The Killing Fields 30th Anniversary Edition

November 3, 2014, Article by Beau Merchant in Culture, Film & TV

Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary with a release on Blu-ray, Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields remains one of the rawest, powerful and unforgettable films ever made.

Set in war-torn Cambodia during the bloody civil war, the real life relationship between American journalist Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) and his Cambodian translator Dith Pran (Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor) is played out beautifully by the two leads and shot with an astounding gritty realism by Joffé. Much praise must also go to Bruce Robinson (writer of Withnail and I) for his script adaptation, and to Mike Oldfield for the frantic (and sometimes bonkers) synth score.

The searing heat and the scores of refugees coupled with the life-changing dilemma which faces the two friends all make for the most remarkable 140 mins you’ll likely spend in front of your TV.  Some scenes are truly breathtaking and will stay with you long after the film has finished.

An epic of hope, friendship and the fight for the truth. If the final shot doesn’t bring a tear to the eye, as John Lennon’s Imagine plays, then you’re made of sterner stuff than me. A monumental achievement which has lost none of it’s power.


The Killing Fields Blu-ray

The Killing Fields 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is out now