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

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

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 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

Subtitles English, 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

 

 

Comments:

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

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. 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. The score by Ron Goodwin (Village of the Damned, Hitchcock's Frenzy, The Day of the Triffids, Operation Crossbow) sounding adventurous and both serious and occasionally light. 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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