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The Wild Geese: Special edition [1978] [DVD]

Richard Burton , Roger Moore , Andrew V. McLaglen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Hardy Kruger, Richard Harris, Stewart Granger
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P93F34
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,478 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Film Legends Richard Burton ( Where Eagles Dare, Cleopatra), Roger Moore ( James Bond, the Spy who Loved Me) and Richard Harris ( Gladiator, Unforgiven) lead 'The Wild Geese' a group of crack mercenaries wholand in a remote and hostile corner of Africa to free the popular leader of the resistance from a heavily guarded prison. However, sinister forces in the corridors of power have done a deal with the corrupt government, leaving the mercenaries stranded, their escape route cut off. Forced to flee across treacherous terrain, they battle the marauding armies who will stop at nothing to prevent them completing their mission.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

- The Last of the Gentlemen Producers: The Life and Works of Euan Lloyd

- Star-studded World Premier Newsreel Footage

-Trailer

-Photo Gallery

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a great movie, the kind of "oldie but goldie" which is worth to be rediscovered many years after the first viewing.

It has a good and smart story, very good action scenes which impress even today, 30 years after and last but not least, a STELLAR casting. Just count - Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Stewart Granger and Harry Kruger, in all five stars. And then Jack Watson, a less known actor, who plays Master Sergeant Sandy Young - and with his size and his face he is simply the perfect incarnation of sergeant masterdom.

The story describes a rescue operation in a fictif African country - a major mining company wants to save an imprisoned African leader, hoping that once he seizes the power he will give them favourable terms on mining concession. The story is very similar to the archifamous Frederick Forsythe's novel "Dogs of War". This movie is however much much better than the adaptation of "Dogs of war" with Christopher Walken, especially because, although quite tragic, it has also quite a lot of hilarious moments and one-liners, many of them delivered by the gay medic serving in the unit.

A very good British war/adventure film, to discover or rediscover.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original expendables ! 20 Dec 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For those old enough to remember, "The Wild Geese" was a staple of video shops back in the early 80's. I remember the big thick hard plastic case adorning the thick shelving of my local video store and rented it solely coz Roger Moore was in it. What followed was 100 mins of good ole british film making at it's best with some of it's finest thespians and ruffians put together to rescue an african leader who's been kidnapped by an african dictator. Double crossing,action,racism,a touching father and son relationship, it's all here, hell it even has Roger Moore force feeding a bag of heroin into a drug dealer! What more can you ask for!

If you're a fan of the Expendables movies then this might be up your ally? Ok so Richard Burton and Richard Harris were never action stars per see, but they're pretty tough for men in their 50's and although Roger Moore was in the middle of his tenure as James Bond when this was made, he had just turned 50 when this went into production, he brings his light hearted charm to an otherwise serious action film.

It's not upto par with action films these days,those under 18 might wonder what the fuss is all about, it's still a rollicking romp with a good story and decent acting ( something you can't accuse The Expendables movies of!)

Arrows 1080p picture is fine if not amazing, some have criticised this for being below par and i admit it's not the best looking blu ra around but it's definitely an improvement on the DVD quality. The DTS 2.0 s/track is also good and weighty.

The extra features include a commentary track with Roger Moore,producer Euan Lloyd and 2nd unit director John Glen who also worked as editor and Director on the Bond movies.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Geese 14 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
having seen the film many times and been a "security" type for many years, I feel my comments are justified, especialy if I was to make a content entry!! However, take a film with so many legendry British stars, whether they be "A" or "B" type stars and put them in to a ground breaking storyline, and you are in for a real treat. Burton and Harris are brilliant and believable, as is Jack Watson's RSM. Moore is still too suave but Krugger's South African's banter with Limbani, is still a high point. I don't think you will ever witness a film with so much British talent, at thier acting best, ever again. It is a must watch and must have film with out a shadow of a doubt!!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of British Movie History 25 July 2005
Format:DVD
'The Wild Geese' is one of my favourite films and I watch it at least a couple of times a year. I first saw at the cinema when it was released, I loved it then, and it never fails to delight me now. Firstly, as I point out in the title of this review, it is a piece of cinema history, bringing together three giants of the British cinema in the 70s & 80s - Burton, Moore & Harris. Secondly, it is a cracking film in its own right. It never flags, has plenty of action, humour and most of all it just is such a good representation of the late 70s - Concorde, mercenaries, perms, you name it, it's got it. It's 'The Professionals' territory: shady government departments, shady big business deals , even the Mafia are thrown in. Wonderful. See it and enjoy it. It is rich in classic lines. Among my favourites are Burton saying to Harris 'Julius Limbani is alive!' 'I don't care!' Harris states. To which Burton replies 'Yes you do! If there's one African leader you do care about, it's Julius Limbani!'; Burton sinking a glass of red wine given him by Harris, pulling a face and saying 'Disgusting!' to which Harris replies 'Yes isn't it' and refills his glass; Jack Watson as the RSM at the beginning of the mercenaries' training - 'Right! Let's try for our first heart attack, shall we?'; Barry Foster giving Burton a telephone number 'at which I can always be reached' - oh, how did we manage in those days without mobiles!!!!??? I could go on and on. Suffice to say, a classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Another very good classic
Published 10 hours ago by keith cox
5.0 out of 5 stars qualty oldie
great old movie,just as I remembered
Published 4 days ago by deanMACHINE
5.0 out of 5 stars You two beauties!
Great movie! One of the best from the eighties! I remember watching it when I was just a lad. Very watchable with fantastic dialogue! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is one of my favourite films, I remember showing this film many years ago when I worked as a projectionist at the Odeon cinema in Kensington, London, it always remained in my... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A TERRIFIC 'ACTION-MOVIE' with 'A GREAT CAST-LIST'
This is perhaps one of my all-time favourite 'action' movies.
The plot see's 'Colonel Allen Faulkner' accepting a mission to rescue an 'African' leader
who has been... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars "I just like to fight, with weapons or without".
This was the last of the true blockbuster movies.
The whole cast was spot on. i've lost count of the times i've watched this movie over the years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Postie-UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Geese
This is still a first class movie,having watched it for the first time in the 80s.I decided to replace my VHS copy, I was not disappointed .
Published 3 months ago by N. Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
It is an good film to watch and my dad has it on all time.

I recommand it to people.
Published 5 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars The man is dead, Mr. Faulkner. Now only the spirit remains.
Marvellously macho, a men on a mission movie proudly proclaiming that the old adage is indeed true, there is life in the old dog(s) yet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Spike Owen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Match description Website!
When I saw this decsription of DVD on this website for subititles. However i recevied this DVD and its not subititles! Not happy with this product. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fax78
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