The Intruder on DVD

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00 Written by 

The Intruder on DVDA former army colonel returns to his home one night to discover that the house has been broken into, and the armed burglar is still inside. Switching on the lights, he is shocked to learn that the identity of the intruder is non-other than one of his brightest soldiers from World War II. Why has the man fallen from grace, and why is he there? This is the core mystery that propels "The Intruder", part war film, part suspense thriller.

The film was directed by Guy Hamilton, who went on to direct some of the very best Bond movies including "Goldfinger", "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun". It stars Jack Hawkins ("Ben Hur", "Laurence of Arabia") as Col. Merton, Michael Medwin ("The Duchess") as the criminal Ginger Edwards, along with the iconic George Cole (of Minder fame) and Dennis Price ("Kind Hearts and Coronets") as fellow tank crew members John Summers and Leonard Pirry.

Bouncing between Merton's post-war hunt for Ginger and gripping battle scenes during the conflict, we learn about the tightly-knit group of soldiers, their feats of bravery and down-time antics. The six-man crew of the tank all appear to have encountered Ginger since the war, and Merton slowly unravels the shocking truth about the valiant man's life since the end of the military campaign.

The battlefront scenes are excitingly choreographed, encapsulating the pressure-cooker environment within the tank and the vulnerability of the seemingly invincible vehicles to shelling and fire from German tanks.

Although the majority of the soldiers return from the war to find new careers and live fruitful lives, Ginger's experience reveals the flip-side, briefly but poignantly highlighting the potential fragility of a soldier's mind when events don't go their way.

"The Intruder" is a thrilling and interesting film that tells a story on multiple levels. I enjoyed it immensely.

The special features on the disc include a trailer and poster gallery. As with the other releases in Network's 'The British Film' collection, the picture quality has been expertly cleaned up, making the best of the black and white cinematography. The sound is not quite as sharp but it is perfectly satisfactory.

“The Intruder” (1953) is out now on DVD, courtesy of Network. The main feature has a running time of 81 minutes approx, carries a ‘U’ certificate and retails for £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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