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The best rendition of "Shout at the Devil"... and Moore, Roger Moore.
on 20 July 2017
I have been waiting for a Blu-Ray release on this adventurous movie for a long time, and finally, here it is.
Apparently based on an article which related a true historic fact happened during World War I in continental Africa, this is a gem that so many have missed while it was shown in movie theaters.
Of course, due probably to the fact that it starts with some humorous scenes involving mainly the two main characters (played by Lee Marvin and Roger Moore), people were probably mislead in believing that this was just another adventure romp a la "The Man Who Would Be King", but soon enough the story line turns to more serious incidents caused by German Naval Troops wanting to invade an English Colony and subjugate its native inhabitants.
From that moment on the entire story switches pace and turns into a dramatic war adventure movie.
Make no mistake. This is not Moore playing James Bond anymore. He is quite different in it. He gets hurt, he suffers a loss and is at odds with his adventurous and gung-ho companion.
The end is a blast, literally.
I won't reveal more than this. Suffice it to say that this was one of Moore's out-of-Bond moments, in which he did show us his true talent as an actor.
I am so glad to have waited for this Blu-Ray, because it is exceptionally well cared for. The images are crystal clear, probably digitally cleaned up and the sound is impeccable (at least for the Blu-Ray disc included).
Not so for its DVD addition to the collection, which is an old, and evidently chopped version of the movie, running at about 2 hours instead of its original 2 and a half hours.
But probably the producers of this set thought it worthwhile to show how a movie should be shown, compared to what the industry so very often was used to do with products in which they had no trust, in which case the comparison is indeed striking and interesting.
BUT A WORD OF CAUTION!
If you choose a Blu-Ray to buy of this movie, look carefully at the present cover, or should they choose to eventually change it, read carefully the specifications given. If none is given, write to Amazon and ask them directly which is which before you jump into a false assumption and therefore spend precious money for the wrong product.
In my view, the present print of the movie is worthwhile buying.