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Chariots of Fire: Blu-ray Book (Bilingual) [Blu-ray Book + DVD]

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The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesized score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson

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Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture! The inspiring true story of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson head a sterling cast of newcomers and veterans. The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competition and Character July 13 2004
Format:DVD
Chariots of Fire is an outstanding epic based on the lives of two men (among others), Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams. Eric Liddel, a Scotsman and a missionary believes he can succeed as a testament to his undying faith. Harold Abrahams, a Jew wishes to succeed to prove that Jews are no inferior to others in post WWI England. This movie is one of refinement, ambition, commitment and integrity. In that era, there are tempers when the Masters of Cambridge do not take lightly to Harold being trained by a professional as they pride in the amateur aspect of the sport and the esprit de corps. His interaction with his girl friend when he loses a race is a special point. She says, "He won fair and square. There is nothing you can do about it." Then he retorts, "I do not run to compete, I run to win, if I cannot win, I should not run." She replies, "If you do not run, you cannot win." It ends with her frustration and saying, "Grow up". As compelling as the racing scenes are, it's really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve.
I am glad that I have a wide screen edition of this DVD, however this is a region 3 and cannot play in a regular DVD player, as they play only the region 1 version. It is similar to the version released in UK. Even this version does not have a good audio and video transfer. There are dots in the video and the audio should be better considering the outstanding score by Vangelis. The widescreen edition is farbetter than the one released in US though. I am sad that they are not releasing this one here. I got this one in US through another website, thanks to my enhanced DVD player. So, I would give 5 stars for the movie and 4 stars for the transfer (I am being very generous here).
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By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

Chariots Of Fire arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. A lot of this film was purposefully shot in diffuse light with soft focus, and that may lead some to believe that this transfer is less than exceptional. It isn't. David Watkin's gorgeous cinematography, which more often than not utilized natural lighting schemes, is presented without any noticeable digital tweaking. Grain remains natural. In most cases, this incredibly sharp and pleasing transfer offers abundant fine detail and strong contrast, giving it a commendable filmic appearance. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track supplies clear, nicely nuanced sound that captures all the atmosphere of this rousing and poetic film. Wide dynamic range allows highs to flourish without risking distortion and lows to achieve proper weight without lumbering heaviness. Surround activity is unfortunately limited. The Vangelis score radiates with pulsating power and searing grace as it effortlessly swirls across every channel. The Gilbert & Sullivan music also sounds hearty and robust. (4.5/5)

AWARDS:

Chariots Of Fire was the surprising winner of Best Picture Oscar in 1982. Other winners include Best Original Score (Vangelis), Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design. It was also nominated for Best Director (Hugh Hudson), Best Supporting Actor (Ian Holm) and Best Film Editing. Surprisingly, the Number 1 hit Titles, the famous title theme to the movie, was not nominated for Best Original Song. Maybe because there is no singing? I wonder.

PACKAGING:

Chariots of Fire is attractively packaged in a 40-page lavishly illustrated Warner digibook with embossed lettering and a slightly raised and textured reproduction of the Olympic flame on the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Jan. 2 2013
By Risé
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running the race set before you. June 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Mini Review of one of my top 10 favorite films of all time.
Chariots of Fire is the excellent story of two runners (Eric Liddell, portrayed by the late Ian Charleson and Harold Abrahams who is played by Ben Cross)in the 1924 Olympic Games.
It is an understated epic showing the dichotomy of faith and self determination. It is also two fine character studies of men blessed with as much courage and fire as they do athletic prowess.
The overall effect of the film is inspirational. The stories of these great men inspire me and I believe countless others to always live life to its utmost. Two scenes stand out in my memory that illustrate this effect.
The first takes place at a track meet between Scotland and France. Liddell takes a bad spill in the 400 meters event and somehow manages to not only get back up but catch up with the field and win the race as he falls to the ground utterly exhausted form his ordeal.
When Sam Mussabini (Abrahams' Coach) comments "It's not the prettiest 400 I've ever seen Liddell but it is certainly the bravest" the audience is given words with which to process the exhilarating feat they just witnessed.
The second scene takes place after Abrahams loses a race to Liddell. Abrahams is devastated as he has never lost before. He comments to his girl friend that he won't race of he can't win. She counters back: "You can't win if you don't race."
Whether it be in words or pictures Chariots of Fire communicates to the viewer that life is a race worth running full out to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love the packaging of this dvd. The book part was a very good touch and informative as well as the music disc. All the actors were superb and the bonus material was OK. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joker
1.0 out of 5 stars Could barely sit through half of the film
I remembered when this came out in the theatres. I was still a child. Over thirty years later I borrowed it from the library. I couldn't finish watching it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sassy Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC !
I had seen this extraordinary movie years ago when it first came out and remembered how great it was. I had just as much fun seeing it again although it is of another age. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lucie Hogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Eric Liddell
Good introduction to intrigue you about the ongoing story of Eric Liddell.
His joy is palpable. Recommend reading more about him.
Published 18 months ago by Maureen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Chariots of fire video
It was very good to do business with you and the video is just super. It was well package and it came in on time. Thanks
Published 23 months ago by Steven Menard
4.0 out of 5 stars British accent
Inspiring story of character, conviction and honour. The setting is British upper class school/society after the first world war (1924). Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Bruce Hildebrand
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered
I remember I loved this movie when it first came out in the cinema. Revisiting it over 25 years later, I was a bit disappointed. Read more
Published on July 11 2009 by Neil Olsen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very inspiring, too much religious talk, simply boring!
I was expecting a lot out of this movie based on reviews, I bought a bunch of movies for those long winter days on the trainer (indoor cycling). Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by Remi Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars With hope in our hearts and wings in our heels!
The athletes of the British running team who went with hope in their hearts and wings in their heels in the VIII Olympiad in Paris in 1924 is the focus of this movie, but there's... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Daniel J. Hamlow
5.0 out of 5 stars A good drama and sports movie - possible? YES!
It being my father's favourite film, I decided to give it a go. Although at first I thought it to be a quaint little story about British Olympic glory in 1924, after watching it... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Maggie
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