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The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book]


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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Doghmi Larbi
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling
  • Producers: John Foreman, William Hill
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: June 7 2011
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NTC7EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,818 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. T White on Jan. 17 2004
Format: DVD
The film itself deserves a 5 star rating and a spot in everyone's video collection. However, be warned - this is an early DVD release (1997) and although the movie is only 129 minutes in length, at approximately the 73 minute mark the disc stops and you must eject the DVD and manually flip it over to see the second half. If any movie deserves a re-release, "The Man Who Would Be King" does. A double layered, newly remastered edition with a few extras would be wonderful. (Almost all of the extras on this edition are script only, and the print is difficult to read.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray on Jan. 18 2003
Format: DVD
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, John Houston....four of the biggest talents of our lifetime that came together to give you very special film. One so emotionally moving and involving I have a very hard time watching it, but then I likely hold the Guinness records on repeat views for Braveheart...so I tell myself I won't watch it again, but end up doing it.
Based on a Rudyard Kipling story, it is full of exotic locates, adventure, and such warm humour, under the master John Houston's direction. Houston had this in mind originally for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart (not to knock them, but total miscasting), then later was going to do it with Butch and Sundance (Paul Newman and Robert Redford in typically Hollywood style of going for names rather than perfect actors for the roles). Fortunately, Newman had the insight to pass on it and suggested going with the pairing that was absolute perfect as Danny and Peachy.
Caine had showed as Bromhead in Zulu, that he had the proper mien for a man in a red coat and pith helmet, and we know Connery can do anything given the crack. Since both are personal friends off screen, their on screen charisma comes is amplified by the fact the two men who actually like each other, giving good foundation in which to bring Danny and Peachy alive.
Danny and Peachy decide they have had enough with soldering for the British Empire and think it a marvellous idea to go forth into the world and find a forgotten corner and create their own,
and the most forgotten place they can find on the map is Kafiristan. There they plan to become rich as kings. It is a super adventure getting there, but after the reach the small country, the lark turns into something more, with Danny taking being King Quite serious.
Look for a cameo of Mrs. Caine playing the woman to wed Connery.
It just does not get any better than this, with fine fine acting, writing and directing. Just have a hankie near for the ending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kahn on June 7 2004
Format: DVD
BUY THIS MOVIE
I will give you three reasons why:
1) Sean Connery: one of the best actors. Period.
2) Michael Caine: another of the best. And he looks good in that hat.
3) Kipling: you just can't beat that for a writer.
ARE WE CLEAR?
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Michael Caine's favourite, I believe, as directed by the brilliant John Huston, in collaboration with Sean Connery. Caine's new wife plays a secondary role as the object of Connery's attention, after he and Caine manage to take over a far eastern tribal city-state, using their advanced knowledge of military tactics and weaponry. Ironical, funny, pseudo-tragic originally penned by tale by Rudyard Kipling.
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CD box only contained one CD which was half the movie and none of the extra production shots advertised.
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Fabulous "on the square" move with tremendous acting credentials. The failure is the media. It's a very old-fashioned two-sided disc. The moving just stops suddenly and you need to flip the disc to resume playing. Don't understand why this was not just compiled onto a modern DVD. It's a jarring experience and does interfere with a great flick.
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By MDT on Sept. 26 2013
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A timeless classic. Perfectly cast. Michael Caine great in the role of Peachy. Culture clash and empire mentality with a splash of humour as well.
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This is another movie that is becoming harder and harder to find. This is a great movie to have in one's collection.
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