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The Wild Geese (1978/Severin DVD, standard edition)

Picture: B- Sound: C+ Extras: B+ Film: B

The Wild Geese is a outlandish British 1978 adventure film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen about a group of aging mercenaries that are hired by a wealthy industrialist for one final mission - to recruit and train a squad of desperate commandos, parachute into an unstable African nation, snatch its deposed President from a maximum security prison, escape via the military controlled airport, and massacre anyone who stands in their way. Sounds pretty impossible right?

Luckily for us, the film stars legendary actors Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Kr├╝ger. The film was the result of a long-held ambition of its producer Euan Lloyd to make an all-star adventure film similar to The Guns of Navarone or Where Eagles Dare and was based on an unpublished novel titled The Thin White Line by Daniel Carney. The film was a box office flop in the U.S. back in 1978 but did decently in Britain and oversees, hence why you may not have heard of it until now (I hadn't.)

Don't let the lack of mystery deter you though, the film is full of great action and some charm not to mention plenty of blood and guts to keep modern audiences entertained. Its surprising to me that Stallone and Schwarzenegger haven't tried to remake this film yet!

Since this is a DVD release, the sound and picture quality are pretty standard for the format - presented in standard definition, anamorphically enhanced widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Sound on the disc is a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track that is nothing to really commend or write home about. Total running time for the film clocks in around 129 minutes in length.

Extras are plentiful for a single disc release though - An exclusive new interview with the Director Andrew V. McLaglen, New Interview with Military advisor Mike Hoare, The Last of the Gentlemen Producers Documentary, Audio Commentary by Producer Euan Lloyd, Roger Moore, and the second unit director of the film, a Vintage Featurette, Premiere Newsreel, and a Theatrical Trailer.

Note that we have also covered this on Blu-ray and an anniversary DVD edition elsewhere on this site.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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