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King and Country
     

King and Country

Director: Joseph Losey, Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern

Cast: Joseph Losey, Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern

 

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This powerful anti-war drama from director Joseph Losey -- which features superb performances from Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay -- had been given a simple presentation for its release on North American DVD. King and Country has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The

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This powerful anti-war drama from director Joseph Losey -- which features superb performances from Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay -- had been given a simple presentation for its release on North American DVD. King and Country has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple-language options included with this edition. As a bonus, this disc features text biographies of the key cast members.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
King and Country is a distinctive anti-war effort that won't be to all tastes but one which those in tune with director Joseph Losey's take on the material will find both fascinating and utterly involving. Those not on the director's wavelength -- or those who don't necessarily appreciate its anti-war message or its denunciation of class favoritism -- will have a different reaction and will most likely find King slow going and predictable. Indeed, it's the kind of story that has been told many times; but Losey and his writers believe there is still a great deal of truth in some familiar tales. What's interesting about Losey's technique is that he makes the piece somewhat Brechtian, raising some walls that make the audience aware that what it is watching is a distillation of real life rather than the real thing, an approach that works well with a court martial-themed piece, in that such trials are themselves distillations of real life that take place in a faux-theatrical setting, with the purported (though not always actual) aim of arriving at the truth. The artifice that Losey employs doesn't negate the drama, but somehow heightens it. He is helped by the adept performances of his cast. Dirk Bogarde turns in an expert performance that takes advantage of all opportunities to plumb the contradictions of his character. Leo McKern is magnificent as an immovable object battling an irresistible force. And above all, Tom Courtenay is pure gold as the Everyman who is a pawn in a game that he in no way understands.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
UPC:
0089859824920
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:26:00

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Biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Capt. Hargreaves
Tom Courtenay Private Hamp
Leo McKern Capt. O'Sullivan
Barry Foster Lieutenant Webb
James Villiers Capt. Midgley
Peter Copley Colonel
Barry Justice Lt. Prescott
Vivian Matalon Chaplain
Jeremy Spencer Pvt. Sparrow
James Hunter Pvt. Sykes
David Cook Private Wilson
Larry Taylor Sergeant-Major
Jonah Seymour Cpl. Hamilton, M.P.
Keith Buckley Corporal of the Guard
Derek Partridge Captain at Court-Martial
Brian Tipping Lieutenant at Court Martial
Terry Palmer Soldiers in Hamp's Platoon

Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director,Producer
Larry Adler Score Composer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
James Lansdale Hodson Screenwriter
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Reginald Mills Editor
Peter Mullins Art Director
Roy Ponting Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Priggen Producer
John Wilson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening Credits [4:00]
2. Imprisoned [9:11]
3. Explanation [11:13]
4. On Trial [6:52]
5. Medical Examiner [9:15]
6. Friendly Witness [4:35]
7. Closing Argument [6:04]
8. Deliberation [4:48]
9. The Verdict [12:16]
10. Last Night [10:20]
11. Firing Squad [3:24]
12. Closing Credits [:40]

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