Tunes of Glory [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1960]

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


    Tunes of Glory
    Two excellent actors shine in powerful roles in this drama by Ronald Neame that pits one Scottish army colonel against another. Alec Guinness is Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair, a man who temporarily takes over command of a regiment until his replacement, Col. Basil Barrow (John Mills) arrives. Sinclair comes from the lower echelons of the social order but was at least able to work himself up the echelons in the military hierarchy. He is fairly well-liked though still a little rough around the edges for some. When Barrow takes over, the two men clash almost at once. Barrow is from the upper crust, went to all the "right" schools, and believes in discipline and then a little more discipline, as well as efficient and proper bureaucratic processes. The differences between the two men threaten to rupture the unity of the regiment, especially after Sinclair assaults a soldier he finds in the company of his daughter. Barrow opts to report his behavior, leading to a climactic series of events. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Alec Guinness
      Alec Guinness - Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair
    • John Mills
      John Mills - Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
    • Dennis Price
      Dennis Price - Maj. Charlie Scott
    • John Fraser
      John Fraser - Cpl. Piper Fraser
    • Susannah York
      Susannah York - Morag Sinclair

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