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Chariots of Fire [Blu-ray Book] (2012)

Ian Charleson , Ben Cross , Hugh Hudson  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Charleson, Ben Cross, Ian Holm, John Gielgud
  • Directors: Hugh Hudson
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00284AVN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chariots of Fire [Blu-ray Book]" on IMDb

Special Features

-Blu-ray book packaging:
36 pages of behind-the-scenes photos, production art, history and more -2 all new documentaries:
Paris, 1924: Birth of the Modern Games David Puttnam
A Cinematic Champion

-New interview with director Hugh Hudson
-Commentary by Hugh Hudson
-Additional documentaries:
Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire: A Reunion
-Deleted scenes
-Screen tests
-Soundtrack sampler; 4 songs from the Oscar-winning compilation

Editorial Reviews

Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture! The inspiring true story of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson head a sterling cast of newcomers and veterans. The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society.

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260 of 271 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MAKES LIDDELL AND ABRAHAMS RUN... March 3, 2002
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This is a beautiful film, well directed by Hugh Hudson in his theatrical film debut. It features the true life story of two Olympic runners, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) and Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games and brought home the Gold.

The film tells the story of these two individuals, who are as different from each other as different can be, and explores their personal drive and reasons for running. Eric Liddell is a staunch Scot and a fervid Presbyterian (He would put John Knox to shame!). The son of a missionary and himself a missionary by avocation, he runs because "God made him fast for a reason". His running is a reconciliation of his faith and his passion, which is running. He runs for the glory of God. His faith always remains constant and pre-eminent in his life. His devotion to it causes some controversy during the Olympics, as a consequence of the stance he takes when he discovers that the preliminary mete for the 200 metre race would be held on a Sunday. Liddell simply refuses to run on the Sabbath! Luckily for Great Britain, Lord Andrew Lindsay (Nigel Havers), a gentleman and fellow competitor, graciously steps in and, as he had already won a gold medal in the hurdles, gives him his place in the 400 metre dash, which would take place on a Thursday. This would never happen today in the dog eat dog world of competitive sports, much less in the Olympics of today!

Harold Abrahams is completely different. A secular Jew and Cambridge scholar, he studies in the bastion of upper crust British society, struggling to fit in but always remaining the proverbial outsider. He has a passion for running that is motivated by his passion for winning. In his world, God has nothing to do with it.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Compromise is the Language of the Devil." July 20, 2005
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Chariots of Fire, no matter what I view in the future, will always be in my Top 10 list of movies. The setting, the actors, and the plot are incomparable. However, what I treasure the most are the values intrinsic to the tale. How often does film concern infidelity, murder, hatred, deceit or the pathological need to dominate others? Well over 80 percent of the time I would guess, but here, in this masterwork, man is depicted at his finest. In Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, we are presented with exemplars of our species. These are the adults you dreamed of being when you were a small child. Their lives showcase a grandeur seldom seen in our own.

The film is set in the years immediately following the first world war, when feelings of grief and despair were ubiquitous. Upon their arrival at Cambridge, Abrahams and Montague are assisted by two former wounded soldiers, and one of them could best be described as "mutilated." Such a fate, the two young athletes were quite lucky not to have shared.

Societies that experienced the caldrons of the Somme and Paschendale were not as quick to dismiss the existence of God as we are today with our spoiled affluence and inflated life expectancies. To be saved from the carnage raging around you is not something to take lightly. Given the solemnity of their era, the seriousness and devotion integral to Liddell and Abrahams is not surprising. Competition was undertaken for more important reasons than money or fame.

Eric Liddell eventually concludes that missionary work in China will have to wait until he fulfills his athletic promise. He believes that God did not give out gifts without a purpose. The Lord's intention was that what Liddell was given must be used.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With hope in our hearts and wings in our heels! July 7, 2004
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The athletes of the British running team who went with hope in their hearts and wings in their heels in the VIII Olympiad in Paris in 1924 is the focus of this movie, but there's also the dynamics of what it means to be English, and the reconciliation of one's soul and religious convictions in the Modern Age. Three of them are students from Cambridge. There is the quiet and soft-spoken Aubrey Montague, Lord Andrew Lindsey, and Harold Abrahams. As the head of Caius (pronounced Keys) College tells them when they first attend in 1919, they are the first post-war generation who have inherited the dreams of a generation that perished on the fields of France, a generation embodying "goodness, zeal,...and intellectual promise."
The two main athletes here are a contrast from one another. One is Harold Abrahams, a Jew who wants to be seen as English as the fellow next to him. Hence his enrolling in all these clubs and fraternities in Caius College, from track, tennis, and even the Gilbert and Sullivan glee club-he wants to enter the Christian, Anglo-Saxon corridors of power, i.e. the old school tie. He succeeds in getting to an English girl in the form of Sybil Gordon, who doesn't mind he's Jewish. He can run like the wind, and nothing would fulfill his dream of being English more than winning so he'll be accepted, but he's so driven, hinging so much of his success on his winning, that he acts like its his own funeral when he loses in a race. He engages Sam Mussabini, a private and professional coach, which is contrary to the implied rules of Cambridge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This is a wonderful movie. I love the setting, theme, music, and the powerful message behind this movie. It's inspiring!
Published 21 hours ago by WALTERSRI
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture - 1981
Another Oscar winner for Best Picture. This won in 1981. A great film with great music and a great story. Another addition to my collection.
Published 1 day ago by Glenn R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, classy movie even if you hate running.
I've heard of this movie for years. I've heard quotes from it from pulpits, and seen parodies of it here and there in other movies, with the famous music by Vangelis. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Steven J Hernandez
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Interesting
'Chariots of Fire' is a well-known film with a very memorable theme song. I have known about the movie for many years, but have never gotten around to seeing it - until recently. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars He ran for God!
Eric Liddell's story is a total inspiration for all ages!
It is a movie the whole family can watch together!
Published 5 days ago by Grace L. Davin
2.0 out of 5 stars Chariots of Fire DVD
I really like the movie but on this DVD the voices are not in sync with the mouth. I have never seen a DVD do this before.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew?
When I first saw this movie...long ago in the early eighties, I did not have a clue who or what this movie was about. Read more
Published 12 days ago by PK
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie and was more than I'd expected....
When first saw the movie theater 30 years ago but was not too familiar with the background of Eric Liddle. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Carol A Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
I have always been a fan of the Olympics. Finding how these men strove for excellence in spite of enormous odds against them, will make you stand and cheer.
Published 19 days ago by Gwen's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
Why oh why can't we have more movies like this with real moral contant and meaningful.
So good to see it again. Thank you.
Published 25 days ago by Carrie
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Chariots of Fire Blu-ray? When available?
2oth Century Fox is releasing it on October 5 in France, so we should see a US release around that time.
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