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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guns Of Navarone - The most epic and thrilling of epic thrillers
The Guns of Navarone is one of the best of the 'Boys own' style war movies I've ever seen. The plot is simple. Two giant cannon on the isle of Navarone are sinking all the allied shipping passing through an important bit of the Aegean. Six ships on the way to evacuate another island before the 2000 troops on that island are wiped out in a devastating German attack will...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray quality
I am sure most will know what a fantastic film this is, 'The Guns of Navarone'. I first saw this classic when I was at school and I want to see it again in all its splendour in Blu-ray. Unfortunately the quality is not as expected and I returned for a refund. What a pity the transfer was not up to standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Guns Of Navarone - The most epic and thrilling of epic thrillers, 27 Aug 2009
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The Guns of Navarone is one of the best of the 'Boys own' style war movies I've ever seen. The plot is simple. Two giant cannon on the isle of Navarone are sinking all the allied shipping passing through an important bit of the Aegean. Six ships on the way to evacuate another island before the 2000 troops on that island are wiped out in a devastating German attack will pass through soon, before they arrive a team of commandos have to penetrate the German fortress on Navarone and spike the guns. A nice simple premise, around which is hung a magnificent tale.

THe script is quite intelligent for this type of war movie. I've always liked it as it seemed a bit more 'grown up' than most. The heroes are presented as real people, with their own fears and moral doubts about what they are doing. They even have qualms about killing enemy soldiers at times. Though one of the German officers is presented as the typical comic book villainous Gestapo officer, most of the other enemy characters are shown in an almost sympathetic light, especially Oberst Meusel, played by Walter Gotell.

This is an all star production, with 6 or 7 really big names on screen. The director manages to give them all plenty of screen time, and there is a very balanced feel between the performances. Outstanding is David Niven as Miller, in what I consider to be one of the best performances of his career (right up there with 'A Matter Of Life And Death'). For once he doesn't play his standard character, the laid back urbane English socialite, but presents us with a very real character, with a fear of 'being responsible', a dry wit and shrewd intelligence. The scenes where he clashes with Gregory Peck's implacable team leader, Mallory, over his treatment of Miller's close friend, are the best in the film.

Peck is superb in the lead role. A man who will do whatever is necessary to 'get the job done', whether he likes it or not. Not just the stern unbending hero though, this is obviously a compassionate man, and the things he has to do, to both friend and foe, obviously take a toll as the film progresses.

The film is quite long at 2.5 hours, but there is plenty of action, plot and character development to keep the interest. It never drags. And the build up to the climactic last few scenes are nail biting.

The special effects won an academy award in the early 60's, and still stand up reasonably well today. they are certainly head and shoulders above any other film I can think of from the time.

This DVD contains a nice print in 2.35:1 widescreen. Some restoration work ahs been done and the picture is of a good quality for its age. The 5.1 surround sound is excellent. There are a range of extras on this disc, the best of which has to be short documentary shot (I think) in the mid 90's with interviews with Peck, Quinn, and Lee Thompson, the director.

For the price being asked this is an excellent package.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive extras, but restoration is only partially successful, 8 Dec 2009
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I won't say too much about the film itself, which is approaching 50 years old, except to say that the performances of all the cast appearing in this well executed WWII thriller are extremely high quality. Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck and David Niven in particular really do act their socks off (Stanley Baker also stands out, despite having less to work with). The actors are helped greatly by a fine script, which only lets itself down during the first 15 minutes with some rather naive moralising from James Robertson Justice, and a shocking "cameo" from Richard Harris, complete with badly judged Australian accent (and some pretty flowery language for the period). However, when the plot starts rolling the combination of excellent dialogue and scorching acting make it very difficult to take your eyes of the screen. In fact, the action scenes struggle to compete with all this finely crafted drama.

It's always good when a classic like this receives a 2 disc special edition, and there's a wonderfully exhaustive library of Documentaries and period Featurettes on the second disc. It was very enjoyable to hear Peck and Quinn reminisce of their time on what appears to have been a happy set, what a shame many of the rest of the cast are no longer with us to share their thoughts.

