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The Lost Patrol [DVD]

Victor McLaglen , Boris Karloff , John Ford    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, Wallace Ford
  • Directors: John Ford
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Ford s epic story of boiling passions amongst the burning sands, in which twelve battered, fighting men battle it out to the death. Set during the First World War, a small British Army group is set out on a mission to the Mesopotamian desert but disaster strikes when their commanding officer is shot by an Arab sniper. Unaware of their intended destination, their Sergeant (Victor McLagen) takes charge and decides to head north to meet up with their brigade. Sheltering at an oasis, they wake up the next morning to discover their lookout dead and their camp surrounded by Arab tribesmen. Left at the mercy of the Arabs and being slowly picked off one-by-one, the men begin to crack under the desert heat and life-or-death situation. As their supplies run low Sanders (Boris Karloff) begins to doubt his sanity but unbeknownst to the soldiers a rescue patrol is only days away...

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John Ford`s epic story of boiling passions amongst the burning sands, in which twelve battered, fighting men battle it out to the death. Set during the First World War, a small British Army group is set out on a mission to the Mesopotamian desert but disaster strikes when their commanding officer is shot by an Arab sniper. Unaware of their intended destination, their Sergeant (Victor McLagen) takes charge and decides to head north to meet up with their brigade. Sheltering at an oasis, they wake up the next morning to discover their lookout dead and their camp surrounded by Arab tribesmen. Left at the mercy of the Arabs and being slowly picked off one-by-one, the men begin to crack under the desert heat and life-or-death situation. As their supplies run low Sanders (Boris Karloff) begins to doubt his sanity but unbeknownst to the soldiers a rescue patrol is only days away...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and well directed 16 Feb 2013
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John Ford made this solid directorial effort whilst still making his way up the Hollywood ladder. It has a solid cast, a solid story (british soldiers lost in the desert) and despite some now cliche'd dialogue it is still very watchable due to the excellent direction and a sterling cast of actors includingVictor Mclaglen and Boris Karloff. The locations are convincing enough (no obvious studio sets here) and the action scenes are actually quite brutal for their time (was this before the Hayes code?). For a film that is 80 years old this still stands up pretty well as an action movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little treasure. 18 April 2014
Format:DVD
No doubt this film would be a scource of some amusement to much of today's cynical and savvy audiences. The script and performances are riddled with cliches, and heaven forbid, it wasn't shot in widescreen, colour or even 5.1 dolby digital sound. How can it stand up in a world where many people dismiss a black and white movie offhand?
However, despite these so called drawbacks it holds, for me at least, a strangely nostalgic feeling for the period. This film is reminiscent of popular gung ho fiction of the time, and oddly of people's attitudes as I remember them.
The music, by Max Steiner, composer for King Kong, Casablanca and many classic films of the period, is terrific.
Altogether, it would be a sorry thing if this little treasure was indeed lost to the sadly Philistine world of today.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in the Garden of Eden. 19 Mar 2011
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
To the modern day viewer this film may appear to be one gargangtuan cliche, because the storyline has been used so often and the characters are such oft used stereo types. But one has to remember that this film was made in 1934, only a few years after the introduction of sound. Film makers were only just beginning to move away from the overt melodrama of the silent era. It is a simple enough tale that did not stretch the talents of director John Ford. You get a group of soldiers and place them in the unusual setting of Mesopotamia during World War one. An area that is today known as Iraq, and that was also the Biblical garden of Eden. Sadly man has always ensured that it has been anything but that since Adam and Eve started to foul things up. Not an area of conflict that I can ever recall seeing on the screen! Then amongst the sand dunes their route finding officer is inconvieniently shot and they become lost, only to stumble upon a life saving oasis. Thankfully this one was not a mirage! But the oasis becomes a death trap when they are surrounded by an unseen enemy who picks them off one by one. Will anyone get out alive?

Firstly I would like to mention the excellent location filming in the Algodones dunes of California, which substitute seamlessly for the Middle East. Build yourself a little oasis and you have a relatively cheap production close to Hollywood. Ford was of course renowned for the use of spectacular locations, most famously being associated with the grandeur of Monument Valley. The screenplay was by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel "Patrol" by Philip MacDonald. Nichols went on to famously refuse an oscar for his work on Ford's "The Informer" a couple of years later. He also wrote the screenplay for Ford's legendary western "Stagecoach".
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic and under-rated war drama. 15 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
i am glad to see this almost forgotten film finally issued on dvd. i have heard all about this particular production and of its reputation. to me, "the lost patrol" didn't disappoint.
first of all, anyone who's expecting a tale of endless gunfighting might be in for a slight disappointment as this is a character study above anything else. during the film's brief running time of 68 minutes - which matters not - you get to witness how war and the treacherous conditions in the desert, both conspire to push each soldier to his limits, both physically and mentally.
the cast have been well chosen but it is boris karloff who steals the acting honours as the crazed and obsessed religious figure. it only goes to show once again that mr. karloff does not need either extensive makeup or to be in a horror film to prove that he is capable of delivering a fine and also hard-driven performance. a class act.
this film comes highly recommended and age has not diminished nor tamed the film's power.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why "Lost Patrol" is lost on me. 18 Dec 2011
By Revysoc
Format:DVD
OK, this is a John Ford film with Boris Karlof and made in 1934. It is a bad film, beleive me! I'll put up with quite a bit in the name of historical interest and even not judge cultural norms of the 1930's by todays standards but none of this make a jot of difference, this film is awful accross the cinematic board. Why? Here we go then:
It is a Western with the lost cavelry attacked by a hidden menace, not the Apache but faceless, generic Arabs. Wooden acting and pitiful script are topped by laughable characterisation, only surpassed by the accents. Karlof is uterly wasted but could have been great as the mystic (or mad) christian sensing doom in the seat of civilisation. Ford's westerns had far more creativity and consideration, I think Ford was asleep, probably in his set trailer, while an unknown wannabe took the Directors chair and re-wrote the script.

The scenary is just sand dunes, fair enough as it is set in the dessert, but it was just not used, it was studio bound, even when it wasn't. It was like bad theatre poorly transfered to the big screen. Famous Director, Big name actors, great location and good story premise demanding a great film. The result was not Holywood Gold but west coast poo!

On the up side there is a brilliant rendition of the same story and location called "Nine Men". Made during WW2 it sparkles with wit and realisim, classic drama as documentary.
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