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A Bridge Too Far (DVD)

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Genre: War & Western - War / Theatrical Release: 1977 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Richard Attenborough, Sidney Hayers / Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O'Neal, Maximilian Schell, Liv Ullmann ... / DVD released 2004-05-24 at MGM Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      27.09.2012 11:02
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      Excellent all round film that is not modern in its approach but at the top of its game when made.

      This is a one off and a movie that could not be repeated today, the wealth of actors reads like a Oscar nomination list and I will not use space here naming them. The basic story is of operation Market Garden which was due to shorten the second World War and lay a carpet of airbourne troops through Holland from Eidenhoven to Arnhem and then send 30 corps up the road and relieve the paratroopers as they go. This is a real life tale of blood and guts and the individual characters come out from the movie in a very clear manner considering that each unit had its own story to tell. The 10,000 paras dropped onto the last Bridge which was Arnhem itself were suppose to be there for 2 or 3 days before they would be relieved. They actually spent 9 days there and 2,000 were then evacuated back across the Rhine. Not to forgot that a large Polish contingent also played a major part of the battle and in the movie are portrayed as slightly hestant in their approach - dont let this fool you in the movie as in real life they fought as hard as the other units. The performances are very British in their appearance and i am sure this is proably exactly how it was. Having visited Arnhem myself on a battlefield tour i can say that the general story of the DVD is accurrate and well put together. There is some minor humour and also some death of civilians but in total a film well worth watching to keep alive the exploits of our armed forces during the second world war.

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      06.11.2009 18:54
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      its realistic and not too gory

      This is epic war film released in 1977 it was directed by Ritchard Attenborough,Running time 175 mins. The film is set in WW2 and based on the real allied airbourne opration Market Garden. As well as been an epic movie there is an epic cast, here listed are some of the well known cast, Dirk Bogarde,Micheal Caine, Sean Connery,Robert Redford,Edward Fox,Elliot Gould,Anthony Hopkins,Gene Hackman,James Caan and many more ,too many to list. The movie itself won 3 BAFTA awards you see what makes the movie so good is the realism. The operation itself is doomed from the start with problems from broken radios too the fact the paratroops are dropped anywhere but the right locations they are supposed to be in,basically they are miles from where they should be and they still have to capture 7 bridges with all these problems its a disaster waiting to happen. It is good adaption of a true event in the worlds history,altough the film runs for nearly 3 hours there is something nail biting happening all the way through,so basically if your into war films this is the one to watch.

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        28.12.2000 01:56

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        This epic film is much more than just another war story. Make sure you are sitting comfortably before you watch this film as at 175 minutes it is very long. The film is based on the true story of the Allied forces in World War II trying to capture a number of important river bridges in Holland in order to secure a route for our troops to pursue the fleeing German army. Operation Market Garden was the largest operation since D-day and involved putting thousands of troops 60 miles behind enemy lines in order to capture the bridges. This film has a particular interest to me as my uncle was one of the paratroopers who jumped at Arnham. He was shot during the operation and still has a piece of metal in his leg to this day. The film does not glorify war but shows many scenes of death and injury and the sadness and pain that this leads to. This is shown not only affecting the soldiers but also the civilians who lived in the towns and villages of the area of the fighting and were caught up the middle of the conflict. A lot of the film concentrates on the massive logistical organisation that is involved in such a large operation and how well this was managed or mis-managed by individual officers of the British Army. The characters of the officers are shown to reflect the different backgrounds that war time officers came from. The officers who had joined the army for the war were shown to be practical and resourceful, whereas the career officers were depicted as ex Public School pupils with lines such as “Don’t forget to pack my golf clubs and my dinner jacket”. In my opinion Sean Connery and Michael Caine are the two best actors in this film and both give exceptional performances. This really is an excellent film and if you enjoy action films then this is one you should see.

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        29.11.2000 03:26
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        An excellent war film from 1977, this movie chronicles the events of Operation Market Garden, an allied attempt to end the war by dropping British and American airborne units behind enemy lines in Holland to capture key bridges across the Rhine, with tank and infantry support arriving from Belgium, so giving the allies a clear run into Germany. The operation was almost a success with two out of the three bridges being captured, only the assault on the bridge at Arnhem being unsuccessful, because of over stretched supply lines hence the title of the film. This is a long film at just under three hours, but it doesn’t seem that long as the action never lets up, with the scenes switching from the various assaults on the bridges and the attempts of the tank units to arrive in time, and it highlights the difficulties that the allies faced with supply line, transport and communication problems. This film is well worth watching as it tells the story of one of the key events of World War 2, the acting is of a very high standard, as you would expect from the calibre of actors in this film (it is probably one of the most star studded films ever made), and the director Richard Attenborough. The only thing that I think lets this film down, is the fact it seems to portray the British as officious and incompetent with the Americans taking the lead, which I find surprising as it contains a fair few British actors and a British director. I have been looking forward to getting this film on DVD (it has just been released); having seen it on its first release and on video and to be honest it is a disappointment. Although the film is presented in Anamorphic widescreen, the print used is not of a very good quality and although quite sharp it has a lot of scratches and white spots and it would have been nice if it had been digitally re-mastered and cleaned up. The same can also be said of the sound-track as it is only Dolby and should really have been re-mixed into Dolby 5.1 to take advantage of the excellent special effects and musical score. It would have been nice to say that the extras on the DVD make up for the other deficiencies, but sadly apart from a theatrical trailer there are none, although you do get an eight-page booklet with some additional information in it. With the number of documentaries that have been made about this operation and the number of stars involved in the film you would have thought the producers of this disc could have pulled their fingers out and put together something special. Perhaps some interviews with the stars of the film or even with some of the veterans who took part in the action, a directors commentary would have been nice, as would the inclusion of a documentary with actual footage and maybe some information about the armed services involved, but no, all you get is the trailer and a booklet. In conclusion, the film is well worth seeing and I would give it five stars, but the DVD is a let down and no improvement over the VHS collectors edition and I would only give it one star.

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          18.07.2000 01:32
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          Rather long and old-fashioned, but this clipped, intelligent celebration of allied heroism works rather well. It's too long, but it has one of the most impressive casts ever assembled (Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Redford, and Edward Fox among many others), and tells the story of the failed campaign to cripple the bridges in Belgium towards the end of world war 2. Richard Attenborough is always on form for the big occasion, and fills the screen with spectacular shots of airplanes and exploding bridges and rampant armies. a smart and witty script by William Goldman emphasizes the rather ordinary, no-nonsense bravery of the fighting men. There are far too many characters for everyone to make an impression, and at times, it's hard to remember where everyone is and what they are up to. Nevertheless, Hopkins gives a marvellous account of an stiff-upper-lip officer, Redford is excellent as US soldier who refuses to be put off by even the most ridiculous of odds, and Fox gives his most archetypal performance as an upper-crust officer.

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