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  • Actors: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie, Leslie Dwyer
  • Directors: Carol Reed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SVMWBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Carol Reed's lump-in-the-throat, flag-waver still packs a powerful punch and his semi-documentary technique provides a realistic grittiness to the on screen action. A highly talented cast moves this impressive wartime story on, as we observe a motley crew of young recruits, as they learn to become soldiers, through to the end of the film when they must prove themselves against the enemy. Film debut of Trevor Howard. Originally released in the U.S. in a shortened, more serious version titled "The Immortal Battalion".

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Scott on July 18, 2012
Format: DVD
The Way Ahead is Excellent piece of British Film Making,documentary-like and has shows the evolution of some stalwart civilians being educated in the tactical principles of battle in North Africa. It is filled with important star performances and highlights teamwork and togetherness in the war effort.The Director Sir Carol Reed succinctly captures the spirit of the events.

Strangely this 1.33:1 film has been matted to a 960 anamorphic transfer while maintaining the original aspect ratio 4.3. Hence there are thick black bars on the side edges. The resulting image is in-and-around 720 pixels wide. The dual-layered image comes from an impressive source. Contrast is reasonably strong and detail surprisingly good. There isn't any intrusive damage and only minor speckles deviating from a pristine smooth appearance.In a couple of words Superb Transfer.

Thanks VCI.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2012
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How do you become a looked-to leader of men without it fluffing up your ego? In THE WAY AHEAD (released in the United States as THE IMMORTAL BATTALION) David Niven embodies that very quality, playing an unassuming, quietly self-assured Army lieutenant who toughens up his batch of whiny conscripted malcontents and eventually converts them into efficient military fighting men. As a nod to verisimilitude, David Niven at the time was, in real life, a wartime Rifle Brigade Major when he was approached about a film project promoting the British Army. Accordingly, Carol Reed's 44-minute-long, 1943 training film THE NEW LOT was expanded into this involving 1944 war drama. And since Carol Reed also helms this one, it was bound to not suck. And if you've only ever seen the severely edited U.S.-released THE IMMORTAL BATTALION, you should get your mitts on this one. THE WAY AHEAD is half an hour longer and so fleshes out the narrative more.

I remember reading a brief WWII anecdote about David Niven who, to alleviate his men's nervousness as he was about to lead them into battle, told them: "Look, you chaps only have to do this once. But I'll have to do it all over again in Hollywood with Errol Flynn!" I hope this really happened, because if it did, David Niven is the friggin' MAN!

If you've seen one, you've seen loads. THE WAY AHEAD doesn't really offer anything new, except that the cast is across-the-board solid, playing identifiable characters, even those seven or eight grumbling recruits who simply can't fathom why their tough drill sergeant is being allowed to bully them so. These grousers come from diverse walks of life, from middle- to working-class, all quite unprepared for the rigors of basic training. Niven's Lt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Ryan on August 10, 2012
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Above average example of wartime "morale" movies that the British somehow did so well.If you are a movie buff you will recognize the excellent support players by sight if not by name. I know I am generalizing but I have often wondered why British productions (even on t.v.)have such a stock of wonderful male/female actors as compared to U.S. productions which seem stocked with average acting ability/pretty faces.Is it the number of productions produced every year? Anyway,this is a wonderful flick!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skwsand on February 12, 2013
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I had "Immortal Battalion" from a previous purchase on multi- movie set. This adds a few scenes not in IB
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John F. Negri on October 21, 2012
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an excellent movie. this is a wwii movie about a group of draftees which go through trials and tribulations to become good soldiers.
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I always find the war films made in the 'forties fascinating as a glimpse into the times. When this film was made, it looked very possible, even probable, that the British Isles would fall to the Nazi onslaught.
This is thumbing the British nose at Hitler. Yet when this film was made, we had no idea of the eventual outcome. This is a call to arms for the British Empire: and the Empire answered.

Here is a world at war, and the film is pure propaganda: and watching it sixty years later sends chills up my spine.
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By Bartley Rejrat on July 12, 2014
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Fair Old War Movie
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