Interestingly, one of the docs concerns the restoration of the film. I was actually very disappointed with this transfer of The Guns of Navarone, which I thought was grubby, much too grainy, rather gloomy, and also suffered from poor colour and contrast. I've recently seen Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare on DVD (two other MacLean thrillers from the sixties), and although they've not received a restoration to my knowledge, image quality is strong. The Bond films of the era have of course received stunning restorations using the Lowry digital process, and look wonderful. It is certainly obvious from the doc that a lot of work was done; an improvement is noticeable when comparisons are shown, and they have also corrected a long standing error at the beginning of the film regarding night-time shooting. The doc also makes it clear that the original print was in a very sorry condition. However, I'm not convinced that the restoration has gone far enough.

The new Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is a great success though, with clear, weighty speech, room shaking bass in the action scenes, and also plenty of subtle detail. Dimitri Tiomkin's score sounds wonderful in this re-mastered form, but why remove the Intermission music? It is available as an isolated chapter on the bonus disc, and the restoration doc points out that the film was rarely shown with it included, but I'd prefer to have the choice. After all, if I don't want to hear it I can just skip it.

A flawed release then in my opinion, let down by a restoration that I think is only half successful. Hopefully, with new techniques applied such as Lowry's, a more thorough job can be done in time for its release on Blu-Ray.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic, 26 Feb 2001
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Gregory Peck plays Mallory, the worlds greatest living mountaineer, linguist and commandoe, picked along with Anthony Quin, to escort a group of sabotuers onto Navarone, where terrifying anti-shipping guns are impeding the rescue of a British garrison. When the vessel sinks in a storm, Mallory is compelled by fate to join and ultimately lead the deadly mission, stirring stuff indeed and highly enjoyable to boot. All of the characters are flawed in that wonderful Great Escape way. Instead of a claustrophobic miner, we get the knief man who's lost his taste for killing. No blind forger hear but a man who's closest comrade will kill him at the end of the war. There's good Germans and bad Germans, a traitor in the camp, Anthony Quayle with gangreen, romance and a surprise ending(well sort of). My personal favourite is where Messrs. Peck and Niven appear to share a cigarette of dubious nature in the closing moments of the film!
This film is a classic, and has always been well regarded, but is it worth buying on DVD? Now to be fair this movie is long in the tooth, and has long been the staple fair of Sunday matinees and video-store bargain bins. So is it worth forking out for? Simple answer:yes!
Long answer: Aside from a great tranfer, where the day-for-night shots are printed as night,its in widescreen, with Dolby digital sound! To boot, there is a plethora of extras. Not many forty year old movies come with a directors' commentary, but this does. As J. Lee Thompson was a studio gun-for-hire, this was just another job rather than a personal obsession, so dont expect great personal insights. For me the real goodies are the bizarre promo films thrown in for good measure. Publicity films date faster than calenders and theses are excellently silly, fun, pathe style newsreels. Worth a look if only to see Peck playing football with war-orphans in Nazi regalia, and check out the gals shopping. This is capped with an indepth making of, based around lenghty interviews with Peck, Quin and Thompson. Some great personal reflections.
Fans of this movie will need not my recommendation, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and all the bonus material. Two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Guns of Navarone [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free], 16 Jun 2014
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The Guns of Navarone [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free] Academy Award® winners Gregory Peck [1962, Best Actor, To Kill A Mockingbird], David Niven [1958, Best Actor, Separate Tables], and Anthony Quinn [1952, Best Supporting Actor, Viva Zapata!; 1956, Lust For Life] star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain, and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE was nominated for seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects [1961].

