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The Professionals [Blu-ray] [1966] [2008] [Region Free]

Burt Lancaster , Lee Marvin , Richard Brooks    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Robert Ryan, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Producers: Richard Brooks
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Greek, Dutch, Hindi, Norwegian, Finnish, Italian, French, English, Danish, Swedish, Arabic
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017ZM0LE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Before The Wild Bunch, there was The Professionals, Richard Brooks's marvellous ode to friendship, loyalty, and disillusionment. It may not have the stylistic bravado or fatalistic doom of the legendary Sam Peckinpah film, but Brooks's storytelling is simple and steady and just as insightful. The difference is Brooks is a lot more optimistic. Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster are buddies who have drifted into oblivion after fighting together in the Mexican Revolution. Marvin, the principled loyalist and munitions expert, lost his wife and his heart. Lancaster, the dynamite expert and unprincipled adventurer, keeps losing his pants. They team up with wrangler Robert Ryan and archer Woody Strode to rescue the beguiling Claudia Cardinale, who has been kidnapped by their old revolutionary buddie Jack Palance. So it's back into bloody Mexico they go on a "mission of mercy" for railroad tycoon Ralph Bellamy, who's paying handsomely for the return of his wife.

But nothing is what it seems in this exciting, existential adventure, which was beautifully shot by Conrad Hall. Sarcastic quips, philosophical musings, and heart-rending reversals underlie Brooks's humanistic sentiments. These are tired, world-weary men who somehow find the strength and the will to pull together for the sake of love and commitment. Through it all, Brooks seems to be lamenting a decline in professionalism much deeper than his story. He's decrying Hollywood and society at large, anticipating Peckinpah's later strategy. --Bill Desowitz

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Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin headline the top-notch, rip-roaring Western action/adventure, THE PROFESSIONALS. Four soldiers of fortune are hired by a wealthy Texan oil baron (Ralph Bellamy) to rescue his kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale), who's been spirited acress the Mexican Border by a band ofmercenaries led by Jesus Raza (Jack Palance). The four rugged professionals, each regarded as a specialist in his selected field - an expert marksman and tracker (Woody Strode), the explosives master(Lancaster), horse handler (Robert Ryan) and one skilled in tactics and weaponry (Marvin) - make their way across the treacherous landscape to retrieve the beautiful kidnappee, but discover all is not what it seems in the explosive climax. Excellent performances from an all-star cast, Maurice Jarre's haunting musical score and surprising plot twists make THE PROFESSIONALS a true classic. THE PROFESSIONALS garnered three Academy Award(r) nominations; two for Richard Brooks (Best Direction and BestA

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
For some reason I hadn't heard of this classic Western until recently. Stumbling across it and reading the enthusiastic reviews I decided to give it a go, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. It's a classic film, and a roaringly good 100 minutes of solid entertainment with a brain and a heart behind it.

Made in 1966, this falls between the psychological westerns of Anthony Mann and the deconstructive revisionism of Peckinpah and Leone. The story and characters are clearly influenced by the Mann template, and the way in which the west is depicted is clearly paving the way for Peckinpah's Ride the High Country and Wild Bunch.

It's a story of four men, men of violence who are very proficient and very professional. Hired by a rich Texan magnate to rescue his wife, kidnapped and taken to Mexico by an evil bandit. The four men set out across the desert, and along the journey we find out about them, their history and reasons for being where they are. The leaders of the group, Lee Marvin's impassive Rico Fardan and Burt Lancaster's roguish but heroic Bill Dolworth have been to Mexico before, and have a history with Jack Palance's bandit Jesus Raza. Throughout the journey, rescue and inevitable race back to the Texan border chased by murderous bandits loyalties are tested, friendships strained and they find out what is really important to them, leading to an ending that I really didn't see coming and was perfectly suited to the film.

It's a film shot in colour, but with many shades of grey. There are no clear cut heroes and villains, just men and women who today find themselves on opposite sides of the war, but tomorrow might be fighting alongside each other if circumstances so dictate. The study of the main characters is fascinating.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Film 13 Oct 2009
The Professionals is a very good film with a good cast including some western legends such as Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster. It does not like many westerns have the usual good vs bad guys plot and also is set at a much later date than most of them. The film has a good mix of humour and action with some rather deeper thoughts and ideas which puts it above the usual film in this genre. All in all it is a very good film.
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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This review is a kind of little tribute to "Honest Trailers" by "Screen Junkies". Some SPOILERS below!

