On December 3, 2019, the Criterion Collection releases Tunes of Glory on Blu-ray. Ronald Neame directed the film starring Alec Guinness, John Mills, and Susannah York.
‘Tunes of Glory ‘ Criterion Summary
In Ronald Neame’s Tunes of Glory, the incomparable Alec Guinness plays Jock Sinclair—a whiskey-drinking, up-by-the-bootstraps commanding officer of a peacetime Scottish battalion. A lifetime military man, Sinclair expects respect and loyalty from his men. But when Basil Barrow (John Mills)—an educated, by-the-book scion of a military family—enters the scene as Sinclair’s replacement, the two men engage in a fierce struggle for control of both the battalion and the hearts and minds of its men. Based on the novel by James Kennaway and featuring flawless performances by Guinness and Mills, Tunes of Glory uses the rigid stratification of military life to comment on the institutional contradictions and class hierarchies of English society, making for an unexpectedly moving drama.
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Interview from 2003 with director Ronald Neame
- Audio interview from 2002 with actor John Mills
- Television interview from 1973 with actor Alec Guinness
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Robert Murphy
Cover by Eric Skillman based on an original theatrical poster
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