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Sands of the Kalahari [Blu-ray] [1965] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,352 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Shady men and a woman crash-land among baboons in the South African desert. Directed by Cy Endfield.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
A one-time Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor vehicle before ending up with the considerably cheaper Stuart Whitman and Susannah York instead, Sands of the Kalahari is a mostly excellent survival story pitched somewhere between The Flight of the Phoenix and The Naked Prey, and more than worthy of comparison with either. Despite being made by the Stanley Baker-Cy Endfield team behind Zulu and Hell Drivers, Baker's supporting role is thankless at first. Seemingly a natural for the role of antagonist or aggressor, his role develops rather unexpectedly against type, but then so does much of the first half of the film. Naturally, despite initial co-operation (and some useful survival tips), the real enemy facing a disparate group of plane crash survivors stranded in the desert turns out to be human nature. It isn't long before one of them decides he's the Alpha Male and goes from wiping out the local baboon population to prevent them eating all the food to moving on to the human competitors while Susannah York, the kind of woman who can repel both suitors and rapists alike just by talking to them, plays Eve to his Adam. It's the attempted rape scene that is the film's weakest moment, not so much because of the attitudes as Nigel Davenport's astonishingly bad acting in the scene, but it's a momentary lapse. The finale, with one survivor regressing beyond the Stone Age to almost become an ape himself, leads to a memorably chilling final shot. Surprisingly, the body count is lower than expected, although the film comes up with genuinely unexpected fates for all the protagonists. Equally surprisingly for the time the real animal violence either happens offscreen or appears to be faked (except for one unlucky bird).Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
Please note that the following review is for the imported American Blu ray release of Sands Of The Kalahari from Olive Films. The Blu ray is region free and playable on ALL players worldwide so order in confidence. A year after Cy Endfield filled cinema screens with his hugely successful Zulu, he returned with the rarely seen Sands of the Kalahari, a classic adventure yarn in the truest traditional sence. Totally unpretentious and with an old fashioned charm there are many clichés I could include in the review for a movie such as this. Yes it is a truely neglected and forgotten gem of a film the type of which is never produced anymore, yes it is fabulously shot in gorgeous Technicolor and expansive Panavision perfectly showcasing the vast, wide open vistas and yes it is a real boys own adventure yarn filled with interesting characters, exotic locations and fearsome wild animals. But underneath the relatively standard adventure storyline is a genuinely gripping and well paced thriller brimming with unease and sexual tension all held together with an immense survival instinct juxtaposing the thin veneer between civilisation and savagery set against the backdrop of quite possibly the most desolate location on the planet.

After a flight to Johannesburg is delayed a weary group of five non connected travellers decide to forego a night in a hotel and arrive at their destination earlier than intended by chartering a small plane captained by Sturdevan (Nigel Davenport). The five passengers consist of cockshure great white hunter Brian O'Brian (Stuart Whitman), mine worker Mike Bain (Stanley Baker), elderly German gentleman and ex soldier Mr.Grimmelman (Harry Andrews), mild mannered doctor Bondrachai(Theodore Bikel) and recent divorcee Grace Munkton (Susannah York).
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was first released in 1965(2011) in Widescreen 2.35.1, Technicolour and runs 120 minutes. The sound and picture quality are very good. The extra is chapters. The film starts with Grace Mungton(SUSANNAH YORK) landing at the airport and sits next to dreaming Bain(STANLEY BAKER) stretched on a chair and table. The loudspeaker announces that the flight to Johannesberg was delayed and the passengers concerned will be accomodated in a hotel. After a shower at the hotel, Grace gets a knock on her door and Dr Bran(THEODORE BIKEL) and Grimmelman(HARRY ANDREWS) propose to her that they could hire a private plane, sharing the cost. Bain hearing this, says he would go. At night, as they are about to board this Southwest Airways, piloted by Captain Sternberg(NIGEL DAVENPORT), a landrover speeds to the plane and Ryan O'Brien(STUART WHITMAN)asks if they could make room for one more. The co-pilot says that the plane was extra heavy with fuel and the extra passenger. The plane takes off from a small airstrip. On flight the captain notices a storm in the radar. Suddenly, they notice a massive cloud of locusts infront of the plane and they are bombarded by these insects. The windscreen is clogged, stopping the vision and the plane goes into turbulance. The captain shouts that the plane was 'coming down'. The plane crashes into the sand and catches fire. Everybody is asked to get out. As they hurry upto the dunes, the plane explodes. Next morning, they bury the co-pilot in the sand. After making an arrow sign with the remains of the plane, they all move into the desert. Bain had hurt his left leg. They rest in the rocky hills and Grimmelman shoots 2 shots from a rifle, for help. This noise disturbs the baboons who live in these hills. Next day, they find water amd melons in a valley.Read more ›
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