The Way Ahead' DVD, David Niven, Carol Reed (1944), New & Sealed
THE WAY AHEAD is to some extent a cliche-driven movie, but given the timeframe of its production, I feel it portrays very well the mindset of the ordinary citizen of a country under extreme duress, as well as the tribulations of the many regiments being reconstituted as the war progressed seemingly forever. While it is difficult for us to imagine what it must have been like to live under the constant spectre of loss and possible defeat, even some understanding of the way things were for the British in 1944 will permit a casual viewer of THE WAY AHEAD to appreciate its positive message and the call-to-duty which it implies.
When compared against many of the similar American WW2 'propaganda' films, THE WAY AHEAD comes across as a down-to-earth story which I'm sure many could identify with at the time. For us, the 21st-century viewer, this movie is a welcome glimpse of the British perspective back then, unique in both plot and characterization compared to the more common U.S. fare of the period. In addition, it provides the enthusiast with dozens of rare snapshots of the use of unique British Commonwealth WW2 equipment.
Director: Carol Reed
David Niven .... Lieutenant Jim Perry
Stanley Holloway .... Pvt. Ted Brewer
James Donald .... Pvt. Lloyd
John Laurie .... Pvt. Luke
Leslie Dwyer .... Pvt. Sid Beck
Hugh Burden .... Pvt. Bill Parsons
Jimmy Hanley .... Pvt. Geoffrey Stainer (as Jimmie Hanley)
William Hartnell .... Sgt. Ned Fletcher (as Billy Hartnell)
Reginald Tate .... The Training Company Commanding Officer
Leo Genn .... Captain Edwards
John Ruddock .... Old Soldier
A. Bromley Davenport .... Old Soldier (as Bromley Davenport)
Renée Asherson .... Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Asherson)
Mary Jerrold .... Mrs. Gillingham
Tessie O'Shea .... Herself (singer)
Coding: All Region Code / PAL format
(please make sure your dvd player can play PAL format's dvd)
Video: 4:3 Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: Chinese (Removable)
Runtime: 120 Mins.
Colour: Black & White
by WILLIAM DUNBAR
Date Added: 03/29/2009
Amazing movie, visually stunning well worth the price, excellent price!
[5 of 5 Stars]
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 14 June, 2008.