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International Ice Cold in Alex (1958)- 60th Anniversary Blu-Ray coming 2/19/18

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  1. atfree

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    StudioCanal have officially announced that they celebrate the 60th anniversary of director J. Lee Thompson's adventure film Ice Cold in Alex (1958) with a brand new Blu-ray release, which will be available for purchase on February 19.

    Synopsis: 1942. The Libyan war zone, North Africa. After a German invasion a British ambulance crew are forced to evacuate their base but become separated from the rest of their unit. Somehow they must make it to Alexandria, but how? Their only hope is a dilapidated ambulance named "Katy" and an irrational, alcoholic soldier known as Captain Anson. Facing landmines, Nazi troops, spies and the merciless, scorching, brutal environment of the desert, can Captain Anson face his demons and make the road to hell a journey to freedom?

    Special Features and Technical Specs:
    • BRAND NEW RESTORATION of the film
    • NEW Steve Chibnall on J. Lee Thompson
    • NEW Interview with Melanie Williams - Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of East Anglia
    • Interview with Sylvia Syms
    • John Mills Home Video Footage
    • Original Trailer
    • Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery
    • Extended Clip from A Very British War Movie Documentary
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
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    If the new restoration is sufficiently better then I may replace my existing Region B blu - it was one of the first Region B releases that I bough plus of course I really enjoy it!

    Regards,
     
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    Also know as Desert Attack in the US. I remember watching and enjoying this on TV in the 70's as a kid and enjoying it a lot. I'm interested in revisiting this title.
     
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    I also bought the earlier release of this by StudioCanal on Blu-ray in their Vintage Classics range and I really like that presentation.

    The movie is so excellent though, that I would like to have it in the best incarnation available, so I’ll buy this “restoration” if there’s any hint that it’s even slightly superior to the previous release.

    Plus, there is the thrill of Ice Cold in Alex announced in a thread by Alex that’s hard to pass up!
     
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  5. Richard V

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    Definitely interested, but would like to read a review or two first.
     
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    The current blu ray is excellent so I suspect any improvement would be marginal. Too marginal to double dip. Still, I will read reviews to see what they have to say.
     
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    Can anyone shed light on the correct running time of this film? The numbers I am seeing are all over the place, from 76 minutes (U.S. release) to 138 minutes ("pre-censored" release per IMDB). Maltin's guide says that the U.K. version is 132 minutes. Amazon.co.uk says that the new Blu-ray will be 124 minutes.
     
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    Sometimes they'll transpose the running time from a PAL version. 124 minutes sounds like it's about the PAL version of 132 min.
     
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    Yes on the back of the case it states that the running time is "132 mins approx"

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    Thanks for checking that for me.
     
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    Fantastic film, one I have watched many times.
     
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    I watched the new Studio Canal Blu-ray last night. It looks terrific, but I have not seen the prior release so I can't do a comparison. It's a terrific film, parts of which reminded me of The Wages of Fear. It also plays on a region one Panasonic Blu-ray player using the Stop-Stop-Top Menu workaround.
     
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    The previous Blu-ray disc is also excellent. I agree about the similarity with The Wages Of Fear. I much prefer Ice Cold In Alex because all the hazards and problems arise from the narrative and the situation. In The Wages Of Fear it seems to me that the hazards were imposed arbitrarily and artificially just to create suspense sequences.
     
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    I watched it last night also and it is in my opinion hugely improved over the previous release with all the artifacts and dropouts removed of which there were numerous also the overall picture is much sharper and clearer .

    However Blu-ray.com basically give it the thumbs down .
     

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