Winner of four Academy Awards® (including Best Picture), this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry, runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary, competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds, the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.
- Limited edition contains a CD sampler with four tracks from the soundtrack: • Titles (Theme Song) • Abraham’s Theme • Eric’s Theme • Jerusalem
- Paris 1924: Birth of the Modern Games (new to Blu-ray)
- David Puttnam: A Cinematic Champion (new to Blu-ray)
- Hugh Hudson: Journey to the Gold (new to Blu-ray)
- Commentary by director Hugh Hudson
- Composer's Isolated score
- Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire
- Chariots of Fire: A Reunion
- Reliving the Sprint
- Filming the Opening Shot
- Screen tests
- Additional scenes
- Theatrical trailer
The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for best picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesized score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson
--This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.