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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. Actors Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Shakira Caine, Doghmi Larbi, Jack May, Karroom Ben Bouih, Mohammad Shamsi, Albert Moses, Paul Antrim, Graham Acres, The Blue Dancers of Goulamine, Nadia Atbib & Yvonne OcampoDirector John HustonCertificate PGYear 1975Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (1.0) MonoAdditional Languages French ; Spanish ; German ; ItalianSubtitles English for the hearing impaired ; Arabic ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portugese ; Spanish ; SwedishClosed Captions YesDuration 2 hours and 4 minutes (approx)Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm; 40 Grams
- Item Model Number : 5035822004030
- Media Format : DVD
- Dubbed: : French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B00006JY3M
- Number of discs : 1
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Both Connery and Caine are always watchable, but it is a special treat to see the two of them together in this. They play off each other beautifully and the relationship of their characters rings true. Christopher Plummer makes an appearance in a small supporting role as Rudyard Kipling. And watch out for the bewitching Shakira Caine's cameo as a spirited Kafir bride. The fun of seeing Mrs Caine take a bite out of Sean Connery alone is worth the price of the DVD.
The picture quality of the DVD I purchased (Classic British edition) is good, as is the sound, but be aware that it's Mono only. No stereo or surround sound options. Subtitles are available for those who may need them.
Having considered the actors who were going to be cast, the genius of using MC and SC becomes even more apparent. This film was apparently so long in development that originally the leads were going to be Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable, then Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Either pair would have been adequate but probably wouldn't have brought the essence of Britishness to the characters - the epitome of behaviour of rogueish Sergeants.
'Hats off' to all concerned and no need to brass it out on this occasion.
On the down side, and what probably makes it not as well known as I might have thought, is that the music is instantly forgettable and some of the camera work is a bit "old school" for a mid 70's film
And although I would have preferred the blu-ray, it is such silly money when the DVD is only £3. A true bargain.