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A great adventure story, sadly mistreated
on 11 February 2002
The Film: A fine slice of 1970's hokum, set in the world of South African gold mining. Rod Slater(Roger Moore) becomes general manager of the Sonderditch Mine when his predecessor is killed in an underground accident. It's not long before Slater becomes an unwilling pawn in a conspiracy to flood the mine and raise the price of gold on the world's markets.
It's great entertainment with Moore at his heroic best, aided by Susannah York as the love interest, and quality old school acting from John Gielgud and Ray Milland.
Peter Hunt directs some excellent underground action sequences, but that's hardly surprising....he had previously edited the early James Bond movies, and directed the vastly underrated "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
The music, from veteren Elmer Bernstein is suitably rousing, and the plot (from Wilbur Smith's novel "Gold Mine") keeps yor interest throughout.
The disc: Sadly everything has been spared in this very basic DVD. The picture quality looks as if it has been transfered direct from video, and the widescreen impact is totally lost in a 4:3 presentation. Extras ? None in sight! The film is the full, uncut version, so that is something to be grateful for at least.
This great adventure movie has been long overdue for DVD (or even video) release....such a shame it hasn't been treated with the respect it deserves.