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Old 26-04-2010, 19:04   #1
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[BD] Who Dares Wins

Can't believe there isn't a thread for this already.

Cheesy macho 80's british action flick with Lewis Collins is finally out on High Definition.

Doesn't look half bad either.

Cracking release from Arrow Films. 2 disc set including the movie on DVD as well as BD. 37 min documentary on producer Euan Lloyd and 25 min making of programme from Granada show 'The Electric Theatre Show'.

Audio is only LPCM mono (despite saying DTSHD-MA 5.1 on the box )

I believe this is the first time it has been release in 16:9 (I could be wrong).

Awesome guilty pleasure.

£12.99 at amazon at the moment.
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Old 26-04-2010, 20:19   #2
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SWEET!!! I love this film
Being the cheapskate that I am, I might wait for it to get a bit cheaper though
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Old 28-04-2010, 20:12   #3
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I was very disappointed with the Blu Ray. There's not one scene in the film that looks like HD. Theres no detail at all.

The packaging states "suberbly restored extended feature". Its not suberb and the running time of the blu ray is a just a few seconds longer than the running time stated on the BBFC's website for the original cinema release. So it hasnt been extended very much.

Still, I'm pleased to have a 16:9 version of this. Guilty pleasure for me too.

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Old 28-04-2010, 22:53   #4
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I was very disappointed with the Blu Ray. There's not one scene in the film that looks like HD. Theres no detail at all.

The packaging states "suberbly restored extended feature". Its not suberb and the running time of the blu ray is a just a few seconds longer than the running time stated on the BBFC's website for the original cinema release. So it hasnt been extended very much.

Still, I'm pleased to have a 16:9 version of this. Guilty pleasure for me too.
That's a shame. I think I'll wait for £5 then.
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New release BUMP!

Who Dares Wins
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Following their official announcement of Joseph Zito's Red Scorpion, independent British distributors Arrow Films have revealed that they are planning to release two more action films in March: Ian Sharp's Who Dares Wins a.k.a The Final Option (1982), and Andrew V. McLaglen's The Wild Geese (1978).

Who Dares Wins:

Street date: March 5 2012
High Definition Presentation of the film
Audio commentary with producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp
The Making of Who Dares Wins, featuring Euan Lloyd, Ian Sharp, Lewis Collins, Judy Davis and more!
The Last of the Gentleman Producers: A Documentary on the life of the legendary producer Euan Lloyd, featuring Sir Roger Moore, Ingrid Pitt, Kenneth Griffith and more!
Original Trailer
Reversible sleeve with 3 original poster artworks and newly commissioned artwork cover
Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
Collector's booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, author of British Cult Movies Since the Sixties
More special features to be announced!
Region B

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Old 15-01-2012, 11:45   #6
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Oh yes! I'm there if there's actually a decent retrospective doc. Lewis Collins is looking a bit rough these days...
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Apart from the packaging extras, that list of stuff seems to match the previous Arrow BD, in which case the making-of is a vintage, TV thing, rather than a proper retrospective.

The commentary is decent though. The producer and director play a few games of mutual appreciation, then despite having a few 'senior moments', Euan Lloyd tells some cracking stories, including a beauty that starts with Ronald Reagan and ends with Stanley Kubrick.
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If they have done a new restoration then this will be a day one buy for me. Have per-orderd but will keep an eye out for reviews as to if I cancel or not.
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Who Dares Wins - Paranoia, black ops and espionage combine in Who Dares Wins, a violent and edgy anti-terror classic starring Lewis Collins (The Professionals) and Edward Woodward (The Equalizer).

Features include:
•Region B
•High Definition Presentation of the main feature
•Audio commentary with producer Euan Lloyd and director Ian Sharp
•The Last of the Gentleman Producers: A Documentary on the life of the legendary producer Euan Lloyd, featuring Sir Roger Moore, Ingrid Pitt, Kenneth Griffith and more!
•Two Original Trailers
•Bonus Feature Film: THE COMMANDER, another Lewis Collins action spectacular co-starring Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasance, directed by Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson!
•Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork
•Collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Ali Catterall, co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties plus press book extracts and writing by Euan Lloyd!
No mention anymore of:
The Making of Who Dares Wins, featuring Euan Lloyd, Ian Sharp, Lewis Collins, Judy Davis any more

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Never thought of this as a guilty pleasure, just a great film. Why Lewis Collins never became a bona fide movie star afterwards remains a mystery. Just did a search per comments above and the last decade has not been kind to him. Doubt he'll ever appear in public again.

I remember a mate saying the format was far from certain when I said I'd just ordered a DVD player in early '99. His one question was 'Can you get Who Dares Wins on DVD then'? Had to admit you couldn't and wonder if I'd just blown 250 nicker.

Will wait for reviews before getting the bluray.
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In a classic piece of syncronicity, IMDB says that in his first role since appearing in The Bill, Lewis Collins will appear in a new film called 1066* alongside....Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart).

* Currently in pre-production.
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In a classic piece of syncronicity, IMDB says that in his first role since appearing in The Bill, Lewis Collins will appear in a new film called 1066* alongside....Reg Hollis (Jeff Stewart).

* Currently in pre-production.
Hmmm. British TV icon becomes a recluse, vanishes to LA, gets old and comes out of retirement in his mid 60's to play English nobility in historical epic.

Lewis Collins = Patrick McGoohan
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Thought that DM article was (typically) extremely unfair; so a guy in his late sixties doesn't look the same as he did 35 years ago?

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