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Directed by Guy Hamilton
UK / USA 1978

 

From Guy Hamilton, the acclaimed director of The Devil’s Disciple, Goldfinger, Funeral in Berlin, Live and Let Die and Evil Under the Sun, and Alistair MacLean, the legendary writer of The Secret Ways, The Satan Bug, Ice Station Zebra, Where Eagles Dare and When Eight Bells Toll, comes this action-packed sequel to the classic WWII adventure The Guns of Navarone. Screen legends Robert Shaw (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Jaws) and Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Witness) star as fearless commandos on a deadly mission in the darkest days of World War II. Hitler’s armies are storming through Europe, annihilating all opposition in their path, but U.S. Colonel Barnsby (Ford) plots to strike a crippling blow to the brutal Nazi forces. To succeed, he’ll need the help of the most skilled and lethal soldiers in the world: the squad led by Captain Mallory (Shaw) and explosives specialist Corporal Miller (Edward Fox, The Day of the Jackal), fresh from its triumphant mission at Navarone. Carl Weathers (Rocky), Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me), Franco Nero (The Mercenary), Richard Kiel (Moonraker) and Alan Badel (Arabesque) co-star in this large-scale action saga with remarkable special effects and stunts. Adapted screenplay by Robin Chapman and adapted screen story by award-winning writer/producer/director Carl Foreman (The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Victors).

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Force 10 From Navarone was a sequel to the 1961 blockbuster The Guns of Navarone and tells the tale of ten widely divergent WW II troubleshooters who attempt to blow up a crucial bridge in Yugoslavia. As in the first Navarone film, one of the guerillas is a traitor: group leader Mallory (Robert Shaw) knows the identity of the turncoat, but can't prove it until it's almost too late. The beautiful female resistance leader is played by Barbara Bach, while Harrison Ford, fresh from his Star Wars success, is the romantic lead. Others in the cast include Edward Fox, Franco Nero and Alan Badel.

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Theatrical Release: August 16th, 1978

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Comparison:

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Indicator (2 Blu-ray) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Box Cover

 

  

There was an MGM Blu-ray release in 2009:

  

or buy directly from Indicator:

Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:06:11.272

European: 2:05:59.551

Theatrical: 1:58:35.483

Video

2.4:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,675,947,734 bytes

Feature: 39,399,702,528 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

European:

2.4:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,667,953,600 bytes

Feature: 36,740,155,776 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.37 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Theatrical:

2.4:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,027,704,348 bytes

Feature: 24,016,279,104 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Kino Blu-ray:

Bitrate European Blu-ray:

Bitrate Theatrical Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1610 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1610 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 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

European:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1102 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1102 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1463 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1463 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Theatrical:

LPCM Audio English 768 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

2.4:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,675,947,734 bytes

Feature: 39,399,702,528 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism Author Steven Jay Rubin
• Theatrical Trailer (1:45)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 17th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

European:

2.4:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,667,953,600 bytes

Feature: 36,740,155,776 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.37 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Theatrical:

2.4:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,027,704,348 bytes

Feature: 24,016,279,104 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary on the extended version with film historians Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin (2020)
This Is a Giant Movie (1978, 21:24): archival location report by Channel Television featuring interviews with producer Oliver A Unger, and actors Edward Fox and Carl Weathers
Tour de Force (2020, 23:49): actor Angus MacInnes recalls his early film role
From Žabljak with Love (2020, 27:42): the making of the film as told by construction manager Terry Apsey, stuntman Jim Dowdall, grip Dennis Fraser, chief hairdresser Colin Jamison, and chief make-up artist Peter Robb-King
A Life Behind the Lens (2020, 32:16): a tribute to the acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Challis, featuring interviews with fellow directors of photography and camera crew Dennis Fraser, Oswald Morris, John Palmer and Sydney Samuelson, as well as archival footage of Challis
The BEHP Interview with Ron Goodwin (1999, 1:28:34): archival video, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated composer in conversation with Linda Wood
A Show of Force (2020, 24:41): a look at the different versions of Force 10 from Navarone
Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation (17:10)
Original trailers (UK - 2:42, US- 1:50), TV (US - 0:30) and radio spot (UK - 0:23)
Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Sheldon Hall, archival production reports including interviews with cast and crew members, an interview with actor Robert Shaw, recollections of the film’s Yugoslavia shoot excerpted from the memoirs of cinematographer Christopher Challis and screenwriter George MacDonald Fraser, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills
UK premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 5,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
Jun 29th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12 / 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (July 2020): Indicator have also transferred Guy Hamilton's Force 10 From Navarone to Blu-ray. Their package offers both the longer "European" version and the shorter 'Theatrical Cut' on a second Blu-ray. We have made come comparisons below (and above for the title captures) - and you can see the disparity in the 1080P video. The Indicator image has far richer colors and generally Indicator's two cuts support the same palette in each cut, with a few differences - ex. see background of the plane explosion comparison below. The UK image has warmer skin tones and even can look sharper despite a slightly lower bitrate for the European cut and a more modest one for the theatrical which is on a single-layered disc. The US looks a bit overly green in direct comparison. I thought it was going to be, relatively, the same, but there is even a slight difference in framing between the UK and US Blu-ray presentations.

