The Sand Pebbles (DVD)

Robert Wise

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Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this "fascinating" (The New York Times) action-drama chronicles a volatile time in history and will resonate with generations to come. Directed with a "deft" (Life) hand by Oscar winner Robert Wise (The Sound Of Music), The Sand Pebbles earned Steve McQueen his only Oscar nomination and also stars Richard Attenborough and Candice Bergen.

1926 China. Engineer Jake Holman (McQueen) is transferred to the USS San Pablo, a gunboat patrolling the troubled waters of the Yangtze River. As Chinese factions battle around them, the crew has one singular mission: to protect American interests in the region... without provoking an international incident. But as hostility over the U.S. presence in the river intensifies, Holman and his sole ally (Attenborough) know their latest assignment - to save a U.S. missionary (Bergen) - could be their last!

Product Details

  • Starring: Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Crenna, Richard Attenborough
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Label: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Run Time: 182 minutes

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Robert Wise and Actors Candice Bergen, Mako and Richard Crenna
  • Isolated Score Track with Commentary by Music Producer Nick Redman, Film Music Historian Jon Burlingame, and Lem Dobbs, Film Historian and Screenwriter of The Limey and Dark City
  • Roadshow Version of The Sand Pebbles with Introductions by Robert Wise and Richard Zanuck
  • The Making of The Sand Pebbles Featurettes: Weighing Anchor, Cast & Characters, Rough Seas, McQueen On Deck, Sound & Image, A Worthy Vessel
  • Side Bars: Steve McQueen Remembered, Robert Wise in Command, China 1926
  • From the FOX Vault: A Ship Called San Pablo - Narrated by Richard Attenborough, The Secret Of San Pablo - Narrated by Richard Crenna, Radio Documentaries Narrated by Richard Attenborough: Changsha Bund And The Streets Of Taipei, A Ship Called San Pabo
  • MAD Magazine's The Sam Pebbles
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