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    I thought this was a fantastic film when I went to see it at as a 12 year old at the Focus, Longton, Stoke on Trent, in 1959. The real burning desert locations of Libya were enough to make you want to spend sixpence on a nice, cool Kia Ora orange drink and I thought that Clifton Parker�s theme music was wonderful and I was humming it and whistling it for a long time afterwards. Very well acted; directed and photographed. A classic British war film. Here are scans from Picturegoer and Picture Show for November 15th and November 22nd, 1958, respectively, and a link to the theme music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16AJkdNE8m8



















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    You might like this CD from Chandos, then.

    https://www.chandos.net/details06.as...r=CHAN%2010279

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    Yes, I've already got it, Nick. I bought it some time ago, although I think the original soundtrack recordings have the edge over modern recordings of the scores.

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    I agree with darrenburnfan, a very good film which funnily enough I watched on Wednesday night having recorded it earlier in the day. I first saw it when at school holiday camp as a 14 year old. We used to to love looking at the the film scenes on show outside the cinema. Terrific cast of British favourites and Percy Herbert listening to the radio as he waits for the enemy is always one of my favourite scenes.

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    Yes, that scene where the dying Percy Herbert character is waiting in great pain for the German half tracks to arrive, while his radio plays a gardening programme and a Vera Lynn record is one of the most iconic scenes in British cinema. It hasn't dated and looks as good now as it did 57 years ago. I also remember looking at the Front-of-House stills in the display case outside the cinema before I went in, but I've never come across any of them in fourteen years on eBay. Some stills just never turn up. I'd love to get the Sea of Sand set though. Incidentally, the scene where we see Percy's character Blanco looking at a photo of himself and his wife and young children while he's waiting for the Germans to arrive is actually a real photo of Percy and his family.

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    From Film Review annual, 1959.


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    Back on TV today (9th) on More4 at 11.25am. Repeated 1 hour later on More4 Plus.

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    impawards comes up with three additional versions of the poster design. The identity of the illustrator(s) is not known; but the first and third are British publicity and I would hazard a guess to a Rank advertising stalwart Eric Pulford.

    http://www.impawards.com/intl/uk/1958/sea_of_sand.html

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    It's the British quad poster I remember. I don't know who designed it, but he was a great artist.

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    The DVD was just re-issued in April 2015

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Sand-Dig...ea+of+sand+dvd

    There is no indication as to which aspect ratio it is in : 1.66 or Pan-and-scan 1.33
    As the DVD is from Strawberry Media who often act on behalf of ITV Studios, caution is needed.
    As to what 'Digitally Enhanced' means, who knows. I don't trust Strawberry Media.

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