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

Sean Connery , Michael Caine , John Huston    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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A grandly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure based on the Rudyard Kipling short story, The Man Who Would Be King is the kind of rousing epic about which people said, even in 1975, "Wow! They don't make 'em like that anymore!" When director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen) first started trying to make the film, with Gable and Bogart, the project was derailed by the latter's death. It was a few decades before Huston was able to finally realize his dream movie--and with an unimprovable cast. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are, respectively, Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, a pair of lovably roguish British soldiers who set out to make their fortunes by conning the priests of remote Kafiristan into making them kings. It's a rollicking tale, an epic satire of imperialism, and the good-natured repartee shared by Caine and Connery is pure gold. In today's screen adventures, humor is usually imposed on the material by a writer or director trying to make some kind of cleverly self-aware comment ("Hey, we know it's a movie!"), but that sort of jokiness can create so much ironic distance that it pushes the audience right out of the picture. Huston lets the humor emerge naturally from the characters, for whom we wind up caring more deeply than we ever expected. The digital video disc includes a wonderful documentary on the making of the film. --Jim Emerson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning Jan. 17 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny and Peachy capture your heart Jan. 18 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I WILL PUT IT SIMPLY June 7 2004
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only contains half the movie July 8 2014
By Kavcor
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
CD box only contained one CD which was half the movie and none of the extra production shots advertised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie hampered by double-sided disc Oct. 16 2013
By Jayme
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Would be King June 9 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars " The Man Who Would Be King "....... is King April 11 2013
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Great story... I'm very partial to Kipling. The acting was also great, especially by the 'non-actors'. Michael Caine and Sean Connery were at their best. I was very impressed with Christopher Plummer in his relative small part as Rudyard Kipling. Excellent directing once again by John Huston . I fully endorse this move.
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1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
for one thing I had to return the first one I ordered defective
got the other dvd and it is defective also. I am returning the
second one asap for a refund.
Published 6 months ago by wilma malbon
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD damaged
This was an incomplete copy and stopped two-thirds of the way through the movie. Had to return at my expense.
Published 10 months ago by Janis Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and fast delivery
This is a great movie with Connery and Cain doing a great job as 19th century "hustlers". A movie that I remembered when I was a kid and really happy that I could see it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jamie Maxwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie Presented on 2 discs!
The movie is presented on 2 discs, a fact not readily apparent i the description. This means you have to change the disc during viewing.
Published 15 months ago by robert i birks
1.0 out of 5 stars Marvelio messes up again
Received a replacement dvd of the movie, "The Man Who Would Be King", since the first was defective. The replacement is also defective. Read more
Published on March 14 2012 by Gordon Mcgowan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Old-Style Adventure Movies
Adventure movies now are all about massive explosions, fast cars, actors on steroids, and lots of gunplay, but they weren't always so narrowly focused. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2011 by R. Widdowson
3.0 out of 5 stars Major DVD disappointment
Beware of the recently re-released DVD of The Man Who Would Be King. I was hoping that with a 2010 release date and the fact that it's in a plastic keepcase with paper cover... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2011 by Stuart R. Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who (flip) Would Be King
I had this movie on VHS and was delighted to be able to own it in dvd widescreen format. The picture quality was good as well as the sound when played on a HD tv. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2010 by Thomas Maye
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