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on 3 May 2017
great item + seller
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on 24 December 2015
Great movie and the dvd was in excellent condition
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on 1 May 2017
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on 6 June 2008
Excellent re-working of Buchan's superb "shocker". Highly watchable and Robert Powell makes a convincing Hannay.
However, when is somebody going to make the definitive film version, faithful to Buchan's book, which to my mind is far superior to any of the films.
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on 4 July 2012
Serious Robert Powell stars as Richard Hannay in this third film version of the famous John Buchan story. Generally regarded as the most faithful film version it still differs significantly from the book. Beginning with an unlikely encounter with a spy and his subsequent killing the story travels at a fair lick, from London to Scotland and back again. The objective for Hannay is the prevention of an assassination and thus the prevention of world war. Unlike the other film versions this is set on the eve of the First World War as Hannay tries desperately to stop time and therefore the outbreak of war. The locations, sets and costumes are great and the acting as you would expect from the British acting profession is excellent. The only downside is the often incongruous music. Robert Powell would later play Hannay in a series of adventures on TV although these stories also differed from Buchan's tales.
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on 10 May 2006
This is an excellent film in every sense.Set in London and the Scottish highlands before the first world war it never lets up from the start.Our hero, played excellently by Robert Powell, is wrongfully accused of murder.In order to clear his name he must travel to Scotland to retrieve the evidence which will do just that.Unfortunately this evidence is also wanted by Prussian spies and they give hot pursuit.He must use all his wits to escape both these and the police.This gives rise to a thrilling chase which at times is also extremely funny.

Fine performances by all actors particularly the late John Mills adds to the drama.Combine this with the period costumes and vehicles and you have an all round classic.Brilliant!
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on 6 January 2015
Robert Powell plays Richard Hannay, a mining engineer based in South Africa, but visiting London. When one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, played by John Mills, comes to his flat, and asks him to hide him, he is told by Scudder that there is a plot to murder a visiting foreign minister, that will start WW1. When Scudder is murdered, the police suspect Hannay, who flees to Scotland, pursued by the murderers of Scudder.

This is the second remake of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version, and is set in a different time period to the others. It is an enjoyable remake, with Robert Powell playing a good part. If you are a fan of the other two, and haven't seen this one then this is worth watching, or if you like period films, then you should enjoy this.

Picture Quality is good overall. The fog sequence at the start is a bit murky, but this is the way it was filmed, and looked the same in the cinema on it's original release, so no problem. Colours are natural, and there are no problems with the sound. This dvd transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

Recommended.
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on 18 September 2001
I always thought the 1935 version could not be beaten but.....i was wrong. For sheer all round excitement, good performances, excellent script and superb set pieces you need look no further. Powell makes a great Richard Hannay (how about releasing Powell's 80s 'Hannay' tv series too). He is suitbly dashing and heroic, Mills is wonderful as Scudder and Warner a vile villain. Karen Dotrice is a bit of a let down as the girl but that's a minor quibble. I still think the 1935 version is wonderful but this is even more fun. Buy it now!
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on 15 December 2002
A splendid evenings viewing, this one ! The lead character is thrust into a tale of espionage and murder in pre-first world war London. The plot thickens wonderfully as we watch, with a romantic involvement later as our hero flees to Scotland to retrieve the only evidence of his innocence and a sub-plot which involves the bad guys plan to murder a high ranking foreign diplomat at the House of Commons. The tour-de-force of an ending sees our man saving the day with tremendous courage, putting his life on the line as he does so many times during the film. The sets, the scenery, the costumes, the story, the twists, the whole thing is a piece of escapism sadly lacking in films of today. I must recommend this film whole-heartedly to anyone with a penchant for good old fashioned thrillers.
Happy watching !
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on 24 April 2002
Don't listen to other comparisons to the Hitchcock film. This version is infinitely superior and cleverly paced. Whilst Hitchcock virtually tore up Buchan's work, this version stays closer to the original storyline. Fantastic acting all round and an all time classic ending. I actually found it more exciting than the book. Buchan's novel is a classic but sometimes a bit far fetched. Isn't it interesting how the 3 versions mentioned all have different 39 steps ?
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