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(aka "The Great Gold Conspiracy")

 

Directed by Peter Hunt
USA 1974

 

Roger Moore (The Wild Geese) and Susannah York (Images) star in this explosive 1974 international conspiracy thriller, set in the South African goldfields and directed by Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Death Hunt). A ruthless global cabal of financial investors plans to manipulate the price of gold on the world market – by sabotaging one of South Africa’s top gold mines and flooding it with millions of gallons of water. All they need is someone to take the blame. Manager Rod Slater (Moore) seems the perfect choice. He’s brash, rough and impulsive – just the sort of man to make a fatal mistake. As Slater embarks on an affair with Terry (York), the heiress granddaughter of mine owner Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland, Panic in Year Zero!), the conspiracy tightens all around him and thousands of lives hang by a thread... Based on a best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith (Dark of the Sun, Shout at the Devil) and filmed entirely on location in South Africa, Gold is an unforgettable thriller with a breathtaking climax and a fantastic cast which also includes John Gielgud (Chimes at Midnight) and Bradford Dillman (Compulsion).

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Peter Hunt directed this old fashioned -- if not reactionary -- action film about gold-mining in South Africa. The story concerns a nefarious scheme to control the international price of gold by sabotaging the country's largest gold mine, flooding it with an underground sea. Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland) is a cranky but kind millionaire who owns the gold mine. His granddaughter, Terry Steyner (Susannah York), is a beautiful women suffering from the old ennui. She happens to be married to chief bad-guy Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), who, along with unscrupulous international tycoon Farrell (John Gielgud), hatches the plot to flood Hurry's gold- mine. To the rescue comes Rod Slater (Roger Moore) and his faithful black sidekick Big King (Simon Sabela), ready to right the wrongs and stem the tide in order to make South Africa safe for cheap black labor.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 5th, 1974 (Charity premiere)

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Review: Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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On Blu-ray, in Region 'B', by Odeon Entertainment:

Distribution Kino Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:04:06.439      
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 24,344,902,631 bytes

Feature: 21,577,678,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino Lorber

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-rays

Disc Size: 24,344,902,631 bytes

Feature: 21,577,678,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
• Theatrical Trailer
(3:55)


Blu-ray Release Date: September 18
th, 2018
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino present "Gold" on a single-layered Blu-ray in 1080p with a modest bitrate. The film is shown in the, original, 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image quality is inconsistent, with a handful of scenes looking impressive and a others looking flat, weak and poor.

There is a 16-bit DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio track. Plenty of aggressive effects; mine collapses, floods, planes etc. All handled with decent depth by the lossless track.
The score is by Elmer Bernstein (Love with the Proper Stranger, The Bride at Remagen, The Comancheros, The World of Henry Orient, Kings of the Sun, Hud, To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer and Smoke) along with the 'Gold Theme' and lilting romantic tunes Wherever Love Takes Me and Where Have You Been All My Life. Overall it sounds clean but nothing dynamic. There are optional English subtitles on this Region-A-locked Blu-ray.

Kino, thankfully, add another audio commentary to augment the package - this one by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson filling in production details and discussion of the stars and director. They are always good - after that is only a lengthy trailer for Gold and a few other film trailers.

I remember seeing this when I was a young lad - and it seemed better back then. Moore and York are great but the romance seems pretty superficial although the mine emergencies are well filmed. Milland and Gielgud offer one-dimensional support but their impressive presence is appreciated. I don't think I would recommend the film very enthusiastically but the Kino
Blu-ray adds value with the commentary. Most may wish to pass. 

Gary Tooze

 


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