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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Codename: Wildgeese and The Commander Coming to Blu-ray (Sort of)

Here is a little piece of news.  Codename Wildgeese and The Commander both co-starring LVC are coming to blu-ray.

Sort of...


"Codename: Wildgeese" is being listed as an extra on the Richard Burton / Roger Moore film "The Wildgeese".  Similarly "The Commander" is listed as an extra on the Lewis Collins movie "Who Dares Wins".

I confirmed with Francesco Simeoni with Arrow Films that "Codename: Wildgeese" and "The Commander" will be in Standard Definition, unfortunately as a HD restoration does not exist for the films.

So the good news is these films will be available in the UK.  Bad news, not HD.

Disc information below.  Both are released in July.


The Wild Geese
Released: 02 Jul 2012

Starring: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger and Stewart Granger
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Rating: 15
Duration: TBC

Overview: One Last Pay Day... One More Chance To Die!

Legendary hell-raisers Richard Burton and Richard Harris, along with a coolly detached Roger Moore are aging mercenaries with a taste for fine liquor, drawn together for a late but extremely lucrative pay day in The Wild Geese, an African adventure soaked in booze, gunfire and bloodshed.

Colonel Allen Faulkner (Burton) is secretly back in London to accept the task of reinstating an African leader deposed in a violent military coup, but without the combat skills of his two old friends, there isn’t going to be a mission. With his two reliable loose cannons in place, Faulkner and the team enact a text book rescue operation but disaster is close at hand when the cynical multinational who set up the whole deal turns the tables, striking a new deal with the local despot which sees The Wild Geese trying to escape with their lives intact.

The Wild Geese are ready for one last mission so finish your drinks and relive this classic old school British action adventure today.

Special Features:
- High Definition Presentation of the main feature
- Audio commentary with Roger Moore, producer Euan Lloyd and second unit director John Glen
- World Premiere Newsreel Footage
- Original Trailer
- Bonus Feature Film: CODE NAME: WILD GEESE, starring Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Klaus Kinski, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson
- Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork cover
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties and a biography of Euan Lloyd

Region B
RRP £19.99


Who Dares Wins
Released: 02 Jul 2012

Starring: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Edward Woodward, Richard Widmark
Directed by: Ian Sharp
Rating: 15
Duration: TBC

Overview: THE 60 SECOND WAR BEGINS NOW!

Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals) and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer).

The anti-nuclear movement is plotting a bloody outrage on British soil and, having already fatally lost their undercover operative at a violent protest, the secret services call on the aid of the SAS. Captain Peter Skellen (Collins) risks his career, his family and his life to infiltrate the terrorist group before they can unleash an attack that will devastate the country.

Relive a classic cold war thrill ride which remains relevant to this day... Who Dares Wins, a violent lesson in how to deal with the enemy within.

Special Features:
- High Definition Presentation of the main feature
- Audio commentary with producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp
- The Last of the Gentleman Producers: A Documentary on the life of the legendary producer Euan Lloyd, featuring Sir Roger Moore, Ingrid Pitt, Kenneth Griffith and more!
- Two Original Trailers
- Bonus Feature Film: THE COMMANDER, another Lewis Collins action spectacular co-starring Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasance, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson!
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork
- Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties plus press book extracts and writing by Euan Lloyd!

Region B
RRP £19.99





1 comment:

  1. I have Codename Wild Geese and The Commander on VHS. Lee has two GREAT scenes in The Commander! Absolutely Lee at his best. And this is late in his career (1987)so Lee clearly could still deliver the "bad guy" goods to the screen! It will be nice to get these on DVD even if it's not HD.

    In Codename Lee is reunited with Ernest Borgnine (Escape from New York) and Klaus Kinski (For A Few Dollars More) "Wild sees me and his stump will catch on fire!"

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