Cast: Gregory Peck, James Robertson Justice, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas and Gia Scala

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Producer: Carl Foreman

Screenwriter: Carl Foreman [Alistair MacLean]

Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematographer: Oswald Morris, BSC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [CinemaScope]

Audio: English [original language] 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, German 5.1, Italian 5.1, Japanese 5.1 and Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish

Running Time: 158 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – "Men-on-a-mission" films are almost always great fun. Watching a disparate group of no-nonsense soldier’s band together for the greater good against a common enemy can be popcorn entertainment at its best. While it may be a pretty tried-and-true formula, it's also one that happens to work more often than not, and sometimes manages to serve as a perfect basis for action-packed cinematic bliss. A classic and highly influential entry into that irresistible genre, 'The Guns of Navarone' sparks with exciting action, memorable performances, and a surprising amount of depth. Far from a brainless exercise in tough guy bravado, the film manages to form a thought provoking and well-rounded examination of wartime ethics and morality. Also, it kicks ass and it's the best of both worlds.

Based on the novel of Alistair MacLean with the same name, the script details a fictional mission set during WWII to blow up two incredibly large, long-range field guns on the Greek island of Navarone (which doesn't actually exist). In classic genre fashion, the team is made up of a group of specialists, each with their own specific skill, personality quirk, fatal character flaw, and irresistible charm. Headlining the gang are Capt. Keith Mallory [Gregory Peck], a steadfast leader and skilled mountain climber, Cpl. Miller [David Niven], an explosions expert, and Col. Andrea Stavros [Anthony Quinn], a Greek solider with a personal vendetta against Mallory. Together they must embark on the dangerous and potentially suicidal mission, outsmarting and outgunning German soldiers through equally perilous seas and terrain. Filled with exciting set pieces, powerful emotional conflicts, and ambiguous moral dilemmas, the story runs the full gamut of suspense and drama.

With an ensemble piece like this, the success of the film really lives or dies on the strength of its performers and the chemistry between them. Thankfully, the entire actors do a wonderful job, and the dynamics that develop within the group are fun to watch grow and evolve. Peck is fantastic as the stalwart leader, exuding confidence and compassion all at once. From the moment he appears on screen, he instantly embodies exactly the type of man one would follow into battle. David Niven is also great as the British explosives expert. The conflict that develops between his character and Peck's Mallory helps to form the central moral question of the film and serves to elevate the material. As Stavros, Quinn oozes cool and becomes a genuine on-screen badass. Tension hangs high between the Greek and Mallory, and one gets a sense that their conflict could turn deadly at any moment. The rest of the team is rounded out by several more extremely capable actors, including Anthony Quayle, Stanley Baker, and James Darren. Though their characters are given less focus (particularly Darren and Baker's) each member gets their moment to shine and little details are organically revealed throughout the picture, helping to flesh out back-stories and inform present-day decisions. Two female stars also join the team, and Irene Papas and Gia Scala do an admirable job of holding their own against the men, creating strong female characters that are much more than mere love interests.

Director J. Lee Thompson utilises the majestic of CinemaScope presentation to its fullest, injecting the widescreen frame with big budget action and exotic locales. Shot in part on studio sets and real locations (primarily the Greek island of Rhodes), the film features some strong production value and occasionally lush cinematography. Thompson does a great job of creating tension, and as pointed out in the included commentary with film historian Stephen J. Rubin, the climax plays out more like a Hitchcock thriller than a generic war picture. Most notable of all, however, is a brilliant dialogue free section where the team gets shipwrecked by a massive storm and then has to scale a mountain in the unrelenting downpour and dead of night. With only score and effects, Thompson creates a truly visceral experience that manages to remain gripping through visuals alone. Though the director expresses regrets about the sequence's length and the film's pacing as a whole in his own commentary, I actually found the slower, methodical rhythm to be a refreshing contrast to the more quick cutting style of today. With that said, the movie definitely is on the slow side, and at two and a half hours in length, it might test some viewers' patience.

In between all of the blazing guns and explosions, Thompson and writer/producer Carl Foreman layer the film with several interesting ethical quandaries that all work together to form a pretty strong anti-war message. Questions about manipulating and risking the lives of fellow soldiers for the greater good, and the potential penalties for betrayal, are all brought up and examined with intelligence, and even after the credits roll, there are no easy answers presented. While some of the philosophical musings might get lost in all the heroics and excitement, to the filmmakers' credit, the script really does pack in some thought provoking material that actually makes the movie's quieter moments among its most powerful.

