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

Sean Connery , Michael Caine , John Huston    Blu-ray
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Man Who Would Be King, The (Blu-ray Book)


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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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7 of 7 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Issues with quality of DVD transfer March 18 2004
My experience deals with the quality of this DVD.
I love the movie. Not too politically correct, but enjoyable, nevertheless.
But, the widescreen movie has to be flipped over half way through to see the last part of the movie. I just sold my laser disk player, and have NEVER had to flip a DVD.
The least enjoyable feature of this film is a grainy, almost pixelated appearance. The colors are not rich and looks like the movie was filmed on grainy film. I assume the transfer to a digital format was done with poor compression, or else the producers transferred from a very old copy of the film.
Unless you really want this DVD, wait and hope for a new version.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different Version Feb. 11 2003
By A Customer
Although this is my favorite film, the DVD is severely lacking. I dislike the flipping, as previous reviewers mentioned, BUT, the DVD version is DIFFERENT than the VHS version. I think it may be a British version as some dialogue is different (e.g., sporan instead of moneybag). THAT is OK, even interesting, BUT, at the end, there is a critical scene missing of a charachter falling in somewhat slow motion while Caine narrarates. It is one of my favorite scenes and is missing completely from the film. I do not even watch my DVD because of this but just rely on my well-worn VHS copy. Hopefully they will put out another edition someday. Very disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who (flip) Would Be King Feb. 25 2010
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. There was one aspect of this particular dvd that I disliked and I don't understand why the reproduction was done in this way. Half of the movie is on one side of the dvd and the other half is on the opposite side. I could understand it if the movie was extra long but it only runs for 129 minutes. I find having to stop half-way through the movie to flip the disk over inconvenient and bothersome. If I knew that was to be expected, I don't think I would have purchased the dvd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Major DVD disappointment Feb. 5 2011
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 insert that Warner Bros. would have put it on a dual-layered disk so that the film would be all on one side. No dice, however, for those of us who had the old 1997 release in the cardboard snapcase who were annoyed at having to flip the disk midway through the film, well this is exactly the same disk! They've just repackaged the same old flipper disk. So if you have the old snapper case version and were hoping to upgrade, don't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars stupid April 2 2001
here you have one of the greatest movies ever made, a wonderful tory, you set the dvd into the machine and, amazingly, without any packaging warning, you have to flip the dvd to watch it in its entirety. why time warner continues to distribute so many of these flaws dvd products is beyond me but i strongly recommend no one buy these screwed up products until they correct the problem by re-releasing the dvd on a one-sided version. just plain stupid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Directed by John Houston with excellent performances by Sean Connery
Directed by John Houston with excellent performances by Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer this has long been a favourite movie and was glad to purchase it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lesley Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A most excellent and handsome movie.
Published 1 month ago by T. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say. Caine and Connery together in one movie. A must see.
Published 3 months ago by da boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Cameron Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collaboration with Sean Connery, Michael Caine and (director)...
Michael Caine's favourite, I believe, as directed by the brilliant John Huston, in collaboration with Sean Connery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Canuck Teach
1.0 out of 5 stars Only contains half the movie
CD box only contained one CD which was half the movie and none of the extra production shots advertised.
Published 4 months ago by Kavcor
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 10 months ago by wilma malbon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie hampered by double-sided disc
Fabulous "on the square" move with tremendous acting credentials. The failure is the media. It's a very old-fashioned two-sided disc. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jayme
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic.
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.
Published 14 months ago by MDT
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 15 months ago by Janis Rutherford
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