There have already been so many favourable reviews of this masterpiece, that one more seems like an exercise in superfluiity, but there is one point I want to emphasize that has not been stressed sufficiently: the outstanding all-round acting by this stellar cast. Fred Zinneman deserves full credit for his magnificent direction: taut and economical; beautifully paced and edited. Conversation is kept to the minimum needed to justify the action, and we have to thank Kenneth Ross for converting Frederick Forsyth's novel into such a compelling screen play. It is in the nature of the "thriller" medium that suspension of disbelief is necessary for full enjoyment of the product. As this plot is apparently based on a real incident , it is less essential here than in most of the genre, And the seamless flow of the sequences together with their rapid changes in location do the rest, until the very last moment when I felt, for the first time, an edge of incredulity. Edward Fox justifies the praise that has been heaped upon his performance, but the support he received from actors who were household names at the time has not been adequately acknowledged: Alan Badel, Eric Porter, Cyril Cusack, Michel Lonsdale and Delphine Seyrig in particular. Although priced at under $CN10, the visual quality of this DVD and its transfer from the original leaves nothing to be desired, although their is neither a brochure or any extras.I noticed in the Amazon.ca site that there is an even cheaper version available, but I have not seen it. This I have seen several times since purchase and I can thoroughly recommend it.