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Final Option

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Led by a radical chief, terrorists take over the American Embassy in London and make impossible demands that jeopardize the safety of the hostages. In HD.

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Richard Widmark, Lewis Collins
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action, Mystery
Director Ian Sharp
Starring Richard Widmark, Lewis Collins
Supporting actors Judy Davis
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Dr Lim Michael on June 1, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
From the deserts of Africa to Iraq, the Special Air Service Regiment of the Brish Army is renowned for their derring-do and never say die attitude. This movie is a dramatization and tribute to the courageous men of the SAS and was probably motivated by the public interest after the real life Iranian Embassy seige in London. Lewis Collins who plays Capt Peter Skellern SAS goes undercover for MI5 the Security Service to infiltrate a violent anti-war "ban the bomb" group planning a big terrorist operation. He becomes intimate with the group's highly sexed but really ugly looking leader. In the final climatic scene, you go into the skin of an SAS Counter Revolutionary Warfare black clad trooper as he takes out the terrorists in the US Ambassador's residence. The action sequences are authentic especially as the technical advisors were serving members of the ultra secretive SAS. The speed of the action sequences are breathtaking especially the "double taps" or 2 shots to the brain technique used by the SAS CRW troopers. Note too the quick entry techniques used like the shooting out of the door hinges by 12 gauge combat shotguns. The techno music is very excitiing and inspiring too. The action movie buff will definitely enjoy this movie. When I first saw this movie in 1982 in England, the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament supporters actually protested outside the cinema! Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet.
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Format: Blu-ray
It is scandalous that Amazon is selling this product for $51 (as of May 20, 2010) when the item is available from Amazon UK for $21 (thats including postage to the US)I am guessing Amazon is counting on buyers being too lazy to click onto the United Kingdom link at the bottom of the page when looking for this item.
This movie, titled "The Final Option" here in the United States, is inspired by the SAS rescue of hostages at the Iranian Embassy in London when the British elite paratroopers stormed the building before the world's television camera's in the early 1980s. It is said that producer Euan Lloyd (who also produced classics such as "The Wild Geese" and "The Sea Wolves") registered every title he could think of after the incident, determined that the event would serve as a dramatic movie.
In the UK the movie goes under the title "Who Dares Wins" (which is the motto of the SAS). The action is switched from the Iranian Embassy to the U.S. ambassadors residence (evidently to make it more marketable to a U.S. audience) and the terrorists become nuclear disarmament militants.
In his first major leading role was Lewis Collins who was most familiar to British audiences for his role in the television series "The Professionals" and was among the public's favorite choices to take on the role of James Bond. Here he plays an SAS officer who is assigned to infilitrate the militants group and foil whatever mission they have planned.
The movie is a particular favorite of mine and on this imported British Blu-ray whereas the main feature plays on North American blu-ray players, the special features do not. The commentary however is playable on American Blu-ray players since it is an audio track and is quite engaging and interesting with the director phoning in his comments from New Zealand and producer Euan Lloyd in London.
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Format: DVD
Now 25 years since it was filmed in England and Wales, this movie is an as yet "undiscovered" classic. The supporting cast of UK and US actors are instantly recognizable. It includes Richard Widmark, Robert Webber, Maurice Roeves, Patrick Allen, Edward Woodward and Tony Doyle, the latter currently famous for his role in Ballykissangel. While the beautiful Ingrid Pitt plays a very convincing "evil" terrorist who we, the audience, can love to hate.

Other reviewers on this page have been rather unkind to leading lady, Judy Davis, describing her as "ugly". If you click on her credit link at the top of the Amazon page you can see how many movies she's made and how attractive she is, both before and after 1982. Perhaps it is the early 1980s "big" hairstyle and makeup that are not found attractive today. Also, in her role here as a baddy, she sneers her way through the whole movie to impress her leading man, while in doing so repelling us, the audience. The leading man in this movie is played by Lewis Collins, who at that time still enjoyed the notoriety garnered from the very successful "The Professionals" action series.

What drives this movie is the superbly photographed action sequences, that are earthy, realistic and devoid of the modern "Hollywood" treatment where film shots are overly choreographed. The musical score is upbeat and drives most of the action, though the incidental music for a couple of family scenes is a little too syrupy. The tension builds slowly with occasional outbreaks of violence that we see are secretly financed by an organized international group. We see neo-Nazi "skinheads" beat up innocent bystanders and a good old British bobby (police officer) being kicked in the face.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ever since the '80s I have loved The Final Option (original title Who Dares Wins) on VHS video. I would wear that tape (along with The Terminator) out from watching it. I was so excited to finally see this great movie get released on a region free blu ray! This title has never been released here in the states on laserdisc, DVD, or blu ray. And thankfully I was able to purchase this import from Arrow for under $15 used and in great condition! The video on this disc is not the greatest, but it is the best I have seen it. For some reason, films from the '80s don't transfer well onto hi def medium. I don't know if it's the film stock used back then or what. Most movies have this softness to them that curses all the future transfers. That is why people are giving this a lower score for that. We must realize this is not a major big budget film in the first place, so I am forgiving of the lack of "knock my socks off" with this amazing picture! For what print Arrow had, this will be the best this movie can look (unless there is another prestine print out there), so I will take it and enjoy this classic all over again!
Also, Arrow is re-releasing this blu ray with newer packaging. Arrow informed me that it is the same print, but will not be region free. The new blu ray, they stated, will be region B locked. Why now would they lock this title when this region free version is floating around (it is out of print, of course) is beyond me. But Arrow has always impressed me with their blu ray releases from Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci among others. And this particular release of Who Dares Wins is another winner from their vaults. Thanks Arrow for giving us fans of this film a chance to appreciate this classic in hi def.
Fans of this film from the states, grab up a copy of this particular release before they are gone. I am VERY fortunate to have found this so cheap when others want two hundred bucks for a copy. This version will be hard to come by.
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