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
DVD Review: BFI - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||BFI - Region 2- PAL|
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)|
Silent version (12:14)
trailer (3:06 - 16X9 widescreen)
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