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Directed by Richard Attenborough
UK 1972

 

Richard Attenborough’s renowned, star-studded historical biopic follows the early years of one of Britain’s most beloved and controversial figures – Winston Churchill.

Writer-producer Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was approached by Churchill himself, who suggested his own book, My Early Life: A Roving Commission, would make a good film. The result is a lavish and beautifully detailed drama, with Simon Ward in the lead role, detailing Churchill’s service as a cavalry officer in India and the Sudan, as a war correspondent in the Second Boer War, and his election to Parliament at the age of 26.

Forman and Attenborough assembled a sterling cast in support: Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Magee, Edward Woodward, and John Mills add weight to Attenborough’s vision of the man and the myth.

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Lavish rendering of Winston Churchill's early life, from his school days, through his adventures in Africa, to his first days in Parliament. It begins with Churchill as a junior officer in India out to make a name for himself. It is suggested that becoming a war correspondent would be a good career move. His colorful, often controversial, reports make him a household name, aiding his passage into politics.

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Theatrical Release: July 20th, 1972

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:33:14.059         
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,685,464,040 bytes

Feature: 35,789,590,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.14 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

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Lecture:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,685,464,040 bytes

Feature: 35,789,590,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.14 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• The John Player Lecture with Richard Attenborough (1971, 78 mins): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre
• Reflections of a Director (2006, 12:40): archival interview with Attenborough
• A National Hero Brought to Life (2006, 16:20): archival interview with actor Simon Ward on his performance as Winston Churchill
• Camel Blues (2019, 29:10): assistant director William P Cartlidge remembers working with Attenborough and writer-producer Carl Foreman
• Stars and Sand (2019, 8:39): second assistant director Brian Cook discusses the star-studded cast
• My Kingdom for a Horse (2019, 10:23): Vic Armstrong recalls his work as Ward’s stunt double and his role as horse wrangler for the film
• Fires in the Sky (2019, 5:26): special effects artist John Richardson on the challenges of filming in Wales, Morocco, and Blenheim Palace
• Making It Up (2019, 3:50): interview with make-up artist Robin Grantham
• Deleted scenes (6:31): five scenes from the ‘roadshow’ version, including the alternative ending with Winston and Randolph Churchill
• US Premiere Footage (1972, 15:56, mute): rare and unseen material featuring Attenborough, Foreman, Ward, Robert Shaw, Edward G Robinson, and others
• Original theatrical trailer (3:11)
• Image galleries: publicity and promotional material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Sergio Angelini, the cast and crew on the making of Young Winston, an extract from Winston Churchill’s A Roving Commission: My Early Life, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 28th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (October 2019): Indicator have transferred Richard Attenborough's epic biography Young Winston to Blu-ray. It includes the overture music, intermission (entr'acte) and exit music. This is on a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. It is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks fairly thick with some heavy, film-like, textures. There is depth apparent and minor depth in colors (purple dress of Anne Bancroft) with pleasing detail in close-ups (you can see Robert Shaw's make-up to age him). It is not a dynamic looking film and the transfer appears to accurately portray its original appearance. 

On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It supports the audio war-related effects (canons, guns, horses etc.) and score by Alfred Ralston (his first credited feature film - doing only TV afterward and continuing a career as a music arranger in London theatres). Here he arranged much of the military marching standards utilized in Young Winston. There is also some Johann Strauss. All sounds clean and crisp. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

Indicator, justly, load this Blu-ray package with supplements. First we get, from 1971, The John Player Lecture with Richard Attenborough which has the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London’s National Film Theatre for about 1 1/4 hour as the film runs. Reflections of a Director is from 2006 and is a 13-minute archival interview with Attenborough discussing biographies as his main interest. A National Hero Brought to Life is also from 2006 and runs about 1/4 hour. It is an archival interview with actor Simon Ward on his performance as Winston Churchill. I do recall him in Zulu Dawn and The Chosen. It's nice to hear his thoughts on this important role in his career. Indicator have produced some new content; Camel Blues runs 1/2 hour and has assistant director William P Cartlidge remembering working with Attenborough and writer-producer Carl Foreman. Stars and Sand spends less than 10-minutes with second assistant director Brian Cook discussing the star-studded cast. My Kingdom for a Horse has Vic Armstrong for 10-minutes recalling his work as Ward’s stunt double and his role as horse wrangler for the film. Fires in the Sky discusses special effects with John Richardson on the challenges of filming in Wales, Morocco, and Blenheim Palace for a brief 5-minutes. Making It Up is a short interview with make-up artist Robin Grantham. There are five deleted scenes from the ‘roadshow’ version, including the alternative ending with Winston and Randolph Churchill plus some US Premiere Footage from 1972 featuring rare and unseen material featuring Attenborough, Foreman, Ward, Robert Shaw, Edward G Robinson, and others. We get an original theatrical trailer and image gallery of publicity and promotional material. The package has a limited edition (3,000 copies) exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Sergio Angelini, the cast and crew on the making of Young Winston, an extract from Winston Churchill’s My Early Life: A Roving Commission, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Young Winston is an excellent bio-pic from Attenborough. The characterization of a young Winston Churchill is totally engrossing and the flowing narration from the book helps move the film along well and fill in gaps - as does the shifting, non-linear, timelines regarding his parents.  It's a very well-crafted historical film - a massive production - and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. This Blu-ray package is loaded with value and get a very strong recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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