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Tunes Of Glory Criterion Blu-ray Review


“Tunes of Glory” is an acting wonderland.

Directed by Ronald Neame, “Tunes Of Glory” is a 1960 film based on the novel by James Kennaway. The peacetime set story revolves around a Scottish Colonel (Sinclair) who is about to be replaced by a new Col. (Basil Barrow). The two could not be more different. Sinclair is a loud, hard drinking, beloved commanding officer while Basil is a smart, stuffy, strict officer who struggles to earn the respect of his regiment. As the new change takes affect, a power struggle ensues between the two which leads to major consequences.

While a bit stagy in parts, “Tunes of Glory” is nonetheless an engrossing drama about military rank, military life, and humanity. It also doubles as a character study as the film delves into the dynamic between Sinclair and Barrow and how each one is perceived within the regiment. The drama itself doesn’t pull any punches as we see the lives of the two men begin to collapse. I won’t go into any spoilers, but suffice it to say, it takes a dark turn near the end which only makes the film all the more captivating.

The real reason ‘Tunes’ stands the test of time is due to the performances by Alec Guinness (Sinclair) and John Mills (Barrow). The film is a real acting showcase. While his accent is spotty, Guinness commands the screen with a big and striking performance. Mills is equally impressive as Barrow and his scenes with Guinness are nothing short of electrifying.


Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? The 4K digital restoration of this color film is solid. The print contains natural grain along with some flickers and dirt specs. The exterior scenes in daylight really showcase the strengths of the print.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? An all around quality Mono track.

* “Tunes of Glory” trailer
* A booklet featuring an essay by film professor Robert Murphy.
* A 1973 interview with Alec Guinness from the “Film Extra” show.
* A 202 audio interview between actor John Mills and filmmaker Nigel Algar.
* A 2003 interview with director Ronald Neame.

January 2, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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