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on 19 February 2010
This if by far the best print of 55 Days At Peking I have ever seen. With the Intermission included and great song at the end. Beautiful wide-screen transfer with brilliant colours as well as audio. Thoroughly recommended.
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The film made in the true 'Hollywood' tradition of the 'Epic's' era of the
late 50's to mid 60's.
This a sweeping and dramatic production set at the beginning of the 20th
century during the 'Boxer' uprising in 'China'
The Film starring 'Charlton Heston' who seemed to often be the 'face' of
the epic's of that era, he starred notably in films such as 'The Ten Commandments'
'Ben Hur' and the film it's been said he was born to front 'El Cid'
The Film :
In 'Peking' a compound is occupied by Foreign Diplomats and businessmen with
their family's from around a dozen countries including 'America' 'Britain' 'France'
'Germany' and 'Russia' protected by a small force of troops from each.
Major 'Matt Lewis' (Charlton Heston) returns to 'Peking' with his small troop of
marines, from the outset there seems to be a hint of romance between him and
a guest (who is about to be turned out of the hotel) Russian 'Baroness Natasha
Ivanoff'.
The Major forms close links with 'British' Ambassador 'Sir Arthur Robertson' (David
Niven) as unrest deepens outside of the compound.
'The Dowager Empress' wants the foreign intruders out of 'China'
The compound is soon under siege from thousands of 'Boxer's' who outnumber the
small garrison considerably, it will take all the ingenuity and courage the defenders
can muster.
Only the leadership of the 'Major' and 'British Ambassador' holds the desperate attempt
to survive the onslaught in check.
The 'Empress' orders her generals to involve the army under their command to prevent
a relief force from reaching 'Peking' to assist the defenders.
'The 'Countess' who had initially attempted to leave roles up her sleeves to assist the
surgeon with the wounded.
The film has moments of compassion, a hint of romance, moments of sadness coupled
with tension and frequent battle (siege) scenes.
A well made '1963' production that has been given an impressive upgrade to the 'Blu-ray
format.
( until now, I hadn't seen the film for many a year, I remember it being a good film, in truth
I'd forgotten just how good, many of the great 'epic's' of those times were well made, standing
the test of time and well worth seeing, as is the case with this.
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on 9 August 2017
A great film, one of the classics. Good old "Chuck" Heston as the hero
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on 1 April 2017
Excellent...the blu ray quality is just wonderful
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on 12 May 2017
BRILLIANT AND AS DESCRIBED
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on 16 April 2017
Good film.
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on 28 June 2017
nice film
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on 23 September 2017
Great film.
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on 20 May 2016
great dvd
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on 9 February 2015
classic film with a touch of romance in a very troubled city at a very troubled time
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