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Tunes of Glory

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Overview

Ronald Neame's handsomely crafted military drama Tunes of Glory comes to DVD with a new digital transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and it is also enhanced for widescreen televisions. The DVD image looks clean and it does full justice to the color nuances of Arthur Ibbetson's cinematography. The original English mono soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 1.0 and there are optional white English subtitles. (They come in handy since some parts of the Scottish-accented dialogue ...
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Overview

Ronald Neame's handsomely crafted military drama Tunes of Glory comes to DVD with a new digital transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1, and it is also enhanced for widescreen televisions. The DVD image looks clean and it does full justice to the color nuances of Arthur Ibbetson's cinematography. The original English mono soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 1.0 and there are optional white English subtitles. (They come in handy since some parts of the Scottish-accented dialogue are hard to understand.) The additional features include a new exclusive and very informative video interview with director Ronald Neame, a new exclusive audio interview with Sir John Mills, and a rare 1970s TV interview with Sir Alec Guinness, in which he discusses his early career up to Tunes of Glory. Good technical quality and a wealth of supplementary features make it a highly recommended release from Criterion.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions; New video interview with director Ronald Neame; New audio interview with actor Sir John Mills; BBC television interview with Sir Alec Guinness; New essay by film historian Robert Murphy, author of "British Cinema and the Second World War"; Original trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Tunes of Glory contains what Alec Guinness once called his particular favorite performance, and it's not hard to see why. Guinness is nothing less than stunning in the role, a tour de force which allows him to peel back the many layers of his character and lay it bare. Although the part could easily be played in an overly ostentatious manner, Guinness is careful to hold back when necessary, playing to the hilt only when it suits the character's needs and motivations rather than when it is most advantageous for the actor. He is not afraid to let the audience see the character's warts, such as his ego-gratifying need to impugn the masculinity of other characters. Yet it is the realness, the three dimensionality of the portrayal, that makes the audience care so deeply for the character. John Mills is also superb, although in a quite difficult part that precludes a great deal of audience sympathy. His subtle, introspective performance meshes quite well with Guinness's more galvanizing work. Director Ronald Neame turns in an unmannered, smooth job; if there's little of distinction to his work, it still provides the requisite showcase for his two stars, along with a sterling supporting cast. James Kennaway's screenplay is efficient and flavorful, but also manipulative; the issues it purports to address are presented too baldly for it to have the desired impact. As a result, Tunes is best appreciated not for what it says but for the way the actors say it. Guinness and Neame had earlier worked together, also to very good effect, on The Horse's Mouth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 037429185926
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,117

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair
John Mills Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Dennis Price Maj. Charlie Scott
John Fraser Cpl. Piper Fraser
Susannah York Morag Sinclair
Kay Walsh Mary Titterington
Gordon Jackson Capt. Jimmy Cairns
Allan Cuthbertson Capt. Eric Simpson
Duncan MacRae Pipe Maj. MacLean
John Barcroft
Donald Douglas Mess Waiter
John MacKenzie Pony Major
David Webb Lt. Alistair
Paul Whitsun-Jones Maj. Dusty Miller
William Young Capt. Peter
Andrew Downie Cpl. Waiter
Barry Steele
Percy Herbert
Gerald Harper Maj. Hugo MacMillan
Richard Leech Capt. Alec Rattray
Peter McEnery Lt. David MacKinnon
Keith Faulkner Piper Adam
Angus Lennie
John Harvey
Andrew Keir
Eric Woodburn
Jameson Clark
Lockwood West Provost
Gwen Nelson
James Copeland
Mark Burns
William Marlowe Lieutenant Rory
Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer, Producer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Austin Dempster Asst. Director
Albert Fennell Executive Producer
Harry Frampton Makeup
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
James Kennaway Screenwriter
Colin Lesslie Producer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:21]
2. Jock's Last Day [8:18]
3. Colonel Barrow [4:17]
4. Bad Form [6:04]
5. Breakfast With Morag [2:19]
6. Inspection [8:17]
7. "Some Other Time" [5:53]
8. Mary [4:10]
9. Dancing Class [3:24]
10. The Party [9:49]
11. Bar Brawl [4:23]
12. A Formal Inquiry [9:58]
13. In the Mess [2:01]
14. "The Idea" [2:59]
15. "Jock's Decision" [9:27]
16. "The Living and the Dead" [6:49]
17. Full Honors [4:09]
18. End Credtis [11:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   Ronald Neame Interview
      Play
   A Conversation With Sir John Mills
      Play
   Sir Alec Guinness Interview
      Play
   Trailer
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