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The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book] (2011)

Sean Connery , Michael Caine , John Huston  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NTC7EQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book]" on IMDb

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Based on a Rudyard Kipling story and packed with spectacle, humor, excitement and bold twists of fate, John Huston’s film of The Man Who Would Be King earns its crown as “an epic like no other. One of the screen’s great adventure yarns” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic). Sean Connery and Michael Caine – chins out, shoulders squared and with a sly wink – star as British sergeants Danny Dravot and Peachy Carnehan. The Empire was built by men like these two. Now they’re out to build their own empire, venturing into remote Kafiristan to become rich as kings.

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114 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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This is, of course, a great film, with every aspect of what makes a great film fully exploited. But I did discover something strange on the DVD - there is an entire scene missing. After Sean Connery falls from the bridge, instead of the process shot that shows him falling in slow-motion and the crown falling from his head (which is in every version of the film I've ever seen) the scene dissolves to Christopher Plummer listening to the final words of Michael Caine's narration. What happened to the scene?? Why would it have been removed?? My only other quibble about the DVD is that the sound is not very full. It is an early release DVD so in subsequent releases they might address that issue, but PUT BACK THE MISSING SCENE!
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149 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Huston is the real King ! March 3, 2003
He began with 'The Maltese Falcon' which one must admit is not too bad for a first film, don't you think?
Then for years he wanted to bring this adventure story by Kipling to the screen. How many years? Well, originally he had Bogie and Gable in mind for the leads, you do the math.
Fortunately for us, he eventually got the green light for his project.
He then found Peachy and Danny in Michael Caine and Sean Connery, movie stars who are also great actors-- of which there ain't many, folks---and who are perfectly cast in the roles.
Moreover, Caine and Connery had been friends for a long time and this undoubtedly helped bring to life the camaraderie between the misfit heroes.
It is the late 19th century and Danny and Peachy, formerly sergeants in Her Majesty's Army, find themselves stranded and penniless in India. Their ungrateful country has no further use for them, although their officers once called them heroes "We fought our way up the pass yard by bloody yard."
Now, bureocrats are running the show "with long skinny noses for looking down on you" and Danny and Peachy are considered 'undesirables'.
So they are faced with three choices: Go back to England and take jobs as a porters or something equally lower class and menial, stay in India and continue to live more or less as petty criminals, or. . .
Well, let's not give the plot away. Suffice it to say that when a reasonable Kipling (wonderfully played by Christopher Plummer) tries to dissuade them from their insane scheme, on the grounds that the odds against them are truly suicidal, Peachy dismisses his concerns with "Well, if a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
--The Greek in question being Alexander the Great--
And yes, women as well as men will enjoy this great film. It's a not a "buddy movie", it's a classic.
Thank you, John Huston.
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106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A FIVE STAR CLASSIC on a 1 STAR DVD May 17, 2006
This was one of my favorites, and a "must have" in my DVD library. The story is still great,and the dialog between "Peachy" and "Daniel" is still among my favorites still.

But the DVD was dissappointing. The movie is split on two sides, and has to be flipped to view the remainder of the film.The DVD only has Dolby 1.0 Sound (Digital but MONO)and apparently very weak in the mix. Overall a better picture than my old worn VHS, but very weak audio overall.

The menu's and commentary are hard to read, and there were points in the movie where the transfer to DVD looked "jumpy".

More than disappointing presentation overall.

This deserves a "director's cut", or an audio remix to serve those of us who will cherish whatever copy we have, forever.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
This film has met all the prerequistes necessary for producing a profound and rewarding entertainment experience. One of the greatest directors of all-time (John Huston), an all-star cast: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and Saeed jaffrey, and an incredibly original storyline incorporating ancient Masonic mysteries, exotic locations and crisp, witty dialogue. This is a story I wish I had written! Even more delightful, it meets all expectations!

Rudyard Kipling (Plummer) finds an unexpected guest awaiting his presence in his darkened study one night. Without proper introductions the hooded intruder begins to share with Kipling a fantastic tale of adventure and discovery from a faraway land that many thought only existed in myth and legend. The study of the famous writer soon disappears as we are taken along with the mysterious narrator on a fantastic journey to a foreign land.

We are now introduced to Daniel Dravot (Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Caine), two ex-British soldiers and Masonic brothers turn fortune hunters. Seeking fame and fortune they are about to undertake the adventure of a lifetime. Their destination, the Far East in search of the legendary lost treasure of Alexander the Great.

And what an adventure it is! As Daniel and Peachy work their way across the vast Indian landscape towards the remote region of Kafiristan they encounter the usual severe natural hardships and hostile inhabitants as you might expect. However it's the discovery of an archaic religious cult that happens to share many of the same symbols and beliefs found in their own Masonic brotherhood that really makes them begin to wonder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent period piece
A tale of adventure, culture, and secrecy. Yes, its an old story, but this is the pinnacle of telling the tale!
Published 9 days ago by Michael L. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars only half the film on the disk
The film is great and while amazon replaced it one, the replacement still only had have the film on it. Complained but havent heard anything.
Published 13 days ago by robert mcgregor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Would Be King
One of my favorite Kipling stories well acted and casted but Christopher Plummer was wasted on such a small part
Published 15 days ago by Blackadder
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
My husband thinks this is definitely a movie worth watching over and over. This is one of my husband's favorite movies ever. Read more
Published 26 days ago by BMZMOM
5.0 out of 5 stars "HIGH" ADVENTURE From John Houston
Here is ONE of most visual STUNNING films ever made, one of the GREAT adventure films ever. Rudyard Kipling's Classic story of "Danny" & "Peachy" brought to life under exceptional... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michael T. Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars best michael caine film ever. and a damned good film.
there's nothing i can say. you go ahead and watch this and you do it right now. your life is about to change.
Published 28 days ago by matt kleinlein
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
The DVD quit working half way through the movie. I tried it on another player and still, it didn't work. I lost the receipt and the shipping box got ruined. Now, I'm out of luck.
Published 1 month ago by William Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend as a good Huston film.
Good story. A little depressing as it portrays man's true fallen nature.
A classic 70's movie.
Huston's direction style and bent is seen.
Recommend you watch it.
Published 1 month ago by C. Michael Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great short story - a great movie
This is from a famous Kipling short story and is very well done
50 years ago my friends and I thought it would make a great movie and we were right
Published 1 month ago by Roland A. Boucher
5.0 out of 5 stars Connery and Caine are just brilliant in this film...
This is another classic film, that if you missed, you must take the time to see. This is truly a Houston classic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Oceanfront
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$25.99 is WAY too expensive for the Blu-ray
It's $29.99 now.
Jan 2, 2012 by Thucydides |  See all 3 posts
Does Blu-ray have complete Movie?
The Blu-ray is the same version as the DVD.
Aug 16, 2011 by James Remsen Jr. |  See all 4 posts
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