The Sound Barrier (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray
item number:  7428W
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  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: April 27, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1952
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Audio commentary by film historian and critic Peter Tonguette
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    • 1920x1080p
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • DTS
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 303
Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering. Full Review
Feb 23, 2012
Public excitement over jet travel helped make David Lean's 1952 British feature a big hit, though its science doesn't wash and its majestic aerial sequences are uneasily wedded to a starchy familial drama. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2013
Its shortcomings in presenting character and human situation seem the more disappointing in view of its conspicuous success in conveying both the excitements and something of the mystique of flying. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
Feb 12, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 -- This must be said about this picture: it soars far above its clumsy tag and it comes pretty close to being the most exalting of contemporary films. Full Review
New York Times
May 1, 2013
Rating: B+ -- It's both Lean's technical know-how and his ability to make the melodrama moving that makes this a superior film of this ilk. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 8, 2010
Rating: 3/4 -- Richardson, in his understated way, is powerful, if not frightening, as an airplane manufacturer obsessed with breaking the sound barrier. Full Review
TV Guide
May 1, 2013
Rating: A- -- Ralph Richardson gives a brilliant performance in this British fact-based drama directed by David Lean. Full Review
Aug 20, 2012

Product Description:

BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER juxtaposes the history of jet aviation with an intensely personal fictional story. Ralph Richardson plays a wealthy aircraft manufacturer, stubbornly determined to develop a jet that will travel faster than the speed of sound. Richardson's seemingly cavalier attitude toward the pilots who have died on behalf of his dream--including his own son (Denholm Elliott)--has turned his daughter (Ann Todd) against him. When the daughter's fighter-pilot husband (Nigel Patrick) agrees to test Richardson's jet, he too loses his life. The daughter walks out of her father's life and sets up residence with the wife (Dinah Sheridan) of another pilot (John Junkin). Richardson approaches this pilot as well with his challenge--and this time the "sound barrier" is successfully broken without anyone being killed. Reconciled to the fact that her father's apparent coldbloodedness was in the interest of scientific progress, the daughter and her newborn child are reconciled with Richardson. The first independent project of director David Lean, BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER was a huge success, persuasively scripted by Terence Rattigan and beautifully photographed by aerial specialist Jack Hildyard. The film's original British title was simply THE SOUND BARRIER, but the American distributor apparently didn't want filmgoers to think the movie was about the record industry.


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  • UPC: 738329246426
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