'The Guns of Navarone' is a true classic "men-on-a-mission" flick that offers much more than simple thrills and action. Beneath the exciting and tense battles are some heavy questions about brotherhood, loyalty, and justice in the midst of war. Though the pacing is certainly on the slow side, some characters are a bit marginalized, and there are clichéd elements to the storytelling, the stellar cast, strong script, and confident direction overcome any small flaws. This is an entertaining and intelligent war epic, that's influence can be seen in countless similar efforts since.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The movie is provided with a awesome 1080p transfer in the 2.35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio. Though mistreated quite badly over the years, restoration attempts have resulted in a strong but still occasionally inconsistent video presentation. The restored print is in good shape and while some scenes look rougher than others, there are no major signs of damage. A light to moderate layer of grain is present throughout that often gives the picture some nice texture. Detail is quite strong, especially in brightly lit scenes which exhibit some pleasing dimension and pop (the scene where the gang first arrives at their doomed vessel is among the most impressive). Colors can be vivid with rich vibrancy, again, especially in brightly lit outdoor scenes which show off the beautiful shooting locations in Greece. Unfortunately, dimly lit and night-time scenes are fairly underwhelming, and like many movies which utilize a day-for-night shooting method, these sequences exhibit a washed out and unnatural quality. With the exception of these instances, black levels and contrast are consistent and offer a solid experience without blooming. Numerous effects shots featuring rear projection, matte paintings, and various optical techniques do stick out, but that is to be expected and is certainly forgivable. The most irksome feature of the transfer involves some pretty thick halos that are periodically visible around characters and objects, but thankfully this doesn't detract too much from the presentation.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The audio is presented in the English [original language] 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix and utilising the film's original four channel design, the track is solid but not as immersive as one might expect. Dialogue is clear with no major signs of crackle or hissing. Directionality and separation across the front sound stage is good, especially during various battle and action sequences. Surround use is disappointingly rare, however, and while there are many opportunities for rear speakers to add immersion to the experience, there are only three real instances where they are active (the end of the shipwreck, an aerial attack, and the film's climax). Bass activity is decent with some instances of nice punch, but some of the gun fights lack the kind of thump that most war films have. Dynamic range is good, with no signs of distortion, and balance between the various elements is handled well. Though surround use is infrequent, the track respects the film's original sound design, and it's hard to fault a mix for remaining authentic. Even if the audio lacks a bit of immersion, I actually have to commend Sony for staying faithful to the movie's roots and resisting the urge to produce a new spruced up and overdone remix. It may not come close to matching contemporary war movies, but the audio does a solid job of bolstering the action.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary with Director J. Lee Thompson - Thompson provides a decent but not particularly stimulating track. The director speaks slowly and there are some large gaps in the conversation throughout. Still, some interesting bits of trivia are discussed, including insights into the casting process, locations, effects work, Thompson's desire for lots of rehearsal time, and one actor's serious brush with death that almost resulted in the film's cancellation. While the director spends too much time simply describing where certain shots were filmed, there are sporadic pieces of worthy information, and it's always nice to hear the actual filmmaker discuss his work first hand.

Audio Commentary with Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin - Rubin comes across as very knowledgeable and provides an extremely informative track that covers the film's entire production as well as details on the cast and crew. Among the multitude of trivia shared, the historian discusses writer/producer Carl Foreman's blacklisting, the movie's anti-war message, and plans for a sequel with the original cast (one was made, but with different actors). Though some information is repeated from the director's track, this is the more consistent and engaging of the two commentaries and is definitely worth a listen.

Forging the Guns of Navarone [14:00] Led by Carl Foreman's widow and director Peter Yates (who was AD on the film) this is a short documentary about the movie and features some insights into the production, along with stories about working with the cast and crew and dealing with the sometimes tough and dangerous shooting conditions.

