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Riddle of the Sands: The Rank Collection [Import]

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A young British yachtsman (MacCorkindale) is sailing off the north coast of Germany in 1901, when he stumbles upon a plot to invade England. The young sailor enlists the aid of an old chum (York), who also works in the Foreign Office, and together the two English gents turn amateur sleuths and embark on a daring adventure to save Britain from catastrophe at the hands of the German military and Kaiser Wilhelm himself! Based on the Erskine Childers novel, considered the prototype of the modern day spy thriller. Bonus Features: Photo Gallery Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0 & 5.1 Enhanced; RT - 102 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1 - Video: 4x3 Letterboxed; Year - 1978; Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Studio: VCI Entertainment DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011 Run Time: 102 minutes

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS" (1978) - (102 min/Color) -- Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale, Alan Badel, Michael Sheard, Jurgen Anderson, Hans Meyer, Wolf Kahler, Olga Lowe

Directed by: Tony Maylam

British Invasion has returned to VCI, with this release from their vault.

Two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible scheme, but must outwit not only the cream of the German Navy, but the feared Kaiser Wilhelm himself. This has spy thriller written all over it.

This is a wonderful film, with scenic cinematography. There is a sequence with fog and our lead characters are about to close in on the bad guys, the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. Although in the book there were only male lead characters, but Jenny Agutter spices up the screenplay with a welcomed appearance.

The director achieves what the book was trying to convey, making this a classic with an outstanding cast.

Would like to add this is one of the most beautiful films from the UK during the 1970s, almost feel as if you're sailing away in this atmospheric tapestry with a colorful backdrop.

In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace...and their secrets with them.

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Poster Gallery

BIOS:
1. Tony Maylam Director)
Date of Birth: 1943 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent adventure movie May 13 2014
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A rather obscure movie about two British yachtsman trying to figure out what the Germans are up to in the pre- WW 1
era. Although the production values are a bit weak the script and cast make this very enjoyable to watch. Fans of war movies
should catch this one- its worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riddle of the Sands March 24 2014
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Another obscure movie not often seen on TV anymore. A great story line, one that keeps the movie fan enthralled with the twists and turns in the story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Riddle of the Sands April 3 2012
By Artie
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The Riddle of the Sands is an excellent adventure movie. The characters are well cast.
It is a great dramatisation of Erskine Childers 1903 novel of the same name.
The DVD didn't seem to be available here in Australia so I was glad to be able to purchase it through Amazon.
The disc arrived in mint condition and was shipped very promptly.
Thankyou.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Time - Enjoy Nov. 25 2011
By nevadavet - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, right up front I need to preface this by saying that this movie takes place in one of my favorite periods in history and one in which very few movies take place - the early 1900's PRIOR to World War I. It is well filmed in color and takes place in the North Sea islands between Britian and Germany, and is simply a great prewar spy show with a plot of a "Pearl Harbor" type attack on, well, I won't spoil it, being exposed before it can happen. The location will have most non-europeans heading for Google Maps or an Atlas, which is a good thing. Well cast with Michael York and other well known British actors, but to me the "star" is the small two masted sailboat around which much of the action occurs. In my view this is a must have for Britsh spy fans, ship lovers, or anyone who likes history. The only downside is the movie is somewhat slow for younger viewers, relying on character, dialog and location rather than action. A rainy afternoon, feet up, favorite beverage, and Enjoy!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Riddle of the Sands (1978) ... York/Aqutter/MacCorkindale ... Tony Maylam (Director) (2011)" Oct. 8 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS" (1978) - (102 min/Color) -- Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale, Alan Badel, Michael Sheard, Jurgen Anderson, Hans Meyer, Wolf Kahler, Olga Lowe

Directed by: Tony Maylam

British Invasion has returned to VCI, with this release from their vault.

Two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible scheme, but must outwit not only the cream of the German Navy, but the feared Kaiser Wilhelm himself. This has spy thriller written all over it.

This is a wonderful film, with scenic cinematography. There is a sequence with fog and our lead characters are about to close in on the bad guys, the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. Although in the book there were only male lead characters, but Jenny Agutter spices up the screenplay with a welcomed appearance.

The director achieves what the book was trying to convey, making this a classic with an outstanding cast.

Would like to add this is one of the most beautiful films from the UK during the 1970s, almost feel as if you're sailing away in this atmospheric tapestry with a colorful backdrop.

In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace...and their secrets with them.

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Poster Gallery

BIOS:
1. Tony Maylam Director)
Date of Birth: 1943 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

2. Michael York [aka: Michael York-Johnson]
Date of Birth: 27 March 1942 - Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

3. Jenny Agutter
Date of Birth: 20 December 1952, Taunton, Somerset, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

4. Simon MacCorkindale
Date of Birth: 12 February 1952 - Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 14 October 2010 - Marylebone, London, England, UK

5. Alan Badel
Date of Birth: 11 September 1923 - Rusholme, Manchester, England, UK
Date of Death: 19 March 1982 - Chichester, England, UK

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 102 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8740 ~ (September 20, 2011)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie way too long in coming to DVD Jan. 24 2012
By lental - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been watching for the DVD offering of "Riddle of the Sands" since DVDs first became available and was excited to finally find it at Amazon.

I first learned sbout it when it did a short and much ignored run in the theaters in the late 70's. It was recommended by a fellow sailor during a discussion of sailing movies. Since then it's become a kind of "cult" movie for sailors.

The movie follows fairly closely the novel by Erskine Childers whose own exciting life created an excellent platform for his book of the same name. Childers was executed by a firing squad during the Irish Revolution.

This movie was a real sleeper when it was released and that's too bad because it's a top-flight sailing spy adventure with a little romance thrown in. In my opinion, it's a four-star movie and should have been an award winner.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite.... March 17 2012
By James G. Bennett Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
I have both the book and the movie and while I think the book is a bit better, the movie is a gem. I have little to add to what the other reviewers have said except to point out that this was the first modern spy story. And, in its time it was an amazingly influential story. When it first appeared in the UK about 1904, it created a furor because it pointed up a major vulnerability of the British Navy's bases. It led to a complete re-evaluation of the Navy's home fleet bases and the creation of the base at Scapa Flow.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate mystery Nov. 2 2011
By M. Bellows - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this movie years ago and was very impressed with it. The acting is wonderful, but the story line is even better. Time is pre- world war I. Place is Germany. I was so glad to see it's available on DVD. This is a film very much worth seeing. Great for mystery lovers, history buffs, and those who love sailing.
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