For audio on the longer cut, Indicator best Kino here as well, offering original mono, alternative stereo and 5.1 surround options - all in 24-bit DTS-HD Master tracks. The Theatrical cut has a linear PCM mono track at 16-bits. The score by Ron Goodwin (Village of the Damned, Hitchcock's Frenzy, The Day of the Triffids, Operation Crossbow) has depth exporting an adventurous tone and both serious and occasionally light. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles (see samples below) on both cuts and each Blu-ray is their Region 'B'-locked. 

Extras, Indicator do their usual complete job stacking the limited edition package. First off is the same Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin commentary as found on the Kino. After that is the 22-minute This Is a Giant Movie from 1978 - an archival location report by Channel Television featuring interviews with producer Oliver A Unger, and actors Edward Fox and Carl Weathers. Tour de Force is a new 24-minute interview with actor Angus MacInnes recalling his early film role. From Žabljak with Love is also new running almost a 1/2 hour. It documents the making of the film as told by construction manager Terry Apsey, stuntman Jim Dowdall, grip Dennis Fraser, chief hairdresser Colin Jamison, and chief make-up artist Peter Robb-King. A Life Behind the Lens is, likewise, new and runs over 30-minutes. It is a tribute to the acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Challis, featuring interviews with fellow directors of photography and camera crew Dennis Fraser, Oswald Morris, John Palmer and Sydney Samuelson, as well as archival footage of Challis. We get a video BEHP Interview with Ron Goodwin from 1999. It was made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated composer in conversation with Linda Wood running almost a full 1.5 hours. A Show of Force is a new 25-minute look at the two different versions of Force 10 from Navarone. Indicator include a 17-minute Super 8 cut-down home cinema presentation version as a curiosity as well as original trailers TV and radio spot plus an image gallery of publicity and promotional material. The package has a limited edition (5,000 copies) exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Sheldon Hall, archival production reports including interviews with cast and crew members, an interview with actor Robert Shaw, recollections of the film’s Yugoslavia shoot excerpted from the memoirs of cinematographer Christopher Challis and screenwriter George MacDonald Fraser, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits. It includes a limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills.

Well, there is no doubt as to Indicator's superiority regarding a Blu-ray package for Force 10 From Navarone. It looks better, includes the alternate cut, advancement in the audio transfer (also with more options) and extensive supplements including a booklet. This is one of the biggest, most complete, packages of the entire year to date. Fans will definitely want this keepsake. Bravo!       

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (March 2020): Kino have transferred Guy Hamilton's Force 10 From Navarone to Blu-ray. It is described as being from a "New 2K Master". Despite being on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate the image is as modest as reflected by the source. It doesn't look poor, but is far from dynamic with a frequently green cast. There is little depth exported and some, usually frame-specific, damage marks (see samples below). It looks passable in-motion and the 1080P is fairly consistent with nice texture.

On their Blu-ray, Kino give the option of DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or 2.0 tracks (both 16-bit) in the original English language. There are plenty of aggressive war-related effects from loud guns explosions to fires etc. and some separations in the surround. Depth is exported with some intensity and formidable bass. Kino offer optional English subtitles (see sample below) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray includes a new audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism author Steven Jay Rubin. The two Steves are friends and share a good rapport discussing many other related films making comparisons, the cast, director Hamilton etc. Nice to hear so many relevant details. There is also a trailer for the film and a few other trailers. There is a reversible cover sleeve (see below.) 

Force 10 From Navarone has a machismo cast with Shaw, Ford, Edward Fox, Franco Nero, Carl Weathers and others. Guy Hamilton's direction is adept... but the film always seemed like it was thrown together without the sum achieving the value of the parts. Some great moments but overall somewhat hollow - love Robert Shaw and Franco Nero though and Barbara Bach is always pleasant to look at. It's a film I wasn't overly keen to revisit but the Blu-ray does have the value of the commentary and there are some impressive action sequences. Fans may wish to indulge.

Gary Tooze

 


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1) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator (Euro) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Theatrical) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator (Euro) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Theatrical) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator (Euro) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Theatrical) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator (Euro) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Theatrical) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Indicator (Euro) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - MIDDLE

3) Indicator (Theatrical) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Box Cover

 

  

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray


 


 

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