The Sound Barrier [DVD]
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David Lean directs this adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play. Ralph Richardson stars as an aircraft maunfacturer whose all-consuming passion with making the ultimate supersonic jet kills both his son and son-in-law and almost destroys him and the rest of his family. Also starring Lean's wife, Ann Todd.
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The Optimum DVD via Great Britian is a pristine transfer in its appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.
This is one of two recent purchases of Studio Canal DVDs (the other being "Hobson's Choice") which have this same audio defect. I have an old VHS recording of this film and the sound is far superior than this DVD; it being an older, non-digital version.
If you can find this film released by any other company than "Studio Canal" then go for it but as for this particular version, leave well alone. I will definitely not be buying any more DVDs made by Studio Canal.
Amazon are in no way at fault here; they delivered the product quickly and well packaged, as always. My only gripe is with Studio Canal and their very poor sound processing.
Propeller aircraft are already being replaced by jets. Ralph Richardson plays the designer so driven to break the sound barrier he becomes a spectre within his own family. In this quest he appears unmoved by the loss of his son and his chief test pilot. The story focus is on the relationships between the designer and his family and the men and women aiming to break the barrier. There is some anachronism in the role of men who find themselves unable to explain the determination to reach and break through this limit at any cost and the women who provide a home base for them to set out from, and possibly return to.
The tension is high as Rattigan and Lean combine script and visual tautness at times referencing horror and thriller genres. Ultimately the struggle is not only within and between characters but against science, malevolent or benevolent? In the closing scenes we see a delta wing aircraft on the designer's desk , is this the beginning of civil Concorde, Space Shuttle or a military machine to deliver intercontinental nuclear armageddon?
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this film,shows the price paid by some to give us supersonic flight. all good actorePublished 3 months ago by dereck brodie
I have always wanted this film it reminds me of the days when i flew as ground support in a Vampire T11.Published 9 months ago by Michael Fealy
A good dvd it is just as good as the first time i went to see it back in the fiftysPublished 12 months ago by john p linehan
First class film with great cast. Nice to see those old aircraft going through their paces.Published 13 months ago by Shades of Blue