directed by Ronald Neame
UK 1960


  In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness inhabits the role of Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. Sinclair is a lifetime military man, who expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills, winner of the Best Actor award at the 1960 Venice Film festival)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a traditionally military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men become locked in a fierce battle for control of the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigidly stratified hierarchy of military life as a jumping off point to examine the institutional contradictions and class divisions of English society, resulting in an unexpectedly moving drama.


Theatrical Release: December 20th, 1960

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 225 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:00 
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• New video interview with director Ronald Neame (23:09)
• Exclusive new audio interview with actor Sir John Mills

• Video interview with Sir Alec Guinness (15:21)
• Original theatrical trailer (3:01)
• 8-page liner notes with essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004

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Fabulous film. I found colors fluctuated a bit (skin tones especially), but otherwise a sharp 1.66 anamorphic image from Criterion. No contrast boosting at all here. All 3 interviews in the extra features were interesting... especially Guinness. This appears to be kind of a forgotten Criterion - which is quite unjust. Great film, great image great extras, original mono audio. I've loved all the Neame directed films I have ever seen.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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