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Gold (1974) [Blu-ray]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Gold certainly comes over better in widescreen than it does in the cropped and edited TV and Public Domain prints that have been floating around for years. The first of Roger Moore's trio of South African shot adventures (along with Shout at the Devil and The Wild Geese), it's very much of its time: this being the mid-70s, the villains are easy to spot - they're the ones who wash their hands, don't smoke and aren't any good in the sack - while the good guys aren't afraid of a little dirt or sleeping with the boss's wife. Along with Moore the credits are littered with many of the regular Bond team most of whom would go through the same flooding-the-mine routine again in A View To a Kill - but then, since the film's hiking-up-the-price-of-gold premise is borrowed from Goldfinger (albeit a tad more credible than setting off a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox), there's no real cause for complaint. Like Elmer Bernstein and Jimmy Helms' title song, it's not subtle but it's an entertaining two hours if it catches you in the right mood.

Finally available in its original widescreen ratio on an English-friendly DVD in Germany and in a UK release from SlamDunk Media after years of terrible fullframe releases from Public Domain labels, there are no extras apart from a poorly reproduced stills gallery. Odeon's 2013 Blu-ray release also offers the film in its original 2.35:1 ratio in a good but not outstanding transfer, faring better on the extras front - the original theatrical trailer and a 45-minute mid-80s US documentary on Roger Moore.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A group of high-flying businessmen plan to have 'South Africa's' largest
gold mine flooded to inflate the gold prices world wide, making a financial
killing, to ensure success they have the mines chairman's son-in-law 'Manfred
Steyner' in their pocket.
When the mines general manager dies by accident whilst working in the mine,
'Manfred' has lost his on-site puppet.
'Manfred' manages to persuade father-in-law 'Hurry Hirschfeld' to appoint
'Rod Slater' a young contender for the post,'Manfred' believes the cavalier
attitude of the new appointment will be the ideal candidate to attribute
blame to when the plan to 'blast' and flood the mine succeeds.
The film builds up toward a tense and gripping conclusion.
The picture quality on 'blu-ray' is superior to the DVD version, the sound
has been enhanced to a satisfactory level.
The story is of corruption and greed with a total disregard for the lives
that would be lost if the plan succeeds.
Enjoyable, well worth a spin.
There is little in the way of additional features.....just a 'Roger Moore'
documentary and trailers.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2007
At last this 1970's adventure film, from Wilbur Smith's novel "Gold Mine", gets a widescreen release, with only poor quality, full screen releases being previously available, including several different but equally poor US versions.

The film is now in its original 2.35:1 ratio, anamorphically enhanced and with a pretty decent transfer. It has 20 chapter stops, but no extras other than a rather pointless ten picture "image gallery".

Elmer Bernstein's score is particularly note-worthy and would well deserve a CD release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 February 2015
I really rather enjoyed this film. It's basically a kind of 70s-disaster-move-cum-thriller, with a dash of Bondian love scenes thrown in. No surprises there, as it stars Roger Moore, and was made by Peter Hunt and John Glen (who made about a dozen classic Bond films between them), and even has Maurice Binder doing the title sequence and a cod-ShirleyBasey theme tune! There's some splendid actors playing character parts in it too, from Sir John Gielgud, Bernard Horsefall, Tony Beckley, Simon Sabela... and a lot of lovely on-location cinematography in South Africa, and impressive practical special effects work (which I bet these days would all get done on computer and look nowhere near as real).
The BluRay has pretty good picture quality (the odd bit of iffy-grading here and there, perhaps); the sound quality is adequate for the time it was made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fairly exciting adventure yarn filmed in South Africa during the apartheid regime. A syndicate headed by John Gielgud conspires with the son in law (Bradford Dillman) of a wealthy gold mine owner (Ray Milland) to destroy the mine thus enabling the syndicate to profit in share dealing. The general manager (Roger Moore) of the mine is unaware of this and is being used as a dupe by Dillman. In addition to Moore who was playing James Bond at the time, the film utilizes several other Bond personnel including its director Peter Hunt (ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE), film editor John Glen (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME) and title designer Maurice Binder (DR. NO). Their combined particular talents give the film a polish it may not have had in other hands. Outside of the usual noble black man who sacrifices his life to save the white hero storyline, it's good solid action fare. Strong score by Elmer Bernstein which includes the Oscar nominated song Wherever Love Takes Me sung by Maureen McGovern. With Susannah York, Tony Beckley and Simon Sabela.

After years of inferior pan and scan public domain prints, it's a treat to have the film in its original wide screen 2.35 aspect ratio. Thank you, Slam Dunk Media!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2005
This is a very fine movie, well acted, good plot, excellent location. However, this DVD is the worst quality production I have ever seen in a commercial pressed DVD. Its miriad faults include:
* Appalling colour balance. Most of the film could be in sepia monochrome, and you would not tell the difference.
* Heavily cropped from the original panavision 2.35:1 to 4:3, so that just about half of the frame is lost. This makes several scenes just background to the action taking place (invisibly) to the sides.
* The penultimate scene is badly pressed, giving the first pressed DVD I have ever viewed that would not play without fault. A 15 second pause with blocky representation of a frame, followed by the next scene some actual six minutes later in the movie.
* Poor sound quality.
* Poor focus.
I suspect that the producers of this DVD used a seventh generation copy of the original film, not the master, or even a first generation copy. I completely fail to understand why the film was so heavily and unnecessarily cropped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2010
This is, in my opinion, one of Roger Moore's best films, with lots of fast paced action, although it is also maybe one of his least remembered partly due to the fact that it was made just about the same time as he embarked on the role of James Bond in Live and Let Die. I recommend you try it if James Bond is your kind of thing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2003
This was either made just before or after Moore being made Bond, and indeed the director, editor, title designer to mention a few, have all worked on 007 films. Gold has been adapted from an early Wilbur Smith Book (Gold Mine) with some of the more obscure plots removed.
The film is very believable and the underground scence make you appreciate each breath you take.
Brilliant final scene and title music.
My only disappointment was the lack of DVD extras.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This movie made by former Bond director Peter (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Hunt and starring then 007 Roger Moore has all the hallmarks of a great fun action thriller. Yet, the action doesn't seem to truly pick up until the latter part of the movie when things start to go terribly wrong in a South African gold mine.
The plot - for what it's worth - revolves around plans to increase the value of gold stocks by flooding a gold mine in Africa, and the machinations employed to keep the manager of the mine (played by Moore) suitably distracted and away from the location to allow the villains plot to succeed.
A great cast supports Moore in this piece including Susannah York and Sir John Gielgud and it moves at a fair pace. The troubling aspect about this movie (and the reason I give it only four stars) is the poor treatment that has been afforded the picture on the DVD - it really does deserve to be redone and remastered.
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