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Tunes of Glory (The Criterion Collection)
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- New transfer with restored image and sound
- New video interview with director Ronald Neame
- Exclusive new audio interview with actor Sir John Mills
- BBC interview with Sir Alec Guinness
- New essay by acclaimed film critic and historian Robert Murphy
Top Customer Reviews
In addition to the Scottish pageantry is a surprisingly deep storyline and some of Sir Alec Guinness's and Sir John Mills's best acting, which is saying a lot about those two giants of film. Both play against type, with Guinness's surprising turn as red-haired Jock Sinclair, the course and gutter-born Major who seeks to be Battalion Commander, and Mill's emotionally unstable yet straight-laced Battalion Commander Basil Barrow, the very opposite of the spirited garrison who struggles to keep control. Both characters are likeable, yet deeply flawed, and it is a question as to which will overcome their defects and rise.
The looseness and fun-loving background of the regiment is a fine background for the tense struggle of Sinclair and Barrow. Supporting characters, such as the slippery Charlie Scott, and Sinclair's daughter Morag and her beau the handsome piper Ian Fraser, provide counter balance and some much-needed affection in this heroless film.
The Criterion Collection DVD is of course excellent, with a few insightful interviews with Sir Alec Guinness, Sir John Mills and director Ronald Neame. There is also a nice essay by Robert Murphy, which adds to the appreciation of the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent character study of two entirely different personalities doing the same job.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great 1960 film. It is one of my top ten films. I watch it every couple of years. It is a great portrayal of the test of loyalties of the soldiers of a Scottish battalion when a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JKP
Bit overlong. Plotwise, its just a series of conversations and, dramatically, very little actually happens. Guinness is perfect as a cruel, selfish blowhard. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NoOneYouKnow
Many other reviews have stressed the brilliance of this movie and the superb performances of Alec Guinness and John Mills. I would just like to add a caution. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ancient Bookworm
It was as dramatic as the first time I saw it.
It was Stirling Castle, apparently, that they used for the backdrop for the most of the scenes.