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Campbell's Kingdom [Blu-ray] (1957)

Dirk Bogarde , Stanley Baker , Ralph Thomas  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig, Barbara Murray, James Robertson Justice
  • Directors: Ralph Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00561BMUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bruce Campbell (Dirk Bogarde) is a young Englishman who believes himself incurably ill. He travels to Canada to take up his grandfather's inheritance, Campbell's Kingdom, a valley high in the Rockies. Here he intends to spend the last few months of his life. When he arrives in Come Lucky, an old ghost town which has lost the prosperity of its gold rush days, he is greeted with hostility by the men in the "Golden Calf saloon. Owen Morgan, a contractor for Henry Fergus, tells him that his grandfather's death ended a deadlock in Come Lucky. The old man, King Campbell, believed there was oil in the valley. Therefore, he prevented Morgan from completing a dam and flooding the valley as part of a new hydro-electric scheme which would bring back prosperity. Bonus Features: Original Trailer Product Specs: BD25; Dolby Digital 2.0 & 5.1 Enhanced; RT - 102 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.66:1 / Anamorphic / 16x9; Year - 1957; SRP - $24.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie - Wrong Synopsis June 29, 2009
Format:DVD
The Amazon synopsis for this movie is entirely wrong. "Campbells' Kingdom," which is one of my favourite films, stars Dirk Bogarde as a dying man, or so he believes, who goes to Canada to live out his remaining days with his Uncle. When he arrives in Canada, however, he finds his Uncle dead, and Stanley Baker attempting to take over his Uncle's land. The problem, you see, is that his Uncle believed that his land was rich with oil, while Stanley Baker is working for a company that is building a dam that will mean flooding "Campbell's Kingdom." The plot then revolves around the race to find oil before Baker can start flooding. Whilst this is not a "great" movie in the true sense of the word, it is nevertheless one that I have enjoyed watching countless times over the years, and any film that has that kind of appeal is worth at least four stars in my book.

The Amazon synopsis says that the film concerns the Cypriot struggle for independence, and whilst that storyline rings a bell, it is most definitely not "Campbell's Kingdom." The only movie I can think of that resembles the Amazon synopsis is "The Seventh Dawn" starring William Holden, which concerns Britain's struggle against Malayan Communists in the early fifties, and, if I remember rightly, has William Holden falling in love with Capucine, or was it Susannah York?

Just for the record, a true English version of "Campbell's Kingdom" has just been released in England by Network, and is available from Amazon.co.uk (albeit in a full screen,as oposed to a widescreen, version).
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There was a time in adventure novels and some movies when the hero was motivated and decent; when the bad guy was clearly unscrupulous; where romance was discrete and sex was nonexistent; where the writing was clear, descriptive and straightforward.

With Ralph Hammond-Innes (writing as Hammond Innes) we learned, thoroughly researched, about the North Sea, the Arabian Desert, whaling, Australia, Labrador, elephants, Morocco, the Arctic, the South Seas and a lot more. All this was found in his satisfyingly thick adventure novels. His best, in my view, were written between the late Forties and the late Sixties. Campbell's Kingdom is one of them...and the movie's not bad, either. There's gorgeous Canadian Rocky Mountain scenery, a ramshackle mining town named Come Lucky, a deep, forested valley called Campbell's Kingdom, naked greed, ruthless motivation, virile action...and Bruce Campbell, played by Dirk Bogarde.

Campbell travels to Come Lucky from England to see the high, cold valley his grandfather left him. The old man, who for years believed there was oil to be discovered in his valley, left it to Bruce hoping the young man could prove the dream was true. Bruce came to Campbell's Kingdom and Come Lucky thinking he has just six months to live. All he really wanted was to find a place to feel sorry for himself. Instead, Bruce finds himself up against Owen Morgan (Stanley Baker), the ruthless, driven construction boss who is building a big hydroelectric dam that, when shortly completed, will flood Campbell's Kingdom. If oil is found, it will stop the dam. If the dam is completed, it makes oil moot. Morgan rules in Come Lucky, and the men whose jobs depend on the dam are ready to play just as rough as Morgan wants them to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little strange but better than expected February 13, 2012
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I recently purchased Campbell's Kingdom. I have never seen this movie before. It was strange seeing a British cast in this type of movie. It was like watching a Hollywood B movie from the 40's. The movie is about a man who thinks he's dying played by Dirk Bogarde, tries to strike it big in oil before he goes. His character who's ilness is played up way too much, I found annoying. The story is predictable man meets girl, likes her, other man played by Michael Craig, who by the way is the only bright spot in this movie, also likes girl. But because Dirk is the star, he gets her, the 2 men become friends and go for the oil dream. Stanley Baker plays the villian, who's ok in the role. There's a big ending where of course Dirk is the hero. It's a pretty good movie overall.
As for the dvd itself, it's suppose to be digitally remastered, but there are a couple of spots in it that look like you are watching it on a computer. I's a whole lot better than most old Brit movies that go to dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie February 5, 2012
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Not that I like Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker - which I do -, but this is a very intriguing movie: half anti-corporate ecological disaster movie, half pro-oil-drilling tract. Those who agree with the "drill, baby, drill!" ethos might be upset with this movie's anti-corporate message. The Greens will surely be annoyed with the way this movie handles a subject that "There Will Be Blood" made something completely different of. This movie is about 19th century, Victorian individualism: liberalism with a social conscience. Or, Ron Paul with aunts (watch the movie and you'll see why). All in all, VCI did a very good job in bringing out this picture. It's a good British western of sorts, totally refreshing.
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