directed by Tony Richardson
UK 1968


One of the most famous blunders in military history provides the climax to this passionate, provocative film. Tony Richardson creates a sweeping panorama of mid-Victorian England in all its complacency and callousness, and Charles Wood's biting screenplay fizzes with wit as well as anger. Richard Williams' brilliant animated sequences which punctuate the narrative give a distinctive twist to the events, and Trevor Howard and John Gielgud deliver commanding performances as the Lords Cardigan and Raglan.
DVD extras: Interview with Richard Williams, original trailer, director's biography, animator's biography and silent version of the story made in 1912, from the studio of Thomas Edison (from the National Film and Television Archive)


Theatrical Release: April 11th, 1968 - UK

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DVD Review: BFI -  Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 2:04:44
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.43 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• 1912 Silent version (12:14)
• Interview with Richard Williams (13:14)

• Original trailer (3:06 - 16X9 widescreen)
• Director's Bio
• Animator's Bio

DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003

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There is a Region 1 (MGM) version of this film on DVD, and I have not seen it, but reading reviews it is supposed to be quite stunning. Perhaps one day we will compare. I found this BFI release a little fuzzy in parts. The darkness is generally the film which was shot with very low lighting. Like the Region 1 DVD, this is anamorphic and in proper ratio - glorious 2.35 widescreen! There are no subtitles, but some keen extras that make this worth the purchase price - I am referring to the 1912 silent film presented with piano accompaniment. It is a one reeler from the studio of Thomas Edison! The director was  James Searle Dawley. Fascinating stuff! I found the picture relatively weak but suspect it was the manner in which Richardson shot it. The audio is quite stable. I give this DVD out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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Gary Tooze

Mississauga, Ontario,