Ironic Epic of Heroism [25:00] Here Sir Christopher Frayling leads an in depth looks at the movie. He provides details on the production, and places an emphasis on the film's themes and moral dilemmas.

Memories of Navarone [30:00] In this documentary we are treated to first-hand accounts of the making of the film from cast and crew, including Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn. Details are shared on frequent chess games between the cast, and the strategic decision made by Quinn to give his character a red undershirt. It's great to hear from the actual performers and filmmakers, and this is a very worthy doc that fans of the movie should check out.

Epic Restoration [10:00] Here the focus is on the film's elaborate restoration. Seeing what was done to make the movie presentable again, really makes the video transfer seem that much more impressive.

A Heroic Score [9:00] This documentary deals with the film's composer, Dimitri Tiomkin, and offers some details on his style and all of the movie's major themes.

Great Guns [5 min] Presented in 1080p, this is a short, black and white vintage documentary that follows the stars as they arrive to shoot in Greece. Some behind-the-scenes footage is also included. Though pure, promotional fluff, there is something about these old, vintage pieces that I find appealing.

No Visitors [5:00] Similar to the previous documentary, here we get some more footage of the production in Greece, with an emphasis on interactions with the natives of Rhodes and a look at a party held for the Greek Royal Family.

Honey Moon on Rhodes [5:00] Another vintage documentary, this is a brief look at actor James Darren and his wife enjoying time off in Rhodes (the shoot also served as their honeymoon) and seems to serve as a kind of promo piece for the beautiful Greek island.

Two Girls on the Town [5:00] Here Irene Papas and Gia Scala enjoy a break from shooting to shop around the island. Again, like the previous documentary this doesn’t really have anything to do with the movie, but still carries a certain retro charm.

Narration-Free Prologue [6:00] The prologue and main title sequence for the movie is included sans narration, presenting Dimitri Tiomkin's powerful score unhindered.

Message from Carl Foreman [2:00] this is a brief introduction to the film by writer/producer Carl Foreman shot for the movie's Australian premiere.

The Resistance Dossier of Navarone [1080p] This is an interactive feature that offers six text and video featurettes titled "Military Fact of Fiction," "Greek Resistance," "The Navarone Effect," "The Old School Wizardry of the Guns of Navarone," "The Real World Guns of Navarone," and "WWII in the Greek Islands" [4:00 each]. The text and video all offer insights into the film's historical accuracy (or lack thereof), effects work, release, and influence.

BD-Live - Standard BD-Live functionality is included, though I ran into a repeated error when trying to access the page so I can't speak to its content.

Finally, 'The Guns of Navarone' is a fun and thematically rich war film that manages to raise important ethical questions while still providing classic popcorn entertainment. Though the film has been poorly treated over the years, the print has gone through some painstaking restoration, resulting in an uneven but mostly strong presentation. Audio is pretty front heavy but authentically represents the original sound design. Supplements are plentiful and informative, rounding out a strong disc for a strong film. Ever since I originally saw this epic film in the cinema, I have loved its total brilliance at keeping you guessing right to the final scene on whether they will succeed in thwarting the German advance in blowing up the massive guns and makes you feel so good when the final end Titles appear on the screen and now I am so proud to add this brilliant classic war film to my Blu-ray Collection, as the makers of this film have made a truly magic presentation that will last forever and is also a good historic film for future viewing. Highly recommended (and at its current price, a real steal).

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray is excellent! Guns of Navarone., 20 Nov 2011
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Well as I've just finished watching this (extras included) I feel I can honestly comment. The movie as you will already know is absolutely brilliant! Basically the storyline is one of a crack squad of men who are sent on a mission to destroy a pair of massive German guns that are built into an inpeneratable mountain fortress. Originally shown in 1961 this was a massive budget blockbuster of it's day and won an Oscar for it's special effects and was nominated for best movie only to be bettered by West side Story.

