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Directed by Richard Lester
UK / USA 1974

 

The Greatest Sea Adventure In History has Just Begun! The high seas have never been more terrifying than in this riveting, tension-packed adventure. Richard Harris (A Man Called Horse) and Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago) head on all-star cast that includes the great Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) in a 'tingling' (The Village Voice), edge-of-your seat shipboard thriller! HMS Britannic is caught in a storm at sea, but the real terror is on board - seven bombs planted by a terrorist calling himself Juggernaut, who demands a high ransom in exchange for the passengers' lives. Bomb expert Fallon (Harris) is flown to the ship and, as negotiations break down, he struggles with the most challenging job of his life in a race against time! Top-notch direction by Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) with an amazing supporting cast that includes David Hemmings, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Clifton James, Roy Kinnear, Freddie Jones and Julian Glover.

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Following his successful foray into swashbuckler comedy with The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, director Richard Lester made what has proved to be one of the few quality films from the disaster craze that dominated filmmaking in the mid-'70s. Juggernaut is the pseudonym of a madman (Freddie Jones) who plants several steel drums aboard a luxury liner and calls the company's officials once the boat has put out to sea, demanding a large sum of money in exchange for instructions on how to defuse bombs inside the drums. Anthony Hopkins plays one of the company officials whose wife and children are aboard the ship, Omar Sharif is the ship's captain, Shirley Knight is a passenger who is also his mistress, and Richard Harris and David Hemmings are two members of the bomb disposal team, which is helicoptered onto the ship to defuse the explosives. As in many of Lester's best works, humor pops up in unexpected places; particularly memorable are Harris as the weary but wisecracking top dog among the explosives experts and Lester regular Roy Kinnear as a bumbling entertainment director desperately trying to distract the apprehensive passengers.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 25th, 1974

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Distribution Wild Side - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:34.169        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,204,286,468 bytes

Feature: 30,617,862,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.5 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 French 2016 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2016 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1942 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1942 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles French (non-removable when English track selected)
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Wild Side

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,204,286,468 bytes

Feature: 30,617,862,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.5 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Richard Lester featurette with Nicolas Saada (27:38 in French, no subtitles)
Trailer (2:44)

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Blu-ray Release Date:
October 2nd, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase (see below)

Chapters 13

 

 

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

ADDITION: Wild Side Blu-ray (October 2019): Wild Side have transferred Richard Lester's sea-faring actioner Juggernaut to Blu-ray. It comes in a fold-out digipak with a second disc DVD (see picture below). The image quality is adept on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The 1.85:1 visuals looks solid in-motion with heavy texture. Unfortunately, as we have seen before, the French subtitles are mandatory when the original English (both it and the French DUB are DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel - 24-bit) language option is chosen. The score by Ken Thorne (Arabian Adventure, Hannie Caulder, Wolf Lake, The Bed Sitting Room, The Outsider) has some richness advancing the suspense and effects carry depth. This is a Region 'B' Blu-ray. Extras include a 1/2 hour appreciation by my friend Nicolas Saada (in French only), a trailer and a second disc PAL DVD.

 

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