murder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Slightly disappointed as DVD was not the advertised packaging as the picture
Published 17 hours ago by Robin spink
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
I was really disappointed by the quality of this film. I intended using the footage for a presentation but it was not good enough.
Published 9 months ago by Abdullah
2.0 out of 5 stars dissappointed
this is a fantastic film my all time favourite however the quality of the DVD was very poor the picture was constantly breaking up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by eric holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody nonsense
The Charge of the Light Brigade (Tony Richardson, 1968, 139')

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Published 15 months ago by Dr René Codoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Some rough edges but worth it.
The film's faults don't glare at me in the way they seem to have others. It's just a great film and a pleasure to see again after so many years.
Published 17 months ago by richard m thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Charge of the Light Brigade
Finally got it,but it does not play on my DVD player.I suspect it is set for the US format which is different from UK.
Not a lot I can do about it.Suggestions please!
Published 18 months ago by Jeff Wild
3.0 out of 5 stars charge of the light brigade
The 30s version butchered history but had a sensational cavalry charge whereas this one is fairly historically accurate but has a lacklustre charge (probably because they couldn't... Read more
Published 19 months ago by pete melvets
3.0 out of 5 stars a dvd
Its a typical bbritish made film doe in the 60s not a lot of action personally more of a personal storyline.
Published 19 months ago by philip leyland
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear.......
I have to agree with all those who recommend NOT buying this DVD. They are all perfectly correct. The quality of this transfer is actually far poorer than I can do myself with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. P. Comber
2.0 out of 5 stars WHA..?
This film has just been recommended to me by Amazon as a western!

On what planet, in which universe is this a western?

So, no real review, just confusion. Read more
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