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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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AKA: Agries hines, De vilda gässen, De vilde gæs, Die Wildgänse kommen, Divlje guske, Dzikie gesi, Epiheirisis: 'Agries hines', I 4 dell'oca selvaggia, I quattro dell'oca selvaggia, Les oies sauvages, Los gansos salvajes, Os Gansos Selvagens, Patos salvajes, Selvagens Cães de Guerra, Vadlibák, Vildgäss, Villihanhet, Yaban kazlari

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Written by: Reginald Rose, Daniel Carney (novel)
Produced by: Euan Lloyd
Cinematography by: Jack Hildyard
Editing by: John Glen
Music by: Roy Budd
Special effects by: Kit West
Cast: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger, Stewart Granger, Winston Ntshona
Year: 1978
Country: UK, Switzerland
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 58min

Distributor: Severin Films
 

Colonel Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton) waits in a UK airport.  He is greeted by a man and is secretly wisped past immigration.  He is taken to a location to meet a man named Sir Edward Matherson (Stewart Granger), a merchant banker.  Faulkner immediately downs a glass of whiskey and requests another as Matherson signs him a cheque for their meeting.  The purpose of their meeting is to send Faulkner on one final mission: recruit a team to enter an unstable part of Africa to capture overthrown President Limbania (Winston Ntshona, "Ashanti"), who awaits execution by his General, in a maximum security army prison.  Once intercepted, Matherson wants Faulkner to bring President Limbania to him.

Faulkner agrees to the assignment (if it can be a lucrative quest) and begins recruiting his top two men for the job.  First choice is pilot Lieutenant Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), working as an unsuspecting drug smuggler who upon realizing the truth of his current occupation forces his boss to consume some tainted smack.  This results in a hit initiated on Fynn’s life.  Matherson, being the bigwig that he is, manages to get the assassination lifted and Fynn agrees to join in Faulkner's mission.

Next up is Captain Rafer Janders (Richard Harris) an expert at military tactics and enlisted to figure out how to infiltrate the prison.  Currently Janders is a father, raising his young son, and works as an art dealer.  He initially turns down the job but when it doesn’t interfere with a father/son vacation to Switzerland, he is game.

Sergeant Major Sandy Young (Jack Watson) is added to the flock to train mercenaries. Young agrees and sets out to train forty-nine men (fifty including himself) for this mission -- four officers, four NCOs, forty enlisted men, and one medic.

The fourth and final officer chosen for the mission is Fynn’s choice – a man by the name of Lieutenant Pieter Coetzee (Hardy Krüger), a South African, who by Fynn’s account “...knows the bush better than anyone.  He’ll be good I can guarantee it."

The mission is set to go forward.  The elaborate plan is to recruit in London, train in Swaziland and freefall to their destination (Zembela) -- their parachutes opening at 1500 feet which will allow them to land unheard, unseen.  They will be on the ground for exactly three hours where they plan to split up -- one group goes to an army barracks and snatches Limbania, while the other half waits at the airport for their return.  The mission is well calculated, but complicated and dangerous. 

The team manages to commandeer President Limbania from the prison, but things go awry when they are double-crossed, when no one shows up for their rescue.  Now the team is stuck with a crippled president with a target on his back, in a war-filled foreign land.  Will these “Wild Geese” even make it out of there alive?

"The Wild Geese" is an entertaining, old school British action film from the 70s.  Half of the film is spent corralling participants for the mission, and training them, but then the film takes off and is action packed. 

The thought of being trapped without rescue in a foreign land and having to escape always makes a film like "The Wild Geese" appealing. Persevering through adversity in a land where you're outgunned makes for suspense and excitement -- and in this case explosions and bloodshed. 

As aforesaid, the film takes time initiating characters, which might have some viewers a little antsy.  There is also some rather useless politics mixed in there (particularly the initial racial tension between Lieutenant Coetzee (white) and President Limbania (black) that disappears after carrying the crippled Prez on his back for part of the film), but even that somewhat silly relationship adds to the fun of it all.

For fans of old-school military/espionage action films, "The Wild Geese" is definitely worth exploration.

Severin Films presents “The Wild Geese” with a Blu-ray/ DVD Combo.  The aspect ratio is 1.85:1 1080p HD with a MPEG-2 codec (rather than MPEG-4, ala “Ashanti”) and visually looks good.  The audio is English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono and much like “Ashanti” is to be expected with an old action film such as this.  It is by all means sufficient.

For the Special Features we start with ‘The Wild Geese Director’ (15:48 minutes) featuring a new interview with Director Andrew V. McLaglen.  ‘The Mercenary Military Adviser Mike Hoare’ (09:51 minutes) is an interesting interview especially considering the interview was conducted when the man was 92-years-old.  Up next is ‘Last Of The Gentleman Producers’ (37:17 minutes) with interviews with people who have worked with Producer Euan Lloyd.  ‘Stars’ War: The Flight of The Wild Geese’ (24:37 minutes) is an original “making-of” the film.  Next, there is an ‘Audio Commentary with Sir Roger Moore’ as well as Producer Euan Lloyd, Second Unit Director and Film Editor John Glena and is moderated by Jonathan Sothcott.  ‘The Wild Geese World Premiere’ (07:16 minutes) shows boring footage from the premiere of the film in England.  Part of the proceeds of the premiere went to the “much needed help for the Spastic children of Britain,” as was stated by the narrator!  “Spastic” must have been an appropriate British term...  Finalizing the extras is a trailer for “The Wild Geese.”
 

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16:9 1080p HD MPEG-2
 Region: A/1
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
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The Wild Geese Director
 -
The Mercenary Military Adviser Mike Hoare
 - Last Of The Gentleman Producers
 - Stars’ War: The Flight of The Wild Geese
 - Audio Commentary with Sir Roger Moore
 - The Wild Geese World Premiere
 - Trailer

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lary   |142.162.227.xxx |2014-09-07 14:23:32
Good movie!
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