This Blu ray 50th anniversary edition is fantastic. In my opinion the restoration is great. There is a short documentary in the additional features about this that just proves how much improved this is upon the original. Compared to the old vhs/dvd there is no comparison. The colours, clarity and total look of the movie have been improved no end and I can say that it was like watching it for the first time all over again (for me!)

As well as the film the additional extras are very interesting. There's loads of historical and factual information here as well as short documenteries about the stars whilst on and off set, all good stuff.

In 1080p HD and 5.1 DTS-HD with subtitles in English, English hard of hearing, Danish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Finnish, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Hindi.

Please take this movie for what it is. Made in 1960 and it is not a true story but I would imagine stuff like this did go on! I've read people saying the Germans wouldn't have been so lax and they're not the actual tanks and this that and the other. . .so what? Just stick it in your blu ray player, sit back and enjoy it for what it is. A great movie!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 10 Dec 2011
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Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
Dolby 5.1: German, Italian, Japanese, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
English, German, Italian, Japanese, Castilian Spanish

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish and English for Hard of Hearing

Verdict:
Very good picture and sound for this master-piece which was well restored.
A true pleasure to watch this film again in such fantastic conditions.
The colours were corrected and balanced and clearly it makes a difference as explained in the restoration documentary.
Thanks to the Blu-ray, we can not only watch the film with (or without) the intermission as originally released in 1961
With intermission -> 161 minutes
Without intermission -> 156 minutes
But we can also see some details we were not meant to see !
- Model of the island exploding at the end at the film is quite obvious especially when the cannons are falling into the sea.
- We can even see the join of paint on the "wallpaper" imitating the skyline during the explosion scene.
- Pictures added in post-production are not that unobtrusive, for instance the "citadel" of Navarone and the island where the citadel is supposed to be or when the team is supposedly being climbing, for all the shot, the sea was added in post-prod.
- The shadow of the 35 mm camera is visible on the top of the truck when they are escaping (interrogation scene, at 96 min & 50 sec without intermission selected)
Nevertheless, this motion picture is fantastic with a good story-line and some great sceneries of Greece.
You shall not be disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD, 8 Sep 2008
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Incredible value for the money - the film has been properly restored and the Technicolor looks amazing. Disc two has some nice extras, both of the reminicence-interview type and some unusual B&W featurettes shot at the time. There's also a look at Tiomkin's score and the chance to see and hear the prologue without the narration. Christopher Frayling discusses the film in a way that makes you want to watch it all over again immediately. Heroes, anti-heroes, action, a long, thin thread of melancholy and a beautiful last scene - this has it all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray quality, 24 Oct 2011
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Well Guys,
My Guns of Navarone blu-ray arrived this morning,I have to say that amazon have done me a first class customer service,I pre-ordered it,and got it for £5.99,free postage,a great price!!!!well done amazon.
Now,I aint gonna cover the story of this great,I seen it first time round at the Cinema,as probably all boomers did,and have always loved it,I had the dvd,the dvd pales into total insignificance compared to this new blu-ray transfer,I dont compare blu-rays to other blu-rays,the comparison should be kept to blu-ray/dvd,the blu-ray Guns of Navarone blows the dvd away totally,the picture quality is a wee bit grainy here and there,but it,s far superior to the dvd,AND,the sound quality is excellent,so I would highly recommend to all The Guns of Navarone blu-ray,and it,s priced at £7.99 just now at amazon,great price for this great oldie!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC !, 30 Sep 2008
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i sat down to watch the guns of navarone and my initial thought was how dated it now looked but within 15 minutes your up to your eyeballs in total enjoyment , the main cast are all outstanding and this is a true wartime classic that simply gets top marks .
this film alongside -the bridge on the river kwai , von ryans express , the great escape , a bridge too far , and the devils brigade should be the starting point for your wartime collection their all top rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRICE, 1 Jan 2012
Why pay £14.75 for the U.S.A. import version when it states to be region free & has the same extras as the Region Free U.K. version. at £7.49?
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