Somewhere around 1920, in the southern part of Unites States, a Morbidly Rich Old Gringo (Ralph Bellamy) searches for some tough guys for a special job. His favourite Pair of Breasts (Claudia Cardinale), to whom he is incidentally married, was abducted by an Obscenely Ugly Smelly Mexican Bandit (Jack Palance) and is being held in a sinister hideout of desperados, somewhere in the middle of a desert, so dangerous that "nothing is harmless there, until it is dead". This hideout can not be found by anybody who wasn't there before... er, no, wait, that's not quite right - sorry, wrong film... strike that last sentence...)))

In order to save his beloved Pair of Breasts the Morbidly Rich Old Gringo hires a team of four Professionals:

- Black Apache (Woody Strode)
- Horse Whisperer (Robert Ryan)
- Han Solo (Burt Lancaster)
- Tough Guy Who Looks Like Lee Marvin (Lee Marvin)

Those four not so nice fellows will have to ride into Mexico where a full-scale civil war is still a-raging, cross a desert so deadly that "nothing is harmless there, until it is dead" (yes, I know, it was already said, but this desert is so deadly, that it needs to be said twice), will have to fight ugly desperados, sandstorms, heatstrokes, even uglier desperados, goat shepherds, thirst, hunger and lack of women, before finally reaching the secret keep of the Obscenely Ugly Smelly Mexican Bandit. This place, full of machine guns, Winchesters, tequila, mariachis, dirty smelly guys and busty wenches, will be a tough nut to crack - and this will be only the beginning of their REAL problems...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blue ray rules also this time 7 Oct 2009
By frits
The transfer to blue ray did also worked out fine this time. So this good old western did keep his 5 star reward. Can recommend it if you like to watch old school westerns like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Professionals 27 Feb 2009
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The Professionals [Blu-ray] [1966]

Another one of my favorite two reel Super 8 digests purchased from America in the late 1970's (the English prints were inferior and shorter thanks to the Mountain scissors). I purchased the DVD in 2003 for 8.49 from Play, my friend's comments to whom I lent the DVD are still inside the box and read; "Mum & Dad loved the film they didn't fall asleep!" Well after an excellent M&S meal, dine in for two for 10, highly recommended and the offer includes a bottle of wine. On went the video projector; my wife and I watched the film without nodding off; always a good test of how good a film is especially after a few glasses of vino! Though compared to the two-reel Super 8 digest I did feel it was a bit too long at 117mins. The Blu-ray version gains French & Italian 5.1 audio, though the English version claims a true hd, it sounds very mono and I suspect does not do full justice to the stirring music of Maurice Jarre.

This semi classic western, though not an outright comedy like Cat Ballou, has however many tongue in cheek witty lines. The late Conrad Hall's wonderful cinematography of the Wild West really makes the film. The Professionals team really work well together. Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Woody Strode all turn in an excellent performance in their worthless mission to save Claudia Cardinale. The letterbox transfer is pretty good of similar quality to CE3K. Sadly none of the team are still with us and no suitable extras material would appear to have been available. However the limited extras do include recently made featurettes, not on the original DVD and the trailer for CE3K. These extras include some interesting contributions from Conrad Hall, Maria Gomez, a thoughtful sincere Burt Lancaster's daughter and not a very convincing Claudia Cardinale. Recommended for western lovers and owners of this film on Super 8. It's a four out of five star print with not very good audio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent western film
This is an excellent western film with a very good dialogue. It has a good storyline with plenty of action and a hint of comedy. A recommended viewing.
Published 1 month ago by colinc
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD The professionals
This was an unexpected gift and it was well received. when I am able to view it will be very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Robert Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic.
Wow what a fantastic movie all the actors are excellent I do like a good western and this one is the best I have seen for a long time.
Published 2 months ago by B. M. Tolcher
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professionals
My husband loves this film and is a big fan of Burt Lancaster. Will buy more of his films. We saw it on tv first
Published 4 months ago by Caroline Green
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
if you like westerns you will like this, the quality of the film was a surprise ,putting an old film onto blu ray must be difficult to get good picture but this looks good ,you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Graham k
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Review
Good cast and location. Well photographed. Script writer was a bit lazy and the plot was thin. Quite a few clichés, particularly regarding the Mexicans. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M DALY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This is a great film and to see it on Blu-Ray is just great, I just love these old westerns and there bring back great memory's
Published 8 months ago by Mr. J. James
4.0 out of 5 stars What a cast!
I remember when The Professionals came out in the cinema and it was met with mixed reviews by the critics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Redman
4.0 out of 5 stars The professionals
Good film, Ideal for afternoon viewing on a rainy day, great cast, a bit predictable, but you have to keep watching!
Published 10 months ago by Ruggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loves it
Being married to a man who is western mad, had to order this for him after seeing it on the tv. As the saying goes "they don't make them like this anymore" ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chrissy22
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