No matter, the movies are fine and the technical specifications are of a quality that's in-line with the aggressive price structure. Commandos charged with freeing a U. Kelly's shows some minor print wear, which mostly shows in the blacks of the nighttime scenes, but the color reproduction is quite good--bold and rich--even if the skin tones occasionally skew a bit orange. Not to sound too literal, but isn't that a bit of a giveaway? The picture offers good contrast. The mission for the team of British commandos, plus a U. An American General with knowledge of the planned invasion of Normandy has been captured by the German Secret Service.
But that is where the bad news ends, as the rest of this transfer is simply terrific. Unfortunately, both films lack the more thorough extras they deserve, with Kelly's Heroes in particular left out in the cold with nothing but a trailer to its name. Soldier, Private Kelly Eastwood , captures a high-ranking German Colonel and manages to learn a juicy piece of intelligence: there are 14,000 bars of gold stored inside a bank in the town of Clermont, situated some 30 miles from the front. Both star Hollywood and Warner Brothers icon Clint Eastwood, with Kelly's Heroes featuring him as the leading man and center of attention and Eagles seeing the star disappear into a role behind screen legend Richard Burton. And not to hit him with negative waves, but Oddball Donald Sutherland is an anachronistic character. As part of their Action Double Feature line, Warner Brothers has paired two Clint Eastwood pictures directed by Brian G. The track features a few scattered surround effects, usually in the form of explosions and artillery shells traversing the soundstage, but again, they're fairly indistinct and absent a more pronounced and lifelike tone.
So important is the landing at Normandy that British Intelligence quickly dispatches a rescue squad, which is to land close to the fortress and bring the General back. The writing by Alistair MacLean is sharp and twisty, dense but not confusing. Both are housed in a standard Blu-ray case. Rear channels also get more play; the film is pretty quiet in the talky opening sections, but once they hit the first action beat around the hour mark , the surround audio is boisterous and energetic. A thick layer of grain is visible throughout. The film could stand a nice trimming of 30 or so minutes, because what works works very well and what doesn't hinders the movie so much that it borders on becoming an insurmountable deal breaker, particularly when it comes to the movie's replay value.
Against the judgment of his platoon sergeant Big Joe Telly Savalas , Kelly organizes a team to steal the loot. Clint Eastwood's part is, by comparison, greatly reserved; he vanishes into the role but doesn't have the opportunity to deliver the more visible and calculated performance fans of his other works might reasonably expect. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. Others have written very well on this film; what I want to add to their basic core of arguments is some notes about the acting and ideas. Smith takes Schaffer into his confidence because he is not a member of British Intelligence, which may be compromised, so he can be trusted.
Hutton sat in the big chair for both, cranking out Eagles in 1968 and steering Heroes, his next project, towards a 1970 release. In the film's better scenes -- which make up the bulk of the runtime -- viewers will note a fair amount of crispness to the image, even if it does lack in strong detailing and a greater sense of dimension. The general's plane was shot down and he's been taken to an Alpine castle for interrogation. There's also a funny allusion to '' during the climax. Donald Houston, Gavin MacLeod, Perry Lopez, Don Rickles, Richard Burton, Anton Diffring, Brook Williams, Neil McCarthy, Richard Davalos, Patrick Wymark, Tom Troupe, Mary Ure, Carroll O'Connor, Michael Hordern, Peter Barkworth, Vincent Ball, Clint Eastwood, Hal Buckley, Telly Savalas, Ferdy Mayne, Donald Sutherland, William Squire, Fred Pearlman, Robert Beatty, Gene Collins, Dick Balduzzi, Derren Nesbitt, Stuart Margolin, Dean Stanton Duration.
It does conclude with a nice inside joke; as Eastwood goes to face down the German soldier in a tank, Lalo Schifrin's score kicks up a cue that's a dead ringer for Morricone Savalas and Sutherland join Eastwood shortly, apparently filling the roles of the bad and the ugly. It's a powerful scene effortlessly handled by an incredibly talented actor, and Where Eagles Dare is a film that's marvelously suited to introduce viewers to his work in a picture that's more readily accessible and mass-audience friendly than some of his others. Still there are a few laughs that make it a decent watch. Different shades of white are evident when the men are in their Alpine gear along the snowy mountainside. One of his greatest assets isn't technical prowess or cinematic trickery but instead the casting of Richard Burton, who proves to be just as good as an action star as he was a dramatic lead in films like Becket, Cleopatra, and The Robe. Again, not much of Clint's personality comes through here--he's fairly bland, allowing Burton and his crisp, engrossing professionalism to take over the movie.
A new Dolby Digital 5. A mainly British task force, led by Major John Smith Richard Burton , is put together to rescue an American general with knowledge of the upcoming Normandy Invasion. No troubles with contrast either, which is excellent news, since this movie has such dark visuals. Fine detail impresses a great deal throughout the film, particularly in relation to the military uniforms. With stirring music, lovely art direction and edge-of-impossible special effects involving explosives, running machine-gun duels in a bus, falling telephone poles, a battle on a cable car, wrecking at an airport and a parachute drop betrayed from the start, he manages to bring the entire tale off very nicely by my standards. Kelly's Heroes isn't a bad movie, but it's far from memorable.
Kelly's Heroes is the 1970s version of , that film oddly enough about a quartet of American Gulf War combatants attempting to steal some of Saddam Hussein's gold reserves. Hutton ; they even use the same title font. I counted at least seven major surprises, every one of which as in a good Hitchcockian thriller leads to a memorable scene; these are therefore not just script gimmicks, but rather they qualify as ingenious use of the adventure genre to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. No matter what, Eastwood brings a lot to this movie and without question, it is a better movie because of his presence. There's no consistency, either; the drawn-out opening action scene is the worst offender and sets an almost miserable tone for the picture's pacing, while a later scene featuring G. This is one of those movies where everyone speaks English, though the Germans speak English with a German accent. Kelly's motivation is much more plausible when it's revealed through dialogue that he used to be a lieutenant but was demoted when he took the blame after a friendly-fire incident that wasn't his fault.